Pixel Scroll 7/13/17 Lucky Scroll Means Fine Pixel (LSMFP)

(1) LIMERICK DERBY. Fantasy Literature’s Kelly Lasiter says it’s time for “FanLit’s 2017 SFF Limerick Contest”

Your task is to create a limerick that has something to do with speculative fiction. It could be about a character, a series, an author, or whatever fits the theme…

Full guidelines at the post. Entries are made in comments there.

Here is the winning limerick (by Ben) from 2015:

The day came that I had been dreading,
It would surely end in beheading
and my family depressed
as they murdered their guests,
Never go to a Westeros wedding

(2) PIRATES WITHOUT RESERVATIONS. Otakon, the Washington D.C. Asian pop culture convention, discovered someone trying to victimize members by creating a fake hotel website. Otakon Hotel and Venue Manager John Nadzam has issued a warning. [H/T to Petréa Mitchell.]

To all of our members:

It has come to our attention that an outside party set up a pirate housing website: “otakon2017.org”.

This website was in no way associated with Otakon, Otakorp Inc., or Experient (our exclusive and official housing provider).  We have taken all efforts to shut down the site as soon as we found out, but we cannot determine if any reservations were taken, if reservations through this site will be honored, or what may have happened to any information they may have gathered.

If you did not receive a confirmation email that looks like the one at the end of this message, or if you have any doubts on your reservation’s validity, please contact Experient immediately…

There have been reports of this happening to several different conventions (genre and otherwise) now, and cons are starting to warn members about it. For example, DesignCon 2018 and ASBMR 2017 Annual Meeting have prominently posted “Beware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations” on their websites.

(3) MORE EMMY NEWS. The Hollywood Reporter enthuses: “Carrie Fisher Gets Posthumous Nomination for ‘Catastrophe'”.

The actress was nominated for her guest role in the Amazon comedy series’ third season as Mia, the troublesome mother of Rob (played by Rob Delaney), an American who moves to London when his one-week fling leads to an unplanned pregnancy. She had finished filming her scenes in the notable sixth episode shortly before her death in December. Fisher was 60 years old when she suffered a major heart attack during a transatlantic flight and died a few days later in the hospital.

…Fisher appeared in four episodes throughout Catastrophe‘s initial two seasons, and her third-season episode became a tribute to the late star. “It was such a shock to lose her and so unexpected and so awful, that all we had was her performance in episode six to think about,” co-creator and star Sharon Horgan told THR of Fisher’s “funny and heartfelt performance” back in April. “So, that’s what we concentrated on: making that episode a dedication to her, I guess, and beyond that, no, because it’s hard watching her onscreen so alive and yet no longer with us.”

(4) CANNED FROG. Steve Whitmire, in “It’s Time To Get Things Started…” at Steve Whitmire Muppet Pundit, says he was fired by Disney.

In 1978 when I was asked to join The Muppet Show, the Muppets were the hottest thing on the planet. I was invited to sit at the feet of the true masters, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and Dave Goelz; working alongside them, absorbing different skills from each, as we, along with many talented others, contributed towards the same shared vision, the vision of one man. The result became a skill-set for myself that was sort of a compilation of the best of them all.

For me the Muppets are not just a job, or a career, or even a passion. They are a calling, an urgent, undeniable, impossible to resist way of life. This is my life’s work since I was 19 years old. I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit or any of the others because to do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend and mentor, but even more, my hero.

As I am sure you can imagine, I have experienced every possible emotion since October 2016, when I received a phone call from The Muppets Studio’s executives to say they were recasting. Through a new business representative, I have offered multiple remedies to their two stated issues which had never been mentioned to me prior to that phone call. I wish that we could have sat down, looked each other in the eye, and discussed what was on their minds before they took such a drastic action.

(5) ASTRONAUT IN CHARGE. “Former astronaut Julie Payette to be Canada’s next governor general” – the CBC has the story.

Former astronaut Julie Payette will be the Queen’s new representative in Canada, CBC News has confirmed.

The 53-year-old Montrealer, who speaks six languages, will be named the 29th governor general, a position that comes with a $290,660 annual salary and an official residence at Rideau Hall.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make the announcement Thursday.

A computer engineer with a commercial pilot licence, Payette was picked from among 5,330 applicants in 1992 to be one of four new astronauts with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

She participated in two space flights to the International Space Station and served as the CSA’s chief astronaut between 2000 and 2007.

Payette is active on a number of causes and has served as a board member for Drug Free Kids Canada as well as being listed as a National Champion of the Trans Canada Trail.

…Acting as the Queen’s representative in Canada, the governor general also serves as commander-in-chief of the Canadian Armed Forces and represents Canada at events, ceremonies and official visits at home and abroad.

(6) POSTMODERN STOIC. Kameron Hurley tells “How Pro Writers Deal with Pro Criticism”.

You write until the words are the right ones.

So if you think that leveling up as a writer means that nobody ever critiques your work again, or every word you shit will be gold, here is your reminder: it doesn’t get easier as you go. The bar gets higher. You need to jump further, climb higher, level up. If you didn’t make a million out the gate your first time, welcome to the long slog toward the breakout book, where you constantly have to stay on top of your game or fall down and start over again.

I have heard from many writers that I was “lucky” to make it out of the implosion of my first publisher with a relatively high profile (if not high $$, though Legion sales are steady af) career afterward. The best writer career path is, frankly, to have a “hit” right out the gate and build on that success. While it’s VERY possible to get a break out later (I can think of several writers who had written anywhere from 4-11 books before their breakout book), it sure does seem easier, from the outside, to build on that success than to take the long way up like I am, slowly, slowly, selling more and more books with every contract.

But here’s the thing. I’m well aware that to write a breakout book, I have to level up my work. We like to pretend it’s ALL luck with a breakout book, and sometimes that’s true (the “Hollywood bought it!” phenomenon), but sometimes it really is about skill, about writing a story that connects with more people, a story folks can’t put down, a story that everyone goes, “You have to read this trilogy because it’s great and OMG the third book has THE BIGGEST PAYOFF AND MOST EPIC THIRD ACT.” That part isn’t luck, it’s writing a good story. And to write that good story takes consulting with other professionals and working to make the story the best it can be. You will always be the ultimate owner of anything that you write (Meyna is staying in the book!), but you have to learn when to be able to take constructive feedback for what it is and when to throw out stuff that doesn’t work with your own vision. That’s a tough skill, I admit. I struggle with it all the time. Being able to sort through feedback to find the right way through takes a lot of practice, and it’s this, too, that makes you a pro.

(7) COLLABORATION. Stewart Baker has tips for “How to Write with a Co-author” at the SFWA Blog.

There are as many different ways to share authorship of a story as there are combinations of people. Some prefer to split up the tasks of writing, with one author creating an outline that the other drafts from, or vice versa. Others might draft every other scene, or only write a particular character’s sections, and so on.

The benefits of co-authoring are potentially great: Each writer has a chance to learn new habits and strategies, and brainstorming can go much more quickly with two people involved. But, as with any kind of partnership, it’s important to establish early on how the relationship is going to work. Making assumptions about the writing process and your expectations for your co-author can lead to misunderstandings and stress, and has the potential to end friendships and scuttle careers.

(8) MARVEL GENERATIONS. Another spin on Marvel Legacy —

In a flash, the Marvel heroes are offered a gift: to stand shoulder to shoulder with those who came before them! These heroic journeys all launch from the same point: the Vanishing Point! This epic 10-issue series brings together iconic and present-day heroes such as Laura Kinney and Logan, Amadeus Cho and Bruce Banner, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, and many more of your favorite characters. The stories of GENERATIONS begin at the Vanishing Point where time has no meaning, and these epic tales offer fans a direct bridge and prelude into the senses-shattering Marvel Legacy, as the challenges and revelations of GENERATIONS will alter the destinies of our heroes moving forward in a dramatic fashion!


(9) NEXT AT KGB. “Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series” hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present Karen Neuler and Genevieve Valentine on July 19 at the KGB Bar. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Karen Heuler

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 100 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Conjunctions to Clarkesworld to Weird Tales, as well as a number of Best Of anthologies. She has received an O. Henry award, been a finalist for the Iowa short fiction award, the Bellwether award, the Shirley Jackson award for short fiction (twice), and a bunch of other near-misses. She has published four novels and three story collections, and this month Aqueduct Press released her novella, In Search of Lost Time, about a woman who can steal time.

Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve Valentine is an author and critic. Her most recent book is the near-future spy novel ICON; her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen Best of the Year anthologies. Her comics work includes Catwoman for DC Comics and the Attack on Titan anthology from Kodansha. Her criticism and reviews have appeared in several venues including the AV Club, the Atlantic, and The New York Times. Please ask her about the new King Arthur movie.


Embrace Your Geekness Day

Wellcat Holidays organized the holiday stating that we all should be proud of the things that define us, and little defines us as much as those things we’re passionate about. “Dungeon games, comic books, vampire dress-up” we should have no shame about anything we’re into. In fact, you should shout it loud and proud.


  • July 13, 1984 The Last Starfighter premiered


  • Born July 13, 1940 – Sir Patrick Stewart
  • Born July 13, 1942 – Harrison Ford

(13) STORMY WEATHER. Setting up a close view of the Great Red spot: “NASA Spacecraft Gets Up Close With Jupiter’s Great Red Spot”.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will be directly over the spot shortly after 10 p.m. ET Monday, July 10, about 5,600 miles above the gas giant’s cloud tops. That’s closer than any spacecraft has been before.

The spot is actually a giant storm that has been blowing on Jupiter for centuries. It’s huge, larger than Earth in diameter.

“It’s lasted a really long time,” says Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and principal scientist for NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter. “No scientists really understand exactly how that storm is created or why it could last so long.”

(14) NASA BUDGET. The Planetary Society told members the House of Representatives’ NASA budget includes $62.5 million in support of a new Mars orbiter, “effectively matching the recommendations made by The Planetary Society in our report, Mars In Retrograde: A Pathway for Restoring NASA’s Mars Exploration Program.”

The committee released July 12 the report accompanying the commerce, justice and science (CJS) appropriations bill, which its CJS subcommittee approved on a voice vote June 29. At that time, the committee had released only a draft of the bill, with limited details about how the nearly $19.9 billion provided to NASA would be allocated.

In NASA’s science account, planetary science emerges as a big winner, with the report allocating $2.12 billion, a record level. That amount is $191 million above the White House request and $275 million above what Congress provided in 2017.

Some of that additional funding will go to missions to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, thought to have a subsurface ocean of liquid water that could sustain life. It provides $495 million for both the Europa Clipper orbiter mission and a follow-on Europa Lander, to be launched by 2022 and 2024, respectively. The administration’s budget request sought $425 million, devoted solely to Europa Clipper.

The report also provides additional funding for Mars exploration, including $62 million for a proposed 2022 orbiter mission. NASA sought just $2.9 million for studies of future Mars missions, raising worries among scientists that NASA would not be able to get an orbiter, with telecommunications and reconnaissance capabilities, ready in time for the 2022 launch opportunity.

(15) FIRST COMICS ENCOUNTERS. A companion piece to NPR’s survey: “Cartoonists Tell Us: What Do Comics Mean To You?”

The first comic book I ever read was an obscure DC title that I begged my parents to buy for me from a rotating rack at a New Jersey Turnpike rest stop. World’s Finest Comics #306, “The Senses-Shattering Saga of Swordfish and Barracuda!” Not the highest of high art, maybe — even the cover described S&B as “THE GREATEST SUPER-HERO TEAM SINCE — WHAT’S-THEIR-NAMES?” But still — that was the first inkling I had that comics could be portals to other worlds, purveyors of strange wonders, and certainly a hell of a lot more entertaining than the blue “sport cloth” backseat of our 1981 Corolla.

In honor of this year’s big reader poll of favorite comics and graphic novels, we’ve asked some very cool comics creators to tell us what comics meant to them, whether as children or adults.

(16) AND TOTO TOO. A “modern dystopian buffet”: “‘Tropic Of Kansas’ Rips Dystopia From The Headlines”

And as has been said a thousand times by critics far smarter than me, there is nothing that happens in science fiction that is not a reflection of our own grubby reality. We have been afraid of nuclear war, of environmental calamity, of technology, plague and politics and the enmity of our fellow man, and these dreads have always made their way into our entertainment. The worse the days, the more baroque the diversions. And these days are very bad indeed.

So this mess of a present has birthed a new breed of dystopian novels, of which Christopher Brown’s Tropic Of Kansas is the latest. Not simple dystopia, but complicated by present reality and recognizable politics. Not nameless or alien, but very much named and very close to home. And while these books have utopian leanings, they are not happy stories. No one walks away smiling. They are revolution porn.

(17) BOY NEXT DOOR. Whatever’s in that radioactive spider bite is great for romance. Page Six reports “‘Spider-Man’ co-stars Tom Holland and Zendaya are dating”, and they’re just the latest.

This isn’t the first time a “Spider-Man” movie brought us new Hollywood romances. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield began dating while filming “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2011. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst also dated during his stint as the superhero in the early 2000s.

We may even get to see Holland and Zendaya’s relationship bloom on-screen as well, as the end of the movie may have foreshadowed a future romance.

(18) WONDER ACCOUNTING. The Hollywood Reporter says Wonder Woman has legs —  “Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ Holding Better Than Any Superhero Movie in 15 Years”.

Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman is still going strong as it heads into its seventh week. The movie, grossing $371.3 million through Tuesday, is now assured of topping out at $390 million or more domestically, becoming the No. 8 comic book adaptation of all time, not accounting for inflation. And it will soon pass up Disney and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($385.8 million) in North America to become the top summer earner.

(19) CHICKEN GEAR. Adweek is surprised to discover “KFC Is Now Selling Apparel, Home Goods and a Meteorite Shaped Like a Chicken Sandwich”.

Last week, we mysteriously received a Colonel Sanders pillowcase in the mail, designed to look like we were sleeping together. Now, KFC has explained what that whole thing was all about: As of yesterday, the brand launched KFC Ltd., an online merchandise shop packed with limited-edition goods and high-quality fried chicken apparel.

This includes that randy pillowcase, which you can score for just $14.

It’s easy to compare this idea to Pizza Hut’s Hut Swag idea from last year. But while Pizza Hut was punting stuff like leggings, scarves and hoodies with phrases like “Pizza is bae” (why?), KFC is swinging for a somewhat more discerning (or fetishist) market. Gear includes vintage apparel, “finger lickin’ good jewelry” and—wait for it!—a meteorite they’ve carved into the shape of a Zinger sandwich (which they recently decided to launch into space). The meteorite is going for $20,000.

(20) CHICKEN BLEEP. Io9 has been digging through the documents released from a lawsuit brought by The Walking Dead’s Frank Darabont — “Frank Darabont’s Furious Emails to His Walking Dead Coworkers: ‘Fuck You All'”.

Darabont and AMC spent about six months figuring out what should remain confidential as they prepare their cases and exhibits for New York judge Eileen Bransten. After coming to an agreement, they’ve released thousands of pages of documents, which include depositions, expert testimony, and financial details for other AMC shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. The documents show how convoluted Hollywood deals and negotiations are, for better and worse, but they also shine an unflattering light on Darabont’s behavior during his time on The Walking Dead.

One of the biggest conflicts behind the scenes of The Walking Dead was AMC’s decision to cut the budget by almost half a million dollars per episode between seasons one and two. Darabont’s solution, which was to film the whole season in one location, the infamous farmhouse, created problems and resulted in arguably the series’ worst season. Darabont became overwhelmed, struggling to create more with less (plus, AMC demanded to see all the scripts ahead of time), and it showed in his behavior toward the team. Here’s an email to executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and others from June 2011, one month before he was fired:

Fuck you all for giving me chest pains because of the staggering fucking incompetence, blindness to the important beats, and the beyond-arrogant lack of regard for what is written being exhibited on set every day. I deserve better than a heart attack because people are too stupid to read a script and understand the words. Does anybody disagree with me? Then join the C-cam operator and go find another job that doesn’t involve deliberately fucking up my show scene by scene.

This email supports the earlier rumors that Darabont became difficult to work with, along with several other messages that contain just as many profanities toward dozens more behind-the-scenes crew members: camera operators (“Ray Charles could operate better”), an episode director (“It’s like we yanked some kid with no experience out of high school and put her in charge”), and even his writing staff, as shown in a particularly tense email to an AMC executive.

(21) VIDEO OF THE DAY. The Beatles, Hippies, and Hells Angels is a video on Vimeo by Fons Scheidon which is an introduction to a Sky Atlantic documentary about Apple Corps.

[Thanks to Martin Morse Wooster, Cat Eldridge, Chip Hitchcock, JJ, John King Tarpinian, and Carl Slaughter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Andrew.]

40 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 7/13/17 Lucky Scroll Means Fine Pixel (LSMFP)

  1. All along the scrolltower
    Pixels kept the view
    While all the filers came and went
    Hugo winners too.

    Outside in the distance
    A wild puppy growled
    Two writers were approaching
    And the fen began to howl!

  2. There once was a box-ticking Filer
    Who’d much rather click scroll links while her
    Lap holds an essential
    SJW credential
    Than a lachrymose baby Rottweiler

  3. (1) Last year’s winner refers to Best Series finalist October Daye. And a submission for today refers to (12).

    (2) Hope they find who the villains are.

    (19) squints Huh. Is this that ironic hipster marketing stuff? And how creepy is that pillowcase?

    (20) Gee, I wonder why he got fired? You can make it in showbiz if you’re either unpleasant or unprepared for the job, but not both. Also, did he really expect the accounting to be in his favor? If so, he’s ridiculously naive.

    @Charon: applause


    I find co-authored books fascinating, as I’m always looking for the fingerprints of each collaborator and wondering how it worked.
    I read The Rise and Fall of DODO by Stephenson and Galland last week, and it seems to have been a successful collaboration – while you can still see lots of Stephenson’s signatures in the book, Galland’s involvement appears to have moderated his excesses. I’ve not read any other Galland so I couldn’t spot her fingerprints as easily.
    My favourite collaboration is probably Good Omens, where the different tones of Pratchett and Gaiman found a wonderfully happy medium.

  5. One for the Sheckley fans, because somebody has to:-

    Mun mun mun, mun mun mun mun mun mun-mun,
    Mun mun mun-mun mun mun-mun mun mun-mun,
    Mun mun mun mun-mun,
    Mun mun-mun mun mun,
    Mun mun mun? Mun mun mun mun-mun mun-mun!

  6. Tsk. I did a Robert Sheckley-inspired limerick, but it seems to have vanished… filtered for bad language, perhaps? Or merely blocked because it contains text often found in Mike’s spam filter?

  7. (12) Happy birthday, Sir Patrick (Capt. Picard and Professor Xavier but also Oberon, Sejanus, Marc Antony, Prospero, Macbeth and my favorite Ebeneezer Scrooge)!

    Great one, Charon!

  8. Steve Wright: I did a Robert Sheckley-inspired limerick, but it seems to have vanished… filtered for bad language, perhaps? Or merely blocked because it contains text often found in Mike’s spam filter?

    I didn’t realize that Sheckley used Viagra. 😉

  9. (1) Not quite sure if we count nonsense poems as genre related, though the Jumblies are surely an epic Fantasy

    The humourist Edward Lear
    Wrote limericks which would appear
    Initially fine
    But lack a punch line
    That foolish man Edward Lear

  10. Mark says I read The Rise and Fall of DODO by Stephenson and Galland last week, and it seems to have been a successful collaboration – while you can still see lots of Stephenson’s signatures in the book, Galland’s involvement appears to have moderated his excesses. I’ve not read any other Galland so I couldn’t spot her fingerprints as easily.

    I finished listening to the full cast audiobook late last week. It certainly doesn’t feel like his other works as it has well-developed characters and no excess meanderings. It’s certainly one of the best fictions I’ve experience this year.

  11. 20: I can personally attest to this: “The documents show how convoluted Hollywood deals and negotiations are…” but I would have said something along the lines of “…deliberately obfuscatory, unnecessarily restrictive and purposefully annoying…”
    I will suggest that while Mr. Darabont’s words were intemperate, they were probably arrived at following a great deal of frustration over “… the beyond-arrogant lack of regard for what is written being exhibited on set every day. I deserve better than a heart attack because people are too stupid to read a script and understand the words.”
    The disrespect for “writing”, source material and the importance of plot seem to be a hobby enjoyed by many in that neck of the woods.

  12. @Cat Eldridge

    Yes, it frequently goes several chapters at a time without an infodump!
    I definitely enjoyed it, although I think it could have been even tighter, and I thought they let the plot get away from them a bit at the end, but overall it was a nice concept and an enjoyable read.

  13. [godstalk]

    Pixel Scroll
    All in my eyes
    Don’t know
    If it’s day or night

    Typing funny
    But I don’t know why
    Scuse me
    While I laugh and sigh!

  14. It’s weird to me that a studio would halve the budget of a hugely successful show. I wonder if they were setting him up to fail. Hollywood never cares how badly people treat others. I’m not excusing his behavior. I just don’t believe that treating underlings abudively got him fired. Now if he treated the studio head that way, that might mean something.

  15. Dangit, I should have saved this limerick for the contest (had I known about it). Will have to try to write another.

    Fortunately, that means I’ll have the luxury of using all the feet, instead of chopping the meter short to fit in 140 characters, like I had to with this one (tweeted May 12, apologies for dropping a repost here if you had already seen it):

    A timetrav’ler stuck in a loop
    Whose spirits began to droop
    Said if I reset
    The machine I’ll get
    A timetrav’ler stuck in a loop

  16. As prophets of eld have foretold,
    and pixels of all hues have scrolled,
    Death takes the clever
    and redshirts forever,
    plus all those whose glister’s not gold!

  17. 4 – That sucks, and I can’t seem to load the link (probably bombarded).

    19 – I don’t understand any of their marketing efforts lately, but the Wings of Desire Mother’s Day eBook is still brilliant.

    20 – I don’t know how they could do much disrespect to the source material of zombies are bad and characters mostly doing awful things to each other until what was assumed safe refuge is no longer safe mostly through their own actions, repeat. Maybe they don’t understand the brilliance of it because it’s not brilliant.

    My library holds of Underground Airlines and Underground Railroad came in at the same time and man those are two books that are hard to read back to back and come out with any sort of optimism for the human race.

  18. The Foundation relies on its Plan,
    Not on anything done by a man.
    Now a mutant named Mule
    Is making Seldon a fool
    Bayta stops him when no one else can.

  19. Steve Wright: Or merely blocked because it contains text often found in Mike’s spam filter?

    Your Sheckley-inspired comment is posted now. There’s something about it Askimet (my spam filter) doesn’t like, though not any words I filter for myself.

    After the last meltdown here I did several things, including turning on Askimet for the first time (it’s always been available, via WordPress). While Askimet almost never fails to recognize actual spam, it has spammed a few legitimate comments. I still go through and screen the spam looking for those. However, I get 500-1000 spam comments daily, and that could always go higher, so that final check depends on how much time I have.

  20. Thanks, Mike! Must admit I’m surprised that the filter lets all the rot13 stuff go through, and then chokes on some perfectly ordinary Naian….

  21. You guys are making DODO sound appealing, what with having characters and only occasional infodumps.

    “The Expanse” guys say they write alternate chapters, then the other one rewrites, then they do a final pass on the dialogue of specific characters to get it right; Ty does Amos (of course) and IIRC Daniel does Holden.

    Maybe rot13 makes it through the spam filter since it obviously has the same frequency of letters as real text, even if they’re the opposite ones?

  22. @lurkertype

    Huh, that’s rather interesting re The Expanse, I’d not have thought of that but it does make a lot of sense given the way they rotate POV characters. I imagine they have to outline first to avoid one writing the other into a corner.
    I’ve liked The Expanse a lot more than I was expecting – I was only going to read a couple as samples for Best Series but after finishing up my Hugo reading I’ve picked it back up and am up to Nemesis Games. I think the way they are happy to push the metastory on keeps it fresh and interesting.

  23. @6: amen to that — speaking purely as a long-time observer with no writing ambitions. Some people hit big at once and never again meet the standard they’ve set (Panshin?); others dribble out and recover (Hartwell put it that Tepper had to be launched 3 times to bring us the works she’s most known for).

  24. @Various: Great limmericks! 🙂

    @lurkertype: Re. #19 and how creepy – that pillowcase is very creepy. VERY.

    @Steve Wright: Maybe it filtered your comment because almost all the words are the same word, making it look potentially bogus. Most comments don’t repeat one word a ton like that.


  25. No, why would I check the box after talking a /*stalk! line. That would just be silly.


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