Pixel Scroll 4/14/22 The Golden Age Of Pixel Scroll Is Fifth

(1) A FILER’S ROSES. Today is release day for Heather Rose Jones’ novella The Language of Roses, a queer fairy-tale re-visioning that embraces the darker aspects of Beauty and the Beast, and does not particularly believe in redemption arcs.

(2) IT’S A CRIME NOT TO LIKE SFF.  Adam Oyebanji recommends novels by Asimov, Bagicalupi, and Martha Wells for mystery readers who say they don’t like sf. “Science Fiction For Crime Lovers: a Beginner’s Tour” at CrimeReads.

…It’s anybody’s universe, remember. Bad things can happen there. Crimes. Crimes that need solving. Mysteries. If you’re a lover of crime fiction, science fiction has a lot to offer you. If you’ve never read a sci-fi novel in your life, here are five you should consider—in increasing order of nerdiness from “sci-fi curious” to “irredeemable geek.” But every last one of them is a crime novel. So, buckle up. It’s time to engage thrusters….

(3) DID THE CREAM RISE? Cora Buhlert analyzes the Hugo ballot in “Some Thoughts on the 2022 Hugo Finalists”. Here’s a sample of her commentary on the Best Novella category:

…There’s some wailing and gnashing of teeth that all six finalists in this category were published by Tor.com. Unlike the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth from certain quarters, there is some merit to this, because if a single publisher completely dominates one category it is a problem.

That said, Tor is the biggest SFF publisher in the English speaking world and the Tor.com imprint did a lot to revitalise the novella form, which was limited to small presses, magazines and self-publishers before that. However, while small presses like Subterranean, Prime Books, Meerkat Press, Telos, Crystal Lake or Neon Hemlock do good work and publish some very fine novellas, they can’t compete with Tor.com’s marketing clout. Ditto for indies and magazines.

So rather than complain about Tor.com’s dominance, maybe we should support and talk up the smaller publishers of novellas more. For example, there were three novellas not published by Tor.com on my ballot, The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, published by Subterranean“A Manslaughter of Crows” by Chris Willrich, which appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies and “The Unlikely Heroines of Callisto Station” by Marie Vibbert, which appeared in Analog….

(4) LOCAL HERO. And there’s a nice article about Cora’s own Best Fan Writer Hugo nomination in the Weser Kurier (in German): “Cora Buhlert aus Stuhr zum dritten Mal für Hugo Award nominiert”.

Die Stuhrer Autorin und Bloggerin Cora Buhlert ist im dritten Jahr in Folge für den Hugo Award in der Kategorie “Bester Fanautor” nominiert. In den Vorjahren belegte die Seckenhauserin jeweils den zweiten Platz in der Sparte (wir berichteten)….

(5) LEND ME YOUR EARS. The Terry Pratchett website announced new audio editions of 40 of the author’s books: “It’s Discworld like you’ve never heard it before”.

To celebrate 50 years of Terry Pratchett, we’re releasing 40 magnificent new recordings of the bestselling series in audio.

Even better, this is Discworld like you’ve never heard it before, with an incredible cast of names from British stage and screen taking on Terry’s unforgettable characters.

Confirmed names include:

    • Bill Nighy, star of Underworld and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as the voice of Terry Pratchett in the footnotes
    • Peter Serafinowicz, star of Shaun of the Dead and Star Wars, as the voice of Death
    • Game of Thrones’ Indira Varma, Fleabag’s Sian Clifford and Merlin’s Colin Morgan as series narrators
    • Andy Serkis, star of Lord of the Rings reading the standalone novel, Small Gods

‘I’m honoured to voice the footnotes and bring to life one of the funniest, quirkiest and best-loved aspects of Terry Pratchett’s world.’ – Bill Nighy.

(6) THAT WHICH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG. James Davis Nicoll unleashed the Young People Read Old SFF panel on Child of All Ages by P. J. Plauger.

…“Child of All Ages” is a riff on that popular idea, the immortal living unseen among us. See de Camp’s acceptable “The Gnarly Man”, Bester’s execrable The Computer Connection, and Turner’s Australian Vaneglory. To be honest, when I reread Child of All Ages, I was underwhelmed but at least I had fond memories of reading the story for the first time. My young people cannot see that rosy glow of nostalgia surrounding this particular finalist so what will they make of it? 

Go on, take a wild guess.

(7) TRAILBLAZER. Howard Andrew Jones shares a guide to the works of Harold Lamb, the early 20th century historical fiction writer who was a huge influence on Robert E. Howard and others: “Where to Start With Harold Lamb” at Goodman Games.

… Today, though, most of Lamb’s fiction is in print once more,* and fairly easy to lay hands on, just like the histories, many of which are retained to this day by libraries across the United States. So much is out there now it can actually be difficult to know where to start. You need no longer scratch your head in wonder, however – this essay will show you the way.

First, to be clear, Lamb wrote some of the most engaging histories and biographies not just of his day but of all time. His non-fiction reads with the pacing of a skilled novelist and is the polar opposite of the stereotypical dry history book. His histories of The CrusadesHannibalTamerlane, and, of course, Genghis Khan (particularly his March of the Barbarians, which is the history of the Mongolian Empire, not just the life of Genghis Khan) are all great reads, as are many of his other books.

(8) LEONID KOURITS OBIT. Ukrainian fan and conrunner Leonid Kourits was killed by a Russian attack on his hometown reports German sff writer, editor (for the Perry Rhodan line) and fan Klaus N. Frick in “Leonid Kourits ist tot”. The article is in German, but here is the key paragraph via Google Translate:

…Leonid was a science fiction fan who loved international collaboration and lived for it. In 1988, he organized an international science fiction con in the Soviet Union, which took place in a small town on the Black Sea – on March 6, 2022, he fell victim to the Russian war of aggression against his hometown.

(9) MEMORY LANE.

1988 [Item by Cat Eldridge.] Thirty-four years ago, the Probe series started its eight-episode run.

It was co- created by Michael I. Wagner and Isaac Asimov. Asimov had quite some background in television SF series and Wagner was previously known for creating for Hill Street Blues. Here he co-created, produced and wrote several episodes of the series. 

The pilot and series starred Parker Stevenson as Austin James, an asocial genius who solved high tech crimes, and Ashley Crow as James’ new secretary Mickey Castle. 

It was re-aired on Syfy, though they edited the episodes to stuff in extra commercials as they did every series they aired that they hadn’t produced. 

What happened to it? Did poor ratings doom it? No, they didn’t. As one reviewer notes, “Together, these two encounter out-of-control experiments, supernatural events, and mysterious deaths. As you might expect, Probe features heavy doses of scientific knowledge and logical reasoning, but was cut short due to the 1988 writer’s strike.” 

(10) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born April 14, 1925 Rod Steiger. Carl in The Illustrated Man, which is specifically based on three stories by Bradbury from that collection: “The Veldt,” “The Long Rain,” and “The Last Night of the World.” Great film. Genre-wise, he also was Father Delaney in The Amityville Horror, showed up as Charlie on the short-lived Wolf Lake werewolfseries, played Dr. Phillip Lloyd in horror film The Kindred, was Pa in the really chilling American Gothic, played General Decker in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks (really, really weird film), Dr. Abraham Van Helsing in Modern Vampires and Peter on “The Evil Within” episode of Tales of Tomorrow series. (Died 2002.)
  • Born April 14, 1929 Gerry Anderson. English television and film producer, director, writer and, when needs be, voice artist.  Thunderbirds which ran for thirty-two episodes was I think the finest of his puppet-based shows though Captain Scarlet and the MysteronsFireball XL5 and Stingray are definitely also worth seeing. Later on he would move into live productions, with Space: 1999 being the last in partnership with Sylvia Anderson before their divorce. (Died 2012.)
  • Born April 14, 1935 Jack McDevitt, 87. If you read nothing else by him, read Time Travelers Never Die as it’s a great riff on the paradoxes of time travel. If you’ve got time of your own to spare, his Alex Benedict space opera series is a fresh approach to conflict between two alien races. He won the Robert A. Heinlein Award six years ago.
  • Born April 14, 1935 — Terrance Dicks. He had a long association with Doctor Who, working as a writer and also serving as the programme’s script editor from 1968 to 1974. He also wrote many of its scripts including The War Games which ended the Second Doctor’s reign and The Five Doctors, produced for the 20th year celebration of the program. He also wrote novelizations of more than sixty of the Doctor Who shows. Yes sixty! Prior to working on this series, he wrote four episodes of The Avengers and after this show he wrote a single episode of Space: 1999 and likewise for Moonbase 3, a very short-lived BBC series that I’ve never heard of. (Died 2019.)
  • Born April 14, 1949 Dave Gibbons, 73. He is best known for his work with writer Alan Moore, which includes Watchmen, and the Superman story ”For the Man Who Has Everything” which has been adapted to television twice, first into a same-named episode of  Justice League Unlimited and then more loosely into “For the Girl Who Has Everything”. He also did work for 2000 AD where he created Rogue Trooper, and was the lead artist on Doctor Who Weekly and Doctor Who Monthly
  • Born April 14, 1954 Bruce Sterling, 68. Islands in the Net is I think is his finest work as it’s where his characters are best developed and the near-future setting is quietly impressive. (It won a Campbell Memorial Award.) Admittedly I’m also fond of The Difference Engine which he co-wrote with Gibson. He edited Mirrorshades: A Cyberpunk Anthology which is still the finest volume of cyberpunk stories that’s ever been published to date. He’s won two Best Novelette Hugos, one for “Bicycle Repairman” at LoneStarCon 2, and one at AussieCon Three for “Taklamakan” His novel Distraction won the Arthur C. Clarke Award (2000). 
  • Born April 14, 1958 Peter Capaldi, 64. Twelfth Doctor. Not going to rank as high as the Thirteenth, Tenth Doctor or the Seventh Doctor on my list of favorite Doctors, let alone the Fourth Doctor who remains My Doctor, but I thought he did a decent enough take on the role. His first genre appearance was as Angus Flint in the decidedly weird Lair of the White Worm, very loosely based on the Bram Stoker novel of the same name. He pops up in World War Z as a W.H.O. Doctor before voicing Mr. Curry in Paddington, the story of Paddington Bear. He also voices Rabbit in Christopher Robin. On the boob tube, he’s been The Angel Islington in Neverwhere. (Almost remade by Jim Henson but not quite.) He was in Iain Banks’ The Crow Road as Rory McHoan (Not genre but worth noting). He played Gordon Fleming in two episodes of Sea of Souls series. Before being the Twelfth Doctor, he was on Torchwood as John Frobisher. He is a magnificent Cardinal Richelieu in The Musketeers series running on BBC. And he’s involved in the current animated Watership Down series as the voice of Kehaar. 
  • Born April 14, 1982 Rachael Swirsky, 40. Two Nebulas, the first for her “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window” novella and the second for her “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” short story.  Both also were nominated for the Hugo. All of her work has been in shorter fiction, all of it superb, and it’s mostly collected in two works, Through the Drowsy Dark and How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future.

(11) PIECES OF EIGHT. Octothorpe 55 is out! John Coxon is a Hugo Award finalist, Alison Scott is a Hugo Award winner, and Liz’s mum got a folk award once. We’re all very excited about our @TheHugoAwards nomination, and we also talk about @reclamation2022 and @BrandSanderson: “55: Beatboxing Champagne”.

(12) MAKING STEAL. Marion Deeds counts off “Five Unconventional SFF Heists” for Tor.com. Here’s one I didn’t know about!

Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Glamorists series started with homage to Jane Austen, but by the fourth book, Jane and Vincent have lost nearly all their material possessions and must out-swindle a swindler to keep from losing their secret magical glamourist process. The book is packed with beautiful settings—Murano and the Venetian lagoon—and wonderful elements like pirates, puppets and Lord Byron swimming naked in a canal, but the heart of the story is the relationship between our two main characters. Jane and Vincent finally reveal fears and issues to each other, and the relationship teeters under the stress of their situation. Is that why I include this book on the list? It is not. This is the only book on the list with heister nuns. Yes, Valour and Vanity includes a convent of feisty nuns who help with the heist. Need I say more?

(13) EUROCON 2022 PHOTOS. German fan and con runner Norbert Fiks shares photos of the 2022 EuroCon LuxCon in Dudelange, Luxembourg: “Impressionen vom Luxcon2022”. The blog is in German, but the post is mostly photos.

(14) FOR GAME LOVERS. This forthcoming series from Aconyte Books sounds interesting: “Announcing our newest series, Play to Win!” Here are the covers of the initial release coming in Fall 2022.

Aconyte Books have today announced the first two books in a brand-new non-fiction series, Play to Win. This new range of non-fiction titles will focus on the wide world of games and gaming, to entertain, inform and intrigue gamers and an interested general audience alike….

Everybody Wins: Four Decades of the Greatest Board Games Ever Made chronicles the recent revolution in tabletop gaming through an entertaining and informative look at the winners of the prestigious Game of the Year (Spiel des Jahre) award, known as the Oscars of the tabletop. Acclaimed British author and games expert James Wallis investigates the winners and losers of each year’s contest to track the incredible explosion in amazing new board games. From modern classics like CATAN, Ticket to Ride, and Dixit, to once-lauded games that have now been forgotten (not to mention several popular hits that somehow missed a nomination), this is a comprehensive yet hugely readable study, penned by one of tabletop gaming’s most knowledgeable commentators. Accompanying the book will be a dedicated podcast series, presented by the book’s author, James Wallis.

Rokugan: The Art of Legend of the Five Rings presents stunning art and illustration from the Japanese-inspired fantasy realms of Rokugan, setting for the famed Legend of the Five Rings series of games, in a lavish, large-format hardcover art book. The Emerald Empire is captured in an age of strife and upheaval – war, intrigue, wild magic and celestial turmoil – through the very finest artwork from across the history of the series. Iconic pieces from the L5R roleplaying and collectible card games are presented in their full glory, together with never-before-seen images, taking the game’s many fans and lovers of fantasy art on a journey through this extraordinary world.

(15) PARADIGM SHIFTER. Ngo Vinh-Hoi shares his appreciation for the works of Stanley G. Weinbaum: “Adventures In Fiction: Stanley Weinbaum” at Goodman Games.

Not many authors can be credited with changing the entire trajectory of a genre, yet Stanley Grauman Weinbaum managed to do so with his very first published science fiction story A Martian Odyssey. The story first appeared in the July 1934 issue of the science fiction pulp magazine Wonder Stories, which was a distant third in popularity to Astounding Stories and Amazing Stories. Forty years later, no less a figure than Isaac Asimov would declare that “hidden in this obscure magazine, A Martian Odyssey had the effect on the field of an exploding grenade. With this single-story, Weinbaum was instantly recognized as the world’s best living science-fiction writer, and at once almost every writer in the field tried to imitate him.”

(16) A DISCOURAGING WORD. A Politico writer says “NASA’s astronauts aren’t ready for deep space”.

…Over the next five years, NASA intends to start mining the lunar surface for water and other resources in preparation for a long-term human presence on the moon’s surface.

The space agency has yet to develop a specialized training program for the astronauts, lacks critical equipment such as new space suits to protect them against deadly levels of radiation, and is still pursuing a range of technologies to lay the groundwork for a more permanent human presence, according to NASA officials, former astronauts, internal studies and experts on space travel.

“This time you are going to need astronauts that are going to actually get out and start to live on the moon,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in an interview. “We’re going to build habitats up there. So you’re going to need a new kind of astronaut.”

The goal, said Nelson, is more ambitious than ever: to “sustain human life for long periods of time in a hostile environment.”…

Yet as NASA’s Artemis project approaches liftoff, it is becoming increasingly clear that even if the new rockets and spacecraft it is pursuing remain on schedule, the program’s lofty goals may have to be lowered by the harsh limits of human reality.

(17) VIDEO OF THE DAY. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] In “Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Pitch Meeting,” Ryan George, in a spoiler-filled episode, says when the writer explains that between the first and second Sonic The Hedeghog movies, the villain Robotnik has been on another planet getting stoked on mushrooms, the producer says, “I’ve been there!”  Also, the writer warns the producer that much of the second act is a “random romantic comedy shoved into the film with side characters who have nothing to do with the plot.”

[Thanks to Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, Cora Buhlert, Joyce Scrivner, John King Tarpinian, Andrew Porter, and Michael Toman for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Soon Lee.]

38 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 4/14/22 The Golden Age Of Pixel Scroll Is Fifth

  1. First!

    10) I will heartily disagree with Cat’s assessment of Bruce Sterling and state unequivocally that his novel Schismatrix is his best work so far. I challenge anybody to come up with any other novel that has the dense weave of plot, characters, and pure sensawonda that Schismatrix has!

  2. (9) I watched all of “Probe” and recall enjoying most of the episodes – in one, there was an SF author who was somewhat Asimov-like (though the quoted bits from the fictional books were pretty dire, featuring scientific errors that Asimov wouldn’t make).

  3. @Rob: Schismatrix was terrific. His non-fiction “Hacker Crackdown” was also very good.

  4. 6) “Bester’s execrable The Computer Connection” is a bit strong. It’s a good book that just isn’t as good as his first two. Perhaps it’s due for a re-read on my part. You want execrable Bester, you get Golem 100, which just isn’t any good at all.

  5. Did the cream rise? Well, that’s arguable. Having looked, and tried to contact them, it appears that tor.com is by invitation only… and so no new writers can submit. And if those new writers haven’t been published in one of the three mags, or about four or five online mags, no one’s read them, they’ve had little publicity, and they’re SOL.

  6. My favorite Bruce Sterling story is “Swarm”, because it so brilliantly undermined the high value science fiction traditionally places on intelligence. Which means that the thing I like most about it is Sterling’s statement in the overall “conversation” within the sf genre.

  7. Probe! Eureka! That’s the name of that sciencey series i remembered watching. I liked it. I think it “scienced” better than the 1987 show “The Wizard” — although I liked both. It sucks that it was cut short.

  8. (9) The picture is from the 1972 series with the similar name and not the 1988 series discussed.

  9. 9) That image for “Probe” (featuring actor Hugh O’Brian) is actually for a 1972 NBC semi-futuristic detective series called SEARCH, whose original pilot was called “Probe”. I fondly remember that show, which, unfortunately, lasted only one season…

  10. @Mike Glyer: That’s my favorite Sterling story also; I’d rank Schismatrix as my favorite of his novels.

  11. @Andrew (not Werdna): And Austin James rakes said author over the coals, in one of the few scenes of the series I recall.

  12. Another vote for Schismatrix, though Islands in the Net is not far behind. The Schismatrix Plus edition includes Swarm, too. But Sterling has written a lot of great shorter fiction – I have a special liking for the cyberpunk Spook but there are plenty of others.

    I have only vague memories of Moonbase 3 although I was allowed to stay up late to watch it. I’ve no idea how well it would stand up now.

  13. I remember Moonbase 3 – I even have the DVD release lying around here somewhere. It ran for only six episodes, and was set in the futuristic year of 2003. It was mostly a grittily realistic show (“so real you can smell the sweaty socks”, one reviewer commented), and was mostly concerned with the psychological stresses involved in living and working in the eponymous Moonbase. The visual effects were, err, as good as the BBC could make them at the time. My own snap judgement is that it had one outstanding episode (“Behemoth”, episode 2), two pretty good ones, two fairly dull ones, and one absolute clunker. YMMV.

  14. I’m as fond of Schismatrix and Swarm as everyone else but I think Cat has a point about Islands in the Net as Sterling’s best novel, even if it’s not my favourite. I’d put in a word for Heavy Weather, too, which I read as commentary on the Cyberpunk movement as well as early climate fiction.

  15. 5) Okay, fine, but can I just say the original Discworld audiobooks, narrated by Nigel Planer and, later, Stephen Briggs, are among some of the finest audiobooks I’ve enjoyed. Both of them are amazing readers. Redoing them with an ensemble cast feels like a money grab rather than something that’s desired by fans.

    And also note: every ensemble cast audiobook I’ve listened to has been bad. Admittedly my sample of such is limited to two, both of which I despised and led me to avoid any more of them. They put MUSIC in the damn things. Music! Not just in the interludes, but while the voice actors were saying lines. And one of them used sound effects! Who drowns out a book reading with music and sound effects I ask you???? I don’t need or want neither. I’m here for the words and the story. If I want music and sound effects, I’ll turn on the TV when I get home.

    (shakes fist at clouds)

  16. @Patrick Morris Miller:

    @Andrew (not Werdna): And Austin James rakes said author over the coals, in one of the few scenes of the series I recall.

    That’s how I remember it, too.

  17. 7) Jones IS a real expert on Lamb and his work, and his two early novels really show the influence of Lamb on his own fiction.

  18. For those who are interested and properly equipped, all episodes of Fireball XL5 (which, I think we all know I am particularly fond of) can be seen on the streaming channel TUBI (for free).

    It’s not bad, at least as long as you accept the fact that professional women with agency will still be volunteering to make the coffee while men (and robots) steer the ship.

    (To be fair, I do know several women who DO prefer to make the coffee, largely because they don’t trust anyone else to do it right.)

  19. Jeff says Okay, fine, but can I just say the original Discworld audiobooks, narrated by Nigel Planer and, later, Stephen Briggs, are among some of the finest audiobooks I’ve enjoyed. Both of them are amazing readers. Redoing them with an ensemble cast feels like a money grab rather than something that’s desired by fans.

    Ok, two things. No one is making you listen to these new productions no more than anyone made anyone listen to the full-cast production of Neverwhere that the BBC did after the original version which is still available for listening to.

    And who is defining who is a fan? Certainly not you or I. There is a multiplicity of fans, all of which like different things when it comes on how books are presented in an audio form.

    I like both the narrated form and the full cast production form, often of the same work. Neverwhere to use as my example has been narrated by Neil Gaiman which is quite splendid and is a full cast production by the BBC. I swear there’s a third one as well that was done but I can’t find it right now.

  20. rochrist says The full cast production of Good Omens is wonderful as well.

    As is the BBC production of American Gods. And what BBC had done Sandman so far was a deliciously wicked affair to listen. Truly cringingly horrifying at times.

    Look I’ve said before that I don’t like video adaptations of books that I deeply, madly fall in love with which is why I won’t watch The City & The City. But I will listen to a full cast adaptation of a work that I like as invariably I find that the adaptation brings out something in the text that I didn’t notice was there.

    GraphicAudio does for my money the best full-case adaptations out there. They’ve been doing a lot of one of my favorite writers, Simon R. Green, including his entire Forest Kingdom series.

  21. the original Discworld audiobooks, narrated by Nigel Planer

    I know he was sloppy and arrogant, but IMO Planer is damn hard to beat. I couldn’t listen to Celia Imre at all and resorted to reading the book.

    I’ve tried listening to a few full-cast audiobooks, and they didn’t appeal to me. But YMMV. I’m happy to give the new TP audiobooks a try … once they hit my library.

  22. The Dune multicast narrator is supposed to be incredible. It has 12 narrators.

    The original audiobook of The Mist was a dramatization done in 3D sound. It even had sound effects, including a spooky creature. (I believe someone’s cat helped create that sound.)

  23. (13) German fan Robert Murmann has just published this impressive set of 242 Luxcon photos: flickr.com/photos/starcadet/sets/72177720298133220/ It has more emphasis on the Eurocon goings-on inside, as well as general ambience: opening, theremin, “walking dinner”, ESFS Awards, Lally’s Wall, snow, nearby tower… only Orange Mike seems absent (but their Javascripty loading-more-at-the-bottom-of page doesn’t fully work for me here, so I may have not seen all).

  24. Anne Marble says The Dune multicast narrator is supposed to be incredible. It has 12 narrators

    If you mean the BBC full cast production, I’d have to agree, though not all do as the directors did some interesting casting decisions.

  25. @Paul Weimer

    7) Jones IS a real expert on Lamb and his work, and his two early novels really show the influence of Lamb on his own fiction.

    Howard Andrew Jones is THE expert on Harold Lamb. I bought Wolf of the Steppes on his recommendations and haven’t regretted it.

  26. (13) Also, why is this Pixel not tagged https://file770.com/tag/eurocon/ when Eastercon rates it?

    (8) Not sure if any other readers (let alone editors) might remember, but Kourits’s death was already included over a month ago in https://file770.com/pixel-scroll-3-9-22-and-a-scroll-will-never-need-more-than-640k-pixels/ It linked a Facebook discussion in English where Borys Sydiuk gave the cause as “Stroke. He lived in Mykolaiv, maybe [he suffered it] because of the Russian invasion [with heavy fighting for that city].”

    So, while Frick’s “fell victim to the Russian war” is a just-about justifiable metaphor in a personal memoir, rephrasing it as “killed by a Russian attack” is a teachable example how not to play the Telephone game in news reporting.

  27. You’re rather late arriving with the Electric Cattle Prod of Correction today. This post has been up for 18 hours already.

  28. Well, I was still sleeping by that time (central Europe is 9 hours before California), and then spent most of the day busy with other things. I shall endeavour to include File 770 in my morning routine henceforward.

    So, why not rather talk Sterling? While as a impressionable teen I was much impressed by Swarm (and then disappointed by other Shaper/Mechanist stories, so never got to Schismatrix), later I started to prefer Dori Bangs (even though I would have trouble explaining to the teen-me how it is SF), or The Little Magic Shop (I even used to have a very clever theory about what it is allegory of; but now I remember only that it was completely incompatible with Messrs Kessel and Kelly’s take. Must refresh my memory soon… Oh yeah, it’s beginning to come back: I think it was about the Matter of America, and the dialectic conflict of Apollonian and Dionysian principles, as he himself touched upon it in The Beautiful and the Sublime: I always insist that the downbeat opening of Red Star, Winter Orbit is pure Gibson, at least as he was in the 80es, while the gung-ho we-can-do-it ending is Sterling for you in a nutshell).

    Even “We See Things Differently” turned out remarkably prescient. (Through some stroke of luck I got a chance, even commission, to translate all three, although I am afraid not as well as I should have. Pity I missed his visits to Prague by a couple years.) Oh yeah, and the Chattanooga cycle (i. e. the Hugo winners) was great as well.

  29. I need eyeballs and/or glasses … or something. I initially read “The Dune multicast narrator is supposed to be incredible” as “The Dune musical …”

  30. I would go see a Dune musical. (Please tell me they’d use a dragon dance style multi person puppet for a sandworm.)

  31. Belated thank you for Title Credit. (It was the long Easter weekend & the nephews were in town)

    Dune musical you say?

    I am the very model of a modern Kwisach Haderach
    I’ve prophecies strategic, tactical, and personal…

    (I’ll see myself out)

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