Pixel Scroll 9/9/20 The Worm Rider’s Digest

(1) DUNE TRAILER. A trailer dropped for the Denis Villenueve-directed Dune movie.

Beyond fear, destiny awaits.

(2) LIKE SANDS THROUGH AN HOURGLASS. The click industry immediately went to work deciphering the Dune trailer.

The Sandworm

Smartly, the Dune trailer saves the giant Sandworms of the planet Arrakis for the very end. In the reality of Dune, the Sandworms are responsible for the creation of the substance known as “the Spice,” which is basically why anyone wants to be on Arrakis at all. The Spice is created by the Sandworms, and dealing with the worms, and making peace with them is a huge part of what Dune is all about.

It’s unclear which Sandworm scene this is from the book, but the look and scope of the worm feel correct. These are mysterious creatures in the world of Dune, but they are not monsters. In some ways, the Sandworms are the most important characters in Dune, and this Sandworm looks exactly as it should. The Maw of the Sandworms seems a little more refined, but overall, these are the worms we’re looking for.

Water World

What’s an ocean doing in a movie called Dune? The footage of Paul on the shore of a vast sea with starships hovering in the sky takes place on his original home world of Caladan. Their move to Arrakis at the behest of the Emperor is like moving from Scandinavia to the Sahara.

“He thinks he’s going to be sort of a young general studying his father and his leadership of a fighting force before he comes of age, hopefully a decade later, or something like that.” Chalamet said.

Events are moving faster than he expects.

(3) OSCARS ADDING INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday published detailed inclusion and diversity guidelines that filmmakers will have to meet in order for their work to be eligible for a best picture Oscar, starting in 2024. Variety has a breakdown of the new rules: “Oscars Announce New Inclusion Requirements for Best Picture Eligibility”.

For the 94th and 95th Oscars ceremonies, scheduled for 2022 and 2023, a film will submit a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form to be considered for best picture. Beginning in 2024, for the 96th Oscars, a film submitting for best picture will need to meet the inclusion thresholds by meeting two of the four standards.

All other Academy categories will keep their current eligibility requirements. For categories such as animated feature, documentary feature and international feature, that submit for best picture consideration, they will be addressed separately….

Adweek’s summary says:

The body that hands out the Academy Awards on Tuesday published detailed inclusion and diversity guidelines that filmmakers will have to meet in order for their work to be eligible for a best picture Oscar, starting in 2024. (Reuters)

To meet the onscreen representation standard, at least one of the lead actors or a significant supporting actor must be from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, whether that means Asian, Hispanic, Black, Indigenous, Native American, Middle Eastern, North African, native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. (NYT)

Alternatively, a film can meet the standard if at least 30 percent of all actors in secondary and more minor roles are women, from a racial or ethnic group, LGBTQ+, or people with cognitive or physical disabilities or if the film’s main storyline, theme or narrative focuses on one of these groups. (Variety)

Additionally, films seeking consideration must hire diverse creative leadership and department heads, maintain at least 30 percent of crew from the previously mentioned groups, offer paid internships to underrepresented groups, and ensure representation in marketing and distribution. (THR / The Race)

(4) NOT EVEN WITH A MASK. LA County has not entirely cancelled Halloween, only a lot of the activities traditionally associated with it. (Complete guideline here.)

Halloween Activities:

Not Permitted (gatherings and events are not currently allowed under the Health Officer Order)

Halloween gatherings, events or parties with non-household members are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors.

Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are not allowed.

Not Recommended

Door to door trick or treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread, and because sharing food is risky.

“Trunk or treating” where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats is also not recommended, particularly when part of Halloween events, since it is difficult to avoid crowding and sharing food.

(5) HAUNTED DRIVE-THRU. That explains why, here in the land of the drive-in, folks will be able to pay to drive through Haunt ‘O Ween LA.

The experience will last between 25-35 minutes. We recommend guests arrive 10 – 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time slot during peak hours.

  • Pumpkin “Picking” (1 pumpkin per vehicle. Additional pumpkins available for purchase)
  • “Door to Door” Trick or Treating (enough candy for everyone!)
  • Video Op (sent to your email)
  • Immersive Installations (photo friendly environments)

(6) TENET & CO. The Guardian’s Alex Hess wonders “Why so serious? Tenet and the new wave of ‘science-based’ time travel movies” BEWARE SPOILERS.

Back in the good old days, time travel in the movies was a strictly no-strings-attached affair, a straightforward plot device to bewilder a couple of high-school dimwits or dispatch a killer robot on its mission. It was used to spice up action filmsadventure films, even romcoms – the only rule was that it shouldn’t be thought about too hard. The biggest conundrum it might cause was how to fend off the advances of your own unsettlingly attractive mum.

What John David Washington’s secret agent in Tenet wouldn’t give for such trivial problems. He not only needs to save the world from a supervillain armed with nuclear warheads and a time machine, but also get his head around the news that his nemesis can invert an object’s temporal properties at will, thus sending it hurtling backwards through a space-time continuum that is not as linear as he thought. Worse still, so do we….

(7) THE ETERNAL PEDESTRIAN CROSSING. Even Zombies can’t walk forever. “The Walking Dead Officially Ending With Season 11” promises Comicbook.com.

Oops, we lied! Actually, there’s going to be a spinoff.

The Walking Dead is officially ending after its 11th season. Season 11 will be a super sized season, offering the show a 24-episode farewell tour, with its airing beginning in the fall of 2021. The 24-episode run will span the fall of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. It is unclear whether it will be broken into three 8-part segments to two 12-part halves. The AMC zombie show began in 2010 with its premiere episode Days Gone Bye airing on Halloween. In the years which followed, The Walking Dead became a global hit, claiming the #1 spot on cable and spawning several spinoff shows, including two more new series which will follow its conclusion.

… Following the conclusion of the flagship Walking Dead series, a spinoff centered around Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier will go into production. The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang will run the Daryl/Carol spinoff show. There will also be a Tales From The Walking Dead anthology series which will follow different characters in each episode, exploring pockets of the TWD universe which have been left undiscovered.

(8) SCOOBY ORIGINS. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] I thought these paragraphs from Harrison Smith’s obituary for “Scooby-Doo” co-creator Joe Ruby in the Washington Post, “Joe Ruby, TV writer and producer who co-created Scooby-Doo, dies at 87”, would be of interest to Filers.  “Silverman” is a reference to NBC president Fred Silverman. “Spears” is Ruby’s writing partner Ken Spears, Scooby-Doo’s other co-creator.  “Takamoto” is Iwao Takamoto, a Japanese American animator who drew the original sketches for the main characters.

Mr. Ruby said he considered a small, feisty sheepdog character before settling on an oversized, cowardly Great Dane inspired by actor and comedian Bob Hope.  The dog was originally called Too Much–the show was originally called ‘Mysteries Five’–before Silverman said he pushed for raising the character’s profile and renaming him Scooby-Doo, after hearing Frank Sinatra scatting ‘doo-be-doo-be-doo’ on a recording of ‘Strangers in the Night.’…

…Most persistently came questions about Shaggy.  Why did he have the munchies all the time?  Was he, as many viewers speculated, actually a stoner, a marijuana-loving emblem of the drug-infused 1960s?

By all accounts, the answer was no.  Shaggy and Scooby’s constant hunger was simply an attempt by Mr. Ruby and Spears ‘to insert certain idiosyncrasies into their characters,’ the animator Takamoto wrote in a memoir, My Life With A Thousand Characters.

‘And for the record,’ he added, ‘drugs of any kind were anathema to Joe Ruby; he hated them.’

I also learned that the idea for “Scooby-Doo” came from Fred Silverman, who wanted a cartoon like the 1940s radio show “I Love A Mystery” but with kids.


  • September 2013 — Seven years ago this month, Kamala Khan made her first appearance in Captain Marvel #14 before going on to star in the her own series Ms. Marvel, which debuted in February 2014.This Pakistani American Muslim teenager was created by G. Willow Wilson along with editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, and artists Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie. The first volume of Ms. Marvel would win the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story at Sasquan in 2015.


[Compiled by Cat Eldridge and John Hertz.]

  • Born September 9, 1900 James Hilton. Author of the novel Lost Horizon which was turned into a film, also called Lost Horizon by director Frank Capra. It is best remembered as the origin of Shangri-La. Many claim Lost Horizon is the first American book printed as a paperback but it’s actually Peal S. Buck’s The Good Earth. (Died 1954.) (CE) 
  • Born September 9, 1906 – Aileen Fisher.  A hundred children’s books, some ours.  Nat’l Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.  Natural history, fiction, poetry, plays; nonfiction including lives of Louisa Alcott, Jeanne D’Arc, Emily Dickinson.  “Poetry is a rhythmical piece of writing that leaves the reader feeling a little richer than before”.  (Died 2002) [JH]
  • Born September 9, 1915 Richard Webb. Captain Midnight on the Captain Midnight series when it began and which ran for two years in the Fifties on CBS. It was called Jet Jackson, Flying Commando when it was syndicated. He played Lieutenant Commander Ben Finney in the “Court Martial” episode of Star Trek. And in the Fifties, he was Lane Carson, the lead investigator in The Invisible Monster. (Died 1993.) (CE)
  • Born September 9, 1922 – Pauline Baynes.  Seventy covers, a hundred eighty interiors, for us; many others.  First to illustrate “Farmer Giles of Ham”; also The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, “Smith of Wootton Major”, other Tolkien including The Lord of the RingsNarniaRichard Adams, Hans Andersen, the Grimms, Kipling; outside our field, Uden’s Dictionary of Chivalry, winning the Greenaway Medal; religious books e.g. King Wenceslaus, the Nicene Creed; magazines e.g. The Illustrated London News.  (Died 2008) [JH]
  • Born September 9, 1929 Joseph Wrzos, 91. He edited Amazing Stories and Fantastic under the name Joseph Ross from August 1965 through early 1967. He was responsible for their move to mostly reprints and a bimonthly schedule while the publisher refused to pay authors for the reprints saying he held the rights to them without needing pay additional renumeration and leading to severe conflict with SFWA. With Hannes Bok, he edited in 2012, Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration. (CE)
  • Born September 9, 1943 Tom Shippey, 77. Largely known as a Tolkien expert, though I see he wrote a scholarly 21-page introduction to Flights of Eagles, a collection of James Blish work, and under the pseudonym of John Holm, he is also the co-author, with Harry Harrison, of The Hammer and the Cross trilogy of alternate history novels. And early on, he did a lot of SF related non-fiction tomes such as Fiction 2000: Cyberpunk and the Future of Narrative (edited with George Slusser). (CE) 
  • Born September 9, 1946 – Anna Lee Walters, 74.  Pawnee (her mother) / Otoe-Misouria (her father).  Goddard alumna.  American Book Award, Virginia McCormick Scully Award.  Ghost Singer is ours; half a dozen nonfiction books; she is in many anthologies and journals.  [JH]
  • Born September 9, 1952 – Michael Dobson, 68.  Chaired Corflu 36 (fanziners’ con; corflu = mimeograph correction fluid, once indispensable).  Fanzine, Random Jottings (note, “FIAWOL” = Fandom Is A Way Of Life”).Three alternative-history novels (with Douglas Niles).  Nonfiction books may show SF color, e.g. Watergate Considered as an Organization Chart of Semi-Precious Stones.  Timespinner Press has a booklet for each day of the year.  [JH]
  • Born September 9, 1952 Angela Cartwright, 68. Fondly remembered as Penny Robinson on the original Lost in Space. She, like several of her fellow cast members, made an appearance in the Lost in Space film. She appeared in the Logan’s Run series in “The Collectors” episode as Karen, and in Airwolf as Mrs. Cranovich in the “Eruption” episode. (CE) 
  • Born September 9, 1955 Janet Fielding, 65. Tegan Jovanka, companion to the Fifth Doctor. The actress had a rather short performing career starting with the Hammer House of Horror series in 1980 where she was Secretary Mandy on the “Charlie Boy” episode” before landing the the Doctor Who gig through 1984. Her career ended in the early Nineties. She was part of the 2013 50th Anniversary The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. (CE) 
  • Born September 9, 1958 – Frank Catalano, 62.  Book reviews in Amazing with Buck Coulson.  Half a dozen short stories.  Toastmaster at the first Baycon (i.e. the regional, not the Westercon or Worldcon, with that name) and at Dreamcon 10.  Fan Guest of Honor, Rustycon 4.  Fanzine, Syntactics.  [JH]
  • Born September 9, 1977 – Viktor Martinovich, Ph.D., 43.  (Various romanizations of this Belarusian name.)  Teaches at European Humanist Univ., Vilnius.  Bogdanovich Prize.  Paranoia is ours, I mean his novel by that title (see NY Rev Bks here), also Mova; several others.  [JH]


(12) SECOND FANDOME. DC Fandome Part 2 takes place September 12. Explore the Multiverse. The schedule is here.

(13) AHH, NATURE! This video suggests the American Museum of Natural History in New York is hosting a Terrible Pun exhibit when its doors reopen this week.

(14) GONE MORE THAN A FORTNITE. Epic Games is still trying to get Apple to reinstate its Fortnite app on iOS devices. Late Friday, the gaming company filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against Apple’s blocking Fortnite on iPhones and iPads. “Epic Games renews legal request to bring Fortnite back to Apple store” at CNN Business.

The injunction brief says that more than 116 million gamers have played Fortnite on iOS, making it the game’s biggest platform, larger than its player base on Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PlayStation, PC or Android.

Filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the motion says, “all Epic seeks is for the Court to stop Apple from retaliating against Epic for daring to challenge Apple’s misconduct.”

In a Saturday statement to CNN Business, Epic said, “today we ask the Court to stop Apple from retaliating against Epic for daring to challenge Apple’s misconduct while our antitrust case proceeds.”

Fortnite has been blocked on iOS since August, when Epic introduced a new way for players to buy in-game currency directly without paying Apple or Google their customary 30% cut of revenue. This move violated both Apple and Google’s app store policies, the tech giants said, and Fortnite was pulled from both iOS and Android devices. Epic then sued both Apple and Google, accusing them of monopolistic practices.

(15) FROM SOMEBODY’S GOLDEN AGE. The Bristol Board has a flock of excellent black & white illustrations by famed sff artist Edd Cartier.

(16) DECIPHERNG THE STICKERS. Kirby Kahler’s article is a neat bit of space history: “Walking through the doors of history: unlocking a space tradition” at The Space Review,

In July 2019, I had the unique opportunity to revisit the astronaut walkout doors at the Neil Armstrong Operations & Checkout Building (O&C) at the Kennedy Space Center for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Fifty years ago, I was one of more than 3,500 journalists trying to get the “money shot” of the Apollo 11 astronaut walkout.

As I balanced on top of my camera case, I took as many pictures of the astronauts as possible as they walked purposely through those double doors before disappearing like magic into the transfer van on the way to the launch pad. I was 17 years old and was covering this historic event for a small Illinois newspaper. It was an experience that will change my life and soul forever. I covered Apollo 15 as well, and that mission was equally as exciting.

For the Apollo 50th reunion at KSC, I also took many photos of the famous astronaut walkout doorway and surrounding area as part of the NASA tour granted to a select group of “old space journalists.” There were no astronauts this time, just memories of the excitement and anticipation of seeing them walking through those iconic doorways. Those brave men and women were heading on the adventures of their lives, and they were taking us all with them.

This article is about investigating the O&C shuttle mission stickers that have been placed on the historic doorway, as noted in the photographs I took of the O&C walkout area. While many stickers seemed easy to identify, I noticed several immediately that could not be easily identified due to weathering and other issues.

(17) GROK AROUND THE CLOCK. Today I learned there is official Heinlein apparel. Shades of the Sixties!

(18) HERE THEY COME TO SAVE THE DAY. [Item by Mike Kennedy.] A group of mice genetically engineered to have greater muscle mass have retained that muscle during a trip to the International Space Station. Their regular, unmodified cousins who also went for the trip lost muscle and bone mass—just as happens for astronauts during their stay in weightlessness. Some of this mouse control group were treated with the “mighty mice” drug upon returning and rebuilt their muscle mass faster than untreated mice. “‘Mighty mice’ stay musclebound in space, boon for astronauts”.

…While encouraged by their findings, the couple said much more work needs to be done before testing the drug on people to build up muscle and bone, without serious side effects.

“We’re years away. But that’s how everything is when you go from mouse to human studies,” Germain-Lee said.

Lee said the experiment pointed out other molecules and signaling pathways worth investigating — “an embarrassment of riches … so many things we’d like to pursue.” His next step: possibly sending more “mighty mice” to the space station for an even longer stay.

(19) SHAT’S BACK. “William Shatner ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ feat. Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night” on YouTube is a track from Shat’s new album The Blues, which Cleopatra Records will release In October.

[Thanks to JJ, Cat Eldridge, N., Mike Kennedy, Martin Morse Wooster, Michael Toman, John Hertz, John King Tarpinian, Contrarius, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Daniel Dern.]

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75 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 9/9/20 The Worm Rider’s Digest

  1. (1) I thought the cover of The Dark Side of the Moon was an odd choice and a bit distracting, but then I realized that album came out the year before Jodorowsky’s Dune started and Pink Floyd was on board for the soundtrack.

  2. Contrarius says Oooo! I have nothing relevant or constructive to say, but —

    Now playing: “Hotel California” by the Eagles. And it’s even genre, or close enough.

    (Am I revealing my age too much?)

    Oh lovely song. I just added it to my Apple Music playlist. I’ve got a ninety day free membership but I’m going to subscribe to it after that as it’s got a really deep catalog.

    Showing your age? No more than I do with these notes.

    Now playing: Cris Williamson’s “Strange Paradise”

  3. Lis Carey says Cat, I am, sadly, a milk chocolate girl. I tried liking dark chocolate for a while, and it just didn’t work out for me. In this as in other things, I embrace my peasant roots.

    That I can do as well, so the offer stands. There’s lots of chocolate here. Always is when I’m in residence. It comes in, it gets given out.

    Now playing: Jackalope’s “Fried Grease Bread Blues”

  4. @Cat —

    Oh lovely song. I just added it to my Apple Music playlist. I’ve got a ninety day free membership but I’m going to subscribe to it after that as it’s got a really deep catalog.

    If you get a subscription to Scribd, you can add a Pandora Plus membership for free. That’s why I’m playing with this right now.

    Now playing: “She’s No Lady” by Lyle Lovett

  5. The article bill presides a link to has an odd claim in it, to wit “SFF was very much looked down upon and always relegated to small paperback formats. This was a book that wanted to be taken seriously. It was a hardcover. That was pretty much unheard of at the time for a new SFF book”. Eh? Hardcover SF books go back a long way before the early Sixties. I found hardcovers using ISFDB as far back as the Thirties.

    Now playing: June Tabor’s “A Place Called England”

  6. Contrarius notes that If you get a subscription to Scribd, you can add a Pandora Plus membership for free. That’s why I’m playing with this right now.

    I’m happy with the Apple ecosystem. Apple Music gives me exactly what I need, ie it defaults to the phone app when a call is incoming.

    Now playing: Oysterband’s “Fiddle or a Gun”

  7. Cat Eldridge: That statement about it being hard to get sf published in hardcover back in the day made sense to me. But since you brought up ISFDB it seemed like a claim that could be tested.

    ISFDB has a graph of book formats in its database over the years, and shows upwards of a hundred hardcovers every year in the first half of the 20th century. To find out what some of these books were I ran a search on 1940. A lot of them were hardcover editions of ERB, collections of fantasy by Lord Dunsany and T.H. White, short stories by H.G. Wells, collections of myths, etc.

    There was also a collection of David H. Keller’s short stories — Keller was a pulp writer. Apart from Burroughs, he stands out as a rare example of a pulp sff writer with a hardcover in 1940. Which made sense to me — that’s why Gnome Press was greeted with open arms when they started doing hardcover reprints of pulp sf in the postwar period.

  8. @Cat — Yes, but few hardcover sf books were in bookstores. They were published by small presses, or for the library market. Publishers like Doubleday would have libraries that “subscribed” to their line, buying one of everything every month.

    I remember looking through one bookstore in the 1960s and finding exactly one sf hardcover, the Modern Library Famous Science Fiction Stories (a retitling of Adventures in Time and Space). I was amazingly flush at the time, having received five dollars in gift money, and had to decide whether to buy that or the four Tolkien paperbacks. (I cannot remember which I chose, because I did eventually end up with both, but I do remember spending a lot of time on the decision. I don’t remember buying the Tolkiens one at a time with my allowance, so I’m thinking I probably bought the set and asked for the hardcover for Christmas.) (I also remember reading Tolkien one chapter a night, so it took me months.)

  9. Mike and Jeff, you’re both correct but his statement was that SFF hardcovers were rare, not that they weren’t available in bookstores. Dune first came out in 1965 and using ISFDB I see hardcovers for Heinlein and Asimov as early as the late Forties. So exactly how much SFF was being printed in hardcover by 1965? A dozen books? Hundreds?

    He’s making it sound as if the publication of Dune this way was a rare event befitting a major work. Regardless of who purchased the books, I’m suggesting that it wasn’t an uncommon thing by then.

    And I bought a hardcover of Dune, later printing I admit, the early Eighties that came out in the Sixties for ten dollars one time. I remember because it had that wonderful art on it.

  10. Still though, Cat, much of the best sf at the time did not get hardcover publication — lots of the Hugo nominees were paperback originals, including the Zelazny that tied with Dune. I’ll agree with you that even some regular sf novels were getting hardcover publication by then, but in specific sf publishing niches. (Doubleday, for instance, didn’t publish science fiction and mysteries as by Doubleday, but as by Doubleday Science Fiction and Crime Club.) Dune, because it was Chilton’s first (I believe) fiction title of any kind (they next did The Witches of Karres), was unusual in being treated by the publisher as a major release.

  11. Jeff say Dune, because it was Chilton’s first (I believe) fiction title of any kind (they next did The Witches of Karres), was unusual in being treated by the publisher as a major release.

    Now that makes sense. If we treat as specific to a publisher, it’s a valid claim.

  12. Camestros Felapton::
    Ben Gesserit Kenobi: Fear is the mind killer, from a certain point of view

    Ben Gesserit Kenobi Brexit: Fear is the mind killer, from a certain point of view, in a very specific and limited way.

  13. Obviously, “always” in “always relegated to small paperback formats” is hyperbole, and shouldn’t be read literally. That being the case, if we take the statement to mean “SF hardbacks were scarce compared to SF paperbacks in 1965” (which is about the only rational way to read it, I think), there’s no real way to judge whether it is true or not without sales figures. Suppose that 300 new SF hardbacks were published in 1965, and 300 new SF paperbacks were also printed. Does that mean that they were equally prevalent? Not if the print run of the HBs was 1000 each, and the print runs of the PBs were 15,000 each. Not if there were 200 HBs in print in 1965 that had been published originally from 1900 – 1964, and 500 PBs in print in 1965 that were originally from the same era.

    I started buying SF books about 1975, and I know that at that time, SF paperbacks were far more prevalent to this reader than HB books were. That is not to say that SF HBs didn’t exist; of course they did.

    But all this is missing the forest for the trees. The interesting part of the publishing history of Dune is that Chilton’s publishing oeuvre had consisted of books like this, and all of a sudden they decided to publish this. Wot the hell?

  14. “But all this is missing the forest for the trees. The interesting part of the publishing history of Dune is that Chilton’s publishing oeuvre had consisted of books like this, and all of a sudden they decided to publish this. Wot the hell?”

    It was the doing of Sterling Lanier …
    “He was with Chilton in 1965, when he was instrumental in persuading the firm to publish Frank Herbert’s Dune. Having read Dune World in Analog magazine, he was responsible for tracking down the author and conveying Chilton’s offer. More than twenty other publishing companies had already turned the book down. Despite Lanier’s brilliant insight on the worth of the book, he was dismissed from Chilton a year later because of high publication costs and poor initial book sales.”

    I have fond memories of Lanier’s stories.

  15. The Chilton edition was the one that my local library had.
    Of course I checked it out and read it. (I got my first library card in first grade.)

  16. Chilton has the highest batting average for number of books nominated for a Hugo/ number of fiction books published, right?

  17. “Chilton has the highest batting average for number of books nominated for a Hugo/ number of fiction books published, right?”

    Probably, even taking into account the other SF they published. Check out the publication listing of Chilton in isfdb. Some pretty decent books there.

  18. (10) And then there are those 25 years as a tech columnist (1994-2019) for several media outlets, including writing and podcasting about science fiction, tech and the arts for GeekWire. Plus the SFWA officer role in the 1980s and the newszine Sirius XIV. But honestly, it’s nice to see the toastmaster/fan GoH listings that I’d never recall off the top of my head. Thanks for the birthday nod!

  19. John Hertz replies by carrier pigeon:

    Thanks for dropping by.

    Or, you’re welcome (and, even though it’s Our Gracious Host’s Weblog, not mine, I think I can say you are welcome).

    As to what I noted and omitted, that’s always a nice question. Cat Eldridge and I tend to remark on different things, which may be why OGH recruited me.

    The notices have to be short.

    If I were conducting Fancyclopedia III – no, I don’t intend to go there – but are you reading this, Mark? – I’d be inclined to put in your newszine Sirius XIV and your SFWA work [Nebula Awards Report editor 1980-1986, sec’y 1988-1989].

    Which reminds me, have you considered sending S14 and Syntactics to FANAC.org?

    Are you actually Catalan? Can you do the Sardana?

  20. @Andrew (not Werdna)

    Chilton has the highest batting average for number of books nominated for a Hugo/ number of fiction books published, right?

    If ISFDB is to be believed, and my ciphering is correct, Chilton published 20 different fiction books (3 anthologies, 6 collections, 1 reprint novel, and 10 original novels). One novel (Dune) won a hugo, and another (The Witches of Karres) was a finalist. So their batting average was either 2/(all fiction books) = 0.100, or 2/(eligible novels) = 0.200, depending on how you figure.

    Gnome Press/SFBC published 3 books, one of which (The Mixed Men) was a fix-up based on a Retro-Hugo finalist, and one of which (Second Foundation) was part of a special Best All Time Series Hugo. So their BA was somewhere from 0.333 to 0.667, depending again on how you figure. Gnome Press itself published many more books that were not under its SFBC imprint.

    Like many of these “who was best” questions, the answer is highly dependent on how you ask the question, and how you measure the data. Either way, Chilton’s track record is very respectable.

  21. @JohnHertz My comment was both a genuine thank you and a rumination on how we’re thought of over time. I wouldn’t have chosen any differently for a science-fiction/fantasy focused brief bio; even the SFWA role builds on the other work that was included. GeekWire and my tech column writing is tangential.

    Actually, I wasn’t much aware of FANAC.org until recently. And I do still have complete runs of Syntactics and Sirius XIV in my storage unit. A good pandemic project. Thanks for the pointer.

    Half Sicilian, half German. But I’ve been to the Catalan region, for the first time ever, two years ago. I dare not attempt the Sardana.

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