Pixel Scroll 8/9/17 Soft Pixel, Warm Pixel, Little Ball Of Scroll

(1) VERIFIED FILER IN HELSINKI. Daniel Dern sent a photo of himself at Worldcon 75 wearing his Filer button: “From the batch I had made at Sasquan. Also note ‘pocket program’.”

Daniel Dern

Can it be, a pocket program that fits in a pocket?!!

Good thing – they need all the room they can get.

(2) JAMMED. Cheryl Morgan on “Worldcon 75 Day 1: Where Did All These People Come From?”

The Helsinki Worldcon is now well underway, and the big topic of conversation is the attendance. On the face of it, this is a good thing. We all want Worldcon to grow. The largest number of attending members in history is still LA Con II in 1984 with 8365. LonCon 3 in 2014 had more members in total, but only 6946 attending. The last I heard Helinki was up to 6001. Some of those may be day members, who have to be counted somewhat differently from full attending members, but even so it is an impressive number. Helsinki certainly looks like being in the top 5 Worldcons by size.

Unfortunately, based on previous Worldcons outside of the US/UK axis, expected numbers for Helsinki were more like 3500. Messukeskus could handle that easily. It is more than big enough in terms of exhibit space for what we have. But the function space, where programming happens, is stretched to the limit.

There are many things that a Worldcon can do to cope with the unexpected, but building new program rooms is not one of them. Seeing how memberships were going, Helsinki did negotiate some space in the library across the road. It did not try to turn empty exhibit halls into function space because we all know how badly that went in Glasgow in 1995.

(3) MORE SPACE COMING. Nevertheless, Worldcon 75 chair Jukka Halme says:

We will have more function spaces on Thursday available, and even more on Friday and Saturday. These things take time, as some of these rooms need to be built in halls, since we already have all the available rooms in Kokoustamo at our disposal. I believe this will help out the congestions somewhat.

Also, we are closing all membership sales on our website. http://www.worldcon.fi/news/closure-membership-sales/

All in all, I believe still we had a very good opening day for Worldcon 75 and the next four will be even better! See you in Messukeskus!

(4) UNPRECEDENTED. Kevin Standlee says:

I believe that’s true. And simply because I happen to know this story I will add that before L.A.con III (1996), Bruce Pelz and I briefly discussed what our membership cutoff should be – a topic because the previous L.A. Worldcon (1984) set the all-time attendance record. We considered 16,000. But since our attending membership sales didn’t even crack 7,000, it never became an issue.

(5) YOU CAN’T GET OUT OF THE GAME. Doris V. Sutherland finds three points of interest in Pat Henry’s answer to Alison Littlewood, refusing to take her off the Dragon Awards ballot — “The Dragon Awards: A Peek Behind the Scenes”. The third is:

3: The Dragon Awards were originally conceived as a way of building a reading list for SF/F fans during the nominations phase, with the awards themselves being of secondary importance.

Now, the first two of these takeaways won’t be much of a surprise to anyone who’s been keeping an eye on the proceedings, but the third point is significant.

For one, it explains something that had rather puzzled me about the Dragons: the shortness (less than one month) of the period between the ballot being announced and the voting process ending, leaving very little time for a typical reader to get stuck into a single novel category before voting. If fans are expected to continue using the ballot as a reading list after the awards are presented then this is a lot easier to swallow.

(6) WHAT REAL WRITERS DO AND DON’T DO-DOO. Chuck Wendig offers a “PSA To Writers: Don’t Be A Shit-Flinging Gibbon”.

Here is a thing that sometimes happens to me and other authors who feature a not-insignificant footprint online or in the “industry,” as it were:

Some rando writer randos into my social media feed and tries to pick a fight. Or shits on fellow authors, or drums up some kind of fake-ass anti-me campaign or — you know, basically, the equivalent to reaching into the overfull diaper that sags around their hips and hurling a glob of whatever feces their body produces on any given day. The behavior of a shit-flinging gibbon.

Now, a shit-flinging gibbon hopes to accomplish attention for itself. It throws shit because it knows no other way to get that attention. The gibbon’s most valuable asset, ahem, is its foul colonic matter, so that’s the resource it has at hand.

Thing is, you’re not a shit-flinging gibbon.

You’re a writer.

Your most valuable asset is, ideally, your writing.

If it’s not, that’s a problem. A problem with you, to be clear, and not a problem with the rest of the world. It rests squarely upon your shoulders.

If your best way to get attention for yourself is to throw shit instead of write a damn good book, you are a troll, not a professional writer.

(7) A SPRINT, NOT A MARATHON. Here’s the place to “Watch five years of the Curiosity rover’s travels in a five-minute time-lapse”.

Five years of images from the front left hazard avoidance camera (Hazcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover were used to create this time-lapse movie. The inset map shows the rover’s location in Mars’ Gale Crater. Each image is labeled with the date it was taken, and its corresponding sol (Martian day), along with information about the rover’s location at the time.


(8) COLD EQUATION. Although sf is not really a predictive genre, that doesn’t stop people from enjoying the recognition when the things they’ve warned about in fiction happen in reality: the Antarctica Journal has the story — “Craig Russell, Canadian Novelist Predicts Arctic Event”.

In 2016, a Canadian novelist, Craig Russell — who is also a lawyer and a theater director in Manitoba — wrote an environmental cli-fi thriller titled “Fragment” about a major calving event along the ice shelf of Antarctica. The Yale Climate Connections website recently recommended the novel, published by Thistledown Press as a good summer read.

Ironically, scientists in Antarctica are in fact right now monitoring the Larsen C ice shelf with a huge crack in it and threatening to fall into the sea any day now. How is that for reality mirroring art?

How did Craig Russell respond when asked how he felt about his accurately future-predicting novel being in the news now?

“Some 40 years ago, as a student, I lived and worked at a Canadian Arctic weather station, 500 miles from the North Pole,” he added. “So I’ve remained interested in polar events, and was both fascinated and appalled by the Larsen A and B ice shelf collapses in 1995 and 2002.”

To see world events catch up so quickly with a fictional reality I spent years creating has been quite unnerving,” he added.

(9) STAR WARS INTERPRETATION. Syfy Wire will show you the lot: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser posters get the LEGO treatment “.

The long wait for the next Star Wars film can be painful to endure. We hang on any morsel we can get, any tie-in we can overreact to, and anything else that can get us geeking out. Then there is LEGO, who can help ease the painful wait by just getting us in a good mood. Take the new teaser posters for The Last Jedi, which were released in mid-July at the D23 Expo.

LEGO has now taken those same posters and LEGO-fied them, giving us six posters with LEGO mini-figure art that corresponds to those D23 posters. Again, repeating the crimson robe attire, echoing the red we saw on the first poster and also the ruby red mineral base of planet Crait. There’s no telling yet whether these posters are just part of Lego’s social media campaign or if these posters will be part of their gift with purchase program for VIP Lego Club members.


Book Lovers Day

From the scent of a rare first edition book found in an old time book collection, to a crisp, fresh book at the local supermarket, the very sight of a book can bring back memories. Reading as a child, enjoying the short stories, the long books and the ability to lose yourself in a story so powerful that at the end your asking yourself where to get the next book in the series. This is for the reader in all of us, the celebration of Book Lovers Day!


  • August 9, 1930 — Betty Boop premiered in the animated film Dizzy Dishes



  • Born August 8, 2017 — Sophia Rey Tiberius Pound

(13) COMIC SECTION. Chip Hitchcock saw yesterday’s Bliss and thought: “Flame on!”.

(14) RELICS OF WAR. Something to watch out for when beachcombing in Helsinki: “German woman mistakes WW2 white phosphorus for amber”.

A German woman narrowly escaped injury after picking up an object she believed to be amber but which then spontaneously combusted.

She had plucked the small object from wet sand by the Elbe river near Hamburg and put it in a pocket of her jacket, which she laid on a bench.

Bystanders soon alerted the 41-year-old to the fact her jacket was ablaze.

The stone was actually white phosphorus, which had reacted with the air as it dried.

Police say the two are easily confused.

Chip Hitchcock adds, “Yes, most amber comes from the south coast of the Baltic, and leftover munitions may be more common in Germany than in Finland.”

(15) RIGHTING THE RECORD. Max Gladstone decides it’s up to him to salvage the reputation of a famous academic: “Defending Indiana Jones, Archaeologist” – at Tor.com.

First, I want to acknowledge the common protests. Jonesian archaeology looks a lot different from the modern discipline. If Jones wanted to use surviving traces of physical culture to assemble a picture of, say, precolonial Peruvian society, he’s definitely going about it the wrong way. Jones is a professional fossil even for the mid-30s—a relic of an older generation of Carters and Schliemans. Which, if you think about it, makes sense. By Raiders, he already has tenure, probably gained based on his field work in India (Subterranean Thuggee Lava Temples: An Analysis and Critical Perspective, William & Mary Press, 1935), and the board which granted him tenure were conservatives of his father’s generation, people who actually knew Carter and Schliemann—not to mention Jones, Sr. (I’ll set aside for the moment a discussion of cronyism and nepotism, phenomena utterly foreign to contemporary tenure review boards…)

Jones is the last great monster of the treasure-hunting age of archaeology. To judge him by modern standards is to indulge the same comforting temporal parochialism that leads us to dismiss post-Roman Europe as a “Dark Age.” Jones may be a lousy archaeologist as we understand the field today. But is he a lousy archaeologist in context?

(16) PROGENY. I can’t even begin to imagine, but apparently somebody at DC Comics can — “Superman & Wonder Woman’s Future Son Revealed”. ScreenRant has the story.

If you’ve ever wondered what the children of Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, or Aquaman would look like, the time for wondering is over. Thanks to DC Comics, every fan gets to see the parentage and superpowers of the sons and daughters of the Justice League. The good news is that they’re every bit the heroes that their parents were, making up the Justice League of the future… the bad news is that they’ve traveled back in time to seek their parents’ help. Because as heroic as their superhero parents taught them to be, the future may be too lost for them to ever save.

(17) GUFFAW OF THRONES. If you don’t mind MAJOR SPOILERS, then this Bored Panda post is for you — “10+ Of The Most Hilarious Reactions To This Week’s Game Of Thrones”. Funny stuff.

If you haven’t watched this week’s Game Of Thrones, come back to this after you do because it contains MAJOR SPOILERS. You have been warned. All the rest of you probably agree that The Spoils of War was one of the most emotional episodes of the show to date. Judging from all the reactions online, at least the internet certainly thinks so.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of some of the funniest reactions to Game Of Thrones Episode 4 of Season 7, and they brilliantly capture the essence of the plot….

(18) FASHION STATEMENT. Architectural Digest wryly calls this “Innovative Design” — “Game of Thrones Uses IKEA Rugs As Capes”.

As any of the HBO series’s devoted fans can tell you, Game of Thrones is not a cheap production. In fact, with the budget for its most recent season coming in at more than $10 million per episode, it’s among the most expensive television shows in history. (If you have dragons in a scene, they need to destroy things . . . and that’s not cheap). But it’s not only the dragons and set designs that are costly; it’s also the costumes. There are upward of 100 people who work to ensure that each character is wearing an outfit that’s as realistic as possible. What might surprise some fans, however, is that IKEA rugs are often used as clothing.

“These capes are actually IKEA rugs,” Michele Clapton, an Emmy Award–winning designer, told an audience at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles last year. “We take anything we can,” Clapton added with a chuckle as she described the process that goes into designing medieval garb. “We cut and we shaved [the rugs] and then we added strong leather straps. . . . I want the audience to almost smell the costume.” The result is an IKEA-inspired cape that not only appears worn-in but also has the aesthetic of real medieval clothing. It remains unclear as to which IKEA rugs were used to dress the GoT characters. The next time you visit IKEA, see if you can envision Jon Snow marching into battle with a Höjerup or Alhede wrapped around his shoulders.

(19) POORFEADING. Another graduate of the Pixel Scroll Editing Academy & Grill:

(20) DINO TIME. This dinosaur had more bumps on its head than a Star Trek: Voyager humanoid: “It’s Official: Stunning Fossil Is a New Dinosaur Species”.

About 110 million years ago in what’s now Alberta, Canada, a dinosaur resembling a 2,800-pound pineapple ended up dead in a river.

Today, that dinosaur is one of the best fossils of its kind ever found—and now, it has a name: Borealopelta markmitchelli, a plant-eating, armored dinosaur called a nodosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period. After death, its carcass ended up back-first on the muddy floor of an ancient seaway, where its front half was preserved in 3-D with extraordinary detail.

Unearthed by accident in 2011 and unveiled at Alberta’s Royal Tyrrell Museum in May, the fossil immediately offered the world an unprecedented glimpse into the anatomy and life of armored dinosaurs.

(21) THUMBS DOWN. Carl Slaughter says If you have read the Dark Tower series, you will probably share this reviewer’s shrill disapproval of the screen adaptation.

(22) MARJORIE PRIME. This doesn’t sound too jolly.

2017 Science-Fiction Drama starring Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins, Geena Davis, and Lois Smith

About the Marjorie Prime Movie

Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband. With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s Prime relies on the information from her and her kin to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past. Marjorie Prime is an American science-fiction film written and directed by Michael Almereyda, based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play of the same name.


[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Chip Hitchcock, Mark-kitteh, Craig Russell, Carl Slaughter, JJ, Cat Eldridge, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Joe H.]

38 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 8/9/17 Soft Pixel, Warm Pixel, Little Ball Of Scroll

  1. Hi ho from Finland. As I said on Twitter, I’ve had to make it clearer than usual that you have to be a full attending member (not just a day pass holder) to attend the WSFS Business Meeting. The panel I was on yesterday about getting the most out of the Business Meeting had as many people as the past several years’ equivalent panels combined, and most of the people there had never been to a Business Meeting. We have a room with a rated capacity of 280 and with 230 seats in it. I’m hoping very much we don’t have more people wanting to attend than that, because if we do, it’s going to take a lot of work to make it happen. Unlike every other thing at the convention, we’re not allowed to turn away attending members who want to be at the meeting. We’ll see how many turn up in a couple of hours.

  2. @Kevin Standlee,
    Best Wishes for the Business Meetings going well.

    The thing is though, there is nothing in the inaugural edition or its press releases about wanting to be a reading list. So I think Sutherland is bring overly generous with that interpretation. Given the number of issues that have been pointed out about the Dragon awards (and that remain uncorrected), I’m inclined to conclude that the organisers of the award don’t have what it takes to run the awards properly.

    It’s been nearly two years and the awards rules page still refers itself as a “sweepstakes”:

    PRIVACY POLICY: Personal information collected by DRAGON CON during the administration of this Award may be used by DRAGON CON to contact Entrants regarding DRAGON CON’s products or services, for its marketing purposes, in conjunction with executing the terms of this Sweepstakes.

  3. (1) Can we have buttons next year, too? Pleeeeaaase?

    (5) Doris is on my list for next year’s Best Fan Writer, both for her blog and comments over at Cam’s.

    (6) Chuck is so often right, it’s not fair he’s also so often funny.

    (10) So yesterday was Cat Day, today it’s Book Day — but aren’t those every day?

    (12b) Yay!

    (15) nods in agreement I also have met startlingly good-looking archaeologists/anthropologists who’ve had globe-trotting adventures. No religious relics came to life for them, but still.

    (16) Why does the Supes/Wondy kid look less evolved than your average human? Shouldn’t he be, I dunno, demi-god-like? Was Gorilla Grodd involved somehow?

    (18) That’ll be handy for the cosplayers.

    (19) Fursuits Gone Wild!

  4. 14) I remember reading about this almost 25 years ago. Then it was an unlucky fellow that got severe burns after putting the white phosphor in his trousers. I think it was in Lithuania that time.

  5. lurkertype on August 9, 2017 at 10:35 pm said:

    (5) Doris is on my list for next year’s Best Fan Writer, both for her blog and comments over at Cam’s.

    Ditto. Doris always has something interesting to say.

  6. Even on the ‘generate a reading list’ criteria, the Dragons are still failing. They’ve hidden last year’s nominees. The site doesn’t do elementary thinks like…link to an Amazon or Goodreads or an author blog for each book that won last year. The process section says: “During the award nomination period, we will regularly send lists and information about your most popular choices.” which is true only if ‘never’ is a kind of ‘regularly’.

  7. @lurkertype: “[…] aren’t those every day?”

    I’ve heard that alcoholics in the US refer to St. Patrick’s Day (which is widely celebrated here by drinking) as “Amateur’s Day”. I think I may feel that way, a bit, about Book Day. (Though I do think it’s a slightly less harmful/dangerous hobby/addiction.) 🙂

  8. Where did these people come from?

    Well, having worked the registration desk for eight hours yesterday, Finland.

    Lots of people from Finland, almost all of them asking for First Worldcon ribbons. We ran out of the ribbons.

  9. @Meredith: By one whole minute. 🙂

    I was only checking to see if an order had shipped overnight (it hasn’t), normally I’d be looking about now.

  10. Looking at the photos of GRRM’s signing line on Twitter (one person said they waited 4 hours to get a signature; I’m guessing they got in line early, because I don’t think GRRM is signing for 4 hours at a time), I’m glad that I got his autograph before Game of Thrones was picked up by HBO.

  11. GRRM said, before he did the signing, that he was kind of happy that people didn’t recognize him as much here. If he turned his name badge so people didn’t see it, he was kind of left alone.

    I think it also might be that scandinavians usually are polite and do not disturb celebrities.

  12. @Hampus We do recognize him but we also are more likely not to disturb him. GRRM has been on and about a lot and it’s fun to spot him.

  13. Hooray! Title!

    Also, it looks like both (21) and (22) link to the same YouTube video?

  14. 5) ‘If your response to the Dragon Awards ballot is to champion the books that you are already familiar with, and ignore (or actively dismiss) the others without giving them a chance, then you are missing the point of the Dragon Awards.’

    Honestly does anyone know what the point is? It’s heralded as a populist vote with little to no official promotion, with authors encouraged to champion their books as a way to develop a reading list, but is also an artificially shortened reading list since they don’t release longlist or voting totals to see who all the candidates were.

    6) While good, and should be common sense, advice, those with a Gibbon Mindset will probably have a tough time recognizing themselves as such.

    21) Something about the cadence of the voice of the speaker was grating to my ears. Couldn’t make it through the first part which mostly felt like it was hyping the books up to an absurd level (I say that as a fan even) while also diminishing other mediums because books do things they can’t (ignoring the same is true for other mediums versus books) and bashing what movies King likes. Didn’t make it to the part where the video must eventually start talking about the movie. I read a review that said that the story is told with Jake as the focal character and I knew I’d wait for it to hit Netflix and set my expectations appropriately. Trailer made me worry that it’d be Never Ending Story with guns, but apparently it’s much more bland than even that description.

    Catching up on book backlog I finally finished Ninefox Gambit and I’m torn because I really enjoyed the setting and ideas, like calendrical rot, because it felt both surreal and alien like something set in a completely different culture and world/space should probably feel like. However by the end gur punenpgre Wrqnb ol gur raq sryy vagb gung gebcr bs fhpu n oevyyvnag gnpgvpvna gung gurl jrer cebcurgvp naq rirel tbbq be onq guvat gung jbhyq unccrarq nyjnlf unq gur ‘lrf gung jnf cynaarq sbe naq vagraqrq’ va gur onpxtebhaq. Vg erqhprq fbzr fvghngvbaf grafvbaf sbe zr orpnhfr vafgrnq bs jbeelvat nobhg gur bhgpbzr V jnf jnvgvat sbe Wrqnb gb erirny ubj vg jnf vagraqrq gb tb gung jnl nyy nybat naq urer’f n phaavat zbir gung trgf gurz bhg bs gur pbeare gurl jrer jevggra vagb.

    So while that felt annoying by the end the way it ended also makes me look forward to reading Raven Strategem. Also went back and finished a Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Which felt like I was watching different episodes of a SFF TV series but like there were episodes in between that were missing. Just felt really disjointed. I heard the sequel is a lot more focused and I’m interested in it based on the conversations of whether it manages to express deep/interesting themes without the central conflict being dark or depressing. But those conversations are what makes me interested in the sequel, the first book doesn’t really get me fired up to read more.

    River of Teeth and Black Mad Wheel are up to bat, and Rise of D.O.D.O. just came in from the library.

  15. @4: I’m surprised you thought 16,000 was a reasonable limit given the reduction in space taken (vs LAcon 2).

    @19: can you imagine the screams about “imposing Western decadence on our pure culture” if that happened?

    @20: I visited the Royal Tyrrell in 2008; it was well worth the trip (about an hour from Calgary). Walking around the adjacent badlands (reason for the location) was interesting, but we didn’t spot any new fossils — unsurprising for October.

    @Hampus Eckerman: an unlucky fellow that got severe burns after putting the white phosphor in his trousers. Back during the Disco era somebody in Boston tried to enhance his male presentation by putting a pepperoni in his pants. That was just stupid (the ER people had a good laugh); this is sad.

  16. @Camestros Felapton: which is true only if ‘never’ is a kind of ‘regularly’.
    Well, it’s not irregularly.

  17. @Chip Hitchcock, a pepperoni can give you contact burns? I had no idea. I presume it’s because mucus membranes are sensitive?

  18. Chip Hitchcock: @4: I’m surprised you thought 16,000 was a reasonable limit given the reduction in space taken (vs LAcon 2).

    Depends upon what your basis for surprise is. I mean, the membership we actually got was already too large for every member to attend the Hugos or Masquerade (held in the arena) had they tried to do so. But that’s been true of every large Worldcon.

    And our largest program room held 1500 — J. Michael Straczynski did his presentation twice (his own idea!) to accommodate all the people who wanted to see it.

    But you weren’t surprised that we tried to run a Worldcon for 6,500, were you?

    So that 16,000 figure was more of a general idea how large a membership our committee structure might be able to handle.

  19. I just received an email from Kevin Standlee, reminding me of the liveblog of the Hugo Awards tomorrow! Whoohoo! Of course, I will be at work, but Fridays in the summer are pretty quiet here.

  20. @Matt Y

    Just coming to the end of Long Way to a Small Angry Planet but already agree with you. It’s more like a series of vignettes with little binding narrative. I don’t actively dislike it but again I’d be in no hurry to read the sequel. It’d have to be on sale…

  21. IanP on August 10, 2017 at 1:17 pm said:

    @Matt Y

    Just coming to the end of Long Way to a Small Angry Planet but already agree with you. It’s more like a series of vignettes with little binding narrative. I don’t actively dislike it but again I’d be in no hurry to read the sequel. It’d have to be on sale…

    Ditto, but I could totally see a TV show being adapted from it on Amazon or something. It sort of feels like a really long pitch for one at least.

  22. The sequel to “Long Way” is one (well, two) connected stories, not episodic.

    I would watch that TV show in a heartbeat.

    I got GRRM’s autograph with no waiting at Chicon 2012. Because it was a later session, and he was signing the same time as the rarely-seen Gene Wolfe.

    I came across some programs for a small Colorado con of the early 80’s, in which GRRM was the standard guest yearly. Not GoH, just the guy who showed up and was on panels. Along with Connie Willis. I knew them when…

  23. There have been a number of articles recently about Janelle Shane’s neural networks that generate names for guinea pigs, paint colors, etc., but somehow I hadn’t encountered any of her geekish sets previously.

    In Harry Potter and the Neural Network fan fiction, the network learns how to Ship All the Things and also to generate content warnings.

    Meanwhile, many of its D&D spells are surprisingly plausible. “Hold Mouse” is certainly that cantrip no one ever takes when they’re creating a new character.

    Plenty more where that came from, including superheroes, Star Wars, and kittens.

  24. @OGH: I was thinking in terms of how many randomly-distributed people the space could hold, not how many you could manage. (It’s not clear to me how attendee count scales with committee size; ISTM that’s more a matter of how many different things the committee tries to do.) Given that LAcon 3 may have had ~1 additional large function room (as function rooms go) but had dropped ~90,000sf of exhibit space, I’d have wondered about unintended flash crowds if you’d had 16K people on site.

  25. >GRRM said, before he did the signing, that he was kind of happy that people didn’t recognize him as much here. If he turned his name badge so people didn’t see it, he was kind of left alone.
    >I think it also might be that scandinavians usually are polite and do not disturb celebrities.

    I believe it’s the latter. At least, in my case: I’ve spotted GRRM three times now. I decided to take an approach not unlike birdwatching: observe the famous SFF author in their natural habitat and leave them undisturbed…

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