Pixel Scroll 4/13/20 Pixels, Get Ready, There’s A Scroll A’comin’

(1) PRESSING IN. Cat Rambo’s video “Why Small Press Books Don’t Almost Always Suck” challenges negativity about small presses with examples from her own career.

Cat talks about some of the small press books she’s appeared in or worked with, and what she likes about them

So far as I can tell she doesn’t identify any particular person as holding this opinion. But it might be more than a coincidence that a few weeks back Nick Mamatas wrote a column for LitReactor titled “Why Are Small Presses Almost Always So Awful?”

(2) IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. [Item by Dann.] Regarding Archive.org, Brian Keene has gone through the process of figuring out how to get his works removed from the National Emergency Library. To make it easier for other authors, he supplied the process in The Horror Show with Brian Keene – episode 259.

  • Authors need to send an email to info@archive.org.
  • The subject line should read “National Emergency Library Removal Request”
  • Authors need to include the URL(s) from within the National Emergency Library so they will know which work(s) they need to remove.

It’s kind of crappy to force authors to jump through hoops to prevent copyright infringement, but I guess it’s better to have hoops available than to just ignore the infringement and drive on as if nothing is wrong.

(3) IMPROVING SHORT FICTION. The Odyssey Writing Workshop interviews guest lecturer Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov’s.

…You’ve read quite a number of short stories over the years as an editor. For writers looking to improve their understanding of how short stories work, how would you suggest critically reading stories with an eye to improvement and understanding? Are there particular elements critical readers should look for?

This is a great question. Years ago I heard of an author who retyped a famous story to figure out what the author was doing. I don’t think the writer has to go that far, but critical reading is essential. Pick a favorite story that wowed you and read it a few times. Take notes. Look for the foreshadowing. Look for the metaphors and the similes. Pay attention to the arc. Pay attention to every clue. A professional author rarely wastes a word in a work of short fiction. It takes practice to pick up on most of the details the first time through a tale, but it’s a lot easier to see these details once you know what’s coming.

(4) NOT A DESIRABLE CHAPTER. Publishers Weekly reports on the troubles of a major book printer: “LSC Files Chapter 11”

LSC Communications announced this morning that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The filing has been expected for several months as the country’s largest book printer—and one of its largest printers overall—has struggled under the weight of its failed merger with Quad Graphics and the outbreak of the new coronavirus. LSC’s subsidiaries in Mexico and Canada are not included in the filing, and will continue to operate normally.

LSC said it has received commitments for $100 million in debtor-in-possession financing from certain of its revolving lenders, subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions. If approved by the bankruptcy court, LSC said, the new financing, combined with cash on hand and generated through its ongoing operations, “is expected to be sufficient to support the company’s operational and restructuring needs.”

Since LSC’s deal with Quad was called off last summer following objections from the Justice Department, the company has worked to streamline its business, a process that has included closing eight facilities and signing new contracts, noted Thomas Quinlan III, LSC chairman, president, and CEO. Quinlan added that a review of its operations determined that the best way forward was to pursue a restructuring of its financial structure.

And Quad, LSC’s would-be merger partner, hit the wall two weeks ago: “Quad Closes Book Printing Operations”.

Publishers were dealt an unhappy surprise last week when Quad unexpectedly closed its book printing facilities, sending publishers scrambling to find a replacement. Quad did not respond to requests for comment from PW on whether it had plans to re-open the book plants.

The closure comes at a time when the loss of printing capacity is one of the many concerns publishers are facing because of the new coronavirus outbreak. Overall, most printers are printing, although on different schedules as they adjust to state policies, staffing, and types of books.

Quad put its book printing business up for sale last fall following the collapse of its proposed merger with the country’s largest book printer, LSC Communications, after the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit. Quad has yet to respond to requests for comment from PW on whether it has found a buyer, but to date, none has been announced.

LSC, meanwhile, is continuing to operate, though it is dealing with its own financial challenges. 

(5) WORLD FANTASY AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN. The World Fantasy Convention chairs still plan to hold their con in Salt Lake City from October 29-November 1.

WFC 2020 is still six months away. Every day brings new developments and, we sincerely hope, progress toward controlling and conquering the virus. We have every hope that the current crisis will be over long before 29 October. Besides our own continuing discussions and plans, we’re monitoring the efforts of other conferences and similar gatherings, and will adapt all measures that make sense to keep our membership safe. We know this is a difficult time, and everyone’s plans are in a state of flux. Be assured we have no plans to raise membership rates during this worldwide emergency.

Download Progress Report #2 from the website.

Members of the 2018, 2019, or 2020 World Fantasy Conventions may nominate books, stories, and individuals for the 2020 World Fantasy Award between how and May 31. Voting instructions here.

(6) THE LOOK OF DUNE. Vanity Fair posted on Instagram the first photos of Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides in Denis Villeneuve’s production of Dune.

(7) FERRELL OBIT. Former OMNI editor Henry Keith Ferrell (1953-2020) died of an apparent heart attack while fixing his roof, before the storm currently sweeping up the East Coast. He is survived by his wife, Martha, and son, Alec, who made the announcement on Ferrell’s website.

…Graduating from Raleigh’s Sanderson High in 1971, he attended the Residential College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he met Martha Sparrow — a woman of equal beauty and intellect — at a Halloween party in the basement of Guilford dormitory. His face covered in wax, she overheard him mentioning the name “Lawrence Talbot” and she got the reference, having no idea what Keith looked like. On their first date, they ditched a French play to go see King Kong instead. They fell in love, moved off campus, and started their lives together. They were married on July 20, 1974, and would remain together for almost 47 years.

…Now a family man, Keith set out on his career in publishing, first at Walnut Circle Press as a print salesman, then as editor of trade magazine The Professional Upholsterer, onward to feature writer of COMPUTE! Magazine, where he was at the forefront of reporting on the burgeoning home computing industry throughout its emergence as a household staple. All the while, he raised his son and loved his wife, planted many gardens, and wrote and wrote and wrote.

From 1983 through 1987, Keith published four critically-acclaimed biographies of legendary writers for young adults through M. Evans and Company: H.G. Wells: First Citizen of the Future; Ernest Hemingway: The Search for Courage; George Orwell: The Political Pen; and John Steinbeck: The Voice of the Land. These were the first of many printed works to bear his name in the byline.

In 1990, COMPUTE! was acquired by General Media out of New York City, and Keith was recruited and ultimately served as Editor-in-Chief of OMNI Magazine, the preeminent science and technology publication of the day — a career-defining accomplishment. During his tenure at OMNI, Keith worked with (and edited) many of the heroes of his youth and forged friendships across the fields of anthropology, gaming, evolutionary studies, telecommunications, and writers of all stripes. Keith stewarded OMNI as a vehicle for the vanguard of cutting-edge technology and futurism until its final issue…

He wrote until his dying day, which turned out to be April 11, 2020, at 2:32pm. His heart gave out after fixing a hole in his roof, but finished the job before doing so….

(8) TODAY IN HISTORY.

  • April 13, 2012 Lockout premiered. Also known as MS One: Maximum Security, It directed by James Mather and Stephen Saint Leger, and written by Mather, Saint Leger, and Luc Besson. It was both Mather’s and Saint Leger’s feature directorial debuts. The film stars Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James, and Peter Stormare. It did poorly at the box and critics were not fond of it either; it holds a 46% rating among audience reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes. So why write up here? Because John Carpenter successfully sued the film’s makers in the French courts for the film having plagiarized both Escape from New York and Escape from L.A.., a verdict held upon appeal. 

(9) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born April 13, 1923 Mari Blanchard. Remembered best as B-movie femme fatale, she did a number of genre films including Abbott and Costello Go to Mars where she was Queen Allura, She Devil where she had the lead role of Kyra Zelas and Twice-Told Tales, a Vincent Price horror film where she had a not major role as Sylvia Ward. (Died 1970.)
  • Born April 13, 1931 Beverley Cross. English screenwriter responsible for an amazing trio of films, to wit namely Jason And The ArgonautsSinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger and Clash Of The Titans. He also wrote the screenplay for The Long Ships which is at genre adjacent. (Died 1998.)
  • Born April 13, 1949 Teddy Harvia, 71. Winner of the Hugo for Fan Artist an amazing four times starting in 1991 at Chicon IV, then in 1995 at Intersection, next in 2001 at the Millennium Philcon and last at in 2002 at ConJosé. He was honored with the Rebel Award by the Southern Fandom Confederation in 1997 at that year’s DeepSouthCon
  • Born April 13, 1951 Peter Davison, 69. The Fifth Doctor and one that I came to be very fond of unlike the one that followed him. And he put a lot of gravitas into the voice of Mole he did for The Wind in the Willows animated special Mole’s Christmas. For twenty years now, he has reprised his role as the Fifth Doctor in myriad Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish.
  • Born April 13, 1954 Michael Cassutt, 66. Producer, screenwriter, and author. His TV resume includes notable work for the animated Dungeons & DragonsMax HeadroomThe Outer LimitsBeauty and The BeastSeaQuestFarscape and The Twilight Zone. He’s also written a number of genre works including the Heaven’s Shadow series that was co-written with David S. Goyer.
  • Born April 13, 1959 Brian Thomsen. He was an American science fiction editor, author and anthologist. Founding editor of the Questar Science Fiction line for which he was a Nolacon II Hugo finalist in the Best Professional Editor category. I’ve read and will recommend The American Fantasy Tradition which he did, and likewise Masters of Fantasy which was co-edited with Bill Fawcett. I see he helped Julius Schwartz put together his autobiography,  Man of Two Worlds. (Died 2008.)
  • Born April 13, 1950 Ron Perlman, 70. Hellboy in a total of five films including three animated films (Hellboy: Sword of StormsHellboy: Blood and Iron and the Redcap short). Still by far the best Hellboy. He’s got a long association with the genre as his very first film was Quest for Fire in which he was Amoukar. The Ice Pirates as Zeno was followed quickly by the role of Captain Soames in Sleepwalkers and Angel  De La Guardia in the Mexican horror film Cronos. Several years later, I see he’s Boltar in Prince Valiant, Johnher in Alien Resurrection and Reman Viceroy in Star Trek: Nemesis. And I should note he was in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Gnarlack, a goblin gangster if I read the Cliff notes to that correctly. No, I’m not forgetting about his most amazing role of all, Vincent in Beauty and The Beast. (Having not rewatched for fear of the Suck Fairy having come down hard on it.) At the time, I thought it was the the most awesome practical makeup I’d ever seen. And the costume just made look him even still more amazing. 
  • Born April 13, 1960 Michel Faber, 60. Dutch born author of three genre novels, Under the SkinThe Book of Strange New Things and D: A Tale of Two Worlds. He was a finalist for the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award for The Book of Strange New Things.

(10) COMICS SECTION.

(11) THERE’S NOTHING HALFWAY ABOUT THE IOWA WAY. Shaenon K. Garrity tweeted, “The Iowa Digital Library has a collection of sci-fi fanzines from the 1930s and 1940s, and my entertainment needs through the rest of the pandemic are taken care of.” Thread starts here.

(12) SECOND THOUGHTS. Cora Buhlert continues her assessment of this year’s finalists in “Some Thoughts on the Hugo Award Finalists, Part II: The 2020 Hugo Awards”.

…This year, however, I’m largely happy with the Best Related Work finalists. Joanna Russ by Gwyneth Jones, The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara and The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein, by Farah Mendlesohn are exactly the sort of finalists I want to see in this category. All three were also on my longlist, two of them were on my ballot.

Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski was not on my ballot, but is a highly deserving finalist, since autobiographies of people of genre relevance have always been a part of Best Related Work – see also the recent nominations for Carrie Fisher’s and Zoe Quinn’s respective autobiographies….

(13) LOOKING FOR A JOB IN WASHINGTON. If Lou Antonelli doesn’t get voted in as SFWA director-at-large, he’s got a fallback position. Lou has declared himself a Libertarian candidate for Congress in Texas’ 4th District. Ballotpedia shows he’s up against a Republican incumbent.

Brianna Wu is running for Congress as a Democrat in a Boston-area district once again. It would be an interesting coincidence if they were both on the floor of the House to start the 2021 term.

(14) SCARED STRAIGHT. “Indonesian village uses ‘ghosts’ for distancing patrols” according to the BBC.

A village in Indonesia has reportedly taken to using volunteers dressed as ghosts to try to scare people into social distancing over the coronavirus.

Kepuh village, on Java Island, started deploying the patrols at night last month.

In Indonesian folklore, ghostly figures known as “pocong” are said to represent the trapped souls of the dead.

Indonesia so far has about 4,500 cases and 400 confirmed virus deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

But there are fears, according to experts, that the true scale of the infection across the country is much worse.

According to Reuters news agency staff who travelled to see the pocong in action, the unusual tactic initially had the opposite effect to that intended – with people coming out to try to spot the volunteers.

But locals say matters have improved since the team began deploying unexpectedly.

“Since the pocong appeared, parents and children have not left their homes,” resident Karno Supadmo told Reuters. “And people will not gather or stay on the streets after evening prayers.”

(15) FLAT NOTES. Today’s thing to worry about — “Coronavirus: What’s happening to the beer left in pubs?”

Pubs, like other public venues, look set to stay shut for the foreseeable future. But what’s going to happen to the contents of their cellars?

Fifty million pints – give or take.

That’s the amount of beer expected to go unused in barrels if pubs remain closed into the summer because of coronavirus. Publicans are currently unable to sell their lagers, ales and ciders – save for takeaways and home deliveries.

“It’s a very sad waste of all the work and talent that goes into producing great beer,” says Tom Stainer, chief executive of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra). “People won’t get to drink it and all those resources have been used up for nothing.”

Mr Stainer estimates the UK’s 39,000 pubs have, on average, 15 barrels in their cellar at any given time. Most are kegs containing 11 gallons (88 pints) each – although many real ales come in nine-gallon (72-pint) casks. The best-before dates on pasteurised beer – including most lagers – are usually three to four months after delivery.

Those for real ales and other unpasteurised beer are usually set at six to nine weeks.

So most stock could go to waste if social distancing measures remain in place for several months.

(16) PLAYING POLITICS. My daughter used to play this game by the hour: “Animal Crossing removed from sale in China amid Hong Kong protests”.

The Nintendo Switch’s current best-selling game has been removed from Chinese online stores after activists used it to criticise the state.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets players customise their own island and invite others to visit.

Some players in Hong Kong have used the platform to stage protests.

Players in mainland China had previously been able to buy foreign editions of the title from online marketplaces.

The country’s censors strictly regulate video games and had yet to approve the title’s formal release in the country.

Now, even local sites which had advertised imported copies have removed the listings.

It is not clear, however, whether this is because there has been an intervention by the authorities or whether the stores are proactively removing the product.

(17) GROUNDHOG DAY. Bill Murray in another Jeep commercial.

Wake up. Wash hands. Miss groundhog. Repeat. Every day is probably starting to seem the same, but the more we all remember to stay inside, the sooner we can get back outside.

(18) HOUSTON, WE USED TO HAVE A PROBLEM. “Apollo 13: Enhanced images reveal life on stricken spacecraft” — many pictures at link.

Image enhancement techniques have been used to reveal life aboard Nasa’s stricken Apollo 13 spacecraft in unprecedented detail.

Fifty years ago, the craft suffered an explosion that jeopardised the lives of the three astronauts aboard.

Unsurprisingly, given they were locked in a fight for survival, relatively few onboard images were taken.

But imaging specialist Andy Saunders created sharp stills from low-quality 16mm film shot by the crew.

One of the techniques used by Mr Saunders is known as “stacking”, in which many frames are assembled on top of each other to improve the image’s detail.

(19) IT’S A GAS. In “‘Pinocchio’ at 80: 5 things you never knew about the Walt Disney classic” on Yahoo! Entertainment, Ethan Alter reports that if Disney followed Carlo Collodi’s story, Jiminy Cricket would have died in the film, and that Mel Blanc was originally cast as Gideon the cat but his lines were cut and replaced by burping.

Eighty years ago, moviegoers discovered exactly what happens when you wish upon a star when Walt Disney’s second animated feature, Pinocchio, premiered in theaters on Feb. 23, 1940. Flush with cash from the enormous success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney gambled his studio’s future on an adaptation of Italian author Corlo Collodi’s 19th century story of a walking, talking marionette who longs to be a real boy. At the time, the gamble didn’t entirely succeed: While Pinocchio received instant critical acclaim, it didn’t attract the same crowds that turned out in droves to see Snow White….

(20) VIDEO OF THE DAY. “Wong Ping’s Fables 2” on Vimeo tells the story of the cow who became rich and the rabbit who wanted to be a judge.

[Thanks to JJ, Chip Hitchcock, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, John King Tarpinian, Cat Eldridge, Michael Toman, Dann, Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Xtifr.]

30 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 4/13/20 Pixels, Get Ready, There’s A Scroll A’comin’

  1. 9) If Guillermo del Toro ever gets to make his At the Mountains of Madness, I wonder who he’ll cast Ron Perlman as in it. Shoggoth? Giant albino penguin?

  2. (9) I have Ron Perlman turning 70. (Born in 1950) I enjoyed his part in Pacific Rim. I could see an entire Hannibal Chau story. I didn’t know he was the Sayer of the Law in the Marlon Brando attempt at The Island of Dr. Moreau.

    It was Jack T. Chick’s birthday. There are Chick tracts that deal with Harry Potter and D&D. Any science fiction references? He certainly didn’t care for scientists.

    Also Don Adams who was Tennessee Tuxedo, Maxwell Smart, Inspector Gadget and wanted to be a WWI flying ace on Fantasy Island.

    (16) I’ve been spending a lot of time with Animal Crossing New Horizons. One of the few industries to benefit from the pandemic, ACNH came out at just the right time for people looking for something to do when staying at home. It is, as the kids on twitch say, most chill. I’m not sure how effective it can be as a means of protest. You can only have eight people on your island at a time and it takes forever whenever a new person arrives or departs.

    Are we not Scroll? We are Pixels.

    Edit: Am I not fifth?

  3. Jack Lint says I have Ron Perlman turning 70. (Born in 1950) I enjoyed his part in Pacific Rim. I could see an entire Hannibal Chau story. I didn’t know he was the Sayer of the Law in the Marlon Brando attempt at The Island of Dr. Moreau

    Yes? So did I. The Birthday note is an update of the one I used last year when he was sixty-nine years old.

  4. Cat: You and Jack agree, but what I posted was something else, so I fixed it.

  5. OGH says Cat: You and Jack agree, but what I posted was something else, so I fixed it.

    Ahhh now I understand. Back to the Midsomer Murders episode I’m watching.

  6. It’s the birthday of Jack Casady, bassist for the Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Hot Tuna, and more. He’s played on at least two songs on a Hugo-nominated album, so I think that’s probably genre enough for a mention. He also played bass on Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile”, which is sorta-kinda-maybe genre-adjacent?

  7. (11) The Blind Spot by Austin Hall and Homer Eon Flint, is available in a free edition on Gutenberg. It is a good read. It was originally published in Argosy magazine, predating the pulps, with higher literary standards.

    Homer Eon Flint and Austin Hall were writers in the small agricultural town of San Jose, California. Later to be famous as the origin of the integrated circuit and The Grateful Dead. Somehow all of these things are connected.

    I haven’t read Into the Infinite by Austin Hall. Probably should, if that Bradbury kid thinks it is #1 on his list.

  8. Born April 13, 1950 — Ron Perlman, 70. [….]Still by far the best Hellboy.

    Ron! Any other Hellboy never happened.

  9. (15) Pubs near me (Australia – so not quite as tight restrictions as the UK) are selling their keg beer in a scheme were:
    – you bring your own container to the pub car park.
    -They have a board showing what beer is available
    -You order and they take your containers and fill them
    The beer is magically cheap but you have to keep it in old milk containers etc.

  10. Apropos of absolutely nothing, I just stumbled across this, and figured some of the folks here would appreciate it!

    (Let’s see if YouTube embedding works this time…)

  11. Re: Lockout. I had not heard about the Carpenter suit…but yeah, the “DNA”, as it was, is definitely there.

  12. 1) Nick Mamatas is just the source of the most recent and prominent iteration of criticisms of indy/small press originated works. Good for Ms. Rambo for pointing out what broad-scale dismissal based on point of origination ends up missing.

    19) Coincidentally, the Disney Story Origins Podcast is currently doing a series comparing Disney’s Pinocchio with the source material. Paul Hale does a great job on his podcast of doing these kinds of comparisons. Episode 14a contains the best laugh I’ve had in months.

    Regards,
    Dann
    The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. – Isaac Asimov

  13. 16) My daughter is a huge fan, too. So much so that she stayed up until midnight to buy the new version when it came out.

  14. @Xtifr: Casady also played very conspicuous bass on “Crown of Creation”, Kantner’s setting of lines from Wyndham’s The Chrysalids (aka Rebirth). I figure you know this, but other Filers might not — and that was the cut that I picked for the SF-music exhibit at LSC3 (2013).

    @Camestros Felaptron: many brewpubs in the US sell refillable “growlers” — usually a half-gallon brown-glass bottle with a finger loop on the neck — but I expect the pandemic means there aren’t enough such containers even if they’re known in Australia. Somebody in the UK ought to come up with such a solution, but IIHC they’re still kind of uptight about alcohol sales.

    @Xtifr: Vanilla Fudge would be so jealous….

  15. @Chip Hitchcock: Musically, I’m one degree of separation from Jack Casady. A couple of years ago (on my birthday, no less), I got to jam with Will Scarlett, who played on the first Hot Tuna album! It was pretty awesome.

  16. @ Chip Hancock – I did not know that Crown of Creation involved The Chrysalids. Interesting!

  17. @Camestros Felaptron I recommend a growler. Many of the pubs near me sell them. Most of them have a good seal, so you needn’t drink your purchase all at once.

  18. @Rob Thornton: most of the lyrics are an almost-direct quote of some of the lines telepathed from the New Zealand rescue squad’s chief to the narrator, changed to direct address where they’re telling him not to worry about his bigoted family. I got volume 1 of Boucher’s anthology, which begins with Rebirth (US title because I don’t know whether it was changed significantly, as Trouble With Lichen was) just a few months before Jefferson Airplane’s 4th album came out, so I recognized the borrowing immediately. I found out later that Kantner was probably the first SF fan to become a major rock musician — he was years before Hawkwind and a decade before Brian May.

  19. @Xtifr: this is me turning green — I hacked at bass for a few years but was never any good at it.

  20. @ Xtifr – Wow! I played electric bass for a good long while and I love Jack Casady’s bass tone in Jefferson Airplane.

    BTW, the 60s San Francisco and Laurel Canyon rock scenes seemed to be a hotbed of SF/F-loving musicians. In Phil Lesh’s autobiography, he talks about comparing the Grateful Dead’s improvisations with the mind meld in More Than Human and the Byrd’s Roger McGuinn wrote a song about the Clarke short story that inspired 2001 (but pre-dated the movie).

  21. @Chip HItchcock

    In normal times many brew-pubs sell full growlers, or you can bring your own container. Of course our 4 pints are quite a bit bigger than yours. Some also sell bottles.

    Looking around I see three approaches taken locally.
    1) No online (or walk/drive-up) sales – they only sell bottles to supermarkets and specialist shops at the moment.
    2) Collections only – so no refills, only new growlers, bottles, and mini-casks.
    3) As above but they will also refill.

    Both 2) and 3) involve restricted hours and if they deliver restricted delivery.

  22. @Rob Thornton: Just to be clear, I didn’t play with Jack Casady. (That would have been awesome!) I played with someone who once played with Casady. One degree of separation. Instead of an Erdős number or a Bacon number, I have a Casady number. 🙂

    But I agree that Jack’s tone is gorgeous!

  23. 11) This list of books seems rather lame today, and there isn’t one I have read. I only know about THE BLIND SPOT through a Damon Knight review in his book. Fandon had a manner of recalling the very best, even if unobtainable.

  24. 9) On my most recent rewatching of Beauty and the Beast, it seemed to me the Suck Fairy had touched it only lightly here and there. (Granted, I restricted myself to the first two seasons.) The two-part pilot remains magical. The episode “Arabesque” continues to make me ugly-cry for long minutes after the credits roll.

    Everyone here knows GRRM was heavily involved in that series? Producer and writer credits all over the place, as I recall.

    1) Cat Rambo speaks truth! And speaking of small press anthologies that aren’t awful whatsoever, I hope it isn’t too self-promo to mention that the Atthis Arts anthology Community of Magic Pens drops real soon now. It’s lovely, and I’m not just saying that because I’ve got a story in there.

    Small press releases are getting hit especially hard right now, since so many of them were relying on in-person promotion events that are now canceled. It’s a good time to go place that order online with this or any other small press you love and want to support.

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