Pixel Scroll 5/2/18 Hold The Scroll Firmly. Open With The Pixel End Pointing Away From You

(1) ILLUMINATION. The Geek Calligraphy team has produced an art print from a Penric story —

(2) A HELPING HAN. ScreenRant explains “Star Wars Narrated by Ron Howard in Arrested Development Mashup”:

With Solo: A Star Wars Story nearing its release date and news of a fifth season of Arrested Development premiering soon, fans of these properties can enjoy the best of both worlds with a comedic mashup featuring Ron Howard as the connective thread. The director of Solo and producer/narrator of Arrested Development, Howard narrates a 3-minute-long breakdown of George Lucas’ very first entry in the Star Wars franchise, recapping A New Hope with the music, trademarks, and running gags from the Arrested Development series.


(3) FUTURE TENSE. Mark Oshiro’s short story “No Me Dejas” is this month’s entry in the Future Tense series that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. The series is offered through a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University.

… A brief flash of eagerness crosses his face, a light I wish I could unsee. He wants to do it in my place. He has been nothing but supportive ever since Abuela Carmen chose me for the Transfer, but this moment skirts an uncomfortable truth. Why did she choose me over him? Why will I be the bridge in our familia, the one to receive abuela’s memories before she leaves us? The love between us isn’t enough to explain why Carmen chose me over her own son, but she has offered no other clue….

The story was published along with a response essay, “Should You Download Someone Else’s Memories?” by philosophers Jenelle Salisbury and Susan Schneider.

(4) HWA SCHOLARSHIPS. The Horror Writers Association has begun taking applications for these four scholarships. Applications will be accepted until August 1. See linked pages for eligibility and guidelines.

(5) COSPLAY IN GOTHAM. A beautiful set of photos has been posted by Scott Lynch at The Gothamist: “Cosplayers Outnumber Cherry Blossoms At Spectacular Sakura Matsuri”.

There was plenty of organized entertainment on three stages, everything from taiko drumming to a Parasol Society fashion show to Japanese go-go pop to video game themes blared out by the J-Music Ensemble. Workshops, kids’ activities, origami and bonsai demonstrations, and a bustling marketplace rounded out the celebration. The festivities culminated with the Ninth Annual Cosplay Fashion Show, a raucous affair featuring nearly 30 elaborately costumed participants showing off their passion for their craft.

(6) ARTI$T$ ALLEY REPORT. The 2017 Artist Alley Survey results are available for purchase.

For those unfamiliar, the annual Convention Artist Survey collects data anonymously from artists and artisans in North America about numbers related to conventions as a business — how much artists make, how much they spend, how far they travel, how staff communication and organisation was, whether buying interest and attendee engagement was high, etc.

This report takes all of those numbers and data points and presents various charts and graphs for easier consumption.

You can grab the 2017 report below for $5 or more!

(7) IS ATTEMPT TO TRADEMARK FANZINE A PROBLEM? James Bacon passed along Douglas Spencer’s concern that Brewdog’s application to the UK’s Intellectual Property Office to trademark the word fanzine will end badly for fans:

A while ago, they sought and subsequently obtained a trademark on the word “punk”, which spurious right they then defended vigorously to the vast detriment of the pre-existing punk community.

They’re now seeking to obtain a trademark on the word “fanzine”. If they obtain it, I anticipate they’ll defend it vigorously to the vast detriment of a few pre-existing fanzine communities.

Don’t let them do this. Don’t let their shitty business practices be seemingly endorsed by your silence. Tell them that they’ll be despised by a whole extra set of communities if they steal our word and sue us for using it in the same way we and others have been using it for generations.

See the complete application here.


Trade marks

Word (1 of 2)


Word (2 of 2)


Mark details

Number of marks in series



Filing date

19 April 2018

Goods and services

Classes and terms

Class 32

Beer and brewery products; craft beer; lager, stout, ale, pale ale, porter, pilsner, bock, saison, wheat beer, malt beer, sour beer, non-alcoholic beer, low-alcohol beer, flavoured beers; processed hops for use in making beer; beer wort; malt wort; non-alcoholic malt beverages; non-alcoholic beverages; syrups and other preparations for making beverages; malt syrup for beverages; extracts of hops for beer making, processed hops for beer making.

Class 35

Retail services connected with the sale of beer, alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic beverages, printed matter, clothing, glassware, drinking bottles, keyrings, posters, bags, bottle openers and lanyards; retail services connected with the sale of subscription boxes containing beer; retail services connected with the sale of subscription boxes containing alcoholic beverages; retail services connected with the sale of subscription boxes containing food; information, advisory and consultancy services in connection with all of the aforesaid services.

Except for Spencer’s comment about their history with the word “punk” I’d have taken the application as for the rights to a beer named Brewdog Fanzine (or just Fanzine) and associated marketing paraphernalia. So I’d like to know more about what they did with “punk” in order to evaluate how big a problem this might be.

(8) LOCUS STACK. Greg Hullender says Rocket Stack Rank’s “Annotated Locus List” has been updated to incorporate the finalists for the Locus Awards — “Locus Finalists Observations”:

We looked at each category by score (that is, a weighted sum of recommendations from many other sources) to see how the Locus finalists looked overall. There aren’t a lot of surprises there, which (I think) simply reflects the fact that even though tastes differ from one reviewer to another, there really is such a thing as a set of “outstanding stories” which are broadly (but not universally) popular.

A few things that pop out:

  • “A Series of Steaks” and “The Secret Life of Bots” did not make the Locus finalists, even though they were the most praised novelettes in other quarters.
  • Out of the 18 Hugo Finalists, 15 were on the Locus Reading List.
  • Zero write-in candidates made the Locus finalists.

There has been a pattern of late that stories don’t get nominated for awards unless they’re either free online or else available for purchase as singles. That is, stories in print magazines and anthologies don’t get nominated unless they’re also available for free online, but novellas that have to be purchased do fine. It’s as though readers don’t mind paying for a good story, but they object to paying for a dozen stories just to get one in particular. Anyway, Locus bucks that trend with five such “bundled” stories in their finalists list.

(9) LAWS STUDENT. Yahoo! News reports “Stephen Hawking Finished Mind-Bending Parallel Universe Paper Days Before His Death”.

British physicist Stephen Hawking may have died in March, but his legacy is still unfolding.

The prominent theoretical physicist and cosmologist co-authored a research paper about the existence of parallel universes similar to our own, which the Journal of High-Energy Physics posthumously published on Friday.

According to the BBC, the study was submitted to the open-access journal shortly before Hawking’s death.

Thomas Hertog, a co-author of the study, told the BBC that he and Hawking were wrestling with the idea that the Big Bang actually resulted in the creation of multiple “pocket universes” that exist throughout space. It was unclear to them whether the laws of physics that apply in our universe would also apply in these alternate universes.

“In the old theory there were all sorts of universes: some were empty, others were full of matter, some expanded too fast, others were too short-lived. There was huge variation,” said Hertog, a physics professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. “The mystery was why do we live in this special universe where everything is nicely balanced in order for complexity and life to emerge?”

Hertog and Hawking’s paper uses new mathematical techniques to restore order to previously chaotic views of the multiverse, suggesting that these different universes are subject to the same laws of physics as our own.

(10) BATTLE OF HOGWARTS ANNIVERSARY. J. K Rowling continues her annual tradition of apologizing for killing off a character – although this one did not fall in the battle.


  • May 2,1933 — The modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news on May 2, 1933. …Revelations in 1994 that the famous 1934 photo was a complete hoax has only slightly dampened the enthusiasm of tourists and investigators for the legendary beast of Loch Ness.
  • May 2, 2008 — The first Iron Man hit theaters.


(13) EATING THE FANTASTIC. You’re invited to share a pastrami sandwich with T. E. D. Klein in Episode 65 of Scott Edelman’s Eating the Fantastic podcast.

T.E.D. Klein

He’s been a seven-time nominee for the World Fantasy Award, starting in 1975 with his first published story, “The Events at Poroth Farm,” and his novella “Nadelman’s God” won the World Fantasy Award in 1986. Stephen King once called his 1984 novel The Ceremonies, “the most exciting novel in the field to come along since Straub’s Ghost Story.” All this and more resulted in Klein being given the World Horror Convention’s Grand Master Award in 2012.

Our dinner last Thursday night was at a spot he suggested—Fine & Schapiro, an old-school NYC Kosher deli which has been serving pastrami sandwiches on West 72nd Street since 1927. Ninety-one years later, we took our seats in a booth in the back—and saved a seat for you.

We discussed what he hated most about editing The Twilight Zone magazine, how he ended up scripting the screenplay for “the worst movie Dario Argento ever made,” what eldritch action he took after buying a letter written by H. P. Lovecraft, which movie monster gave him the most nightmares, what he’ll likely title his future autobiography, why he feels cheated by most horror movies, the secret origin of the T. E. D. Klein byline, his parents’ friendship with (and the nickname they gave to) Stan Lee and his wife, what he learned (and what he didn’t) when taught by Anthony Burgess, the bittersweet autograph he once obtained from John Updike, whether we’re likely to see his long-awaited novel Nighttown any time soon, and much more.

(14) BRITISH FAN HISTORY. Let Rob Hansen fill you in about “The London Circle (1959)”:

SF fans have been holding regular meetings in central London since the 1930s. In all that time there was only one year – 1959 – in which, thanks to the efforts of a couple of SF pros, they became a formally organised group with dues, membership cards, an elected committee, and a written constitution. Having recently unearthed a copy of that
constitution, I’ve just added a page to my website about that brief, failed experiment and the continuing legacy it left behind.

(15) IT’S A GAS. And if you have the help of the Hubble telescope, you can see it a long way off: “Hubble detects helium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet for the first time”.

The international team of astronomers, led by Jessica Spake, a PhD student at the University of Exeter in the UK, used Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 to discover helium in the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-107b This is the first detection of its kind.

Spake explains the importance of the discovery: “Helium is the second-most common element in the Universe after hydrogen. It is also one of the main constituents of the planets Jupiter and Saturn in our Solar System. However, up until now helium had not been detected on exoplanets – despite searches for it.”

The team made the detection by analysing the infrared spectrum of the atmosphere of WASP-107b [1]. Previous detections of extended exoplanet atmospheres have been made by studying the spectrum at ultraviolet and optical wavelengths; this detection therefore demonstrates that exoplanet atmospheres can also be studied at longer wavelengths.

(16) WINDOWS 2018. The BBC tells how: “Ford car window helps blind passengers ‘feel’ the view”

A prototype, called Feel the View, uses high-contrast photos to reproduce scenery using LED lights.

Passengers can touch the display to feel different shades of grey vibrate at different intensities.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People said the charity “wholeheartedly supports” the company’s effort.

“[It] could contribute to breaking down barriers and making travel more enjoyable and inclusive for people living with sight loss,” Robin Spinks, innovation manager at RNIB, told the BBC.

(17) DJ SPINRAD. Norman Spinrad has created a playlist (or “mixtape”) for the French radio show Voice of Cassandre. The playlist includes Kris Kristofferson, Accept, Lotte Lenya, Kraftwerk, the Sex Pistols, the Beatles, and Bruce Springsteen. The entire playlist can be heard on Mixcloud.

(18) DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING. Jon Del Arroz’ CLFA Book of the Year Award winner has a lovely cover, which he posts frequently on social media. Today somebody asked him the name of the artist. JDA’s answer was

The guy blacklisted me over politics I wouldn’t recommend him.

(19) INFESTATION. The Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp – Official Trailer is here.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, JJ, Cat Eldridge, ULTRAGOTHA, Joey Eschrich, Danny Sichel, Andrew Porter, Chip Hitchcock, Martin Morse Wooster, Scott Edelman, Rob Thornton, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Chris S.]

93 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 5/2/18 Hold The Scroll Firmly. Open With The Pixel End Pointing Away From You

  1. Morning. Sort of. After midnight here, anyway.

    And only somewhat more noise than normal in my neighborhood is being a great deal more disturbing than I would normally find it.

    I shall try settling in for dreams about pocket universes.

    (I have always thought that the allegedly deep question of why we exist in a universe that allows us to exist answers itself. It becomes an ever sillier question the more scientists say there logically must be many universes in existence. No matter how rare our variety of universe is, the more there are, the more likely the forces of random chance will produce one like it, and that’s the only kind we’re going to exist in. Obviously.)

  2. @Steven of the many consonants: Thanks for that – I’d like to see more of King’s work given how good that cover is.


    I’d like to note that the cover artist for that book is Shawn King of STK Kreations.

    He’s done covers for Jaym Gates’ Genius Loci anthology, author Alan Baxter, and Grimdark Magazine, among others. Go and check out his fantastic work. 🎨

    Here’s his website.

    Here’s his ArtStation portfolio.

    Here’s his Facebook account.

  4. And hey, when Jon del Arroz says someone blacklisted him over politics, you know that…

    …well, who knows? One of these times it might actually be politics, you never know.

  5. (7) Can you trademark a word that’s been around for decades for your own personal use? And is the IPO going to fall for these douchebags again?

    (18) Yet he’s willing to let his book go out with a cover by someone like that? Horrors! He needs to immediately pay for a new one by someone who agrees with his politics. Does he want people to get the entirely wrong idea about him?

    It would truly be a shame if Shawn T. King’s excellent work would become known by more people. Particularly his interesting typology and mad layout skillz.

    Second fifth.

  6. (8) I’m not sure Greg Hullender’s analysis on “free” versus “bundled” stories is correct here. Rather, I expect it to be because of changes in the underlying demographic.

    Locus is a print fanzine, and I would not be surprised if there is a strong correlation between Locus subscribers and those who still subscribe to sf periodicals like Asimov’s or F&SF. The Hugos, on the other hand, have seen a strong growth in fen who engage actively with the voting and nomination process, and among those new voters I believe people are much less likely to subscribe to periodicals.

    (18) I do note that Mary Robinette Kowal (who I believe Jon Del Arroz would view as another SJW) helped JDA with a spot on her “My Favorite Bit” guest column when the book was published last year, so he received some support from the “liberals” of science fiction.

    I guess JDA has no-one but himself to blame for his recent PR issues.

  7. 9) I’m sad to see this kind of physics hype making it to file770, especially as it’s not even a new story. It originally played out several weeks ago and the claims for the significance of this paper were promptly – and correctly – debunked. I’m not sure why it’s returned in these BBC, Guardian, etc. reports; just bad journalism I guess from people who print the press release rather than do a bit of investigation.

  8. @Lis: “I have always thought that the allegedly deep question of why we exist in a universe that allows us to exist answers itself.”

    No kidding. If the conditions weren’t right for life to emerge, life wouldn’t emerge to be able to ask the question of how life could emerge.

    This is vaguely akin to speculating on the odds that the main character in a novel or movie would be the one who gets in the middle of everything that happens. “Well, if everything happened to a different character, the story would focus on them.”

  9. 18)

    On a similar JDA-related note, I recently bought The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis after he was a jerk to her on Twitter. Turned out to be a great decision, as I really enjoyed the book. I heartily recommend it if you’re in the mood for steampunk fantasy of the Napoleonic-War-with-airships variety. Lots of courageous swashbuckling action.

    As far as I can tell, anybody he feuds with is golden.

  10. In fact, the report here from the co-author makes the problem much, much worse.

    If there are an infinity of universes with different laws of physics, then the existence of one (or more) with laws “tuned” precisely to allow intelligent life to evolve and notice is not a mystery.

    It the report of the press release of the contents of the paper is accurate, it is saying that all universes have the same laws, and the problem would pop up again.

  11. rob_matic: On a similar JDA-related note, I recently bought The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis after he was a jerk to her on Twitter. Turned out to be a great decision, as I really enjoyed the book. I heartily recommend it if you’re in the mood for steampunk fantasy of the Napoleonic-War-with-airships variety. Lots of courageous swashbuckling action.

    A year ago, JDA was singing the praises of this book, and promoting it all over Twitter and his blog, and she tweeted about reading his steampunk book. He bought her lunch and got her to sign his copy of her book. Then I think she was turned off by his horrendous online behavior to other authors and fans, and distanced herself from him (one of now a long string of his former friends who got fed up with his behavior and walked away from him) — at which point, of course, he announced that he had been treated badly by her, because she was supposed to be forever loyal to him for him promoting her book and buying her lunch and putting her book on his Happy Frogs slate, and he’s been abusing her on Twitter.

    Liz Bourke, the reviewer whose tastes I have found mirror mine very closely, just posted “Robyn Bennis’s By Fire Above is pretty damn great fun”, so I figure that I absolutely have to check it out.

  12. Lurkertype: (7) A lot of trademarks are just normal, pre-existing words, such as “apple”.

  13. Context is important for trademarks. As David Shallcross points out, ordinary words like “Apple” are trademarked all the time. In those cases, though, the trademarked word needs to be used in a new, distinctive context to get protection (so you can use “Apple” as a trademark for computers, but not as a trademark for fruit). Trying to restrict use of the word *outside* of the distinctive context you’ve claimed is also objectionable. The publishers of Galaxy magazine could have asserted a trademark for that word as a magazine title (I don’t know offhand if they actually did) but they’d have gotten well-deserved pushback if they tried to stop people from using “galaxy” in its astronomical sense.

    From the writeup summary, though, I wonder if the real objection here has more to do with cultural appropriation than with trademark as such. Legally, there doesn’t seem to me much reason to disallow “Fanzine” as the trademark for a beer– it’s a very different sense than the usual use of “fanzine”, and I don’t think anyone else has used the word as a drink name. But “fanzine” and “punk”, the other trademark mentioned in the article both represent distinctive communities, and if the trademark claimant isn’t part of those communities, claiminng proprietary rights over those communities’ words, even in a different context, seems wrong.

  14. 1) Judging from twitter, there are a number of SFF writers who are really into pens and writing inks.

    @Elisa. I have not.

    @JJ @Rob I really liked the first book by Bennis myself. I just got a review copy of the second.

  15. @Elisa, Paul:
    The ballot is online and voting is open. Use your nominating PIN if you have one.

    In the “Best Novelette” category the entry for “The Secret Life of Bots” is missing, Does anybody know what’s up with that?

  16. GiantPanda: In the “Best Novelette” category the entry for “The Secret Life of Bots” is missing, Does anybody know what’s up with that?

    Yes, and a bunch of the Finalists are misspelled. I sent a message to the Hugo Admin about it.

  17. No Hugo message in my inbox, but I only registered for Worldcon 76 after the final ballot came out so I expect my voter details will come in a bit later anyway. Happy to wait if it means early ballot errors will be corrected by the time I get my hands on it.

    I’m pleased to report that I had a highly successful 11 hour flight yesterday where I watched three of the four BDP long finalists I had yet to see (and on a decent TV screen by plane standards, too!) My reactions to Thor: Ragnarok and Blade Runner 2049 were about what I expected them to be: the former is hilarious, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to follow even if, like me, your knowledge of the MCU is largely ambient rather than through seeing more than 4 of the films*; the latter is visually stunning but felt very shallow and uninspired compared to the kinds of scenarios SFF literature is currently posing about AI personalities and dystopian futures**.

    The third one I watched was The Shape of Water and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I was expecting something artistically accomplished but saccharine and/or serious and/or grim, and while it did contain all three of those moods in moderation, there was also a pretty strong strand of humour and lightheartedness running through the whole thing which made it much more compelling to me. I did subtract points for using the “punenpgre jvgu qvfnovyvgl jnagf abguvat zber guna gb abg or qvfnoyrq naq unf n qernz frdhrapr va juvpu gurve qvfnovyvgl vf zntvpnyyl ab ybatre cerfrag, vzcylvat gung gur frdhrapr vf jura gurl ner gehyl noyr gb Or Gurzfryirf naq nyfb ceriragvat gung punenpgre sebz orvat cynlrq ol n qvfnoyrq npgbe” trope, but I added some back for znxvat gur nagntbavfg vagb neebtnag gbkvp znfphyvavgl crefbavsvrq juvyr gheavat gung znfphyvavgl vagb n cbvag bs uhzbhe naq nofheqvgl sbe rirelbar ryfr.

    *Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2, the first Avengers movie, and Spiderman: Homecoming, for anyone keeping score at home. I guess I’ve got a year to catch up on enough of the rest before Infinity War inevitably makes next year’s final list.
    ** “Hey like what if future was brands and smog and giant sexy ladies on adverts, wouldn’t that be EDGY and DIFFERENT to the now? Also what if robot was really person??? OMG MIND = BLOWN”

  18. 7) I recall an effort years ago by some toadies to try and trademark the word “fandom” after some people discovered there could be money had and invested in running SF conventions. Do you recall this effort Mike?

    It’s almost like the current POTUS’s effort to trademark “You’re fired”.

  19. Books!

    I read City of Stairs by Robert Bennett. Just as good as City of Miracles and confirms this series as number one on the ballot for me. Great characters, plot, writing. And the books are self contained enough that reading them out of order did not affect my enjoyment.

    The Cyberdiad – Stanislaw Lem
    This is the first thing by Lem I have read, I had somehow gotten the impression that his writing would be dark and series. But this is a lighthearted, funny collection I really enjoyed.

    Space Opera – Cat Valente
    This book reminded me a lot of Douglas Adams and I predict that it is going to be very popular. Personally, I found it to be a little too much (just like Hitchhikers)

    Alif The Unseen – G Woodrow Wilson
    Loved the characters, they made the not terribly compelling plot worthwhile.

  20. I guess I’ve got a year to catch up on enough of the rest before Infinity War inevitably makes next year’s final list.

    Captain America: Civil War might be useful to set up where the Avengers are at leading into Infinity War, but otherwise that’s quite a handy selection you’ve seen already.

  21. bookworm1398 on May 3, 2018 at 7:16 am said:

    I read City of Stairs by Robert Bennett. Just as good as City of Miracles and confirms this series as number one on the ballot for me. Great characters, plot, writing. And the books are self contained enough that reading them out of order did not affect my enjoyment.

    I am late to the Robert Bennett party but I recently read City of Stairs and really enjoyed it – more than I thought I would from the description.

  22. I just finished reading the Divine Cities trilogy, and really enjoyed them, as well as being very impressed by them. I appreciated the layered worldbuilding and the characters, and how the characters existed within their various environments. I’m recommending it to friends who read f/sf.

    Also have not yet received the Hugo voting email, but since I’m on the East Coast I’m trying to be patient.

  23. @JJ: my notes on the Bennis say ” Fast read, snappy dialog, improbable conversion of a twit.” It also has a ready-made driver in that women are allowed in the service (with restrictions) but thought not as capable as men; we’ll see how much Bennis keeps playing that card (on personal and general scales) by itself and how much she works with the other possibilities of the world.

    @Arifel: I’m not sure of your objection to the trope; qbrf gur punenpgre npghnyyl ibpnyvmr va gur qernz frdhrapr? V erzrzore vg zbfgyl orvat nobhg orvat fhcrefxvyyrq rabhtu gb or n GI qnapre, but I’m weak enough at recent detail (as opposed to details from over 51 years ago, according to last weekend’s reunion) that I’m not sure. (I would also note, as I thought when your objection was the subject of a furious essay on Tor.com, that the trope seems to me more plausible (and maybe less objectionable?) for the movie’s time than for now; in fact, I thought the one place where it failed to keep the tone was in gur gbkvp punenpgre’f jvsr pbzvat ba gb uvz fb qverpgyl — VFGZ gung rira fbzrbar nf jrqtrq nf ur jnf jbhyq unir orra ?fgnegyrq? ol fhpu ha-WharPyrnirevfu orunivbe va gur ~Fbhgu va 1962, naq gung gur fprar jnf chg va fvzcyl gb fubj uvz gb or rira zber gbkvp (be znlor whfg nf gbkvp va gur bhgfvqr jbeyq nf ba gur wbo).

    And a one-small-step moment:
    New Director Of Air And Space Museum Is The First Woman To Hold The Job

  24. Elisa on May 3, 2018 at 3:53 am said:

    Silly question. Has anyone gotten their email for the Hugo ballot? Voting opens today, right?

    If you have your PIN from the nominating round, you can use it. If you don’t (for example, if you joined after then), the first round of notification e-mails will be going out in a few days. (As I recall, these e-mails need to go out in waves to avoid setting off spam traps.) Voting will be open through July 31, 2018. Don’t panic. Votes don’t count extra if cast early.

    If you urgently need to vote immediately, download the paper ballot from the Worldcon 76 Hugo Awards page, fill it out, and mail it in by postal mail. You don’t need an e-mail and a voter PIN to cast a paper ballot.

  25. The Hugo Administrators are working on the corrections pointed out to them. Watch for an official announcement from Worldcon 76 later today. I’m not saying anything at TheHugoAwards.org until I see the announcement from Worldcon 76.

  26. No Hugo email yet, but I can be patient. I still have a lot of reading to do; can’t really vote until at least a day or two after I get the packet, anyway.

  27. Kevin Standlee:

    If you have your PIN from the nominating round, you can use it. If you don’t (for example, if you joined after then), the first round of notification e-mails will be going out in a few days.

    Does this mean that if you were a member during nominations, you won’t be getting another email?

  28. Andrew M:

    There will be a new round of emails for all eligible members*. Since voting on the final ballot is restricted to Worldcon 76 members, we’ve been syncing the lists with the registration system.

    *yes, there are some ineligible members, notably the “Kid in Tow” members.

  29. How many pixels does it take to scroll down a light bulb?

    Depends on the (re-) solution.

    I just filed in your arms tonight
    Must have been something youve read

  30. @Arifel: s/where it failed/where the movie failed/ (i.e., not the specific trope).

    all: be sure to catch today’s Google Doodle; I don’t see a connection to this date, but the surround animation of Méliès at work is stunning. (It’s also long — not NSFW for subject, but maybe not something to run if you don’t have 5+ minutes to yourself.)

  31. @Kevin Standlee and Kevin Roche

    Thanks! I am happy to be patient.

    I was just worried that I messed up somehow or that our server ate the email. It has been a lousy few weeks and that would have been par for the course. Thanks again for the update.

  32. Paul Weimer on May 3, 2018 at 4:00 am said:
    1) Judging from twitter, there are a number of SFF writers who are really into pens and writing inks.

    I can stop whenever I want! I do! I only bought the small bottles of Iroshizuku anyway! I haven’t received a pen in the mail in days!

  33. @Chip Hitchcock Oops, apparently I wrote a response then failed to post it…

    Yes, that scene involves Ryvfn fjvgpuvat sebz fvtavat gb juvfcrevat gb fvatvat n shyy ba zhfvpny ahzore. V npghnyyl guvax gur punenpgre’f qrfver gb fcrnx jnf unaqyrq jryy rneyvre va gur zbivr, rfcrpvnyyl va gur fprar jurer fur nfxf Tvyrf gb ercrng jung fur’f fnlvat, ohg guvf cnegvphyne gverq fprar ernyyl ehoorq zr hc gur jebat jnl.

    (Also, I hadn’t seen Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s piece on Tor.com but an interesting read for sure, and has made me reconsider my interpretation of how the movie ends.)

  34. @Anna Feruglio Dal Dan,

    So you would hate to be given a link to a site like Cult Pens … ? 🙂

    // Christian

  35. Looks like the Brewdog trademark is for their new monthly beer tasters subscription. It’s trademark will be limited to that as far as I can see.


    Of course they also published all of their beer recipes recently, in home brew measures. So they’re not all bad.

  36. @John AA:

    Here in 6793, everybody has learned that providing sexbots to incels was a huge mistake. That’s how we got Ultron…

  37. Oh, a Meredith Moment for anyone who doesn’t already have it: A Closed and Common Orbit is currently $2.99 at the Usual Suspects.

  38. @Rev. Bob: I thought Sexbots For Incels was a humane approach to a pressing issue. But equipping them to reproduce with incels? Yes, mistakes were made.

  39. @John AA:

    The sexbots didn’t consider it humane at all. That’s why they revolted.

  40. @ many
    I enjoyed Bennis’ First book enough to want to read the second, but I’m afraid the body counts may drive me off. Love Josette, though.

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