(1) GAME MAKER SETTLES HARASSMENT SUIT. “Activision Blizzard to pay $18 million to harassment victims” reports the LA Times. However, a number of other such suits remain active.
Activision Blizzard agreed to set up an $18-million fund for employees who experienced sexual harassment or discrimination, pregnancy discrimination or retaliation as part of a settlement with a federal employment agency Tuesday.
The consent decree, which a federal judge said she intended to sign after a hearing Tuesday, comes in response to a lawsuit filed against the Santa Monica video game company in September by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which alleged that Activision employees were subject to “severe” and “pervasive” sexual harassment in the workplace.
Anyone who worked at the company after September 2016 and believes that they were subject to harassment, discrimination or retaliation will be eligible to apply for a share of the cash payout. The company officially denied all wrongdoing as part of the settlement, which also included requirements for regular audits overseen by the federal agency over the next three years, changes to workplace policies and anti-harassment training.
(2) MARK YOUR WESTEROS CALENDAR. TechRadar reports “Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon finally has a release date on HBO Max”.
Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon has finally been given a release date on HBO Max – and fans don’t have long to wait for Westeros’ return.
The 10-episode series, based on George R. R. Martin’s 2018 novel Fire and Blood, will begin streaming in the US and other HBO Max territories on August 21. Those in the UK will be able to access episodes at the same time as their US counterparts (on the morning of August 22) on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.
House of the Dragon will tell the backstory of the Targaryen dynasty, with events taking place 200 years prior to the events of the original show. Fans were treated to an ominous teaser trailer for the series back in 2021, but we’d expect a full-length trailer to drop imminently, given the recent news confirming its release date….
(3) FLASHBACK TO 2000AD’S 40TH BASH. [Item by SF Concatenation’s Jonathan Cowie.] Alas, I could not make the 2017 event but one of my old college SF soc mates did a write up: “The 40th 2000AD anniversary event” at SF2 Concatenation.
PSIFA (my college SF society) has official permission from 2000AD (along with Cambridge U SF Soc) to have the Gronk as its mascot. We also visited its Command Module a couple of times back in the day (1979 and 1980) when it was based in London and had the 2000AD team as guests at one of our Shoestringcons, and Alan Grant as a guest of honour at one of our annual dinners. Indeed, at our college the SF soc was quite active as indicated by 2000AD being the second best-selling weekly (after New Scientist) at the college’s main campus Students Union shop. So my links with 2000AD are somewhat historic. I must say, we never dreamed back then that it would last for the best part of half a century. Indeed, I recall when some of us were chatting with them, that they themselves never thought the comic would last as evidenced by the fact they dubbed it with the then futuristic title 2000AD. Well, we’re well past that milestone now…
The 40th anniversary celebratory bash cum one-day mini-con was very much a fan event with all the 2000AD Great & Good, script and art creator-droids present (there must been over 60 or so there), many with long queues for signings and sketches. And when the queues died off, you just wondered up for a chat. Tharg’s Nerve Centre and Pat Mills were particularly busy.
(4) HONEY, I’M HOME. “NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, Russian cosmonauts return safely to Earth”, and the Washington Post assesses how the two countries’ support teams cooperated.
Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut landed in a remote area of Kazakhstan on Wednesday after undocking from the International Space Station and flying back to Earth in a historic mission that came amid mounting tensions over the war in Ukraine.
…The landing marks the end of a triumphant mission for Vande Hei, whose 355 days in space set a record for the longest single spaceflight for an American. His safe return, along with his Russian counterparts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov, also serves as a powerful symbol of partnership amid heightened tensions between the United States and Russia over the war in Ukraine — strain that has surfaced persistent questions about whether the relationship in space can endure.
Ever since Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine began more than a month ago, NASA has steadfastly maintained that the station has been operating normally and that its relationship of more than 20 years with the Russian space agency has been unaffected by the turmoil on the ground.
NASA deployed a team of about 20 personnel to Kazakhstan to retrieve Vande Hei, who would be whisked away in a helicopter to a NASA aircraft at a nearby airstrip. He is scheduled to fly directly back to Houston to be reunited with friends and family. The Russian and American teams appeared to be working well together in the recovery effort, which they have done many times before over their long partnership in space.
NASA has said it cannot operate the station without the Russians, which provide the propulsion that allows the ISS to keep its orbit and maneuver when needed. Russia needs NASA, as well, as the space agency provides power to the Russian segment of the station….
(5) GARRY LEACH (1954-2022). Artist Garry Leach died March 26 at the age of 67. The 2000AD website has an extensive tribute.
A modest and unassuming talent, by the time of his first work for 2000 AD – inking Trevor Goring’s work on the Dan Dare story ‘The Doomsday Machine’ in 1978 – his confident brushwork was already unmissable and although appearances were sporadic – whether on high-tech superspy series M.A.C.H.1 or on one-episode Future Shocks, including working with future collaborator Alan Moore – his self-assured style brought a solidity to its pages.
…His greatest and most famous work was co-creating the new Marvelman with Alan Moore in 1981. A revival of the unauthorised and believed-abandoned British version of Captain Marvel from the 1950s, this series for Dez Skinn’s Warrior anthology was a stunning deconstruction of the superhero genre that presaged Moore’s better-known work on Watchmen.
Garry’s sharp-lined realism brought a languid, sinewy quality to Marvelman that befitted Moore’s intense psychological script….
… After a spell working in advertising, Garry returned to comics in the late 1990s as John McCrea’s inker on Hitman, and worked for other DC Comics titles such as Legion of Superheroes, Monarchy and Global Frequency. He also inked fellow 2000 AD artist Chris Weston on J. Michael Straczynski’s The Twelve for Marvel Comics and returned to 2000 AD in 2004 to produce covers for the Judge Dredd Megazine….
(6) MEMORY LANE.
1978 — [Item by Cat Eldridge.] Forty-four years ago at IguanaCon II where Tim Kyger was the Chair and Harlan Ellison was the pro guest and Bill Bowers was the fan guest, Frederik Pohl’s Gateway wins the Hugo for Best Novel.
The other nominated works for that year were The Forbidden Tower by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Time Storm by Gordon R. Dickson and Dying of the Light by George R. R. Martin.
It was serialised in the November and December 1976 issues of Galaxy prior to its hardcover publication by St. Martin’s Press. A short concluding chapter, cut before publication, was later published in the August 1977 issue of Galaxy. (Huh? Why was this done?)
It would win damn near every other major Award there was as it garnered the John Campbell Memorial for Best Science Fiction Novel, the Locus Award for Best First Novel, the Nebula Award for Novel and even the Prix Pollo-your Award for Best Science Fiction Novel published in France. It was nominated for but did not win the Australian Ditmar Award.
It of course the opening novel in the Heechee saga, with four sequels that followed. It is a most exceptional series.
I’m chuffed that Pohl was voted a Hugo for Best Fan Writer at Aussiecon 4. Who can tell what works got him this honor?
(7) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
Born March 30, 1928 — Chad Oliver. Writer of both Westerns and SF, a not uncommon pairing of occupations at the time he’s was active. He considered himself an anthropological science fiction writer whose training as an academic informed his fiction, an early Le Guin if you will. Not a terribly prolific writer, with just nine novels and two collections to his name over a forty-year span. Mists of Dawn, his first novel, is a YA novel, which I’d recommend as it reads a lot to similar what Heinlein would write. (Died 1993.)
Born March 30, 1930 — John Astin, 92. He is best known for playing as Gomez Addams in Addams Family, reprising his role in the Halloween with the New Addams Family film and the Addams Family animated series. A memorable later role would be as Professor Wickwire in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., and I’d like to single out his delightfully weird appearance on The Wild Wild West as Count Nikolai Sazanov in “The Night of the Tartar” episode.
Born March 30, 1948 — Jeanne Robinson. She co-wrote the Stardance Saga with her husband Spider Robinson. To my knowledge, her only other piece of writing was “Serendipity: Do, Some Thoughts About Collaborative Writing”‘ which was published in the MagiCon Program. (Died 2010.)
Born March 30, 1950 — Robbie Coltrane, 72. I first saw him playing Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald on Cracker way back in the Ninties. Not genre, but an amazing role none-the-less. He was Valentin Dmitrovich Zhukovsky in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough, with a much less prominent role as a man at an airfield in Flash Gordon being his first genre role. Being Rubeus Hagrid in the Potter franchise was his longest running genre gig. He’s also voiced both Mr. Hyde in the Van Helsing film and Gregory, a mouse, in The Tale of Despereaux film.
Born March 30, 1958 — Maurice LaMarche, 64. Voice actor primarily for such roles as Pinky and The Brain (both of which Stross makes use of in The Laundry series) with Pinky modeled off Orson Welles, near as I can tell the entire cast of Futurama, the villain Sylar on Heroes, the voice of Orson Welles in Ed Wood, a less serious Pepé Le Pew in Space Jam, and, though maybe not genre, he’s voiced Kellogg’s Froot Loops spokesbird Toucan Sam and the animated Willy Wonka character in Nestlé’s Willy Wonka Candy Company commercials.
Born March 30, 1990 — Cassie Scerbo, 22. She’s only here because in researching Birthdays for this date, one site listed her as being a member of the cast of Star Trek: Progeny, yet another Trek video fanfic. Though IMDB has a cast listed for it, that’s about all I could find on it. If I was betting a cask of Romulan ale, I’d wager this was one of the productions that Paramount got shut down before it actually was shot.
(8) COMICS SECTION.
- Existential Comics pits Iron Man against the Villains of Society. (And don’t miss the alt text.)
(9) THOSE GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Sarah A. Hoyt explains her concept of a “contract with the reader,” and what it took for her to learn the importance of foreshadowing in “Just Sign on the Dotted Line” at Mad Genius Club.
… There was for instance the notable book whose description says that Mr. Bennet had improved the family fortunes, and so Lizzy and Darcy met on equal footing, which I stopped reading halfway through.
It wasn’t because our protagonists had not yet met. Yes, sure, the promise of any Jane Austen fanfic is that the couple will meet and have a happy ever after. I could have stayed with it, if they were having adventures leading up to “Everything between them changed in these ways.” It was that with that premise, the writer proceeded to give us exactly how Mr. Bennet improved family fortunes. To do her credit, she’d researched regency money and investment structures, and landowning, and how to improve land, and the price of cereals and….. Did I just fall asleep and drool on the table?
Yeah, after a first chapter that introduces the Bennet family, the author decided she’d suffered for her knowledge and we should too. When I got to the actual calculations pages, I gave up and hied to easier pastures. To be charitable, perhaps she’d been driven insane by the people who write regencies that assume that noblemen are businessmen, doctor is a revered status, and some dukes are accountants. It was still a major welshing on her contract with the reader.
Also in my own defense, my problems with foreshadowing were never as bad as the bad examples above. I just failed to establish the “range of the possible” in a book, and then had things happen that — to the reader — amounted to dropping an elephant from the ceiling onto the main character, with no warning….
(10) OCTOTHORPE. In episode 54 of the Octothorpe podcast, “John Coxon is dancing, Alison Scott is listening, and Liz Batty is Batman. We discuss the Chengdu Worldcon and the recent controversies they’re at the centre of, before moving onto discussing the FAAn Awards and books by Jo Walton and Naomi Novik.” Note: The episode was not yet loaded at the time this Scroll was posted.
(11) ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT STARGATE SCRIPT. Giant Freakin Robot announces “Richard Dean Anderson Joining The SG-1 Cast For New Stargate Episode”. (Subscription to The Companion is necessary to access the episode which is coming in May.)
When SG-1 entered its ninth season, Richard Dean Anderson ended his status as star and producer of the series. Instead, he opted to make several guest appearances. Now, much like his character, the former SG-1 star is being coaxed of retirement for a special reunion of the popular sci-fi show. According to Gate World, he is set to suit up Jack O’Neill for version 2.0 of Stargate A.I. The project, which was a table reading of a script written by artificial intelligence, was such a hit last November that The Companion has decided to give it another shot.
(12) FUTURE TRIAGE. In the Washington Post, Pranshu Verma says the US military is creating a program called In The Moment which would use AI to calculate military triage, while bioethicists debate whether it’s a good idea to let an algorithm determine who lives and who dies on the battlefield. “U.S. military wants AI to make battlefield medical decisions”.
…To that end, DARPA’s In the Moment program will create and evaluate algorithms that aid military decision-makers in two situations: small unit injuries, such as those faced by Special Operations units under fire, and mass casualty events, like the Kabul airport bombing. Later, they may develop algorithms to aid disaster relief situations such as earthquakes, agency officials said.
… Matt Turek, a program manager at DARPA in charge of shepherding the program, said the algorithms’ suggestions would model “highly trusted humans” who have expertise in triage.But they will be able to access information to make shrewd decisions in situations where even seasoned experts would be stumped.
For example, he said, AI could help identify all the resources a nearby hospital has — such as drug availability, blood supply and the availability of medical staff — to aid in decision-making.
“That wouldn’t fit within the brain of a single human decision-maker,” Turek added. “Computer algorithms may find solutions that humans can’t.”…
(13) THE NEED FOR SPEED. “Turing Award Won by Programmer Who Paved Way for Supercomputers” — the New York Times has the story.
In the late 1970s, as a young researcher at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago, Jack Dongarra helped write computer code called Linpack.
Linpack offered a way to run complex mathematics on what we now call supercomputers. It became a vital tool for scientific labs as they stretched the boundaries of what a computer could do. That included predicting weather patterns, modeling economies and simulating nuclear explosions.
On Wednesday, the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest society of computing professionals, said Dr. Dongarra, 71, would receive this year’s Turing Award for his work on fundamental concepts and code that allowed computer software to keep pace with the hardware inside the world’s most powerful machines. Given since 1966 and often called the Nobel Prize of computing, the Turing Award comes with a $1 million prize.
In the early 1990s, using the Linpack (short for linear algebra package) code, Dr. Dongarra and his collaborators also created a new kind of test that could measure the power of a supercomputer. They focused on how many calculations it could run with each passing second. This became the primary means of comparing the fastest machines on earth, grasping what they could do and understanding how they needed to change.
(14) CHIPS ON THE TABLE. With Love From Sweden has some big news about the country’s SJW credentials: “Issue 66: The status of cats & scilla season”.
…Earlier this month riksdagen (the Swedish parliament) voted in favour of an amendment to the law on supervision of dogs and cats, which means that cats will soon have the same status as dogs. From January 1 2023, all cats in Sweden are to be registered and either chipped or tattooed – or the owners could face a fine. Cat shelters and other animal welfare organisations have advocated for this change for many years, to raise the status of the cat. According to the last count, there are approximately 1.159,000 cats in Sweden.
Since 2001, all dogs that live in Sweden need to be marked with an identity number and recorded in the dog register of the Swedish Board of Agriculture. The registered owner is responsible for the welfare and behaviour of the dog, and the same will go for cats. Many dogs were already id marked before 2001 and many cats are already id marked today….
(15) LONG TIME PASSING. “Hubble telescope detects most distant star ever seen, near cosmic dawn” – the Washington Post picks up the story from Nature.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was a large and magnificently brilliant star that shined across the young, expanding universe. The starlight skewed blue. It was the cosmic morning, when everything in the universe was still new, raw, the galaxies still forming not long after the first stars had ignited and lit up the heavens.The light from that blue star traveled through space for billions of years, and then one day a few thin beams crashed into a polished mirror — the light bucket of the Hubble Space Telescope.
In a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature, a team of astronomers asserts that this is the most distant individual star ever seen. They describe it as 50 to 100 times more massive than our sun, and roughly 1 million times brighter, with its starlight having traveled 12.9 billion years to reach the telescope….
(16) EYE BEFORE AIYEE.The Sea Beast is a new animated feature from Netflix coming in July.
In an era when terrifying beasts roamed the seas, monster hunters were celebrated heroes – and none were more beloved than the great Jacob Holland. But when young Maisie Brumble stows away on his fabled ship, he’s saddled with an unexpected ally. Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history.
(17) VIDEO OF THE DAY. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] In “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the Screen Junkies say that Spider-Man. having played second fiddle to Iron Man, Iron Man’s personal assistant, and Iron Man’s astrologer, now has to play second fiddle to two other Spider-Men. This “2 1/2 hour brain vacation” has “all the characters you loved” from the previous Spider-Man movies, “some of the characters you forgot about, and none of the characters Sony would like you to forget about.”
[Thanks to Michael Toman, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Jeffrey Smith, John A Arkansawyer, SF Concatenation’s Jonathan Cowie, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, John King Tarpinian, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Russell Letson.]
6) I’m fairly sure Frederik Pohl won the Fan Writer Hugo for his non-commercial blog “The Way the Future Blogs.”
(6) I read Gateway in high school and loved it. So I’m afraid to read it again. On the one hand, I’m sure parts of it will be dated. On the other hand, I’ll probably catch all those nuances I missed when younger. On the gripping hand … Wait, gripping hands belong to Niven and Pournelle. 🙂
(7) Happy birthday to fellow Marylander John Astin!
Speaking of Maurice LaMarche, it’s time to post this link again:
Wait. Wait. There’s no English-language eBook edition of Gateway? 🙁 I will have to look for a paper cover, assuming there is one with decent print. But will it still have the Boris cover everybody thinks is by Berkey?
I hate to say this, but I reread Gateway last year and it really does not hold up well. I wouldn’t recommend spending a lot of time or energy to get hold of it. The writing is wonderful at the sentence level and the pacing holds the reader’s interest, but everything about it that seemed edgy or weird at the time is now very dated. Also the Suck Fairy has struck IRT the sexism and homophobia. To me it seemed like an in depth guided tour of the protagonist’s fears and angst, when he was actually not all that interesting as a person. A lot of time was spent on exploring the weirdness and risk of tackling a ride with the poorly understood alien tech, and an equal amount of time spent plumbing the psychological depths of the protagonist, who was in deep denial about his trauma. Part of the intrigue about the latter was the robot therapist.
(6) Fred Pohl’s blog was a terrific resource of fan historical importance. But I haven’t found any link to it so it may have been shuttered. Here’s a link to a description of in in Fancyclopedia 3:
(6) I still like “Dying of the Light”. But then I’m weird.
John Astin: he is currently Professor of Theatre Arts at Johns Hopkins University, which is the University where he graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts.
He appeared in a couple of “playletts” on Rod Serling’s Night Gallery and directed a couple of others. He was esp memorable in “Pamela’s Voice” by Serling himself as a long suffering husband who does away with his nagging wife, played with much glee by Phyllis Diller. After he’s gotten rid of her he finds out one person’s Hell is another person’s Heaven, and that Hell isn’t just Other People but a specific person…… The look on Astin’s face when he realized just what he had gotten himself into is priceless.
One of my favorite Gomez Addams lines is from the pilot, Gomez and Morticia have agreed to send the children to school and have brought them to school to enroll them. The Principal, played by Madge Blake who played Aunt Harriet on “Batman” assures Gomez & Morticia that ” your children will be very happy here” to which Gomez replies “If we wanted them to be happy we’d let them stay at home”
Not at my most stable.
My old bookmark to Pohl’s blog points to https://thewaythefutureblogs.com/, which now comes up empty. So it’s been shuttered, or possibly moved elsewhere.
I remember Jeanne Robinson in a performance at a Worldcon in the seventies, doing her “first take (in one gee)” of a stardance.
Pohl’s blog is archived on the net here.
It’s active as far registration goes but the domain holder is now in Bosnia and Herzegovina which really doesn’t bode well.
9) This sounds like a Austen adaptation I would really like! I can see how a lot of romance readers would not though, the blurb needs to be clear about the kind of story it is.
I read Gateway for the first time a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. It still felt surprisingly fresh.
Anne Marble says Wait. Wait. There’s no English-language eBook edition of Gateway? ? I will have to look for a paper cover, assuming there is one with decent print. But will it still have the Boris cover everybody thinks is by Berkey?
Errrr, yes there is. All of the Heeche series is available now. You can get the entire series for just thirty dollars on Apple Books, quite reasonable I’d say. No idea what it is on Kindle for this bundle.
Where have all the pixels gone
Long time passing
Where have all the filers gone
Long time ago
Where have all the scrollers gone
Gone to fanzines every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?
@P J Evans: (6) I still like “Dying of the Light”. But then I’m weird.
In other news: File 770 struck by a stray bolt from a Zappa gun.
(13) Linpack – that really takes me back
Fer sure! Totally!
In re: #7: with Pinky modeled off Orson Welles The Brain was modeled off Orson Welles. I’m not sure who Pinky was modeled off.
After all, it’s 1253 and Animaniacs has yet to premiere.
15) Distant star: you left out possibly the most relevant bit: that the star has been nicknamed “Earendel”, which is the Old English word that Tolkien adapted into his name “Eärendil” (father of Elrond, among other things).
No mention of John Astin’s EVIL ROY SLADE, as “the meanest villain in the West”, orphaned as an infant in the desert and raised by vultures? TV-movie (and unsold pilot), 1972. Available to watch on YouTube or as a Netflix DVD, looks like.
I re-read Gateway (and the series) every few years or so; I’m still waiting to go sailing on the Tappan Sea.
If I remember correctly (and I may not), Pohl’s win for Best Fan Writer (which he might have received back in the 30s or 40s if Hugos had been handed out then) came at or around the time when everyone was arguing over whether or not “Pros” should be eligible for “Fan” awards. I also seem to remember that Fred’s win pretty much ended that discussion, that discussion kicked off by Scalzi’s win two years before.
(7) Astin had a fun role in “Eerie, Indiana” as well.
@ David Goldfarb – that is awesome!
I’m always worried when I reread books from the 1970s. All decades were weird, but that one was bonkers.
That’s interesting… They’re available through Apple Books but not Kindle or Nook for some reason. I might have to purchase something from Apple Books and read on an app. Gasp!
I remember “Evil Roy Slade”! I’m pretty sure I saw it when it was first broadcast. (I was a mere stripling.) I also have a copy of it somewhere around here.
Anne Marble says That’s interesting… They’re available through Apple Books but not Kindle or Nook for some reason. I might have to purchase something from Apple Books and read on an app. Gasp!
That is damn odd. It’s usually the other way around and something is available on Kindle but not to be had on Apple Books. I think you’ll find the the Apple Books app quite pleasant as such things go.
I’ve found books on Apple that weren’t available on Kindle – because they were pirated. So be careful. It looks like that may be the case here.
In the UK Gateway is being reissued in the SF Masterworks range.
Paul King says I’ve found books on Apple that weren’t available on Kindle – because they were pirated. So be careful. It looks like that may be the case here.
No, that’s not the case. Orion is the authorised publisher of Pohl.
@David Goldfarb — I love that the star’s name fits perfectly with the previously-named surrounding area of space, and that the guy happily managed to use a Tolkien-inspired name as well.
The Way The Future Blogs was a great resource so I hope someone will either restore it or publish the entries as a trade paperback.
Seeing Cassie Scerbo recognized on her birthday for a Trek fan project gave me brain itch because I had a feeling I’d seen her in something deserving of SFF recognition that people have actually seen. And it felt like there was something infamous or goofy about whatever it was.
If we’re doing Zappa now:
“Pixels En Scrollgalia”
“We Only Scroll It For The Pixels”
And I almost forgot
“There’s no way to delay, that pixel scrolling every day”
@Cat I don’t think this is the same Orion. The other books I checked have the publisher listed as “Orion”. The publisher for the Heechee collection is listed as “Orion Publishing Book LLC”. The covers look wrong to me as well (note that SF Masterworks IS a genuine Orion line – but that edition is not shown at all, and the “Orion Publishing Book LLC” version is suspiciously cheap).
The forthcoming Orion edition of Gateway may be seen here https://www.orionbooks.co.uk/titles/frederik-pohl/gateway/9780575094239/ (the ebook can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK). Previous printings used the same cover.
The cover for the Orion Publishing Book LLC edition is quite different – and the cover shown for the collection is different again – copied from US printings.
I think these are pirate editions.
Is that a real pixel, or is that a Sears pixel?