Pixel Scroll 1/31/18 There’s Thirteen Hundred And Fifty-Two Pixel Scrollers In Fileville

(1) PLAYING IT STRAIGHT? Rowling’s retrospective characterization of Dumbledore will not be in evidence in the next Fantastic Beasts movie — “‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Will Avoid Dumbledore’s Gay Sexuality, Director David Yates Confirms”.

Any “Fantastic Beasts” fans hoping the “Harry Potter” universe would finally be ready to explore Dumbledore’s sexuality in the upcoming “The Crimes of Grindelwald” will surely be disappointed, as director David Yates has confirmed that J.K. Rowling’s screenplay mostly avoids the topic. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Yates said the movie does not explicitly include any reference to Dumbledore being gay, despite the fact that Rowling has spoken in the past about the wizard’s sexuality and his romance with the titular Grindelwald.

“Not explicitly,” Yates said when asked if the film makes it clear that Dumbledore is gay. “But I think all the fans are aware of that. He had a very intense relationship with Grindelwald when they were young men. They fell in love with each other’s ideas, and ideology and each other.”

(2) RIDGE RUNNER. From Yahoo! — “Curiosity’s sweeping Mars panorama shows how far it’s come”.

NASA annotated Curiosity’s entire trip showing how it went from its initial landing site to Yellowknife Bay, then on to Darwin, Cooperstown and the Kimberly. From there, it hit Namid Dune, ducked and weaved through Murray Buttes, checked out Ireson Hill, crossed the Bagnold Dunes and landed at Vera Rubin Ridge. The image background shows mountains that form Gale Crater’s ridge, and the foreground lower portions of Mount Sharp, which sits in the middle of the 96-mile wide crater.

The rover had used its nuclear-powered motor to climb 1,073 feet when it took the shot on the northwestern ridge of lower Mount Sharp.

(3) IN AN INTERNET FAR, FAR AWAY. Scott Lynch adds realism to Star Wars.

(4) KGB. The Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present Cassandra Khaw and Peternelle van Arsdale on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7 p.m. at the KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street — just off 2nd Ave, upstairs – New York.)

Cassandra Khaw

Cassandra Khaw is the author of the Persons Non Grata series, the Rupert Wong books, and spends a lot of time worrying about those who buy her backlist because they enjoyed Bearly a Lady, her frothy paranormal rom-com. She writes video games for a living, and won an award for doing so. Her short fiction can be found in places like Tor.com, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and more.

Peternelle van Arsdale

Peternelle van Arsdale is the author of the young adult novel, The Beast Is an Animal, a dark fairy tale, it’s been described as “a swift and compelling read” and “a psychologically intense fantasy” and is being developed by Amazon Studios for a feature film produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free. Her essays have been published by LitHub, Hypable.com, and Culturefly. She’s currently at work on her second novel, also a dark fairy tale, which will be published in March 2019. A former executive editor in the book industry, she is now an independent editorial consultant.

(5) SABRINA RETURNING. Another comic-based series is getting rebooted: “Sabrina the Teenage Witch Netflix release date, cast, trailer: When will the show air?”

Netflix confirmed in September of last year that a remake of the classic 90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch was in the works.

The streaming company has now confirmed the title of the forthcoming show will be Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, who is also leading the Sabrina reboot, posted on Twitter: “Gotta catch up to #Riverdale… A long way to go, but the PATH OF NIGHT begins here…”

His words now confirm the name of the first episode of the new TV show, which is based on the Archie Comics series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

The story of half-witch half-mortal Sabrina Spellman (played by Melissa Joan Hart in the sitcom) is originally from the Archie Comics, like the Netflix original show Riverdale.

The popularity of Riverdale prompted Netflix bosses to consider creating another show from the Archie Comics and so this dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft exclusive to the streaming site was born.

The new version of the fondly remembered character will be played by Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka.

…Netflix has not yet announced a release date. Filming is set to begin in February and wrap up in October, meaning that we could be looking at a release date some time in 2019.

(6) SWEDISH BNF HOSPITALIZED. SF Journalen reports 2005 Worldcon fan GoH Lars Olov Strandberg suffered a stroke:

Sverifandom’s Grand Old Man, Lars-Olov Strandberg, HOSPITALISED AFTER STROKE. Lars-Olov, now 89 years, was fan GoH of the 2005 Worldcon. A pillar of Swedish fandom since mid-1950’s. Sadly, reports are bad: he’s half-paralysed, can’t communicate.

See Strandberg’s online photo archive at Fanac.org.

Lars-Olov Strandberg was born in 1929 and became active in fandom in 1956, when he attended the first Swedish convention, the Luncon. Lars-Olov was one of the founders of the Scandinavian SF Association (SFSF), and served on the organization’s board of directors for decades afterward. He also served as chairman of the Alvar Appeltofft Memorial Foundation after it came into being in the late 1970s.

A very active convention fan, Lars-Olov served as treasurer for most Stockholm conventions, starting with the 1965 Stockon, and continuing throughout the decades of the 1970s and 1980s. He became known internationally from his travels to Worldcons, British Eastercons, and continental European SF conventions. This was facilitated by his profession, as head of life insurance investment training with Sweden’s largest insurance corporation.

According to John-Henri Holmberg, Strandberg was “Sweden’s combination of E. E. Evans, Howard DeVore, and Forry Ackerman: a soft-spoken, self-effacing man whose devotion without any doubt guaranteed the survival of the SFSF.”

(7) RICK RIORDAN PRESENTS. The cover of Yoon Ha Lee’s upcoming middle-grade book has been revealed.

(8) BALLARD CONSIDERED. John Dodds previews what you’ll learn from a study of an opaque SFF author — “Book Review: J. G. Ballard (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) by D. Harlan Wilson” at Amazing Stories.

The popular idea is that “Empire of the Sun” (the Spielberg film that brought Ballard’s work to a wider audience) is an autobiography is false. It is, as Wilson explains, a fictionalised autobiography. And neither are the Ballardian protagonists in some of the novels purely autobiographical. They serve a purpose in the complex machinery of the author’s unique, mainly strange, often deeply obscure and incomprehensible books.

I found the section about his most experimental novel, “The Atrocity Exhibition”, both fascinating and reassuring. Reassuring, in that I felt I did not understand the novel at all when I read in in my early 20s and because Wilson affirms that it more or less defies explanation, though he is very clear about the themes therein. I still remember being completely hooked by the cut-up technique (also beloved of William Burroughs, though Ballard’s approach is very different). I came away from that chapter in this book feeling that it was okay not to understand completely, but also enriched by the author’s commentary on its themes, ideas and exposition.

(9) HINDS OBIT. Author Kathryn Hinds died on January 30:

Kathryn Hinds is a prolific author whose short stories and poetry have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. Her most recent works are The Healer’s Choice,  a feminist fantasy novel  published by Dark Oak Press, and The Forty, a collaboration with photographer Fox Gradin and author James Palmer that re-envisions the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Kathryn’s first poetry collection, Candle, Thread, and Flute, came out from Luna Station Press in 2013. That year also saw the release of her six-book series Creatures of Fantasy (Cavendish Square), which brought her total number of nonfiction books for children and young adults to fifty. Her current works in progress include a sequel to The Healer’s Choice along with a novel in verse and a collection of steampunk short stories. Kathryn did graduate work in comparative literature and medieval studies at the City University of New York and is now a lecturer in the English Department of the University of North Georgia. She has lived in Dahlonega, Georgia, since 1995.

(10) TODAY IN HISTORY

  • January 31, 1971 — Apollo 14 departs for the moon.

(11) COMICS SECTION.

  • John King Tarpinian enjoyed the horrible literary pun in Brevity.

(12) TODAY’S THING TO WORRY ABOUT. Newsweek says get ready — “Earth’s Magnetic Poles Show Signs They’re About to Flip—Exposing Humans to Radiation and Planet-Wide Blackouts”.

Historically, Earth’s North and South magnetic poles have flipped every 200,000 or 300,000 years—except right now, they haven’t flipped successfully for about 780,000 years. But the planet’s magnetic field is at long last showing signs of shifting. Although there’s no way to know yet for sure, it could be gearing up to flip once more, according to Undark Magazine. And that possibility is raising new speculation about what that means for planetary life.

Our planet’s magnetic field protects us from lethal levels of radiation from phenomena like solar rays. The dangerous particles never hit us directly, because upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere the magnetic field deflects them and forces them to move around, according to NASA. So the prospect of that field weakening, which it does when it’s getting ready to flip, is worrisome: It would leave us without sufficient protection.

(13) COLD FACTS. The Planetary Society’s monthly video – “Space Robots in Antarctica” – The Planetary Post with Robert Picardo.

While Picardo speaks to Astronauts and fans on a Star Trek cruise ship, one of our other board members, Dr. Britney Schmidt toughs it out at the South Pole to research how one day robots could work underwater on ice moons.

 

(14) OFF WITH HER HEAD. Here’s a freaky story —

Guests at Disney‘s California Adventure reported getting an unexpected scare when Ursula the sea witch’s head fell off — and she kept singing.

 

(15) SCREENWRITING. Withoutabox has opened the 4th annual ScreenCraft Sci-Fi and Fantasy Screenplay Contest. Full details at the link:

We’re thrilled to announce our 2018 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenplay Contest! Whether you’re writing a contained science fiction drama or an epic fantasy saga, we want to read your feature film script. The jury is out of this world — with judges who love sci-fi movies — from top companies including 20th Century Fox, Sony and Lionsgate! Don’t miss the industry’s #1 sci-fi & fantasy feature screenplay contest.

…ScreenCraft runs a suite of screenwriting competitions that have a long history of getting writers repped and working. The secret is that ScreenCraft actually determines the winners with judges who work in the particular genre or space – real industry executives (not just readers). The winners get actual meetings with actual executives, so that a relationship forms beyond just a great script.

Judges
Hollywood’s #1 Sci-fi & Fantasy Screenplay Contest jury includes executives from Sony, 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate:

Jonathan Wu
Development Executive at 20th Century Fox, the studio behind AVATAR, X-MEN, ANOTHER EARTH, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, PROMETHEUS, PREDATORS and more!

Steven Douglas-Craig
Executive Assistant at Sony Pictures, the studio behind PASSENGERS, GHOSTBUSTERS, MEN IN BLACK, RESIDENT EVIL and SPIDER-MAN.

Meredith Wieck
Development Executive at Lionsgate, the studio behind TWILIGHT, HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT.

(16) IN THE MARKET. Unsung Stories is open for submissions from January 29 to February 26.

Speculative fiction. That means anything not mundane: fantasy; science fiction; horror; weird fiction; magical realism; etc. Complete novels of 40K + words to be considered for print publication.

We are also interested in exploring the potential of shorter fictions that challenge the definition of the traditional novel; sets of novellas or novelettes, interlinked short fictions and the like.

Full details at the link. This is the publisher of The Arrival of Missives, the novella by Aliya Whiteley.

(17) CALL FOR PAPERS. The organisers of the (Un)Ethical Futures conference, held in Melbourne last December, invite contributions for a special themed issue of Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique and an edited essay collection, provisionally titled (Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction. — “CfP: (Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction”

Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2018.

We are interested in submissions that explore the ethical dimensions of utopia, dystopia and science fiction (sf). This focus on ethics allows for a range of topics, including environmental ethics and climate change, human bioethics, animal ethics, the ethical use of technology, ethics of alterity and otherness, as well as related issues of social justice. We welcome submissions that bring these ethical considerations into dialogue with speculative fiction across different genres and modes, from sf about the near or distant future, to alternative histories about better or worse presents, to stories about utopian or dystopian societies. Possible areas of engagement include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental ethics in speculative climate fiction (“cli-fi”)
  • The treatment or representation of animals, artificial intelligence, aliens or other posthuman or non-human entities in utopia, dystopia and sf
  • Utopian and dystopian dimensions of Indigenous literatures and traditions
  • Postcolonial and critical race theory studies of utopia, dystopia and sf
  • The ethics of alterity and ethical responses to otherness in speculative fiction
  • Politics, activism, social justice and ethics in sf and its fan communities
  • Bioethical issues in sf, including biopunk and cyberpunk subgenres
  • Feminist and queer theory engagement with utopia, dystopia and sf
  • Philosophy, ethics and the utopian impulse

Colloquy is an open access, peer-reviewed journal published by the Literary and Cultural Studies Graduate Research Program at Monash University. We publish scholarly work and creative writing from emerging and established researchers in literary and cultural studies, critical theory, continental philosophy, film and television studies, communications and media studies, and performance studies.

(18) CANNED ANYWAY. An investigation found that the “Worker Who Sent Hawaii False Alert Thought Missile Attack Was Imminent”:

A false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii was sent on Jan. 13 because an emergency worker believed there really was a missile threat, according to a preliminary investigation by the Federal Communications Commission.

The report finds that the false alert was not the result of a worker choosing the wrong alert by accident from a drop-down menu, but rather because the worker misunderstood a drill as a true emergency. The drill incorrectly included the language “This is not a drill.”

The top two civilian officials at Hawaii Emergency Management Agency announced their resignations Wednesday, Reuters reports, and the employee who issued the alert was fired. In addition, the agency’s military director told the wire service, a midlevel manager is being suspended.

(19) THE VERDICT. The BBC says “Black Panther reaction is in… and it’s good news”:

It’s not out until 13 February but reviewers got to see the film at its premiere on Monday night.

Here’s a taster of the reaction so far (and we’ll try to avoid any spoilers):

The LA Times’ Trevell Anderson described it as “a love letter about blackness”.

Freelance film writer Rebecca Theodore-Vachon said Black Panther “was everything I wanted and more”.

Fandango’s managing editor, Erik Davis, agreed.

(20) ALMOST BLACK PANTHER. Wesley Snipes started out as a dancer and fully intended to play Black Panther wearing nothing but a leotard. Maybe with some little cat ears on it. The project was never made: “Wesley Snipes Reveals Untold Story Behind His ‘Black Panther’ Film” in The Hollywood Reporter.

“I think Black Panther spoke to me because he was noble, and he was the antithesis of the stereotypes presented and portrayed about Africans, African history and the great kingdoms of Africa,” Snipes tells THR. “It had cultural significance, social significance. It was something that the black community and the white community hadn’t seen before.”

Created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Black Panther was revolutionary as the first African superhero in mainstream comics. The king and kick-butt protector of Wakanda had it all: brawn, brains, wealth and advanced technologies.

Snipes was hooked in an instant when he and his then manager, Doug Robertson, were approached by Marvel for the project. Feeling that Africa, save for the unique animal population, was too commonly shown in film as a depressing, desolate land, Snipes yearned to show its beauty and lush history.

…Recalling the costume idea leaves Snipes in hysterics.

“Actually, I figured it would be a leotard,” he says. “A leotard with maybe some little cat ears on it. I would have to be in shape and just be straight bodied up. I never imagined anything more than a leotard at the time, which I didn’t have a problem with because I started out as a dancer.”

(21) LEGOVERSARY. Lego celebrated its birthday is the most appropriate way —

Building toy giant Lego marked its 60th anniversary by constructing a 10-foot-tall version of a Lego brick from 133,000 smaller Lego bricks.

The company posted a time-lapse video to YouTube showing “Master Builders” at Lego’s U.S. headquarters in Enfield, Conn., using 133,000 Lego bricks to build a massive version of its classic “2×4” Lego brick.

The brick, which weighs 1,200 pounds, took about 350 hours to build, Lego said.

 

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Nancy Sauer, Cat Eldridge, JJ, ULTRAGOTHA, Standback, Martin Morse Wooster, Chip Hitchcock, Brian Z., Carl Slaughter, Francis Hamit, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Acoustic Rob.]

55 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 1/31/18 There’s Thirteen Hundred And Fifty-Two Pixel Scrollers In Fileville

  1. (18) That man gets all my sympathy. As for the person who thought it was a good idea to include “this is not a drill” in a drill … what an asshole.

  2. (3) IN AN INTERNET FAR, FAR AWAY

    *Alec Guiness voice* “That’s no McMoon…”

    (7) RICK RIORDAN PRESENTS.

    Mmmmm, more Yoon Ha Lee is good.

    (19) THE VERDICT.

    I’m looking forward to this, but does anyone else get the impression that the marketing has involved a lot of spoilerific clips and early views? I’m finding it really difficult to dodge them all. (Possibly it’s just because people I follow are particularly excited about it though)

    The Locus recommended list is out. I’ve not had time for more than a cursory glance though.
    http://locusmag.com/2018/02/2017-locus-recommended-reading-list/

  3. 19) Will BP live up to expectations? *Can* it? All I know is that here in 1423, we have almost 600 years to wait to see it. Heck, we have almost 500 years before we can even see a movie of any kind…

  4. Third fifth!

    18) I am slightly surprised that there are no inherent cross-checks built into the protocol. Something like “I have heard ‘missiles incoming’, please confirm missiles incoming and not a test.” Not sure if that would’ve worked here, though.

  5. One thing that leaps out at me from the shorter fiction in the Locus list is how badly the big 3 print mags have done. Analog gets 1 entry, F&SF 4, and Asimovs 5. That 5 matches the result for Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and then Lightspeed, Uncanny, Clarkesworld and tor.com are well ahead of that. The big 3 are also outperformed by several anthologies. That’s…not good for them.

  6. (5) It seems appropriate that someone from “Mad Men” would play Sabrina, given that the first appearance of the character, as I recall it, was as a one-shot story in “Archie’s Mad House,” the on-again, off-again humor comic Archie Comics used to publish. I remember it as if it weren’t 2689 now.

  7. Is the title riffing off something I don’t recognize, or is Mike actually trying to count all his Chinese web-bots?

    (3) Isn’t the pattern for those things “Deathy McDeath Face”?

    Here in 3332, the poles have flipped and the survivors of humanity are looking down from an overcrowded moon. A “harsh mistress,” indeed.

  8. Mark says One thing that leaps out at me from the shorter fiction in the Locus list is how badly the big 3 print mags have done. Analog gets 1 entry, F&SF 4, and Asimovs 5. That 5 matches the result for Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and then Lightspeed, Uncanny, Clarkesworld and tor.com are well ahead of that. The big 3 are also outperformed by several anthologies. That’s…not good for them.

    I don’t think this is a recent trend as the number of genre print anthologies has been seemingly multiplying every year. Add in online sources for fiction and the Big Three aren’t even a drop in a very large cup of coffee.

    Amazon offers me discounted magazines to. Me quite often and F& SF and Asimov’s are often offered up. Even with a discount, they’re ostly purchases.

  9. @ Bonnie McDaniel:

    Well, yes, traditionally. I woudl say that “Killy McDeathMoon” or “Deathy McMoonface” are both probably better than “Deathy McDeathMoon” (the second actually scans pretty well, like ol’ Boaty did).

  10. Bonnie McDaniel on February 1, 2018 at 6:03 am said:

    Is the title riffing off something I don’t recognize, or is Mike actually trying to count all his Chinese web-bots?

    It’s riffing on an old song called “Nashville Cats” which got stuck in my head yesterday for some unknown reason. Hi, my name is Rob, and my mind goes strange places sometimes.

  11. Bonnie McDaniel on February 1, 2018 at 6:03 am said:

    Is the title riffing off something I don’t recognize, or is Mike actually trying to count all his Chinese web-bots?

    I’m guessing that it was triggered by this post, which is based on this song?

  12. And John Sebastian Sr (dad of JS Jr in the LS) was a classical harmonica player. I’ve got a record (those laserdisk-sized vinyl thingies) of his, also one by Larry Adler, another classical harmonicist.

    Trivially yrs,
    dpd

  13. Mark on February 1, 2018 at 5:47 am said:
    One thing that leaps out at me from the shorter fiction in the Locus list is how badly the big 3 print mags have done. Analog gets 1 entry, F&SF 4, and Asimovs 5. That 5 matches the result for Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and then Lightspeed, Uncanny, Clarkesworld and tor.com are well ahead of that. The big 3 are also outperformed by several anthologies. That’s…not good for them.

    It’s a pretty broad and diverse market now for short fiction. As a reader, I’m trying to read more short fiction, and even ignoring the free stuff available online, there are so many magazines and anthologies easily available on the Kindle that I hardly even think about the traditional magazines.

  14. re: middle-grade books (i.e. (7) above).

    The latest Hamster Princess arrived out our house yesterday, and the local nine-year-old had read the whole thing by dinner time. The almost-thirteen-year-old recently finished Karl Schroeder’s Lockstep and was eager to discuss the relative merits of locksteps vs. fast worlds, and weird scenarios involving coldsleep.

  15. @ Acoustic Rob

    Hi, my name is Rob, and my mind goes strange places sometimes.

    I like your style!

  16. Agreed on the Johns Sebastian! John the Younger always seemed to me to be one of the great songwriters of his time, working in a variety of genres to craft highly listenable tunes that stick with me. John the Elder recorded two LPs I enjoy a lot, one of miscellaneous tunes (my introduction to a favorite Vivaldi movement, among other things), and one of Bach flute sonatas. I also like Larry Adler, but Sebastian has more performances that I return to.

  17. nickp: The latest Hamster Princess arrived at my mom’s house last Friday, and I curled up and started reading it immediately on our arrival that evening (which was supposed to be for our weekly RPG).

    Then I erroneously left it there, so Mom got to read the book in full first. Which I suppose saves me taking it home only to loan back out to her…

    (My elder son is six and still very much more in the vein of reading Robert Munsch and Dr. Seuss than Ursula Vernon, and his little brother about being read to, usually even simpler picture books — but those and Dragonbreath await…)

  18. My late High school and early College boyfriend was a fan of the Lovin’ Spoonful and vinyl, and my recollection is that I agreed they were good. I think I have one of their records somewhere (I picked up a number of oddments based on things I’d heard from him and liked, because we used to help sort records for the folk fest’s long discontinued vinyl sales), but I’d need to get the record player set up again before I could confirm that…

  19. 1) In disappointing but utterly unsurprising, we have… (Fans are aware and can read subtext does not get you a representation cookie. To misquote Buffy, fans can read subtext in linoleum.)

    7) I’m really glad yhlee is getting to write something fun! I know he wanted a break from Very Serious MilSF. Next January is a long wait though!

    12) I know what’s going to kill me: It’ll be either the Cascadia Subduction Zone, or something really dumb. I’m not worrying about this nonsense.

  20. @Darren Garrison

    (12) TODAY’S THING TO WORRY ABOUT.: Wow, that article is filled with some seriously idiotic ignorance and alarmism.

    Yep. NASA has made it clear that the pole reversal isn’t that big a deal, at least in terms of radiation on the surface. The magnetic field doesn’t go away–it just quits being useful for compasses for a while. And even without it, our atmosphere would be ample shielding.

    https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012-poleReversal.html

  21. Rob Thornton on February 1, 2018 at 8:10 am said:

    I like your style!

    Thanks!

    Darren Garrison on February 1, 2018 at 6:54 am said:

    I’m guessing that it was triggered by this post, which is based on this song?

    Probably was!

    Although I just realized it should have been thirteen hundred and fifty-two pixel scrollers in Fileville. Oh well.

  22. @Mark

    One thing that leaps out at me from the shorter fiction in the Locus list is how badly the big 3 print mags have done. Analog gets 1 entry, F&SF 4, and Asimovs 5. That 5 matches the result for Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and then Lightspeed, Uncanny, Clarkesworld and tor.com are well ahead of that. The big 3 are also outperformed by several anthologies. That’s…not good for them.

    I think their biggest problem is that they just make it too hard for people to get their stories. If money is no object, it is at least possible to buy electronic back issues, but paying $6 to $9 just to get a single short story is pretty outrageous.

    What they ought to do is provide a way for readers to buy, say, 50,000 words worth of short fiction for $5 but let readers pick which stories. It wouldn’t be rocket science to do that, but, frankly, the traditional magazines seem to be frightened by any technology invented after about 1950.

  23. I just did my post about the Locus list and noticed they had about one-third fewer short stories that on last year’s list (although there were way more novellas, and an uptick in novelettes). I wondered if that was a byproduct of the change in their jury or it would have gone that direction anyway.

  24. Acoustic Rob: Although I just realized it should have been thirteen hundred and fifty-two pixel scrollers in Fileville. Oh well.

    OMG!

    But wait… I could do that! (The power goes to my head sometimes.)

  25. As someone who grew up in Nashville and who has lived in Tennessee for more than 40 years altogether, I approve this thread!

    I would also like to point out the “new state motto” (from a list of fake mottos someone thought up) for Tennessee:

    Tennessee
    Cantator in omnibus tabernis
    “A musician in every bar”

    https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/new-latin-state-mottoes-for-the-21st-century

    (And yes, my brother was a guitarist in Nashville — including in many bars — for many years. It sometimes seems that every doctor/lawyer/teacher/garbage collector in Nashville has a side gig in “the industry”!)

  26. Greg Hullender on February 1, 2018 at 9:06 am said:

    Yep. NASA has made it clear that the pole reversal isn’t that big a deal,

    Maybe not for NASA, but certain quarters of the internet get upset if I suddenly move from one hemisphere to the other 😉

  27. @ Darren Garrison, @ Greg Hullender
    12) Someone’s been watching The Core and apparently thought it was a documentary.

  28. Meredith Moment:

    Running With the Demon by Terry Brooks is $2.99 on Amazon Kindle today

    Book of the Damned by Tanith Lee is $1.99 on Amazon Kindle as well.

    Here in 9862, our feline overlords have made ear-scratching a medal event in the Winter Olympics.

  29. 2) I swear to Halford, the Gale Crater floor looks almost exactly like the Black Rock Playa in Nevada, home to Burning Man. Made me yearn for my dusty home away from home.

  30. @Camestros, <snork!>

    Glad to see you’re taking the nonsense with good humor. It must be very annoying.

  31. @2: Dammit, we were supposed to be there in person by now — at least according to what I was reading when I was in grade school. The panorama is stunning — and a great achievement considering how early SF authors didn’t actually do the physics — but I wanted more….

    @10: also “today”: January 31, 1958: the U.S.’s first successful satellite launch.

    @Charon D: there’s plenty of blame to go around. The story notes that the fired person was regarded as incompetent (at best) from work history, and had missed drill warnings bracketing “this is not a drill”.

  32. Camestros Felapton: Maybe not for NASA, but certain quarters of the internet get upset if I suddenly move from one hemisphere to the other

    LOL!

    Yeah, please don’t flip your pole, it makes Dave nervous.

  33. @Chip From my experience with issues like this, often in a high-profile firing the employer will dredge up whatever evidence they can find indicating the employee was incompetent … while side-stepping the issue of why they kept the employee around despite the incompetence. At least one person died of a heart attack after hearing the false alarm, so there’s some exposure. So yeah, my sympathy still lies with this man who heard “this is not a drill” and freaked out and assumed it wasn’t, but thanks for making sure it’s not misplaced.

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