Top 10 Posts for March 2020

Go on, admit it, with our intense focus on the epidemic these past two weeks, don’t the top two stories in March feel like they happened before Christmas? Archive of Our Own blocked in China – either because of a kerfuffle over a celebrity, or because AO3’s erotic fanfic triggered enforcement of the latest rules? Then, a big blast of hits on the Rondo Awards story because TV host Svengoolie told viewers to go vote for him and after they broke the Rondo site, a thousand of them wandered over here? (Are you impressed with the magnitude of difference between a TV show’s audience and mine? Their margin of error was my second highest story!)

However, the coronavirus outbreak and the falling dominos of cancelled and postponed events culminating in radical rethinking of the 2020 Worldcon is also evident in both lists of File 770’s 10 most-read stories last month.

  1. AO3 Blocked in China
  2. 2020 Rondo Awards Nominees
  3. Pixel Scroll 3/4/20 Bring Me My Book Of Divine Stalk: Bring Me My Feline On A Pile: Bring Me My Fifth: O Readers Talk! Bring Me My Pixel Scrolls Of File!
  4. Pixel Scroll 03/05/20 So Goodbye Yellowed Book Scroll, Where The Cats Of Society Riff
  5. CoNZealand To Become First Virtual Worldcon
  6. Pixel Scroll 3/21/20 Social Distancing Warriors
  7. Coronavirus Threat Causes Some Conventions to Cancel or Reschedule
  8. Pixel Scroll 3/13/20 The Sun Comes Shining As I Was Scrolling, The Pixels Waving And The Dust Clouds Rolling
  9. Pixel Scroll 3/18/20 How Many Files To Babylon? Fifth Score Files And Ten
  10. Pixel Scroll 3/25/20 Captain COVIDeo And His Pixel Scrollers

Scroll-free Top 10

  1. AO3 Blocked in China
  2. 2020 Rondo Awards Nominees
  3. CoNZealand To Become First Virtual Worldcon
  4. Coronavirus Threat Causes Some Conventions to Cancel or Reschedule
  5. Lou Antonelli Seeks Write-In Support as SFWA Director-at-Large
  6. Abby Has Died
  7. What Did You Nominate For The 2020 Hugo Awards?
  8. Lou Antonelli’s BOLO Story
  9. Convention Cancellations Accelerate as Public Health Restrictions Announced
  10. Best Editor Short Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2019

2020 Recommended SF/F List

By JJ: This thread is for posts about 2020-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.

Best Editor Short Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2019

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the editors of short form works published for the first time in 2019.

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

Feel free to add missing 2019-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 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.

(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 2019.)

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Best Professional Artist Hugo: Eligible Works from 2019

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, this post provides information on the artists and designers of more than 660 works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2019.

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, Filer Goobergunch also collected this information, and though we had a lot of overlap, his extra entries have greatly increasead the information we are able to provide you. My profound thanks go to Goobergunch for all of his 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 2019.

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 2019-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 4 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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Top 10 Posts of February 2020

Andrew Porter’s tribute to Elyse Rosenstein went viral, circulated by Star Trek fans who wanted to share their gratitude to the person whose idea sparked the first Trek convention.

The next most-read post was about the bid to hold the 2022 Worldcon in Saudi Arabia. Many fans have dropped in to gather information and read the bidders’ resume of their conrunning experience.

File 770’s ongoing 2019 recommendation post, and JJ’s awards season reading and reviewing tools, have also had many visits from fans preparing to nominate for the Hugos.

  1. Elyse Rosenstein Has Died
  2. A Worldcon in Saudi Arabia?
  3. Pixel Scroll 2/24/20 You Make Me Vote Like A Natural Person…
  4. Pixel Scroll 2/16/20 I Scroll. The Pixels Take The Same Shape As A Previous Title. All Scroll. O The Embarrassment
  5. Pixel Scroll 2/19/20 It’s Just A Scroll To The Left, A Little Click To The Right
  6. Pixel Scroll 2/23/20 Old Possum’s Scroll Of Practically Universal Robotic Cats
  7. Pixel Scroll 2/14/20 Requires Much More Work Before It Can Be Submitted
  8. 2019 Nebula Award Finalists
  9. 2019 Recommended SF/F List
  10. Pixel Scroll 2/18/20 They Paved Alpha Ralpha Boulevard And Put Up A Parking Lot

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Elyse Rosenstein Has Died
  2. A Worldcon in Saudi Arabia?
  3. 2019 Nebula Award Finalists
  4. 2019 Recommended SF/F List
  5. JeddiCon Bidders Discuss Their Experience
  6. Romance Writers of America Board Resigns, Calls Special Election
  7. GRRM on the Hugo Losers Party
  8. 2019 Novellapalooza
  9. Baltimore Science Fiction Society Announces Compton Crook Finalists
  10. Is This Practice Unreal or Unfit? It’s Both

Best Editor Long Form Hugo: Eligible Works from 2019

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the editors of long-form works published for the first time in 2019.

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, Filer Goobergunch also collected this information, and though we had a lot of overlap, his extra entries have almost doubled the information we are able to provide you. My profound thanks go to Goobergunch for all of his 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).

Feel free to add missing 2019-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 2019. Editors whose eligibility has been confirmed are listed first.)

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Top 10 Posts for January 2020

Author Isabel Fall asked Clarkesworld to take down her short story “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter” when it became the subject of intense discussion on Twitter, including complaints that it was transphobic or hurtful. That led to questions about the tolerance of controversial art.  Editor Neil Clarke addressed these and many more issues in a statement. Two related news posts were among the most read last month.

January also saw the continuing fallout from the Romance Writers of America’s handling of ethics complaints against Courtney Milan, covered here in a series of roundups, gain a wide audience,

Here are the ten most-read posts from the past month according to Google Analytics.

  1. Clarkesworld Removes Isabel Fall’s Story
  2. Mike Resnick (1942-2020)
  3. Kathryn Davis Says RWA Encouraged Her To File Ethics Complaint Against Courtney Milan
  4. An Auspicious Date in Comics History
  5. Pixel Scroll 1/13/20 Hey Airbender, Bend A Little Space-Time For Me
  6. Pixel Scroll 1/23/20 No-One Expects The Scrollish Pixelation!
  7. As More Issues Raised, RWA President Resigns, RITA Awards Postponed, and Many Publishers Withdraw Sponsorship of RWA Conference
  8. Clarkesworld’s Statement About Fall Story
  9. Pixel Scroll 1/14/20 Who Is Pixel Scroll? You Are File 770
  10. Steve Stiles (1943-2020)

(No need for a Scroll-free list this time around.)

Top 20 Stories of 2019

The subjects of 2019’s most-read posts ranged from the loss of one of the field’s most beloved writers to the legal triumph of another. There were revelations about a Canadian sff publisher, a strange row over a Hugo night party, and the arrest of a King of the SCA on murder charges. But ranked at the top was a Pixel Scroll with over 700 comments discussing Archive of Our Own’s Hugo win.

  1. Pixel Scroll 9/14/19 We Are All In The Pixel, But Some Of Us Are Looking At The Scrolls
  2. Vonda N. McIntyre (1948-2019)
  3. Dan Simmons Criticized for Remarks About Thunberg
  4. GRRM on the Hugo Losers Party
  5. Authors Break Silence with Complaints About ChiZine Publications
  6. State Judge Awards Peter S. Beagle $332K in Damages
  7. Pixel Scroll 9/19/19 The SJW Credential That Sleeps On You From Nowhere
  8. SCA Ousts King After Arrest as Murder Suspect
  9. Broken Hearts and Hugos
  10. Court Rules Against Del Arroz on Four Issues in Lawsuit Against Worldcon 76, Allows Litigation to Continue on a Fifth
  11. Annie Bellet Criticizes 20Booksto50K Slate and Members of the Group Respond
  12. Storm Over Campbell Award
  13. 2019 Recommended SF/F List
  14. 2019 World Fantasy Awards Nominees
  15. Perjury, Not Piracy, Is The Problem
  16. Tiptree Name Will Be Removed from Award
  17. Jonathan Brazee, SFWA Make Statements on Nebula Awards Issues
  18. Writers and Staffers Share More Bad Experiences with ChiZine Publications
  19. Courtney Milan Controversy Decimates RWA Leadership
  20. David Gemmell Awards Are Terminated

Top 10 Posts for December 2019

The rancor following Romance Writers of America’s decision to penalize Courtney Milan for Code of Ethics violations led to three of month’s most-read posts. The controversy has pulled back the curtain on what goes on inside a major writers’ organization that’s under the stress of the same racial and cultural divisions the rest of society often fails to resolve.

The RWA’s compelling problems eclipsed the month’s second top story, “The Meaning of It All,” about another row over protecting the Hugo Award trademark provoked by a poorly-drafted official statement telling Archive of Our Own participants how they should identify with the group’s Best Related Work Hugo.

Here are the ten most-read posts from the past month according to Google Analytics.

  1. Courtney Milan Controversy Decimates RWA Leadership
  2. The Meaning of It All
  3. Courtney Milan Suspended by RWA, Banned from Leadership
  4. Pixel Scroll 12/20/19 Return of the Judi: The Force And The Furry-est
  5. Pixel Scroll 12/7/19 Why Do Belters Wear Red Suspenders?
  6. Pixel Scroll 12/16/19 It’s Not Easy Being Soylent Green
  7. Pixel Scroll 12/8/19 Why The Pixel Shudders When It Perceives The Scroll
  8. Pixel Scroll 12/26/19 Demotic Space Opera
  9. Pixel Scroll 12/14/19 Gort Pixel Barada Nikscroll
  10. As Criticism Snowballs, RWA Keeps Trying to Justify Treatment of Courtney Milan

Scroll-Free Top 10

  1. Courtney Milan Controversy Decimates RWA Leadership
  2. The Meaning of It All
  3. Courtney Milan Suspended by RWA, Banned from Leadership
  4. As Criticism Snowballs, RWA Keeps Trying to Justify Treatment of Courtney Milan
  5. Lois McMaster Bujold Named SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master
  6. 2019 Recommended SF/F List
  7. The Rise of Skywalker – Spoilers Welcome
  8. Smofcon 37 Posts Worldcon, Westercon and Smofcon Bidder Questionnaires
  9. Dan Simmons Criticized for Remarks About Thunberg
  10. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Changes Hands, Will Stay Open

My Holiday Scroll Schedule

My sister is coming into town today and I’ll be driving her to all the family stuff. I’ll still be able to do today’s Scroll — but very late.

On 12/24 It will be late and short.

I’ll be driving all over Southern California on Christmas, likely being confused with the second coming of Santa Claus, so there will be no Scroll on 12/25. Happy holidays!

“Santa Mike” by Lynn Maudlin