Pixel Scroll 12/27/21 The Force That Through The Green Pixel Drives The Scroll

(1) NEW YEAR’S WHO. “Doctor Who’s special time loop trailer teases huge Dalek moment”Digital Spy introduces the clip. BEWARE SPOILERS.

The New Year’s Day special ‘Eve of the Daleks’ will see Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor getting stuck in a time loop with Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill), Dan Lewis (John Bishop) and a group of deadly Daleks.

The episode also features Aisling Bea and Adjani Salmon in the roles of Sarah and Nick as they get ready to celebrate the start of the new year….

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(3) BUILDING A HUGO CATEGORY. Ira Alexandre has launched a discussion on Twitter by asking: For purposes of a Game Hugo, what does it mean for a game to be “in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, or related subjects”? Thread starts here.

(4) A BAD WORD. Frell from Farscape is my favorite genre swear word, says Cat Eldridge. “Smeg and the art of sci-fi swearing” at Kerrang!

…For a long old time, the quickest way to get taken out of libraries or complained about by parents was to include swearing. This led sci-fi creators to come up with new alternatives to the usual suspects, both to evade censorship and emphasise the ‘otherness’ of the worlds in which their tales took place (if a movie was set 10,000 years in the future and started with someone calling someone else a shithead, that would just seem plain silly).

Bill The Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison is a terrific book, a laugh-out-loud funny anti-war satire with a hidden gut-punch of an ending. A bleakly hilarious look at the futility of war and the cruelty with which people can treat one another, it’s a book that should be read by as many people as possible – ideally when they are about 12. During the title character’s ascension through the ranks of the Space Troopers, there’s plenty of effing and jeffing, except Harry opts for his own coinage, ‘bowb’, instead of the curses we all know and love.

As with a lot of made-up swear words, ‘bowb’ is kind of all-purpose – the phrases “Don’t give me any of your bowb!”, “Get over here, you stupid bowb!” and “What is this, “Bowb Your Buddy Week?” suggest it can be substituted in easily enough for ‘shit’, ‘bastard’, ’asshole’ and ‘fuck’….

(5) IN TIMES TO COME NEXT WEEK. Nicholas Whyte tries the thought experiment of anticipating next year with the help of films and stories that treat 2022 as history: “2022 according to science fiction, in novels and films” at From the Heart of Europe. Some of these sources aren’t very helpful!

Time Runner (1993)

What’s it about? Mark Hamill, unsuccessfully attempting to fight off an alien invasion of Earth in 2022, somehow gets sent thirty years back in time to try and prevent it all from happening. He tangles with a corrupt politician who is destined to become the collaborationist president of the world, and ends up assisting at his own birth.

Is 2022 really going to be like that? Actually most of the film is set in 1992, apart from the very beginning and occasional flashforwards. As of now, we don’t (yet) have a President of Earth; as for the alien invasion, we will have to wait and see….

(6) FANZINES IN THE FAMILY TREE. Andrew Porter tells why the Gothamist report is sff-related: “Patti Smith Receives Key To New York City: ‘I Wish I Could Give NYC The Key To Me’”. It has to do with the photo accompanying the article.

In his last weeks as mayor, Bill de Blasio has been bestowing Keys to New York City to a number of figures, including legendary music producer Clive Davis (who helped stage the ultimately Mother Nature-interrupted “Homecoming” concert in Central Park), and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for his indefatigable support for the city. On his last Monday in office, de Blasio honored one of his favorite artists, the “punk rock laureate,” Patti Smith….

Note Lenny Kaye in the photo behind her. Lenny was a teenage science fiction fan, active in science fiction fandom and publishing a fanzine, Here’s an article about his SF fanzine collection: “The Tattooed Dragon Meets The Wolfman: Lenny Kaye’s Science Fiction Fanzines”, a 2014 Thought Catalog post.

(7) TAKE BIXELSTRASSE TO I-95. Gwen C. Katz tweeted her interpretation of the history that shaped Worldcon’s administrative culture. Thread starts here.

(8) THE PRESTIGE. Catherine Lundoff followed-up the Katz thread with her thoughts about the Hugo Awards. Thread starts here. Lundoff evidently is focused on book-length work, since publishers of finalists like Uncanny, Clarkesworld, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, for example, aren’t operating with “deep pockets.”


(9) END OF WATCH. At Vox: “NASA will let the ISS disintegrate into the atmosphere. Here’s why”. When hasn’t been specified, but “NASA has only technically certified the station’s hardware until 2028.”

The International Space Station brings together astronauts from around the world to collaborate on cutting-edge research, and some have called it humanity’s greatest achievement. But after two decades in orbit, the ISS will shut down, and a crop of several new space stations will take its place. While these new stations will make it easier for more humans to visit space, they’re also bound to create new political and economic tensions.

NASA is scaling back its presence in low-Earth orbit as the government focuses on sending humans back to the moon and, eventually, to Mars. As part of that transition, the space agency wants to rent out facilities for its astronauts on new space stations run by private companies. When these stations are ready, NASA will guide the ISS into the atmosphere, where it will burn up and disintegrate. At that point, anyone hoping to work in space will have to choose among several different outposts. That means countries won’t just be using these new stations to strengthen their own national space programs, but as lucrative business ventures, too….


1893 [Item by Cat Eldridge.] One hundred twenty-eight years ago, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes was first published by G. Newnes Ltd. sometime late in 1893 with an actual publication date listed as 1894. It was the second collection following The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and like the first it was illustrated by Sidney Paget. This hardcover edition has two hundred seventy-nine pages comprising twelve stories. The stories were previously published in the Strand Magazine

Doyle had determined that these would be the last Holmes stories, and intended to kill off the character in “The Final Problem”, but a decade later a new series, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, would begin in the aftermath of “The Final Problem”, in which it is revealed that Holmes actually survived. 


[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born December 27, 1938 Jean Hale. If you’ve watched Sixties genre television, you’ve likely seen her as she showed up on My Favorite MartianIn Like Flint (at least genre adjacent), Alfred Hitchcock Presents, My Brother the AngelWild, Wild WestBatman and Tarzan. (Died 2021.)
  • Born December 27, 1951 Robbie Bourget, 70. She started out as an Ottawa-area fan, where she became involved in a local Who club and the OSFS before moving to LA and becoming deeply involved in LASFS. She’s been a key member of many a Worldcon and Who convention over the years. She was the co-DUFF winner with Marty Cantor for Aussiecon 2. She moved to London in the late Nineties.
  • Born December 27, 1960 Maryam d’Abo, 61. She’s best known as Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights. Her first genre role was her screen debut in the very low-budget SF horror film Xtro, an Alien rip-off. She was Ta’Ra in Something Is Out There, a miniseries that was well received and but got piss poor ratings. Did you know there was a live Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book series? I didn’t. She was Elaine Bendel, a recurring role, in it.
  • Born December 27, 1977 Sinead Keenan, 44. She’s in the Eleventh Doctor story, “The End of Time” as Addams but her full face make-up guarantees that you won’t recognize her. If you want to see her, she’s a Who fan in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Her final Who work is a Big Finish audio drama, Iterations of I, a Fifth Doctor story. And she played Nina Pickering, a werewolf, in Being Human for quite a long time.
  • Born December 27, 1987 Lily Cole, 34. Been awhile since I found a Who performer and so let’s have another one now. She played The Siren in the Eleventh Doctor story, “The Curse of The Black Spot”. She’s also in some obscure film called Star Wars: The Last Jedi as a character named Lovey. And she shows up in the important role of Valentina in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Not mention she’s in Snow White and The  Huntsman as Greta, a great film indeed.
  • Born December 27, 1995 Timothée Chalamet, 26. First SF role was as the young Tom Cooper in the well received Interstellar. His only other genre role was Zac in One & Two before he played Paul Atreides in Director Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.


  • The Far Side shows something by the side of the road – a little too big for a hubcap, I’m thinking.
  • The Argyle Sweater spots the moment an undercover operator’s cover is blown.

(13) IS SF ABOUT THE PRESENT OR FUTURE? Star Trek shouldn’t be gloomy insists Reason Magazine’s Eric Studer: “Even if Modern Star Trek Doesn’t Think So, the World Is Getting Better”.

For decades, various incarnations of Star Trek have offered mostly positive visions for the future of humanity—one in which we’ve set aside petty, earthbound squabbles in favor of boldly seeking out new worlds (and, of course, finding the occasional conflict). 

But the first three seasons of Star Trek: Discovery (Paramount+), the seventh television series in the long-running franchise, have too often seemed tied down by storylines that might have more in common with real-world politics of the 21st century rather than the unbridled optimism that was such an important part of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s original conception for the show. Discovery is highly serialized, more focused on a single calamity than a larger sense of exploration, and with far more internally focused characters who care more about their own interests than in a larger plan for society.

As a result, Star Trek now seeks to reinforce the trepidation and existential doubt that is a hallmark of our modern culture. Instead of showing the potential of what humanity can become, Discovery seems to reflect more on what the feelings of the human condition are today…

(14) INVADER FROM MARS. Space.com celebrates an anniversary: “On This Day in Space! Dec. 27, 1984: Famed Allan Hills Mars meteorite found in Antarctica”.

On Dec. 27, 1984, one of the most famous Mars meteorites was found in Antarctica. 

…Weighing in at just over 4 lbs., this space rock is considered to be one of the oldest Martian meteorites ever found on Earth. Scientists estimate that it crystallized from molten rock more than 4 billion years ago, when Mars still had liquid water on its surface. It also has been the source of controversy about the search for life on Mars that continues to this day.

(15) NOT JUST ANY KIND OF HORROR. The new episode of the Rite Gud podcast features an interview with John Langan on cosmic horror. And also about the horror of dealing with the publishing industry.

Bram Stoker Award-winning author John Langan joins us to talk about cosmic horror, his novel The Fisherman, upstate New York, how much money writers make (none), and how hard it is to get published when you’re a little too literary for the genre crowd but a little too genre for the literary crowd. Special appearance by Langan’s wiener dog/beagle.

(16) OPENING OUT OF TOWN. “Terry Gilliam’s Disputed Sondheim Show Finds a Home” – the New York Times knows its address.

For weeks, a question hung over London theater: What would happen to Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”?

On Nov. 1, the Old Vic theater canceled a revival of the musical, co-directed by Terry Gilliam, after a dispute in which the renowned director was accused of endorsing transphobic views and playing down the MeToo movement. That left the production in limbo and London’s theater world wondering if anyone would dare to take it on.

Now, there is an answer. On Aug. 19, 2022, Gilliam’s “Into the Woods” will debut at the Theater Royal in Bath, 115 miles from London. The show will run through Sep. 10, 2022, the theater said in a statement….

(17) CRITICAL COMPONENT. DUST presents a short film about a young robot with a defective part, trying to find their way in the world.

(18) A BETTER PLAN. “Tesla agrees to stop letting drivers play video games in moving cars”  says the New York Times.

Tesla has agreed to modify software in its cars to prevent drivers and passengers from playing video games on the dashboard screens while vehicle are in motion, a federal safety regulator said on Thursday.

The agreement came a day after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a formal investigation of the game feature, which is known as Passenger Play. The investigation was announced after The New York Times reported this month on the potential safety risks the games posed….

(19) VIDEO OF THE DAY. Alasdair Beckett-King’s parodies are news to me but not to his quarter of a million YouTube subscribers. Here’s a sample.

As the first person ever to spoof Doctor Who, I decided not to bother doing an impression of 13 different actors, and just wore a jaunty hat instead.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Andrew Porter, Michael Toman, N., Bill, Raquel S. Benedict, Jeffrey Smith, Nicholas Whyte, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, and JJ for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Rob Thornton.]

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121 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 12/27/21 The Force That Through The Green Pixel Drives The Scroll

  1. rcade: I am surprised the Business Meeting let the ballot disqualification resolution get to a vote.

    I think the people attempting this bit of chicanery managed to get as far as they did because a lot of the people who would ordinarily have been at the Business Meeting were unable to attend DisCon III. I would have given a hard side-eye to an attempt like this to circumvent the 2-year process to change the Constitution, and as soon as I saw who the sponsors were, I would have been Objecting to Consideration.

    I mean, how damn stupid do you have to be to not arrange for beard sponsors so that it isn’t obvious that you’re trying to rig the current year’s Site Selection?

  2. JJ: Never mind not having to wait two years, the resolution didn’t have to wait two minutes but went right to the front of the line of the day’s business. Since the chair of the meeting took the floor to support it, in hindsight it looks like a rugby scrum was pushing it through.

  3. I suppose given the last minute change of business meeting chair they might have committed to supporting the motion before taking on the job, but it leaves a bad taste.

    ETA: I like the Otherwise, and I liked how they handled renaming, too. But there really are a lot of worthy awards out there worth giving a moment of attention (or more), even if the Hugos are exactly to your liking. Variety is fun.

  4. JJ: help you avoid looking like a numpty.

    JJ: Why would I care about what some random a$$hole thinks

    To the extent that this was ever a productive exchange, it is no longer.

  5. Doug: To the extent that this was ever a productive exchange, it is no longer.

    Doug: There’s a mismatch [with the Hugos and Worldcon] as if the Oscars were presented at an overgrown director’s party and only broadcast on the Criterion Channel.

    Doug: “What would a Worldcon that is clearly the field’s premier annual convention look like?” is an interesting question, but putting on a Worldcon that is like all the previous ones with a little local twist takes so much effort that I am not sure anyone relevant is asking that question.

    Doug: Worldcon is not clearly the premier science fiction convention for the world, and that the people closest to it (multi-year attending members, business meeting mavens, long-term volunteers, etc.) do not want it to be.

    Doug: But please, JJ, do go on about how this is just the same as every other filing since forever.

    That high horse you’re trying to sit on has a couple of broken legs, and it’s already dumped you out of the saddle. 🙄

  6. Meredith: I have yet to see a justification that doesn’t boil down to “welp, you did a really good job with these awards, but now they’re too good for you, so you should let someone better – or at least bigger, since that’s apparently the measure people work from – take them off your hands.”

    robinareid: I share the bafflement at the argument that the Hugos should be administered by a bigger con because they are such an important award.

    I’d like to build on these comments and ask a slightly different question: What should a twenty-first century Worldcon look like? Science fiction and all its relations are a massive, global presence in this day and age — I mean, if there was a struggle over culture between geeks and mundanes, it’s over and we won. How should the annual meeting of the World Science Fiction Society reflect that reality? The Hugos have largely gotten there and overcome fannish resistance to changing things like the announcement of the finalists on the Saturday of Easter weekend (here’s Scalzi on that subject). If science fiction is (among other things) the literature that sees things that have never been and asks “Why not?” is our world convention doing the same?

    The CoNZealand presentation of the Hugo awards was widely panned because the presenters didn’t acknowledge how much the audience had changed, and that the presentation was no longer the personal playground of a smallish in-group. Similarly (and with an unfortunate overlap in persons involved) there was quite a hullaballoo about the Hugo losers’ party in Dublin because the event had grown way, way beyond a suite party with beanies and hijinks. When fandom acknowledges how it has grown and changed, it shines — look at the great variety of work that if getting recognized these days.
    Worldcon in Helsinki became A Thing for the larger Finnish society, and a lot more people could have shared in the joy of Worldcon if the planners had had a way to deal with the surge. I think something similar may have happened in Dublin. Especially in smaller or medium-sized countries, when a Worldcon’s publicity section does its job well, people want to participate. The rest of the con has to be ready to deal with the benefits of success. Scotland in ’24 looks to be likely place for this dynamic.
    Worldcon appears to be prone to reinventing the wheel. How many computer systems are there by now for tallying Hugo voting?

    So yes, as I’ve said above, I do think there’s a bit of a mismatch between the Hugos and the convention. I think that the convention could evolve to be more like the 2020s and (soon, for people planning) 2030s.

  7. JJ, you’ve made it clear that you don’t care what I think. I am returning the favor, without the name calling.

  8. Doug: Worldcon in Helsinki became A Thing for the larger Finnish society, and a lot more people could have shared in the joy of Worldcon if the planners had had a way to deal with the surge. I think something similar may have happened in Dublin.

    Dublin didn’t really have any extra space to rent. Helsinki had plenty of space to rent, they just put the membership money in the bank instead of renting the space they actually needed for the memberships they accepted.

    Doug: JJ, you’ve made it clear that you don’t care what I think. I am returning the favor, without the name calling.

    It’s interesting that you’ve assumed that I was referring to you when I referred to “some random a$$hole”. When I said “Why would I care about what some random a$$hole thinks about whether Worldcon members deserve to own their own awards program?” I was referring to the people who think Worldcon members don’t deserve to own their own Hugo Awards program, and as far as I was aware, you hadn’t actually said that.

    Welp, I guess you’ve now revealed your real feelings.

  9. Helsinki did deal with the surge in at con membership as best they could, hiring new space and bumping up the panel rooms to the next largest space . Because this was reactive not proactive it didn’t happen until day two or three. Judging by the long queues outside the con, there were a lot of walk in sign ups, so the membership surge probably came as the con opened..

  10. Peter Card: Helsinki did deal with the surge in at con membership as best they could, hiring new space and bumping up the panel rooms to the next largest space . Because this was reactive not proactive it didn’t happen until day two or three. Judging by the long queues outside the con, there were a lot of walk in sign ups, so the membership surge probably came as the con opened.

    The con (I’m not going to assume who said “no” to this) was repeatedly asked in advance by program track heads to do capacity planning, and repeatedly refused to do so. The Science track head resigned 6 months before the con because of this refusal. The lack of appropriate space allocation was a deliberate choice.

    The con also promised to stop selling at-door memberships after the first day was such a disaster, and then sold around 1,000 at-door memberships during the rest of the con anyway… and then bragged about their “record” membership figures.

  11. There’s a grain of truth in this, which is that the Hugos are clearly the field’s premier awards, and Worldcon is clearly not the field’s premier convention.

    This is a strange position to take. The Hugo Awards became what they are through Worldcon and the WSFS. If you believe the Hugos are the pinnacle in SF you should recognize how they achieved that stature, which was in companionship with a convention that has never sought to become massive like SDCC or Dragon Con.

    People who want a SFF award that’s associated with an event like that have the Dragon Awards. (Though they should start releasing nomination and vote data if they want to be taken seriously.)

  12. Rcade: As a thought experiment, why haven’t the Locus Awards surpassed the Hugos in prestige? They’re publicly voted (in their own way), writers like to win them, they’ve been around for years now. I don’t think the small self-hosted weekend event they’re part of holds them back .

  13. As a thought experiment, why haven’t the Locus Awards surpassed the Hugos in prestige?

    The Locus Awards are prestigious but suffered a major setback in 2008 when the rules for counting were changed after the vote took place, giving subscribers two votes and non-subscribers one, thus altering the winner of several categories.

    Before that Locus was often touted as getting more votes than the Hugos, but as of 2014 that was not true for the preceding six years.

    The preferential treatment of subscribers makes sense for Locus but undercuts the broader appeal of the awards. When I first joined the Hugo Awards electorate around 15 years ago, I wasn’t subscribing to Locus and thought of the Locus Awards as something done by one magazine for its own community of readers. The Hugos felt more like something that belonged to everyone in SFF. The requirement to buy a Worldcon supporting membership was a hurdle but I was willing to do it because I had grown up noticing “Hugo Award winner” on a bunch of SFF book covers.

    It’s weird to treat “subscribe to Locus” as a bigger hill to climb than “support a convention I’m not likely to attend,” but I know many more fans who talk about and value the Hugos than the Locus Awards.

  14. Mike Glyer: As a thought experiment, why haven’t the Locus Awards surpassed the Hugos in prestige? They’re publicly voted (in their own way), writers like to win them, they’ve been around for years now. I don’t think the small self-hosted weekend event they’re part of holds them back.

    For me, it’s because their longlist is juried by Locus editors and reviewers rather than crowdsourced the way the Hugos are. They often miss what I feel are outstanding works while including works which are not outstanding simply because they’re from established authors. I also really dislike their First Novel category because it keeps some really outstanding debut novels from being recognized in “The Big One” (Novel).

    Because of this, their longlist ballot always feels a little myopic to me. And yes, my vote only counts for half a vote, because I’m not a subscriber. So it’s hard for me to feel emotionally invested in them. And when their list comes out, I haven’t yet read enough of the works to vote, so I intend to come back later and vote, but usually I forget to do so before the deadline.

  15. The Hugo Awards started a lot earlier than the Locus Awards.

    Locus initially acquired prestige as a Hugo Award winning fanzine.

  16. Tom Becker: I once had a conversation with Charlie Brown at the Locus table in the dealers room. He said it was part of his business plan for Locus to win the Hugo Award every year. It helped get the word out to potential subscribers. (This is completely on the level.)

  17. rcade said that this Worldcon is clearly not the field’s premier convention was a strange position to take, and they are right. If I had given my comment another editing pass, I would have said “Worldcon is not clearly the field’s premier convention,” i.e., it is not obviously head and shoulders above the rest the way that the Hugos presently are head and shoulders above other awards. Maybe it will be; maybe it will stay in the equilibrium it found about forty years ago.

  18. @rcade

    On Worldcon vs SDCC or DragonCon. There are huge problems with Worldcon losing a large part of its appeal if it does become a fixed location convention like SDCC or DragonCon. One of the good things about Worldcon is that it does get held in countries other than the US.

    I think that to some extent it is also core audience. Doug said “Science fiction and all its relations are a massive, global presence in this day and age”. Well yes, but I don’t necessarily see that extending all that much to the literary fields. SF films and TV, and to a lesser extent comics and computer games, are massive – which is why SDCC and DragonCon do well. I see no evidence that SF novels and shorter fiction are seeing a massive uptick in popularity and sales, no evidence that they are being covered more by arts programmes or have anything other than capsule reviews in major newspapers.

  19. Speaking of literary fields, without looking it up does anyone want to hazard a guess about the size of the Leipzig Book Fair?

    (The English Wikipedia page for the Fair isn’t very extensive, but here’s a paragraph from the German page:
    (Die Atmosphäre der Messe wird von Besuchern und Verlagen oft als familiär und entspannt beschrieben. Die Messe wird aufgrund der Fokussierung auf den Leser auch von jungen und sehr jungen Lesern angenommen und wird durch zahlreiche meist junge Cosplayer mitgeprägt, die ein beliebtes Fotomotiv während der Messetage darstellen. Um diese Potenzial besser zu nutzen, findet seit 2014 die Manga-Comic-Convention innerhalb der Buchmesse statt.
    (The atmosphere at the Fair is often described by visitors and publishing houses as familial and relaxed. Because of its focus on readers, the Fair is also embraced by young and very young readers, and is shaped by the numerous and mostly young cosplayers, who are favored photographic subjects during the days of the Fair. To make better use of this potential, since 2014 the Manga-Comic-Convention has taken place as part of the Book Fair. [my translation]
    (“Enthusiastic participation by younger readers” sounds like something many greying con committees have been looking for ways to spark.)

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