Pixel Scroll 10/1/22 Scroll Me Once, I Am The Pixel, Scroll Me Twice, I Am The File

(1) RED WOMBAT SIGNS SUNDAY AT CAPCLAVE. The Ursula Vernon autograph session specifically for kids at Capclave will be on Sunday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. Capclave is at the Rockvillle Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD. Children who are coming just for the book signing session and their parent-in-tow get in free. www.capclave.org

(2) WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS? Erik Braa’s Storytime Braacast has one of Todd Mason’s short stories, “The Ghost Bar”, on this week. Todd tells where the idea came from:

The germ of the story got into my head in Chicago a few trips ago.  I’d moved away from Chicago in the spring of ’11. During one of my visits to house sit for a friend… probably in ’17 or ’18, I was making the rounds and was startled by the reappearance of a pub I used to frequent. The place was supposed to have been rebuilt with condos above it, the project stalled out, and it just sat empty for several years.

I went inside and got hit with some serious cognitive dissonance.  The place looked *mostly* the same. Except the bar seemed to be longer and the bathroom was not where it was supposed to be. Sort of the uncanny valley effect, but with a building.

Turns out the new bartender had a few people in common with me and I got the full story about the place eventually getting remodelled. But after I got over the whole “OK… I’m not imagining things am I,” the idea of a bar rising from the dead got into my head and… eventually this story popped out.

(3) WHERE ENOUGH NONSENSE ADDS UP TO A DOLLAR. This Folding Ideas video is about a publishing scam that operates by scamming people into doing a publishing scam. The publishing scam itself is using underpaid ghostwriters and voice actors to produce audiobooks about nonsense (trending topics smooshed together) cheaply, with all the accompanying review trading and so on to get the audiobook noticed. The scam is getting people to pay for “advice” on how to do the publishing scam! “Contrepreneurs: The Mikkelsen Twins”.

(4) HAPPY THIRTIETH! Mike Allen has posted a four part interview in which he reflects on 30 years as a writer, editor and publisher. The questions were asked by Mythic Delirium Assistant Editor Sydney Macias. In addition, authors Cassandra Khaw, C.S.E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez used the AI Midjourney to create 20+ images based on the creatures and monsters from Allen’s short stories, and those are interspersed through the interview. The links to all four parts are here on Mike Allen’s Home Page.

… I think back on the version of me that existed in 1990, 91, 92, meandering toward the end of my days as an undergraduate, starting to get somewhat serious about submitting stories and poems to magazines, and the preconceptions I had then about how writing worked, how publishing worked, how readers chose what they want to read, and I can’t help but think that every single one of those preconceptions has proven wrong in some way.

That’s not so surprising. In those pre-household internet, pre-social media days, growing up in Appalachia, I didn’t meet anyone who shared my particular set of interests in significant numbers until late high school and college, and even then my specific set of eccentricities made me the square peg — though I note with tongue-in-cheek that I was more like a multi-pointed star of some sort, really, when it came to fitting in. Certainly I had no one to compare notes to when it came to getting published….

Inspired by the “button people” from “The Button Bin” and “The Quiltmaker”

Inspired by “The Spider Tapestries”

(5) GET ON THE CALENDAR. Cat Eldridge says, “Anyone who has Anniversary or Birthday ideas should just email me here. And anyone who thinks they should be written up is included in that list. We are certainly interested in including Filers among the Birthdays covered here.”

(6) ROCKET COLLECTOR. Editor Neil Clarke has a wonderful piece about Clarkesworld’s amazing run at the 2022 Hugo Awards ceremony: “Editor’s Desk: Sweet Sixteen”.

…There were two more firsts for Clarkesworld this year as well: This was the first time we’ve had two winners in a single year and the first time I’ve won in Editor, Short Form. The idea that this could happen wasn’t even a possibility in my head. Not that I didn’t have faith in Suzanne . . . After nine consecutive losses, I had convinced myself that it wasn’t in the cards for me and I was completely fine with that. It was probably the most relaxed I’ve ever been at a Hugo Awards ceremony. So much so that a friend and fellow finalist mocked me for being too laid-back.

So, it turns out I was wrong. Very wrong….

(7) VAMPIRE RULES. Do you know all of them? The blood you save may be your own. “Vampire weaknesses, powers, and rules: What are the best and the weirdest?” at SYFY Wire.

Vampires are perhaps the most iconic monsters lurking in the night. Luckily, with that level of fame, the average person has a pretty good idea of what to do if they ever find themselves facing off against a bloodsucker. A stake through the heart will kill them. Silver is bad, too. A crucifix is a good defense against a vampire except for when it isn’t. Sunlight will burn a vampire… unless it just makes them sparkle?

Wait a second…

Yes, it turns out that not all vampires in pop culture operate by the same rules. SYFY’s new series Reginald the Vampire, starring Spider-Man: Now Way Home’s Jacob Batalon, is the latest vampire title to grace the screen. Luckily, Reginald’s vampire rules are, for the most part, pretty standard. (Although Reginald’s vampires, except for the title character, are pretty snobby!)…

(8) HE’LL BE BACK. Shortly before rapper Coolio died, he was in the studio voicing a Futurama character. As a result, fans will be able to hear him when the show airs its next season: “Coolio Returning for New Season of ‘Futurama’ as Kwanzaa-bot” on TMZ.com.

“Futurama” fans will still be able to hear Coolio featured on their favorite show — the late rapper recorded segments for the animated series before his death — giving show creatives a chance to give Coolio, and his character, a proper send-off.

David X. Cohen, Executive Producer of “Futurama,” tells TMZ he was shocked to hear about Coolio’s passing, especially because he recorded lines for their upcoming season just weeks before.

For those unaware, Coolio’s appeared in a few episodes of the show in the past, playing Kwanzaa Bot — a counterpart to Chanukah Zombie and Santa Claus Robot. His first appearance was way back in 2001….

(9) DREW FORD R.I.P. Drew Ford, founder of It’s Alive Press, which he dedicated to bringing back out-of-print genre classics like Roachmill, Aztec AceFish Police, and the graphic novel version of The Silver Metal Lover, has died of COVID-related pneumonia. “Drew Ford, Founder of It’s Alive Press, Has Died From Coronavirus” reports Bleeding Cool.

(10) MEMORY LANE.  

1954 [By Cat Eldridge.] The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Then the soul erosion produced by high gambling – a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension – becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it. — Opening lines of Casino Royale

This was the month that sixty-eight years ago saw the first television adaptation of Fleming’s Casino Royale. An episode of the American Climax! anthology series, the show was the first screen adaptation of a James Bond novel. 

Purists beware that this wasn’t the Bond of Fleming’s novels, although this marks the first onscreen appearance of the secret agent. Actor Barry Nelson’s Bond is played as an American spy working for the Combined Intelligence Agency. 

It aired on October 21, 1954 in the first season of Climax!, the third episode of that still new series. Now keep in mind that the novel was adapted into a fifty-minute episode, but Fleming’s Bond novels were relatively short, this one clocked in at just over two hundred pages. It keeps damn every line of the violence in the novel but removes quite a bit of the nuances of that novel. 

It had a small cast of which the only others worth mentioning are Peter Lorre who played Le Chiffre, and Linda Christian as the first video depiction of a Bond girl. Curiously the CIA agent, Felix Leiter, became Clarence Leiter.

The original version done in color was lost but film historians found, with quite some difficulty, the black and white prints. The rights to the original were acquired by MGM at the same time as the rights for the 1967 film version, clearing the legal entanglements and allowing it to make the 2006 film of the same name. Several versions have since been shown.

A last note: almost to the last reviewer they agree that this was the Worst ever casting of a Bond ever. One said that he “trips over his lines and lacks the elegance needed for the role”. 

(11) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born October 1, 1914 Donald Wollheim. Founding member of the Futurians, Wollheim organized what was later deemed the first American science fiction convention, when a group from New York met with a group from Philadelphia on October 22, 1936 in Philadelphia. As an editor, he published Le Guin’s first two novels as halves of Ace Doubles. His work at DAW got a special award from the folks at World Fantasy.  (Died 1990.)
  • Born October 1, 1935 Dame Julie Andrews, DBE, 87. Mary Poppins! I could stop there but I won’t. (Hee.) She had a scene cut in which she was a maid in The Return of the Pink Panther, and she’s uncredited as the singing voice of Ainsley Jarvis in The Pink Panther Strikes Again. Yet again she’s uncredited in a Panther film, this time as chairwoman in Trail of the Pink Panther. She voices Queen Lillian in Sherk 2Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After. And she’s the voice of Karathen in Aquaman.
  • Born October 1, 1940 Richard Harris. One of the Dumbledores in the Potter film franchise. He also played King Arthur in Camelot, Richard the Lion Hearted in Robin and Marian, Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels, James Parker in Tarzan, the Ape Man and he voiced Opal in Kaena: The Prophecy. His acting in Tarzan, the Ape Man him a nominee for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor. Anyone seen that film? I’ve not. (Died 2002.)
  • Born October 1, 1943 Sharon Jarvis. Did I ever tell you that aliases give me a mild headache? Well, they do. She did a splendid trilogy of somewhat erotic planetary adventures called These Lawless Worlds that Ellen Kozak co-wrote. She wrote two more series, charitably called pulp, one as Johanna Hailey and another as Kathleen Buckley. Now more interestingly to me, she was an editor in the early day, seventies and eighties. I’m going to quote at length from her website: “Sharon Jarvis has worked in the print media for more than twenty-five years for newspaper, magazine and in publishing companies. She has built a reputation for her market-wise expertise in the cutthroat world of publishing. Ms. Jarvis has been a sought-after editor from her days at Ballantine where she helped promote the billion-dollar science fiction boom. At Doubleday she was the acquisitions editor and worked with some of the biggest names in science fiction, including Isaac Asimov, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Harlan Ellison. At Playboy Press, Ms. Jarvis developed, instituted and promoted the science fiction line which helped sustain the publisher through many a setback in other general lines.”
  • Born October 1, 1944 Rick Katze, 78. A Boston fan and member of NESFA and MCFI. He’s chaired three Boskones, and worked many Worldcons. Quoting Fancyclopedia 3: “A lawyer professionally, he was counsel to the Connie Bailout Committee and negotiated the purchase of Connie’s unpaid non-fannish debt at about sixty cents on the dollar.” He’s an active editor for the NESFA Press, including the six-volume most stellar Best of Poul Anderson series.
  • Born October 1, 1947 Tom Clancy. ISFDB only lists Red Storm Rising as a true genre novel.  I’ve not read anything so I’ve not a clue if it is or is not genre, but EOFSF says of that novel that it “is a standalone Technothriller that can now be read as Alternate History.” Of the rest of his series, they say that “None of these sequences edges close enough to genuine speculation to list here.” (Died 2013.)
  • Born October 1, 1958 Michelle Bauer, 64. Actress, model, and scream queen. Really she is. Setting aside a lot of films that OGH prefer I not talk about (though she had a double for the sex scenes), she did star such films The Tomb, a supernatural horror film which had John Carradine in it. It was very loosely based on Bram Stoker’s The Jewel of Seven Stars
  • Born October 1, 1989 Brie Larson, 33. Captain Marvel in the Marvel film universe. She’s also been in Kong: Skull Island as Mason Weaver, and plays Kit in the Unicorn Store which she also directed and produced. Her first genre role was Rachael in the “Into the Fire” of Touched by an Angel series; she also appeared as Krista Eisenburg in the “Slam” episode of Ghost Whisperer. She’s in The Marvels, scheduled tentatively to be out next year.

(12) COMICS SECTION.

  • Tom Gauld on the bank robbers negotiating their book deal, in the Guardian.

(13) MAUS. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] In the Financial Times behinds a paywall, books columnist Nilanjana Roy discusses Art Spiegelman’s Maus.

I remember my first encounter with Maus back in 1993.  I was encouraged to buy the two books by Mirza Asad Baig, founder of the Midland Book Shop in Delhi. ‘Don’t listen to literary snobs who won’t read comic books,’ he said. ‘Trust me, this author has written a tremendous tale.  If you disagree, you can exchange it.’  I never did…

…I hope critics of Maus take to heart what Spiegelman said in 1987 when discussing his sometimes exasperating father.  The author did not want to have written a book whose ultimate moral might have been that if you lead a virtuous, exemplary life, you would survive something like the Holocaust.  ‘That’s not the point,’ he said.  The point is that everyone should have survived the Holocaust.  There should never have been a Holocaust.’…

(14) OPEN THE DOORS. This trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new project dropped: Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

(15) VIDEO OF THE DAY. Alasdair Beckett-King dissects “Every Episode of Popular Time Travel Show”. This is from 2021.

[Thanks to Michael Toman, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Meredith, Danny Sichel, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, John King Tarpinian, Andrew Porter, and Chris Barkley for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Ingvar.]

32 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 10/1/22 Scroll Me Once, I Am The Pixel, Scroll Me Twice, I Am The File

  1. First!

    Number five. Let me add that I encourage Filers to write up Birthdays of individuals that they like as enthusiasm helps a lot in crafting these. Sending these to me only the day before they will run is ideal.

  2. Andrew (not Werdna) says Richard Harris also was the first person to record MacArthur Park – “Someone left the File out in the Scroll”

    And that’s what Apple Music is for. I can’t say that any of the version including his are really great but Tony Bennett’s isn’t bad. Ok, I’m biased in I think the material is weak. The worst by far is the Beggar’s Ooera, a Scottish group that expanded it.

  3. (11) There are no known science fiction conventions prior to the one in 1936, so if it’s the first American SF convention then it’s also the first SF convention.

    But…as most of us are aware, there is disagreement among historians if that 1936 event was in fact a convention. I believe it was, but I also believe it’s the wrong question to ask. The right question is who first came up with the idea for holding a science fiction convention and it’s pretty clear that the fans who staged the Leeds convention in 1937 were the ones.

  4. Rich Lynch says There are no known science fiction conventions prior to the one in 1936, so if it’s the first American SF convention then it’s also the first SF convention, period.

    Every site which has information on this subject uses that language so I am not going to change it. Feel free to drop a note to the various sites noting your suggestion that they change their language.

  5. (11) Donald Wollheim did not publish Ursula Le Guin’s “first two novels as an Ace Double.” He published them as halves of two different Ace Doubles. While Wikipedia may say otherwise, Wikipedia is dominated by a clique of editors who don’t believe fiction in general, and sff in particular, should be covered accurately or in depth. It’s particularly worth noting that Le Guin herself, in the very essay Wikipedia cites as substantiation for their statement, said Wollheim published the novels in “Ace Doubles,” plural, and described Ace Doubles as including “two short novels by two different authors,” which is only about 95% accurate, but still far more reliable than Wikipedia.

  6. (11) I was one of the few who saw Richard Harris in the 1970s post-apocalyptic movie “The Ravagers” in the theater. I don’t remember much about it except hating it and wishing my bf and I had picked something else. There were some bizarre parts but IIRC mostly just a lot of meandering meh. I think this was made during a very bad period in Richard Harris’ life. (Director Richard Crompton did much better with TV SFF.) Did anyone else see this one?

    It was based on the novel “Path to Savagery” by Robert Edmond Halter. One of the IMDB reviews says the book is much better. Has anyone read it?

    I don’t think I lasted through the whole Bo Derek Tarzan movie. It was even more dull than “The Ravagers.”

  7. Magney, instead of a tirade against Wikipedia, what I really need is the new language in place of what I used. That would be oh so much more useful. You almost give it. You have my email address, send it to me and we’ll put it up.

    Be useful for once.

  8. We’ll change it to — “As an editor, he published Le Guin’s first two novels as halves of Ace Doubles.”

  9. Things hurt, but I got my BiPAP cleaned before falling on the bed, and posted review (not sff) to go live for tomorrow.

    Am listening to A Night at the Lonesome October, and enjoying it.

    In credential-adjacent news, today I took Cider (current canine credential & service dog), and ashes of Dora (previous canine credential & service dog), to the Blessing of the Animals at my church.

  10. 11) For Clancy, I’d say Cardinal of the Kremlin, at least, is also genre, having as its macguffin an orbital space laser. And the Jack Ryan series as a whole, from Sum of All Fears onwards, does become a radically divergent alternate history.

  11. Red Storm Rising is definitely alternate history. His other stuff? After a certain point it ceased to appeal, and I believe suggestions that his later stuff is similarly genre relates to after the point at which I stopped reading his stuff.

  12. I went from admiring Isaac Asimov as an exemplar of a “person in science fiction” (read his books early on and he was the first author I ever met); then on to Heinlein for years, but in my later, more adult phase of getting along, I have settled on Donald Wollheim. (Not that I don’t still admire and revere those other two.)
    I am of the considered opinion that the true shapers of this genre, its unique society and culture (important aspects of which are seeping away IMO) to be Donald Wollheim and the Futurians.
    Every single aspect of this “thing” we are involved in was touched by those people: they directly shaped the culture of Fandom; they established short fiction as the primary form of literary expression; they edited, drew for and wrote for magazines that filled the newsstands (and gave sustenance and practice space to some of our greatest authors and artists). They talked publishers into supporting the genre in paperback; they founded writing workshops, mentoring, conventions and clubs. They contributed to the genre’s introduction to academia.
    The Futurians, with Wollheim at the front (Isaac Asimov, Elsie Balter, James Blish, Hannes Bok, Rosalind Cohen, Virginia Kidd, Damon Knight, Cyril Kornbluth, David A. Kyle, Robert A. W. Lowndes, Judith Merril, Leslie Perri, Frederik Pohl, Larry Shaw, Dick Wilson and Dirk Wylie – you could run the entire genre on their contributions alone!) supported and expanded the publishing side of the genre even as they were establishing Fandom. (I’m fortunate to have gotten into Fandom at a time when I was able to actually meet several of them.)
    A bag of rice ought to be the symbol for this genre’s top awards, or at least the fannish ones.

  13. Christian Brunschen says was Dame Julie Andrews truly “uncreated in a Panther film” …?

    A combination of a feral spellchecker, yes they do exist and need watching carefully especially if they’re very hungry, and neither of us noticing it. It’s supposed to be “uncredited”. Though I really, really like the idea a lot!

  14. Anne Marble says I don’t think I lasted through the whole Bo Derek Tarzan movie. It was even more dull than “The Ravagers.”

    Oh but her nudity! Wait a damn minute — there was a story there? Really? Truly?

  15. 11) Brie Larson was also Envy Adams in “Scot Pilgrim vs. the World,” a much better movie than I thought it had any business being. Besides featuring a future Captain Marvel, it also had a former Superman (Brandon Routh), both a former Johnny Storm and future Captain America in Chris Evans, and Mary Todd Lincoln from “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

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  17. “The filer mode of pixeled is assscroll…?” Or maybe, “The filer mode of clever is pixole?”
    Oh hell, forget I said anything.

  18. 11) Julie Andrews played the chief fairy in the 2010 movie Tooth Fairy. It starred Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as a pro-hockey player who is magically recruited to be an actual tooth fairy.
    Most people have forgotten this movie, lucky bastards.

  19. (11) And in Bedazzled, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s retelling of the Faust legend, the magic words are of course “Julie Andrews”.

  20. First con: as someone who was a member of PSFS for my first 21 years in fandom… the story runs “half a dozen guys from NYC came down on the train to get together with half a dozen guys in Philly, in the back of one’s father’s (bar?) for the morning, into the afternoon, then they all went to a bookstore. When it was over, they decided that it had been a convention.

    Leeds: nyah!

    Memory Lane: the one time I spent any time in a casino was getting in and out of the Peppermil during Renovation. I dunno about the rest, but walking hundreds of feet through the one-armed bandit area, all we could smell were cigarettes.

    Ace doubles: trying to shelve them offers a lot of issues… my solution was “shelve by the author of the blue side”. For those unfamiliar, the spine was red and blue, or white and blue (one color for each author). There was always a blue, whatever the other color. shrug

  21. The October 2 Scroll will be rather late. I just got called to run off a pick up a prescription refill and drive it to my mother’s nursing facility.

  22. Memory lane: my only encounter with a casino was in Sri Lanka where the one I saw late in night was a casino with gaming tables that was also a whore house (that was the literal translation from Sinhalese to English).

    I didn’t know that much really garish pink drapery existed in the known Universe until then. And the girls, what little they were wearing, was mostly pink. With really bright pink lipstick.

    I was evaced the next week after my motor cycle accident so I never had the chance, or inclination, to go back there.

  23. @ Jim Janney re: “Bedazzled”

    And don’t forget, trying to generate a raspberry (Pffffft!) is very difficult when you’re a fly on the wall!

  24. I’ve edited the Wikipedia article for Donald A. Wollheim so that it now says he published LeGuin’s first two novels “in Ace Double editions” instead of “in an Ace Double”. Folks here who spot any other mistakes in the article are welcome to make further edits (Including citations in the article or the edit note– I did the latter in this case– should help make the edits stick.)

  25. @mark: I always shelved my ace doubles by the author I mainly bought it for. There was almost always a primary, even if it was a close call in a few cases.

    There was one I always felt a little guilty about when I was younger, because Avram Davidson was good friends with my mother, but I had one of his books filed under Le Guin. 🙂

  26. I’ll never forget when my parents took me to see Victor/Victoria (in which Julie Andrews plays a singer desperate for work who takes a job as a female impersonator in a burlesque club). Hijinks ensue. The humor is highly sexual, and there I was, 17 years old, sitting between my very straight-laced PARENTS, trying to figure out if it was ok to laugh…

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