Pixel Scroll 7/28/17 The Pixhiker’s Guide To The Scrolexy

(1) WORLD SF. Rosarium Publishing has announced the table of contents for its American edition of Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International Science Fiction, edited by Bill Campbell and Francesco Verso, will be released March 1, 2018.

In its brief existence, Rosarium Publishing has worked hard in “introducing the world to itself” through groundbreaking, award-winning science fiction and comics. In combing the planet to find the best in each field, Rosarium’s own Bill Campbell has found a fellow spirit in Italian publisher, Francesco Verso.  Borrowing from the fine tradition of American underground dance labels introducing international labels’ music to the people back home, Rosarium brings to you Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International Science Fiction, a thrilling collection of innovative science fiction previously published by Francesco Verso’s company, Future Fiction. Here you will find thirteen incredible tales from all around the globe that will not only introduce you to worlds you may not be familiar with but also expand your horizons.

Table of Contents

  • James Patrick Kelly – Bernardo’s House (USA)
  • Michalis Manolios – The Quantum Mommy (Greece) – translated by Manolis Vamvounis
  • Efe Tokunbo – Proposition 23 (Nigeria)
  • Clelia Farris – Creative Surgery (Italy) – translated by Jennifer Delare
  • Xia Jia – Tongtong’s Summer (China) – translated by Ken Liu
  • Pepe Rojo – Grey Noise (Mexico) – translated by Andrea Bell
  • Liz Williams – Loose Strife (UK)
  • Ekaterina Sedia – Citizen Komarova Finds Love (Russia)
  • Nina Munteanu – The Way of Water (Canada)
  • Tendai Huchu – Hostbods (Zimbabwe)
  • Swapna Kishore – What Lies Dormant (India)
  • Carlos Hernandez – The International Studbook of the Giant Panda (USA)

(2) ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. The Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction / Uncanny Magazine Year 4 Kickstarter met its goal in three days. The total last time I looked was $23,359 – the target had been $22,000.

(3) NEXT AT KGB. Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series  hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present Gregory Frost & Rajan Khanna on Wednesday, August 16, 7 p.m. at the KGB Bar.

Gregory Frost

Gregory Frost is the author of Shadowbridge, Lord Tophet, Fitcher’s Brides, and The Pure Cold Light and a whole mess of short stories of the fantastic. His collaboration with Michael Swanwick, “Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters, H’ard and Andy Are Come to Town” won an Asimov’s Readers’ Award for 2015. That worked out so well that he and M. Swanwick are currently engaged in writing another collaboration. Greg is the Fiction Workshop Director at Swarthmore College, and with Jonathan Maberry founded the Philadelphia branch of The Liars Club, a collective of semi-deranged and often inebriated authors. Greg is working on a collaborative series with Jonathan Maberry based upon their novella “Rhymer,” published in the anthology Dark Duets.

Rajan Khanna

Rajan Khanna is an author, blogger, reviewer, and narrator. His post-apocalyptic airship adventure series starting with Falling Sky and Rising Tide concluded in July 2017 with Raining Fire. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and several anthologies. His articles and reviews have appeared Tor.com and LitReactor.com and his podcast narrations can be heard at Podcastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Lightspeed Magazine. Rajan lives in Brooklyn where he’s a member of the Altered Fluid writing group.

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs), New York, NY.

(4) IF YOU CAN MAKE IT THERE. Andrew Porter tells me there are New York authors with historic plaques on their old homes:

There are historic blue plaques on Montague Street, in the building where Norman Mailer lived for a while. Around the corner, there’s a bronze plaque on the building where W.H. Auden lived.

Once I heard that, I decided we should start agitating for historic plaques on the birth homes of  historic SF writers.

Andrew Porter suggested Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, Robert Silverberg, and Julius Schwartz. Some others have added:

Avram Davidson, born in Yonkers, 1923

Robert Sheckley, b. 1928 (Brooklyn?)

and Tom Disch died on Union Sq. W. on 4 July 2008

(5) FUN APPROACH. Jared begins his review of The War of Undoing by Alex Perry at Pornkitsch —

This is a long – and often quite meandering – book. There’s a slow start, followed by a lot of quiet, discursive tangents. Several of Undoing’s plots and ‘hints’ don’t coalesce until the very end, and certain momentous occasions and world-changing events – which would be the very heart and soul of other fantasy novels – are downplayed, and shifted to the background. As a result, The War of Undoing can feel frustrating at times. But, and I can’t stress this enough, stick with it: this book simply has different priorities.

The War of Undoing uses a deceptively simple premise and a by-the-numbers fantasy world to great effect. It isn’t a book about what happens, where it happens, or, in some cases, even who it happens to. It is, instead, a book about the why – the choices we make, and what drives us to them.

That’s all worth excerpting – but then, Jared goes into overdrive deconstructing the book’s familiar motifs as if he was scoring the qualities of a role-playing game. That part is really entertaining.

(6) SENDING UP OLD WHO. Fathom Events will show “RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who: The Five Doctors” in theaters August 17 and August 24.

The Doctor is in the house! The RiffTrax house, that is! The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000®, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, are back on the big screen for a legendary riffing of the 1983 Doctor Who film “The Five Doctors.” Someone is taking the Doctor’s past selves out of time and space, placing them in a vast wilderness – a battle arena with a sinister tower at its center. As the various incarnations of the Doctor join forces, they learn they are in the Death Zone on their home world of Gallifrey, fighting Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti and a devious Time Lord Traitor who is using the Doctor and his companions to discover the ancient secrets of Rassilon, the first and most powerful ruler of Gallifrey.

Join Mike, Kevin and Bill as they join the Five Doctors for one of the most thrilling Doctor Who adventures ever!

(7) BUDGET BOOK LAUNCH. Mark-kitteh says, “I’m reading The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden — rather fun concept so far, not sure where it’s going but I’m interested to find out — and I went to check out her website. I thought this recent blog post on the finances of her book promotion might suit as a scroll item” — “Book Promotion on a $800 Budget”.

ARC GIVEAWAYS AND EARLY REVIEWS:

Four to six months before your book launches, you want to start getting ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) into as many people’s hands as possible. These early reviewers will help generate buzz for your book and get other readers interested. The easiest way to do this is by holding giveaways on Goodreads. Goodreads is where readers congregate and socialize, so you get a lot of visibility through social shares. Plus, unlike Amazon, people can start leaving reviews and ratings as soon as the book is listed, and not just once launch day has arrived.

Aim to give away at least 30 physical ARCs through random giveaways and targeting bigger name reviewers. If you’re with a big house or small press, they should be offering some giveaways on their own and getting you reviewers, so you’ll just be supplementing as necessary. For these figures, I’m assuming it costs about $7 to ship each book and $8 per book copy beyond free books provided by the publisher. I’m also assuming if you’re with a big house, you’ll get at least 20 free copies of your book, 10 for small press, and 0 for indie authors.

I’d recommend doing three big pushes prior to launch, and two small giveaways (1-2 books each) in the months after launch. Goodreads users can mark your book as to-be-read when they enter the contest, which will make them much more likely to purchase your book. With each giveaway you should see more and more interest. Below you can see how much “to-read” numbers jump when there’s a giveaway. The smaller spikes are the start of the giveaways….

(8) JULIE GOMOLL OBIT. Julie Gomoll (1962-2017), sister of Jeanne, died this past weekend. Jeanne’s eulogy on Facebook is now set to public.

Jackie Dana wrote this deeply touching reminiscence of Julie: “Our Chief Schemer Has Left Us”.

That was the last time I got to see you, and now I’m just reeling. How is it that you’re not going to be around anymore? No more Julie snark on Facebook, no photos of Mr. Pants sitting inappropriately, no more brainstorming. I just can’t bear it.

I sit here trying to make sense of it all, and I know you’re probably just rolling your eyes, wanting to tell me to go do something else. But it’s you, Julie, and I can’t. I knew about your personal struggles, and I knew you were trying to reinvent yourself professionally (like all of the best entrepreneurs do). But even though things were tough sometimes, you were a fighter. A bad ass. So I just can’t understand.

One thing’s for sure. I’m not alone. There’s a not-so-small army of friends and family who you inspired, and we’re all struggling to understand. We miss you so much already. You didn’t leave a hole behind when you left us—you left a chasm as wide as the Grand Canyon.

A fundraiser for Austin Pets Alive! has been started in her honor.

Please join me in honoring the memory of Julie Gomoll, a true digital pioneer.

Julie founded Go Media in 1987. It became one of the first major digital agencies in Texas. The web just seemed to run in her veins. Even when companies asked Julie to create mailers, she’d build them a website. One day, I was fortunate enough to see Julie’s portfolio. One page after another, I saw another piece of Austin digital history. Dell. Whole Foods. The City of Austin. Julie helped pin these organizations on the digital map. With the switch of a DNS server, her company connected them to the entire world.

Julie took the money she made on the sale of Go Media to Excite, and invested in a coworking space named Launchpad. This wasn’t 2015?—?this was 2007. She was a coworking goddess when other people were sweating their 9–5. Launchpad was an unfortunate casualty of the 2008 recession. The coworking movement, however, was not. Dozens of other Austin coworking formal and informal spaces emerged thanks to early adopters like Julie. There are hundreds of small companies that emerged as a result…

Julie loved dogs. Like, pretty much any dog. She even built the first website for Austin Pets Alive!, which has saved thousands of them. Thanks, Julie. We’d like to help you save thousands more. Please help honor Julie’s memory by donating to Austin Pets Alive! in her name.

And Julie Gomoll’s professional website has more about that side of her story.

(9) ZIMMERMAN OBIT. Bookstore owner Lorraine Zimmerman died July 12 reports The Indy. Along with her husband Norman, she owned the Fahrenheit 451 bookstore in Laguna Beach, CA from 1976 until it closed in 1988. It wasn’t a specialty store, however, they did sell everything Bradbury had in print. I bought Bradbury’s book of Irish stories there in the Eighties.

Lorraine Zimmerman, owner of legendary Fahrenheit 451 Books in Laguna Beach (1978-1988), of Collected Thoughts Bookshop in Berkeley (1996-2004), and partner at Berkeley’s University Press Books (2004-2017), passed away on July 12. She was 76 and is survived by her two brothers, three children and seven grandchildren.

Born and raised in Chicago, Lorraine entered the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1957. Pausing from university studies after marrying and starting a family, Zimmerman relocated to Orange, Calif., with family in 1970. She resumed her studies at UC Irvine, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in social ecology. A lover of books and ideas, Zimmerman bought Laguna Beach’s Fahrenheit 451 Books in 1976.

The bookstore soon received national recognition. In 1981, Lorraine was one of five booksellers interviewed in The New York Times for an article on independent bookstores. In 1987, the Los Angeles Times described Fahrenheit 451 Books as “one of the most distinctive independent bookstores in Southern California,” and “Laguna Beach’s literary landmark.” Zimmerman inspired Laguna residents with her own literary flare, publishing Fahrenheit Flasher, a newsletter with colorful images, stories about upcoming author signings and her reviews of forthcoming books. Zimmerman’s innovative promotional strategies included a children’s reading program that enrolled 40 families at its height, and a 12-book plan whereby customers received credit for the average price of their purchases.

Zimmerman made headlines by hosting book signings with such renowned authors as Ray Bradbury, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, June Jordan, P.D. James, and Michael Chabon. Upon selling Fahrenheit 451 Books, Zimmerman reflected on her experience in American Bookseller magazine, writing in May 1989: “Discussing books with customers and local writers; sponsoring literary events; having a finger on the pulse of current American thought through the knowledge of forthcoming books and my customers’ requests; having the ability to disseminate hard-to-find information–these were the daily rewards of bookselling.”

(10) TODAY IN HISTORY

  • July 28, 1957 The Cyclops premieres.
  • July 28, 1995 Waterworld debuted in theaters.

(11) COMIC SECTION. John King Tarpinian recommends today’s Moderately Confused.

(12) CLARKE WINNER. Colson Whitehead said in his Arthur C. Clarke Award acceptance remarks, “Way back when I was 10 years old, it was science fiction and fantasy that made me want to be a writer. If you were a writer, you could work from home, you didn’t have to talk to anybody, and you could just make up stuff all day. Stuff about robots and maybe zombies and maybe even miraculous railway lines. Fantasy, like realism, is a tool for describing the world, and I’m grateful that a book like The Underground Railroad, which could not exist without the toolkit of fantastic literature, is being recognized with the Arthur C. Clarke award.”

(13) ELLISON BIO. Daniel M. Kimmel gives a glowing review to his friend Nate Segaloff’s A Lit Fuse, The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison.

What makes this so special? It is a full-bodied portrait of Ellison the writer as well as the ups and downs of his personal life. It doesn’t turn away from the touchy subjects (“The City on the Edge of Forever,” the Connie Willis controversy, the never published Last Dangerous Visions), but it also celebrates not only his successes, but the way he has inspired the writers who followed him, created works of lasting value, and demonstrates that while he is, indeed, one of the giants of science fiction, he is also a writer of mysteries, of criticism, of essays, and of one of the most interesting lives in modern American letters. Even If you are not a devoted Ellison fan, it is a fascinating story, and you may find yourself eager to fill in the gaps in your own reading of Ellison.

(14) SUMMERTIME AND THE READING IS EASY. The Washington Post’s Michael Dirda presents “A summer book list like no other”.

To everything there is a season, and the season for short stories is summer — except for tales of ghosts and demons, which should be reserved for late fall. To help you enjoy your time on a beach or in a hammock, here are seven short-story collections worth looking for.

Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories , by Michael Bishop (Fairwood Press). Michael Bishop is well known as a science fiction writer — don’t miss his best-of collection, “The Door-Gunner and Other Perilous Flights of Fancy” — but this new book collects his equally fine stories about contemporary Southern life. How can anyone resist “The Road Leads Back,” which pays homage to Flannery O’Connor? From the opening sentence, its tone is pitch-perfect: “Flora Marie did not want to visit the Benedictine monastery in Alabama. Back in April, at the insistence of her aunt Claire, who had paid for the pilgrimage, she’d made a fatiguing round-trip journey by air to Lourdes. Aunt Claire had believed that a reverent dip in the shrine’s waters would enable Flora Marie to throw away her crutches and live again as a ‘normal person.’ ” Other stories recall the trailer-park black humor of Harry Crews or Barry Hannah: In “Doggedly Wooing Madonna,” a misfit teenager repeatedly writes letters proposing to the Material Girl, who eventually pays him a visit while he is working at Finger Lickin’ Fried. Bishop closes his excellent collection with the Nebula Award-nominated “Rattlesnakes and Men.” …

(15) YOU’RE INVITED. There will be a “Chinese Fandom Fan Party” at Worldcon 75. The public is invited. (Here is the Facebook event link.)

Hosted by The Shimmer Program, Storycom and Science Fiction World Publishing House

Thursday, August 10 at 9 PM – 11 PM UTC+08 Room 103, Messukeskus, Helsinki, Finland

You have to be a Worldcon 75 member to attend the parties. Our party welcome all guests and feel free to share it with your friends who are coming to Worldcon this year! The more the merrier! Highlights:

  • Meet Chinese sf authors, Xia Jia, Zhang Ran, A Que, Luo Longxiang, Tan Gang, Nian Yu and more…
  • Meet Chinese editors in Science Fiction World to discuss how to publish your works in China
  • Meet Chinese fans who won Storycom’s Worldcon 75 Attending Funding…
  • Introduction of Chengdu City – “SF capital of China”
  • Welcome to The Fourth China (Chengdu) International SF Conference
  • Learn about various ways of attending cons in China for free
  • Free snacks and drinks
  • Chinese specialties and Chinese tea

(16) KEEPING UP WITH JEOPARDY! Steven H Silver sent me this information from the future about a genre reference on today’s episode of Jeopardy!

In Double Jeopardy, categories were:

Plan

9

From Outer Space

Other Odd Films

(17) SLUSSER CONFERENCE. Organizers have put out a call for papers for The George Slusser Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy to be held at UC Irvine on April 26-29, 2018.

Coordinators: Jonathan Alexander (University of California, Irvine)

Gregory Benford (University of California, Irvine)

Howard V. Hendrix (California State University, Fresno)

Gary Westfahl (University of La Verne)

Although the late George Slusser (1939–2014) was best known for coordinating academic conferences on science fiction and editing volumes of essays on science fiction, he was also a prolific scholar in his own right, publishing several books about major science fiction writers and numerous articles in scholarly journals and anthologies. His vast body of work touched upon virtually all aspects of science fiction and fantasy. In articles like “The Origins of Science Fiction” (2005), he explored how the conditions necessary for the emergence of science fiction first materialized in France and later in England and elsewhere. Seeking early texts that influenced and illuminate science fiction, he focused not only on major writers like Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, and H. G. Wells but also on usually overlooked figures like E. T. A. Hoffmann, Benjamin Constant, Thomas De Quincey, Honoré de Balzac, Guy de Maupassant, J.-H. Rosny aîné, and J. D. Bernal. His examinations of twentieth-century science fiction regularly established connections between a wide range of international authors, as suggested by the title of his 1989 essay “Structures of Apprehension: Lem, Heinlein, and the Strugatskys,” and he fruitfully scrutinized both classic novels by writers like Arthur C. Clarke and Ursula K. Le Guin and the formulaic ephemera of the contemporary science fiction marketplace. A few specific topics repeatedly drew his interest, such as the mechanisms of time travel in science fiction and the “Frankenstein barrier” that writers encounter when they face the seemingly impossible task of describing beings that are more advanced than humanity. And he aroused controversies by criticizing other scholars in provocative essays like “Who’s Afraid of Science Fiction?” (1988) and “The Politically Correct Book of Science Fiction” (1994). No single paragraph can possibly summarize the full extent of his remarkably adventurous scholarship.

The George Slusser Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy seeks to pay tribute to his remarkable career by inviting science fiction scholars, commentators, and writers to contribute papers that employ, and build upon, some of his many groundbreaking ideas; we also welcome suggestions for panels that would address Slusser and his legacy. To assist potential participants in locating and studying Slusser’s works, a conference website will include a comprehensive bibliography of his books, essays, reviews, and introductions. This selective conference will follow the format that Slusser preferred, a single track that allows all attendees to listen to every paper and participate in lively discussions about them. It is hoped that the best conference papers can be assembled in one volume and published as a formal or informal festschrift to George Slusser.

Potential contributors are asked to submit by email a 250-word paper abstract and a brief curriculum vitae to any of the four conference coordinators: Jon Alexander (jfalexan@uci.edu), Gregory Benford (xbenford@gmail.com ), Howard V. Hendrix (howardh@csufresno.edu), or Gary Westfahl (Gwwestfahl@yahoo.com ). The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017, and decisions will be provided by mid-January, 2018. Further information about the conference schedule, fee, location, accommodations, and distinguished guests will be provided at the conference website.

(18) AT HOME WITH RAY’S HUGOS. Jonathan Eller writes about this photo —

Ray Bradbury’s two most recent Retro Hugo Awards, “Best Fan Writer, 1941” and “Best Fanzine, Futuria Fantasia, 1941,” have been in the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies since Center director Jon Eller accepted them on behalf of the Bradbury family at the 2016 World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City (August, 2016). The Bradbury family graciously agreed to have the Bradbury Center curate these Hugo Awards through a long-term loan agreement completed earlier this year.  Here you see both awards in the Bradbury center, guarded by a Martian modeled on one of the 1970s stage productions of The Martian Chronicles.  The Bradbury Center, as well as the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts and IUPIU, are deeply indebted to the Bradbury family for this curatorial loan.  —  Jon Eller

[Thanks to Steven H Silver, Matthew Kressel, Howard Hendrix, Andrew, JJ, Cat Eldridge, Andrew Porter, Mark-kitteh, and John King Tarpinian for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day ULTRAGOTHA.]

73 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 7/28/17 The Pixhiker’s Guide To The Scrolexy

  1. (1) Might buy.

    (2) YES! Must read.

    (4) Agreed — Asimov is much more connected to NYC than Auden. Let’s get Delany in there too.

    (13) “Controversy” is an awfully anodyne word to describe sexual assault in public.

    (16) What is: A TV show with a lot of geeks in the writers’ room, Alex?

    (18) Aw, that’s nice.

  2. (17) Thinking about doing a proposal for the Slusser conference. Back in the day when I was a student (70s and 80s) and subsequently when I first taught SF (early 80s), Slusser’s little books on Le Guin, Delany, etc. along with L. David Allen’s book were my among my go-to references to start preparing class topics and my own paper ideas. They helped me feel more secure that I wasn’t a total idiot to think that one could take literary approaches as well as genre approaches to the writers I loved. I kept hoping that he would do one on Zelazny, but I never saw one come out.

    On a completely different topic: someone on twitter was looking for the earliest example of using DNA to reverse dino extinction. Of course there was a surge of cloning stories starting in the early 70s, and I know that Zelazny and GRRM both had cloned dinos by the late 70s (i.e., prior to Jurassic Park), but I don’t know what the FIRST story might have been. Some suggested an old story called “The Hunting Season” by Frank Robinson in a 1951 Astounding, but I don’t recall reading that. Anyone familiar with it who can confirm that it’s a DNA story?

  3. 6) I’d be far more inclined to see The Five Doctors on a movie screen without the Rifftrax…

    7) Nicky has been the padawan of Fran Wilde, who knows from such “guerrilla marketing” for her books. The student has learned well.

    16) Oh, someone is having fun in the Jeopardy category creation department, that’s for sure.

  4. Hi all,
    I usually lurk, but would like to tell you about a cool event in Edmonton this weekend. Pure Speculation is a nice little – free – SF literary festival. On Saturday at 10 am, there will be a performance of “Overtime, the Musical.” Written and directed by Jennifer Kennedy, it’s based on Charles Stross’ novella, and will include favourite Christmas Carol tunes. I am looking forward to seeing it!

  5. That War of Undoing book sounds very interesting, but — goddamit! — it appears to be yet another book where the author has chosen to make it only available via Amazon. I resist buying such books because 1) duh, Amazon, and 2) in the long run, diversified sales platforms are better for authors, publishers and readers.

  6. 16) There were actually four categories in play, not three; “Plan” and “9” were separate rather than the “Plan 9” shown above.

  7. Me: Hmm. My niece will be turning 10 in a few months; what should I get her for her birthday?

    SofaWolf Press: Announcing the Summer in Orcus Kickstarter….

    Me: Well, THAT was the easiest decision ever….

  8. Tom Galloway: 16) There were actually four categories in play, not three; “Plan” and “9” were separate rather than the “Plan 9” shown above.

    I think that’s what Steven H Silver sent me, I just had a hard time convincing myself (there being no hard carriage returns in the message) and mucked it up!

    It’s fixed now, and you should appertain away!

  9. Rifftrax, along with other constructs to interrupt old films are not my forte. I need no surrogates for my sarcasm. I prefer to watch films with no presumptions and no asides. I enjoy a quiet audience in theaters. I won’t invite hecklers into my home to spoil a film.

    I liked the Ellison book a lot, though the author knows very little about SF itself, and has only a minimal contact or interest with fandom. Ellison’s comments are pretty extensive. I think he should have been listed as “co author”. I still don’t buy the dead gopher story, and it gets pretty obvious that a) it was about something. b) some things did happen, c) Ellison’s story is given too many explanations for Ellison’s gleeful bullying (Ellison comes off as the kind of fan he tries to hate).

  10. @Paul: (RIP iPod)

    Worth pointing out that the iPod touch has not been discontinued – but it is now the only remaining iPod.

  11. @ Bob
    True, although I’ve used (and currently still use) smaller Ipods for years. Even as my current Ipod is clearly in a decline and has been for a while, its provided me with music on multiple continents.

  12. @Paul:

    I’ve got two touch units – third and fourth generation, with different music loaded on each. (Artists on one, soundtracks and multi-artist albums on the other.) Sadly, the 4g has almost no battery life, so I have to keep it plugged in to use it. Good little machines, despite the limitations involved in being old and discontinued. Hell, I feel that way myself sometimes…

  13. @Bob Time is the fire in which we burn.

    Or, perhaps for the purposes of File 770, Scrolls are the fire in which we pixel.

  14. 13) I bought ebook of city on the edge of forever recently. At 25% I’m still in Ellison’s introduction. As someone previously unaware of the controversy I’m finding it quite entertaining. Although I am not feeling much sympathy for Ellison, if you don’t want changes made to the story, don’t write for TV

  15. Has anyone thought of possible Jeopardy categories? Something like:

    Frankenstein | Modern | Prometheus

    Someday we can only hope to see Pixel | Scroll

    And remember to scroll your answers in the form of a pixel.

  16. Hampus: In re food planning…

    Hopefully, yes. I seem to have a meet-up to arrange for another on-line community at some point in space-time during WC, so there may well be conflicts on that front. :/

  17. Thanks for the recs for 2017 books you’ve loved in the previous thread. Six wakes was mentioned several times – I did really like that one, though it didn’t quite rise to the level of love for me. Some other suggestions I’ve tried and they just didn’t do it for me – for ex, Collapsing empire. But I’ve now got several other things I’m planning to try. I think the latest Linda Nagata is calling to me the strongest.

    Another question: has anyone tried some of the fantasy coming out by new authors? I’m specifically wondering about The bear and the nightingale and Five daughters of the moon, though I’m sure there are more. I tried Callie Bates’ The waking land and – meh.

  18. I hadn’t heard of The Bear and the Nightingale but the comparison to Uprooted leaves me intrigued, I may check it out.

  19. testing–new computer! Let us see if Gravatar recognizes me.

    I’m still using the iPod Shuffle–the tiny little square that does the job.

    EDIT: YAY

  20. I have a 7th generation iPod nano, which is unfortunately a nightmare to update unless you use Apple’s OS or Windows. I keep meaning to get a new (preferably old, actually) iPod with a lot of storage.

  21. I’m just waiting for the first generation of iPhones with 512GB of storage because then I’ll be able to load my entire music library.

  22. I never got an iPod and now am even more glad. Egads, that Apple software always wanting to snarf everything up even when you had a PC. I do have a generic MP3 player. Small capacity, but it uses replaceable AAA batteries! And the interface is drag and drop.

    But at home I have a pretty good sound system, and in the car I have CDs and good radio stations. Or I could stream stuff, or listen to one of the music channels on the satellite TV at home. Rarely do I need music in my pocket. My phone’s dumb enough that it has the FM radio enabled, so I tune that in.

    My ears are going faster than my eyes, so I’m less and less into music these days anyway. :/ Perhaps I should not have spent the 80’s sitting directly in front of the speakers at concerts?

    @Peer: That’s a gem! They should publish it somewhere (still in Tweet form) in an online magazine. Or at least Storify it.

    @RWS: Yes, I can do my own heckling. And I’d watch “The Five Doctors” on a big screen with no commentary.
    I don’t know if the dead gopher story is true — I think it probably is, broadly — but hearing Harlan tell it is one of the funniest things I ever witnessed. His rendition at LACon 2006 is on YouTube, and is worth watching.

  23. And shortly I’ll be heading out to see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (expectations being kept very firmly in check), after which I’ll be boarding the Amtrak and spending 23 hours en route to Glacier National Park, where I’ll be vacationing with various family members for a week before repeating the process in reverse (and without the movie).

    Fortunately, I have my Kindle, and am very close to the end of Tad Williams’ Stone of Farewell, so there’s at least a nonzero chance I’ll be finished with To Green Angel Tower by the time I get home …

  24. Joe H. on July 29, 2017 at 10:58 am said:
    I’m just waiting for the first generation of iPhones with 512GB of storage because then I’ll be able to load my entire music library.

    Well I have to say I’m impressed. I was happy with my 76gb of music that I’ve now loaded onto a micro sd to put in my phone!

  25. “Overtime – the Musical” was a lot of fun. Minimal staging and costuming, but the crucial props were there, including party hats, eldritch photocopies, and a furnace (made from cardboard boxes). The lyrics were clever. I have been earwormed by “Even demonologists like to eat mince pies!” to the tune of “Oh what fun it is to ride, in a one-horse open sleigh.” I particularly enjoyed the eight-zombie chorus of residual human resources.

    Charlie licensed the rights to a one-time, free, amateur performance only. I’ll check out the permissions for images, and if it’s allowed I’ll share a couple of photos.

  26. Full fathom five thy walrus lies.
    Of his bones are pixels made.
    Those are scrolls that were his eyes.

  27. @ Paul: Well, that tells me that I need to start looking for a 160-gig iPod on clearance or used. My current one is 80-gig, and I’ve used a little over half of it — but I still have literally hundreds of un-ripped CDs to go thru, and I still buy CDs. And I have not gone over to using my phone and the Cloud for my music, for reasons which might not apply to anyone else but are perfectly sound for me. I’m not going to stop using my iPod anytime soon.

    @ bookworm1398: The original script for “The City on the Edge of Forever” has the distinction of being one of the two things Ellison has written that I have liked when I read it. It’s not Star Trek, but it’s a good story in its own right. Generally speaking, Ellison wasn’t my cup of tea even before he fell into the “asshole writer who I refuse to read on principle” category.

  28. Hey Mike — I’m in moderation again. This suggests that either something about the length of my comment or something in the text is causing it. Any clues?

  29. @ Cath:

    Full fathom five thy walrus lies.
    Of his bones are pixels made.
    Those are scrolls that were his eyes.

    Here, have an internet. Slightly used and throttled, but in decent shape nonetheless.

  30. @Lee. If I may ask, What was the other thing by Ellison you liked?

    I haven’t been interested in his work for a long time.

  31. Full fathom five thy walrus lies.
    Of his bones are pixels made.
    Those are scrolls that were his eyes.

    Now I’m trying not to imagine Timothy the Talking Cat’s volume of Shakespeare…

  32. @ Stephen: It was a short story called “All the Sounds of Fear”, about an actor who finds himself reliving all his old roles in reverse order.

  33. Apple went out of their way to avoid supporting the only decent lossy music format I could legally use for a long time (since my free OS doesn’t pay royalties to anyone). Which wouldn’t bother me so much if it weren’t for the fact that all the generic music players did support the format (as does Android). Standard decoder chips handle the four or five most popular formats, including the one I use. Apple had to pay extra to make decoders which wouldn’t support the format!

    At this point, most of the popular formats are free-to-use (mp3, perhaps ironically, was the last–its final patent expired in April 2017), but the amount of music I have in the free-all-along format is too large for me to want to convert or re-rip. Avoiding Apple is a much easier alternative. 🙂

  34. @Lee, certain words put your post into moderation. One that got me recently was the (to my mind fairly inocuous) use of a##hole.

    It was a Five Filed Five Chaptered Purple Pixel Scroller.

  35. Soon Lee: Yes, I started filtering for “asshole” because while most instances I don’t care about, there have been instances of new participants being hammered with that term which has a chilling effect on commenting generally.

  36. @Anthony

    Thrice the brindled cat hath mew’d.
    Thrice and once the puppy whined.
    Camestros cries, ‘Tis time, ’tis time.
    Round about the cauldron go;
    In the poison’d pixels throw…

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