Pixel Scroll 6/5/17 Don’t Scroll Until You See the Whites Of Their Pixels

(1) WISDOM. Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture has been posted online.

By listening to all the early folk artists and singing the songs yourself, you pick up the vernacular. You internalize it. You sing it in the ragtime blues, work songs, Georgia sea shanties, Appalachian ballads and cowboy songs. You hear all the finer points, and you learn the details.

You know what it’s all about. Takin’ the pistol out and puttin’ it back in your pocket. Whippin’ your way through traffic, talkin’ in the dark. You know that Stagger Lee was a bad man and that Frankie was a good girl. You know that Washington is a bourgeois town and you’ve heard the deep-pitched voice of John the Revelator and you saw the Titanic sink in a boggy creek. And you’re pals with the wild Irish rover and the wild colonial boy. You heard the muffled drums and the fifes that played lowly. You’ve seen the lusty Lord Donald stick a knife in his wife, and a lot of your comrades have been wrapped in white linen.

I had all the vernacular all down. I knew the rhetoric. None of it went over my head — the devices, the techniques, the secrets, the mysteries — and I knew all the deserted roads that it traveled on, too. I could make it all connect and move with the current of the day. When I started writing my own songs, the folk lingo was the only vocabulary that I knew, and I used it.

(2) TO THE MOON, ALICE. Chuck Wendig couldn’t just review the movie — “Greetings From The Eunuch Moon Colony #457!”

On the first day, I’d heard some rumblings about how the film was doing very well in the box office, perhaps even setting records as a film directed by a woman — strange to think how that was once unusual! — and I’d also heard that there were a handful of “women-only” screenings happening, and that some men were noticeably upset about being excluded. What I didn’t know was what happened during those screenings. They were the start of it. The beginnings of the rebellion. A fast-growing fire….

That was it. That was how it began. Bloody and brutal. Turns out, there was a Special Edition Wonder Woman film. One we men did not get to see. One that indoctrinated the women and the girls, one by one, in the ways of Matriarchy. That was the start of the Lady’s Laws. They spliced in iPhone footage from those initial women-only screenings: the male organs bouncing around, the blood, the chanting, the Vagenda of Manocide laid bare for all to see. It was brainwashing, pure and simple. I’m with her, they said again and again. A mantra. Pointing to the woman on the screen. Wonder Woman. An Amazon. A goddess made of clay killing all the men.

It wasn’t long before the women had taken over. It was only two years later I found myself on a shuttle bound for the moon. To one of the expansionist eunuch colonies. I expected that you’d need us for breeding — not you personally, of course, but the Greater General Lady-You — but turns out, with genetic manipulation, we aren’t needed for much at all.

(3) TOO MUCH GAS. The Center for Planetary Science offers an explanation for “The ‘Wow!’ Signal”.

ABSTRACT

In 2016, the Center for Planetary Science proposed a hypothesis arguing a comet and/or its hydrogen cloud were a strong candidate for the source of the “Wow!” Signal. From 27 November 2016 to 24 February 2017, the Center for Planetary Science conducted 200 observations in the radio spectrum to validate the hypothesis. The investigation discovered that comet 266/P Christensen emitted a radio signal at 1420.25 MHz. All radio emissions detected were within 1° (60 arcminutes) of the known celestial coordinates of the comet as it transited the neighborhood of the “Wow!” Signal. During observations of the comet, a series of experiments determined that known celestial sources at 1420 MHz (i.e., pulsars and/or active galactic nuclei) were not within 15° of comet 266/P Christensen. To dismiss the source of the signal as emission from comet 266/P Christensen, the position of the 10-meter radio telescope was moved 1° (60 arcminutes) away from comet 266/P Christensen. During this experiment, the 1420.25 MHz signal disappeared. When the radio telescope was repositioned back to comet 266/P Christensen, a radio signal at 1420.25 MHz reappeared. Furthermore, to determine if comets other than comet 266/P Christensen emit a radio signal at 1420 MHz, we observed three comets that were selected randomly from the JPL Small Bodies database: P/2013 EW90 (Tenagra), P/2016 J1-A (PANSTARRS), and 237P/LINEAR. During observations of these comets, we detected a radio signal at 1420 MHz. The results of this investigation, therefore, conclude that cometary spectra are detectable at 1420 MHz and, more importantly, that the 1977 “Wow!” Signal was a natural phenomenon from a Solar System body.

(4) A BAD DAY FOR DINO SCI-FI. While astronomers were eliminating the Wow from that space signal, other researchers were taking the mick out of some exciting fossils: “Scientists just destroyed our dreams of a real Jurassic Park”.

Jurassic Park — you know, that silly little novel-turned-movie about mankind bringing dinosaurs back from the dead that made a measly $1 billion — is science fiction, but could it ever actually happen? Researchers studying the remains of one special Tyrannosaurus rex thought it just might be when they discovered what they thought was intact proteins deep within the dinosaur’s fossilized bones. Now, new research has absolutely destroyed the already hazy dream that dinosaurs could one day be resurrected.

When first announced, the discovery of these proteins proved a very exciting event for many paleontologists and scientists. It was the first time that such a discovery had been made, and seemed to fly in the face of the accepted belief that dinosaur fossils simply couldn’t provide the DNA data that would be needed to even begin the process of resurrecting such long-extinct animals. Unfortunately, there was apparently no reason to be excited in the first place, because the proteins detected by lab analysis weren’t even that of a dinosaur.

(5) SALLIS OBIT. Actor Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace of Wallace & Gromit, has died at 96.

Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park led tributes to Sallis, describing him as a “unique character”.

“I’m so sad, but feel so grateful and privileged to have known and worked with Peter over so many years. He was always my first and only choice for Wallace,” Park said in a statement.

(6) HE’S BACK. John Crowley (Little, Big) has a new publication from PM Press — Totalitopia.

John Crowley

John Crowley’s all-new essay “Totalitopia” is a wry how-to guide for building utopias out of the leftovers of modern science fiction. “This Is Our Town,” written especially for this volume, is a warm, witty, and wonderfully moving story about angels, cousins, and natural disasters based on a parochial school third-grade reader. One of Crowley’s hard-to-find masterpieces, “Gone” is a Kafkaesque science fiction adventure about an alien invasion that includes door-to-door leafleting and yard work. Perhaps the most entertaining of Crowley’s “Easy Chair” columns in Harper’s, “Everything That Rises” explores the fractal interface between Russian spiritualism and quantum singularities—-with a nod to both Columbus and Flannery O’Connor. “And Go Like This” creeps in from Datlow’s Year’s Best, the Wild Turkey of horror anthologies.

Plus: There’s a bibliography, an author bio, and of course our Outspoken Interview, the usual cage fight between candor and common sense.

(7) SUPER SHOWCASE. Some of the best sff author around are contributors to —

Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions
Editors: Tricia Reeks and Kyle Richardson
Released May 12th, 2017

Behind the Mask is a multi-author collection with stories by award-winning authors Kelly Link, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Pinsker, Keith Rosson, Kate Marshall, Chris Large and others.

It is partially a prose nod to the comic world: the bombast, the larger-than-life, the save-the-worlds and the calls-to-adventure. But it’s also a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask.

The authors in this collection, both established and new, are all dexterous and wonderfully imaginative, each deserving of their own form-fitting uniforms and capes.

Some of the stories pulse with social commentary, like Cat Rambo’s whimsical and deft “Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut” and Keith Rosson’s haunting “Torch Songs.”

Others twist the genre into strange and new territories, like Stuart Suffel’s atmospheric “Birthright,” Kate Marhsall’s moving “Destroy the City with Me Tonight,” and Adam Shannon’s reality-bending “Over an Embattled City.”

Some punch with heart and humor, like Matt Mikalatos’s satisfying “The Beard of Truth” and Chris Large’s adventurous “Salt City Blue,” while others punch with bite and grit, such as Michael Milne’s evocative “Inheritance,” Aimee Ogden’s poignant “As I Fall Asleep,” and Jennifer Pullen’s heartfelt “Meeting Someone in the 22nd Century.”

Some of the stories feature characters who might not be superheroes in the traditional sense, yet are heroic nonetheless, such as Sarah Pinsker’s imaginative “The Smoke Means It’s Working” and Stephanie Lai’s majestic “The Fall of the Jade Sword.”

Some shine a unique, captivating spotlight on supervillains, like Keith Frady’s dramatic “Fool” and Carrie Vaughn’s romantic “Origin Story.”

Some are somber, ponderous works, where our heroes consider their impact on the world, like Lavie Tidhar’s regret-tinged “Heroes” and Nathan Crowder’s resonant “Madjack.” Others tread more light-hearted waters, with heroes adjusting to the sometimes-comical, sometimes-stressful life in the public eye, like Seanan McGuire’s entertaining “Pedestal” and Patrick Flanagan’s lively “Quintessential Justice.”

And then there are the softer, quieter moments between heroes, as they navigate their extraordinary lives in their own unique ways, such as Ziggy Schutz’s tender “Eggshells” and, of course, Kelly Link’s captivating “Origin Story.”

(8) ROGUE REVIEWER. Aaron Pound at Dreaming of Other Worlds discusses a Hugo finalist “Review – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.

Short review: A convoluted plot sends Jyn Erso to Scarif with a band of ruffians where they set about stealing the plans for the Death Star and kick off the plot of the original Star Wars movie from 1977.

Haiku
Her father taken
A secret design flaw
Desperate mission

(9) LANDMARK NOT DEAD YET. The LAist says “Rejoice, West Hollywood’s Historic Formosa Cafe Plans To Reopen”.

Is West Hollywood’s iconic Formosa Cafe coming back to life? Sure seems that way. In an interview with Los Angeles Magazine, Bobby Green, Dimitri Komarov, and Dima Liberman of 1933 Group (who restored the Highland Park Bowl and The Idle Hour, among other establishments) revealed that they have signed a long-term lease with the property’s owners and will restore the Formosa to its former glory. “We’re gonna put it all back,” Green told LA Mag. “Vince [Jung, the previous, long-time owner/operator] has everything in storage: All the autographed photos, all the Elvis decanters, the lucky Buddha. He’s got everything.”

(10) TWILIGHT OF THE GODS. In 1962, not all customers are satisfied. Galactic Journey takes readers “[June 5, 1962] Into the Sunset (the End of The Twilight Zone, Season 3)”.

You hear that? That’s the last school bell ringing, signifying the end of the school year. That means the beginning of summer break, and with it the end of another season of The Twilight Zone. However, unlike the previous seasons of The Twilight Zone, I hear this may be the last. I am both sad, and a bit relieved. I have very much enjoyed reviewing this series with my father, and I am very sad to see it go. However, I believe it’s also time for it to go. It had a very good first season, and progressively got worse over time as Serling strained for more ideas. It was obvious that by the end, Serling was out of inspiration. Still, rather than focus on all the many mediocre episodes, I’d like to go back and appreciate the really stand-out episodes of The Twilight Zone.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Carl Slaughter, Cat Eldridge, and Camestros Felapton for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day rcade.]

62 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 6/5/17 Don’t Scroll Until You See the Whites Of Their Pixels

  1. I volunteered to help out with my mother-in-law today, so there was less time for the Scroll, and I want to get this online while it’s still Monday.

    However, if you’re not going to sleep anytime soon, I have material for two or three stand-alone posts that I expect to write and post in the next couple of hours.

  2. Job well done, Mr. Sallis. Well done, indeed. If I may, I’d like to just quote my favorite line from “The Wrong Trousers,” as delivered by Mr. Peter Sallis in the role of Wallace. [clears throat]:

    “You?!”

    Thank you. Thank you very much.

    “File away,
    File away,
    File away,
    Pixel Land!”

  3. 5) *SIGH* I hope they didn’t forget the crackers.

    Much pleasure and laughter and three of the finest animated shorts I’ve been fortunate enough to see, among other things.

    Requiescat In Pace

  4. The whites of my eyes are now red, because I tried reading the Hugo packet version of “The Vision” without embiggening each page and scrolling around. Gah, that font was terrible. Made me nostalgic for Comic Sans. The other books didn’t have that problem. And the lettercol was even worse, so I didn’t bother — we’re not evaluating that anyway.

    (2) Aw, I’d let Chuck keep his… manhood. But I’m not in charge of the gynocopters. And at least the Moon has kept its pristine record of only being inhabited by men!

    (3,4) Science! Ruining some of our science fiction.

    (5) Oh, crumbs. Still, 96 is a good run.

    Sacrificial fourth.

  5. (2) I saw a very similar take I enjoyed even more:

    Alamo Drafthouse Apologizes for Starting Manpocalypse With Women-Only Screening:

    We at the Alamo Drafthouse would like to officially apologize for our role in the end of mankind as we knew it, and the ascendant Gynocracy that followed. We didn’t know our women-only screening of Wonder Woman would result in the overthrow of all world governments and the total subjugation of men, but in hindsight we probably should have seen it coming.

  6. On a completely unrelated note, I just found in my junk mailbox a phishing message entitled “Attention: Delayed Messages Goblin”.

    I cracked up laughing when I realized that must have been a bad translation of what was intended to be “Daemon”.

  7. Mike, you have posted this under “Uncatagorized”, not “Pixel Scroll”.

  8. @lurkertype: Maybe a feature, ot a bug? Its the Vison after all…

    (Not being serious)

  9. 1) Near the end of his career, the magician shows us how all his tricks were done. It turns out nothing was hidden and everything was obvious all along.

  10. Well how do you do young Pixel McScroll
    D’you mind of I sit here down by your TBR pile
    And read for a while today’s File 770
    I’ve been scrolling all day and I’m nearly through
    I can see by your Hugo you were only nominated
    Because a pup thought his LOLs would leave you frustrated
    Well I hear you declined quickly and maybe you were smartin’
    But at least you got an Alfie from George RR Martin.

  11. Today, I’m doing my best to ignore Swedens “national day”, a stupid and modern invention from politicians who should have known better. Only two weeks until midsummer, our real national day.

  12. Update on cat front: It takes about 15-20 minutes to tire out little cat. This has to be done 4-5 times a day or there will be hell to pay. Otherwise, he and big cat get along quite well. Unless I forgot to play, then there will be wrestling and hissing everywhere.

    Big cat thinks little cat is a weird thing that be interesting to look at, but shouldn’t want to wrestle that much. Little cat thinks big cat is best wrestling toy EVAH! Apart from a stupid bumblebee on a string.

    And big cat is not as bored anymore, which he has been since he lost his best friend last year. More like opposite of bored.

  13. Peter Sallis’s other claim to fannish fame should be his Doctor Who appearance (and, indeed, non-appearance). He played a rebel scientist in the first Ice Warriors story (with Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling), and had been booked to play the ship’s captain in the Fifth Doctor serial ‘Enlightenment’, but had to withdraw (Keith Barron got the job). But he was a long-time stalwart of British TV – I remember him playing Samuel Pepys in a historical (obviously) drama series ‘The Diary of Samuel Pepys’ in the late 50s. Just as I remember Patrick Troughton playing St. Paul in the Biblical drama series ‘Saul of Tarsus’. (Wiki claims it was called ‘Paul of Tarsus’, but I prefer my old, imperfect, memories to trivial factation. Occasionally, I realise I’m quite old now.

  14. Thanks for the link to the possible explanation of the Wow! signal, even if aliens would have been cooler than an astrophysical explanation.

  15. Hampus: It used to be just “The Day of the Swedish Flag”, then became the national day in 1983, and since 2005, it’s also a day off.

    I guess I could argue for April 30th, as well as December 31st, having almost equal status as “the day” as Midsummer, but clearly the rather fluid day of “crayfish party” would outshine all but perhaps Midsummer.

  16. Can anyone tell me whether I can read Elizabeth Moon’s Cold Welcome without having read the five books in the original Vatta’s War series, or will I be missing important context if I read the new Vatta’s Peace novel first?

  17. @5: I’d say “aw…”, but somehow I wasn’t that much of a dinosaur fan even when I was small. OTOH, the story gives us a new myth to make up for the old one: Aerospace exec says aliens are on Earth now.

    @Hampus Eckerman: And big cat is not as bored anymore, which he has been since he lost his best friend last year. More like opposite of bored. I have some sympathy for big cat. We boarded our feral-foundling (believed from characteristics to be part Maine Coon — over 14 pounds when trim, and shedding everywhere) with a friend with a small dog; the friend reported that the dog was “svelte!” when we got home.

    @Arkansawyer: like so many magicians, he was really a synthesist; true magic (unlike what I did in my early teens) is not the tricks but making people see what’s been there all along — a much more effective sort of Prestige.

  18. (6) The John Crowely book is #19 in PM Press’ Outspoken Authors series, and I have found all of the prior volumes to be worth reading. The series is edited by Terry Bisson, who conducts the interviews (except, of course, in the 1st volumes, and the previous volumes have featured:

    1. Terry Bisson;
    2. Kim Stanley Robinson;
    3. (Hardboiled writer) Gary Phillips;
    4. Eleanor Arnason;
    5. Michael Moorcock;
    6. Ursula Le Guin;
    7. Rudy Rucker;
    8. Cory Doctorow;
    9. Nalo Hopkinson;
    10. Ken MacLeod;
    11. John Shirley
    12. Karen Joy Fowler;
    13. Norman Spinrad;
    14. (Realist editor) Paul Krassner;
    15. Marge Piercy;
    16. Carter Scholz;
    17. Joe Lansdale;
    18. Elizabeth Hand.

  19. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m finding Too Like The Lightning slow going, and the constant asides about people’s gender tedious. I’ve only been able to read one or two chapters at a time, whereas many books I’ll just read through the entire story if I have the time. Since I’m only about 2/3rds of the way through the novel but I’m also finding it hard to believe that gung n abgbevbhf znff zheqrere vf gur gehfgrq pbasvqnag naq urnivyl eryvrq hcba freinag bs nyy bs gur zbfg vzcbegnag crbcyr bs gur jbeyq, naq nyfb gur crefba jub svaqf n puvyq jub nccneragyl cresbez zvenpyrf. Maybe it will pay off in the end, but as this is the first of a series (trilogy?), and I think a first novel, I’m not convince that it will have a satisfying enough ending that will make satisfied about this story, yet want me to read the next book.

  20. A Meredith Moment:

    Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazny is on sale for 0.99 cents on Kindle at Amazon at the moment.

    Book of Kells by R.A. MacAvoy is on sale also, as part of the monthly Kindle sale. It’s $1.99.

    There’s also an H. P. Lovecraft bio in the monthly sale, In the Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H. P. Lovecraft by W. Scott Poole, also $1.99.

    If anyone’s interested, quite a few of the 87th Precinct novels by “Ed McBain” are at 0.99 cents this month also. A lot of music bios as well.

    I’ll go back to the corner now.

  21. @Bruce A

    I’m afraid I don’t consider TLTL to have a satisfying ending – there’s at last one storyline that’s all setup. I’m told the sequel does finish off some of the storylines (others who’ve read the sequel might expand on that). There’s then another linked pair of novels to come.
    Personally I prefer the first book of a series to have a reasonably satisfying internal arc even if it also sets up plenty of material for later.

  22. Too Like the Lightning does, in my opinion, have many virtues… but completeness isn’t one of them; a lot of stuff (I’m told) gets wrapped up in the sequel, but this one ends rather up in the air.

  23. More science news, featured in Nasa’s Astronomy Picture of the Day for today: Astronomers have just observed a super-massive star which blunk out instead of exploding. The leading theory is that the collapse, which would normally lead to a supernova, managed to happen within the Schwarzschild radius. This had been predicted (at least as a possibility), but I believe it’s the first time it’s been observed.

    (Alternative theories involving gigantic “star-eaters” are widely being ignored by the Astronomical community.) 🙂

  24. Speaking of the dearly departed Peter Sallis’ genre credits: he was also in a few horror films back in the day, including Hammer’s Curse of the Werewolf and Taste the Blood of Dracula.

  25. @Xtifr – can giant mutant star goats eat stars, or only planets, inquiring minds wonder.

  26. PJ Evans: Oops, didn’t realize I’d linked to a dynamic page. Sorry. But you just linked to the image. In this particular case (unlike most APoDs), it’s the associated text that’s particularly interesting. I think I tracked down the correct perma-link for that:

    https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170606.html

    eta: Chris S: Given that goats can eat anything, I’m guessing the answer is “all of the above”. 😀

  27. Robert Reynolds: “If anyone’s interested, quite a few of the 87th Precinct novels by “Ed McBain” are at 0.99 cents this month also.”

    Back in the day (how did I manage to read twice as many books back when I was half as old?), I read a bunch of the earlier 87th Precinct novels, up through about FUZZ. Great popcorn books, but after a while I kinda got tired of eating from the same bag of popcorn.

    I’ve run into this problem with other long-running series. I’ve been re-reading the Parker crime novels by Westlake/”Richard Stark” without running into that, but I’ve been pacing myself, averaging about one a month.

    (One of the notes in my writing notebook is “What if Parker and his associates tried to pull a big score in the 87th Precinct?”)

  28. In getting a head start on next year’s Hugos, I’m 80% through the just-dropped-today “The Refrigerator Monologues” by Cat Valente and it’s going on my longlist. Highly, highly recommended. Expys (and some originals) of famously fridged comic book girlfriends tell their stories. You don’t need to know details about comics to get it, but there are Easter eggs a’plenty for those who do. And it’s just damn fine writing, like all of hers. Lovely prose with a punk rock ethos.

    @Hampus: We shall declare it the Day of New Kitteh (observed). Glad to hear all is going well in the feline kingdom.

    @Robert Reynolds: good info.

    @JJ: I would read a short story about a Delayed Messages Goblin.

    @Xtifr: I don’t care if you meant “blink” out, I like “blunk” as more descriptive and I’m keeping it. It’s the sound a star makes as it disappears itself into a black hole instead of exploding. Or as it falls to the bottom of a star goat’s stomach.

    This year’s Hugo reading, I’m about 15% into “Ninefox Gambit”. I’ve read all the serieses and all the shorter works, and I had the other novels before. So far so good — the calendrical brain rot hasn’t set in, and I’ve read some of the short stories set in the same universe.

  29. Xtifr — Did they at any point report hearing a muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and/or a thin, monotonous whine of accursed flutes?

  30. Xtifr on June 6, 2017 at 12:38 pm said:
    My bad.
    (I went down the rabbit hole of WFPC2. Some of the optics in it are what my sister described as “nothing on Hubble has [her] fingerprints, but a lot of them have numbers in [her] handwriting”.)

  31. IMHO Too Like the Lightning and Seven Surrenders are a single book with an arbitary break point – I wouldn’t even call the end of Too Like the Lightning a ‘cliffhanger’.

    Bruce A on June 6, 2017 at 10:13 am said:
    finding it hard to believe that gung n abgbevbhf znff zheqrere vf gur gehfgrq pbasvqnag naq urnivyl eryvrq hcba freinag bs nyy bs gur zbfg vzcbegnag crbcyr bs gur jbeyq, naq nyfb gur crefba jub svaqf n puvyq jub nccneragyl cresbez zvenpyrf.

    Mycroft is trusted by powerful people for reasons that in-universe make sense but aren’t explained until the sequel/second-half. The more fantastical element that you allude to is an ongoing mystery that I assume the next pair of books will tackle.

  32. @lurkertype: I’m pretty sure I got “blunk” from my mom, an English major and SF fan with a low taste for creative and amusing misuses of language. Feel free to spread the abuse further, an’ it please you. 🙂

  33. @Camestros

    It’s not tackled in Seven Surrenders? That’s rather a long time to leave the gun on the mantlepiece.

  34. “Luna: New Moon” at least had the decency to have a proper cliffhanger. Why should I have to read a book randomly chopped in half and then another 2 halves? Is half a book Hugo-worthy?

    @Joe H: Maybe. Maybe just a blunk. Or the eldritch noises ending in blunk.

    Oooh, just realized “Refrigerator Monologues” is eligible right now for a Dragon. I shall nominate. MRA’s will hate it, so I hope it gets on the ballot.

  35. I’m pretty sure I got “blunk” from my mom, an English major and SF fan with a low taste for creative and amusing misuses of language.

    I first saw “blunk” either in POGO or MAD Magazine, but I’m pretty sure it was POGO.

    It was a LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE gag (or, if in POGO, Li’l Arf & Nonny) about her “blunk-out eyes.”

    I’ve used it ever since. In comic books, lots of characters have blunk-out eyes.

  36. Kurt Busiek on June 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm said:

    Li’l Arf ‘n’ Nonnie had their eyeballs blunked out in Pogo, yes. (I grew up reading Pogo, so I tend to use words like “blunked” without hesitation.)

  37. Mark on June 6, 2017 at 1:42 pm said:
    @Camestros

    It’s not tackled in Seven Surrenders? That’s rather a long time to leave the gun on the mantlepiece.

    Too spoilerific even for ROT13 but Bridger has a story arc that wraps up in 7S but sets up a new arc for the next two books.

  38. @kurt: My mom was a Pogo fan, so that makes sense.

    @lurker: when you said “WTF cover” I pictured something much worse. Definitely relieved that it’s not that bad, but WTF is a reasonable assessment. 🙂

  39. Xtifr: when you said “WTF cover” I pictured something much worse. Definitely relieved that it’s not that bad, but WTF is a reasonable assessment.

    I dunno, I rather like those. 🙂

  40. @lurkertype: “Why should I have to read a book randomly chopped in half and then another 2 halves? Is half a book Hugo-worthy?”

    They gave Dan Simmons’ Hyperion a Hugo, so apparently the answer is yes…

  41. Got through all of the graphic novel nominees. I’ll have to mull the exact ordering, but right now Ms. Marvel seems way out in front of the pack.

    And now I’m going back to watching the 1978 theatrical Battlestar Galactica because I continue to make poor life choices.

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