Top 10 Posts for March 2021

Sometimes the news is good! Peter S. Beagle and his ownership group got back control of much of his IP after years of delay caused by his ex-manager resorting to bankruptcy proceedings. The result was enthusiastically welcomed by social media.

Other welcome news was SFWA’s announcement of the Nebula Awards finalists, and C.J. Cherryh winning the Heinlein Award.

Another post about litigation was the second most-read in March, with links to copies of court filings seeking summary judgment to end Jon Del Arroz’ defamation suit against the 2018 Worldcon.  

Here are the ten most-frequently-read posts for March 2021 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Peter S. Beagle and Ownership Group Regain Control of Rights to His Work Following Sale Approved by Bankruptcy Court
  2. Worldcon 76 Filings for Summary Judgment in Del Arroz Defamation Suit Now Online
  3. SFWA Announces the 56th Annual Nebula Awards® Finalists
  4. C. J. Cherryh Wins 2021 Robert A. Heinlein Award
  5. Pixel Scroll 3/4/21 And All The Scrolls Are Full Of Pix
  6. Pixel Scroll 3/3/21 The Pixels Are Due On Scroll Street
  7. Pixel Scroll 3/7/21 You’ve Got Tribbles! Right Here In Riverworld City!
  8. Wishing William Shatner A Happy 90th Birthday
  9. What Did You Nominate For The 2021 Hugo Awards?
  10. Pixel Scroll 3/2/21 What Is Pixel, But Scroll Persevering

2021 Recommended SF/F List

By JJ: This thread is for posts about 2021-published works, which people have read and recommend to other Filers.

There will be no tallying of recommendations done in this thread; its purpose is to provide a source of recommendations for people who want to find something to read which will be eligible for the Hugos or other awards (Nebula, Locus, Asimov’s, etc.) next year.

If you’re recommending for an award other than / in addition to the Hugo Awards which has different categories than the Hugos (such as Locus Awards’ First Novel), then be sure to specify the award and category.

You don’t have to stop recommending works in Pixel Scrolls, please don’t! But it would be nice if you also post here, to capture the information for other readers.

The Suggested Format for posts is:

  • Title, Author, Published by / Published in (Anthology, Collection, Website, or Magazine + Issue)
  • Hugo or other Award Category: (Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Related Work, Graphic Novel, Lodestar, Astounding, etc)
  • link (if available to read/view online)
  • optional “Brief, spoiler-free description of story premise:”
  • “What I liked / didn’t like about it:”
  • (Please rot-13 any spoilers.)

There is a permalink to this thread in the blog header.

Top 10 Posts for February 2021

News about Jason Sanford’s expose of the Baen’s Bar forum, and about Baen publisher and now-former Worldcon GoH Toni Weisskopf dominated the Top 10 in February.

A month after the January 6 insurrection in Washington DC, Jason Sanford published “Baen Books Forum Being Used to Advocate for Political Violence” on Patreon. Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf responded by putting the Baen’s Bar forum on hiatus, a move explained in a statement to users that emphasized her refusal to “commit censorship of lawful speech” and assurance that the posts in the Bar “do not represent the publisher’s opinion, except in a deep belief that free speech is worthy in and of itself.”

Weisskopf was scheduled to be a guest of honor at DisCon III (2021 Worldcon), to be held in Washington, DC (if an in-person con is possible). How some were using Baen’s Bar and her stance towards them were such a source of controversy within the committee that they withdrew the GoH invitation. There were reports of committee departures because the decision wasn’t made immediately, and of a couple who resigned afterwards because of the decision.

Here are the ten most frequently-read posts for February 2021 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Weisskopf Announces Hiatus for Baen’s Bar
  2. DisCon III Removes Weisskopf as a Guest of Honor
  3. Weisskopf, Correia, Weber Defend Baen’s Bar; Jason Sanford Subjected to Harassment Over His Report
  4. Baen Strikes Back; Sanford Under Growing Storm of Harassment
  5. Pixel Scroll 2/19/21 Why, I Sweep My Scroll With A Geiger Counter Every Day, And Nary A Pixel!
  6. Walt Boyes on the Consequences of Taking Down Baen’s Bar
  7. Pixel Scroll 2/20/21 (I’m Picking Up) Good Vibraniums
  8. Pixel Scroll 2/15/21 A Hit! A Palpatine Hit!
  9. Pixel Scroll 2/21/21 He Was Born With A Gift For Pixels, And A Sense That The World Was Scrolled
  10. Pixel Scroll 2/22/21 Sacred Locomotive Files

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Weisskopf Announces Hiatus for Baen’s Bar
  2. DisCon III Removes Weisskopf as a Guest of Honor
  3. Weisskopf, Correia, Weber Defend Baen’s Bar; Jason Sanford Subjected to Harassment Over His Report
  4. Baen Strikes Back; Sanford Under Growing Storm of Harassment
  5. Walt Boyes on the Consequences of Taking Down Baen’s Bar
  6. Worldcon 76 Moves for Summary Judgment in Del Arroz’ Defamation Suit
  7. Rowena Morrill (1944-2021)
  8. 2021 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced
  9. 2020 Novellapalooza | File 770
  10. 2020 Recommended SF/F List | File 770

Top 10 Posts for January 2021

Social media reacted so strongly to DisCon III’s plan to cap the number of names that would appear on the 2021 Hugo ballot and the award plaques – even though all creators of Hugo finalists would still have their names in other publications and on the Worldcon website – that the policy was immediately rolled back. However, within the committee the experience led co-chair Colette H. Fozard and WSFS Division Head Jared Dashoff to resign, each for their own reasons. Fozard gave hers in a guest post, and Dashoff explained his in a comment on the post.

Chris Barkley also took up the topic in a widely-read installment of his column.

Here are the ten most frequently-read posts for January 2021 according to Google Analytics.

  1. Fozard Guest Post About Resigning as Worldcon Co-Chair
  2. Pixel Scroll 1/9/21 Magnetic Monopology: Do Not Exceed C, Do Not Collect 200 Zorkmids
  3. Le Guin Will Appear on U.S. Postage Stamp This Year
  4. SFF Creators Sign Letter Opposing Book Deals for Trump
  5. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #57
  6. DisCon III Announces 2021 Hugo Award-Related Policies
  7. Pixel Scroll 1/11/21 The Muppet Pastors
  8. eFanzines Drops N3F Zines After Group’s President Seeks to Promote It on Parler and Gab
  9. Pixel Scroll 1/3/21 Short Pixels Have No Reason To Scroll
  10. Pixel Scroll 1/21/21 Underpeople S’top And S’tare, They Don’t Bother Me

And here’s the Top 10 when the daily Pixel Scrolls are excluded:

  1. Fozard Guest Post About Resigning as Worldcon Co-Chair
  2. Le Guin Will Appear on U.S. Postage Stamp This Year
  3. SFF Creators Sign Letter Opposing Book Deals for Trump
  4. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #57
  5. DisCon III Announces 2021 Hugo Award-Related Policies
  6. eFanzines Drops N3F Zines After Group’s President Seeks to Promote It on Parler and Gab
  7. DisCon III Abandons Previously Announced Hugo Policy
  8. Kathleen Ann Goonan (1952-2021)
  9. 2020 Stabby Award Nominees
  10. DisCon III Co-Chair Fozard Resigns

Top 10 Posts for December 2020

Were a lot of people interested in reading the list of 2020 Stabby Award nominees picked by readers of Reddit’s r/Fantasy forum? Why yes, they were. Especially people who are nominated. It only took 18 hours for the list to become December’s top post.

Our tribute to Phyllis Eisenstein also was widely-shared by her many friends and the people who love her books.

Here are last month’s top 10 posts.

  1. 2020 Stabby Award Nominees
  2. Phyllis Eisenstein (1946-2020)
  3. Pixel Scroll 12/28/20 This Irrepixel-Able, Trantor ‘Original’, This Mule-Produced Crime
  4. Pixel Scroll 12/29/20 A Mime In A Tesseract Still Has Ways To Get Out
  5. Pixel Scroll 12/7/20 When All You Have Is A Scroll, Everything Looks Like A Pixel
  6. Pixel Scroll 12/20/20 May The Luck Of The Seven Pixels Of Gulu Be With You At All Times
  7. Pixel Scroll 12/11/20 In And Around The Scroll, Pixels Come Out Of The File And They Stand There
  8. Pixel Scroll 12/21/20 I Saw Mommy Kzin Santa Claus
  9. Pixel Scroll 12/3/20 Scrolls Are Seldom What They Seemeth, Mithril Masquerades As Scrith
  10. Del Arroz Says Trial Date Set in Suit Against 2018 Worldcon

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. 2020 Stabby Award Nominees
  2. Phyllis Eisenstein (1946-2020)
  3. Del Arroz Says Trial Date Set in Suit Against 2018 Worldcon
  4. Artists Corroborate Flegal Harassment Allegations
  5. SFWA Grand Master Wishlist
  6. Flegal and Mohrbacher Respond to Accusations in Video
  7. NetGalley Member Login Data Compromised
  8. Taking Inventory of Future Worldcon Bids
  9. Dan Simmons Criticized for Remarks About Thunberg
  10. Goodreads Choice Awards 2020 Winners

File 770’s Twenty Most-Read Posts of the Year

“2020 Hugo Awards” got more traffic than any other post this year, although not because people wanted to know who won the Hugos. George R.R. Martin left a comment on that post alternately explaining, defending, and apologizing for his choices as toastmaster of CoNZealand’s much-criticized Hugo Awards ceremony, a quote that was widely-linked by mainstream reports about the uproar. Many of those same articles also linked to GRRM’s old post answering criticism of his efforts to host Dublin 2019’s Hugo Losers Party, pulling it up the list right behind his 2020 comment.

The second top story is Andrew Porter’s obituary for Elyse Rosenstein, which went viral as fans across the spectrum realized you could point to the very person who had the idea for the original Star Trek convention.

And so here are the year’s 20 most-read posts according to Google Analytics.

  1. 2020 Hugo Awards
  2. Elyse Rosenstein Has Died
  3. GRRM on the Hugo Losers Party
  4. Clarkesworld Removes Isabel Fall’s Story
  5. Dan Simmons Criticized for Remarks About Thunberg
  6. The #DisneyMustPay Alan Dean Foster and SFWA Joint Press Conference
  7. Writers Circulate Letter of Concern About Saudi Worldcon Bid
  8. Artists Corroborate Flegal Harassment Allegations
  9. Pixel Scroll 8/1/20 Scrollers Tick In Vain
  10. AO3 Blocked in China
  11. Memphis Worldcon Bidders: Won’t Run Retros If They Win; Address Diversity and Inclusion Policies
  12. Pixel Scroll 8/3/20 Undeserved Loss And Inaccessible Healing
  13. Where To Find The 2020 Hugo Award Finalists For Free Online
  14. Schluessel: My Zoom Background Censored Again
  15. Hugo Awards 2020 Finalists
  16. Pixel Scroll 8/5/20 Please Pixel Your Scroll In The Form Of A Question
  17. 2020 Recommended SF/F Page
  18. Pixel Scroll 8/2/20 Lemonade Stand On Zanzibar
  19. How Audible’s Returns Policy Exploits Writers
  20. 2020 Recommended SF/F List

Best Professional Artist Hugo: Eligible Works from 2020

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, this post provides information on the artists and designers of more than 800 works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2020.

These credits have been accumulated over the course of the year from dust jackets, Acknowledgments sections and copyright pages in works, cover reveal blog posts, and other sources on the internet. This year, Filers Martin Pyne and Karen B. also collected this information, and though we had a lot of overlap, their extra entries have greatly increased the information we are able to provide you. My profound thanks go to Martin and Karen for all of their hard work.

You can see the full combined spreadsheet of Editor and Artist credits here (I will be continuing to update this as I get more information).

In this post I will display up to 8 images of artworks for each artist for whom I have identified 3 or more works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2020. Clicking on the thumbnail will open a full-screen version of each work; where I could find a version of the work without titles, that is the image which is linked.

Please note carefully the eligibility criteria according to the WSFS Constitution:


Professional Artist

3.3.12: Best Professional Artist. An illustrator whose work has appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy during the previous calendar year.

3.2.11: A Professional Publication is one which meets at least one of the following two criteria:
(1) it provided at least a quarter the income of any one person or,
(2) was owned or published by any entity which provided at least a quarter the income of any of its staff and/or owner.

3.10.2: In the Best Professional Artist category, the acceptance should include citations of at least three (3) works first published in the eligible year.


Under the current rules, artwork for semiprozines and fanzines is not eligible in this category. You can check whether a publication is a prozine or a semiprozine in this directory (the semiprozine list is at the top of the page, and the prozine directory is at the bottom).

Please be sure to check the spreadsheet first; but then, if you are able to confirm credits missing 2020-original works and the names of their artists from Acknowledgments sections, copyright pages, or by contacting authors and/or artists, go ahead and add them in comments, and I will get them included in the spreadsheet, and if the artist is credited with at least 3 works, in this post. If you have questions or corrections, please add those also. Please note that works may or may not be added to the list at my discretion.

PLEASE DON’T ADD GUESSES.

Artists, Authors, Editors and Publishers are welcome to post in comments here, or to send their lists to jjfile770 [at] gmail [dot] com.


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NetGalley Member Login Data
Compromised

On December 23, 2020, the advance book review site NetGalley sent a message to its members informing them that the NetGalley login data for members had been compromised:

Notification of Data Security Incident – December 23, 2020

Dear NetGalley Member,

It is with great regret that we inform you that on Monday, December 21, 2020 NetGalley was the victim of a data security incident. What initially seemed like a simple defacement of our homepage has, with further investigation, resulted in the unauthorized and unlawful access to a backup file of the NetGalley database.

It is with an abundance of caution that we wanted to let you know this incident may have exposed some of the information you have shared with NetGalley.

The backup file that was impacted contained your Profile information, which includes your login name and password, name and email address. Also, if supplied by you, your mailing address, birthday, company name, and Kindle email address. We currently have no evidence of the exposure of any of this data, but we cannot at this stage rule out the possibility. We expect that you may have many additional questions – below are the questions we would have if we received this email.

I’ve had a NetGalley account for 6 years. On December 21, I received a notification from Google that someone had attempted to access one of my Gmail accounts using my password. Fortunately, I had 2-factor identification enabled on that account, which meant that any login attempt from a new device would require me to confirm with a 6-digit verification code sent to my cellphone. Apparently, after no verification code was entered within a certain period of time, Google had decided that it was an incident of a compromised password, and I was prompted to change that password immediately.

I wracked my brain for any other websites where I might be using that e-mail address/password combination, and came up with only one. I immediately changed my password on that site, and enabled 2-factor authentication on a couple of other different Gmail accounts, but I was mystified as to how my password had been obtained. Then 45 minutes ago I received this e-mail notification from NetGalley – and realized that I had forgotten that I was using that same login combination on that site, too.

If you are a NetGalley member, you need to go change your password there now. If you discover that you are unable to do so, the notification message linked above contains information on how to contact them to resolve the problem. And if you have any logins at any other websites using the same e-mail address/password combination as your NetGalley account, you will need to go change that login information immediately.

I also encourage you to consider enabling 2-factor authentication on any websites which enable that capability. It saved me from a great deal of grief here, and is well worth the extra effort. And I know that it’s a huge pain to have to use different passwords for different sites (as I mostly do these days), but it’s something you can do to protect yourself further.

If you have used NetGalley to obtain works from the Hugo Voter Packet, you will be affected by this.

Best Editor Short Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2020

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the editors of more than 1,000 short form works published for the first time in 2020.

Note that all of the works labeled “novella”, “novelette”, and “short story” are eligible in the corresponding Hugo fiction categories. If a work is not labeled, or it is labeled “short fiction”, its length has yet to be determined. Collections and Anthologies are not eligible for nomination as whole works, but the original pieces of fiction they contain are each eligible in the appropriate length category. Poetry and nonfiction are not eligible.

Note that the Short Form Editors listed below may, or may not, be eligible — that is, have the equivalent of at least 4 anthologies and/or magazine issues in their career, with at least 1 of them published in 2020. If I know for sure that an editor has the equivalent of at least 4 eligible works, they are labeled as “eligibility verified”.

These credits have been accumulated from Acknowledgments sections and copyright pages in works, eligibility posts, short fiction venue mastheads, the ISFDB, and other sources on the internet.

You can see the full combined spreadsheet of Editor and Artist credits here (I will be continuing to update this as short fiction venues post elibibility lists and I get more information).

Feel free to add missing 2020-original works and the name of their editors in the comments, and I will get them included in the main post. Self-published works may or may not be added to the list at my discretion.

PLEASE DON’T ADD GUESSES.

If you are able to confirm credits from Acknowledgments sections, copyright pages, or by contacting authors and/or editors, then go ahead and add them in comments. If you have questions or corrections, please add those also.

Authors, Editors, and Publishers are welcome to post in comments here, or to send their eligibility lists to jjfile770 [at] gmail [dot] com.


Some of the magazines listed below are Prozines and are not eligible in the Hugo Semiprozine category. For a list of Semiprozines vs. Prozines, see Semiprozine.org.

Short Form Editors

3.3.10: Best Editor Short Form. The editor of at least four (4) anthologies, collections or magazine issues (or their equivalent in other media) primarily devoted to science fiction and / or fantasy, at least one of which was published in the previous calendar year.

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Best Editor Long Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2020

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the editors of long form (novel-length) works published for the first time in 2020.

Note that all of these works, unless they are labeled “nonfiction”, are eligible in the Best Novel category.

These credits have been accumulated over the course of the year from dust jackets, Acknowledgments sections and copyright pages in works, as well as other sources on the internet. This year, Filers Martin Pyne and Karen B. also collected this information, and though we had a lot of overlap, their extra entries have greatly increased the information we are able to provide you. My profound thanks go to Martin and Karen for all of their hard work.

You can see the full combined spreadsheet of Editor and Artist credits here. Thus far we have more than 300 Long Form Editor credits (I will be continuing to update this as I get more information).

Feel free to add missing 2020-original works and the name of their editors in the comments, and I will get them included in the main post. Self-published works may or may not be added to the list at my discretion. (Short form works will be in a different post. Please do not add them here.)

PLEASE DON’T ADD GUESSES.

If you are able to confirm credits from Acknowledgments sections, copyright pages, or by contacting authors and/or editors, then go ahead and add them in comments. If you have questions or corrections, please add those also.

Authors, Editors, and Publishers are welcome to post in comments here, or to send their lists to jjfile770 [at] gmail [dot] com.


Long Form Editors

3.3.11: Best Editor Long Form. The editor of at least four (4) novel-length works primarily devoted to science fiction and / or fantasy published in the previous calendar year that do not qualify as works under 3.3.10.

(Note that the Long Form Editors listed below may, or may not, be eligible — that is, have 4 qualifying works published in 2020. Editors whose eligibility has been confirmed are listed first.)

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