When a post attracts a lot of readers I always hope it’s for a good reason. That would not be true of this month’s #1 post.
Seven Days In May responded to a comment on an article by John C. Wright left by someone using a well-known name that was not his own. Unfortunately, I took that name at face value and nearly got several writers upset with each other. Once I made a correction and apologized, things worked out better than they could have. But in the words of Stephen King, for three days it was like File 770‘s space on the internet was marked with an orange traffic cone and crowds of people were looking for the dead body.
In contrast, I felt great when io9 linked to my retelling of how Isaac Asimov’s mistake announcing one of the 1971 Nebula Award winners resulted in Gene Wolfe writing three sequels to “The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories.” That was an excellent day.
News reports about contentious issues in the sf field fill the rest of the list. As many a writer has pointed out, interesting times are not the most pleasant to live in.
Here are the Top 10 posts for May according to Google Analytics.
1. Seven Days In May
2. Asimov Still Holds The Record
3. Archon 38 Cancels Bolgeo As Fan GoH
4. A Lawful Alignment
5. Bolgeo Ouster Triggers Backlash
6. Wright Quits SFWA, Torgersen To Follow
7. USA Today Weighs In On Hugos
8. John Cocchi Missing
9. Why The Evidence Should Be Examined
10. Libertarian Futurist Society Makes Retro Hugo Endorsement