Top 10 Stories for November 2023

When Dann asked, “Omitting collected works, who are the top 5 authors in your library by number of books on your shelves?” a lot of Filers wanted to play along, which made the November 12 Scroll the most popular post of the month.  

And the leading non-Scroll post was Steve Vertlieb’s short report on attending The JFK Assassination at 60 symposium, which stirred many memories.

Here are the ten most widely-read posts of November 2023 according to dreaded Jetpack.

  1. Pixel Scroll 11/12/23 Baby Pixels Are Ever So Adorable Wrapped In Their Scrolls While Being Loved By Filers One And All
  2. Pixel Scroll 11/15/23 File The Pixels You Scroll With Your Scrolls
  3. Pixel Scroll 11/7/23 Pixel Scrollightly Seems Like A Good Character Name
  4. Pixel Scroll 11/14/23 Give Me Forty Pixels And I’ll Scroll This Rig Around
  5. Pixel Scroll 11/26/23 Three Little Muah’Dib’s From Dune Are We
  6. Pixel Scroll 11/27/23 What’s In The Daily Scroll? I’ll Tell You What’s In The Daily Scroll — An Item About A Credential Who Didn’t Pay Their Air-And-Gravity Dues And Now Has Got Those Vacuum Blues
  7. Pixel Scroll 11/4/23 Pixels Of The Night, From Pixelated Pixelvania
  8. Pixel Scroll 11/21/23 I Spent A Year Pixeled For Scroll Purposes
  9. Pixel Scroll 11/9/23 If You Tape Bacon To A Pixel Scroll Does It Always Fall Bacon Side Down?
  10. Pixel Scroll 11/2/23 Three Files, Three Scrolls, Three Thousand Pixels

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. The JFK Assassination At 60: New Frontiers In Scientific, Medical, Legal And Historical Research
  2. James Bacon on Dublin Riot
  3. My Most Memorable Moment at the Chengdu Worldcon
  4. Sergey Lukyanenko Says He Will Visit Chengdu in December
  5. British Library Exhibition: Fantasy: Realms of Imagination
  6. Goodreads Choice Awards 2023 Opening Round Nominees
  7. Remembering Fans Who Were Activists in Real World Politics and the Counter Culture
  8. The Last Dangerous Visions Progress Report
  9. 2023 Hugo Award Winners
  10. A File 770 Chengdu Worldcon Special: Jody Lynn Nye and Chris M. Barkley In Conversation – The “Ask A US Fan” Panel

Top 10 Stories for October 2023

The announcement of the 2023 Hugo Award winners naturally attracted the most eyes last month, it always does.

Tammy Coxen’s post “If You Love The NASFiC, Set It Free” vaulted into second place because of the discussion it ignited about a sensitive topic – drawing over a hundred comments.

Here are the ten most widely-read posts of October 2023 according to dreaded Jetpack.

  1. 2023 Hugo Award Winners
  2. If You Love The NASFiC, Set It Free
  3. 2023 World Fantasy Awards
  4. Chengdu Worldcon Site Selection Business Meeting Results
  5. A WSFS-Sponsored Asian Science Fiction Convention (ASFiC) — Discussing Item Nine from the Chengdu Worldcon Business Meeting Agenda
  6. “Any Language” – Discussing Items Seven and Eight from the Chengdu Worldcon Business Meeting Agenda
  7. Pixel Scroll 10/16/23 Not A Title
  8. Pixel Scroll 10/29/23 Swamp Thing! You Make My Scroll Sing
  9. Pixel Scroll 10/24/23 They Say It’s Only A Rebel Moon
  10. Pixel Scroll 10/21/23 Seven Pixels You Can’t Scroll On Television

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. 2023 Hugo Award Winners
  2. If You Love The Nasfic, Set It Free
  3. 2023 World Fantasy Awards
  4. Chengdu Worldcon Site Selection Business Meeting Results
  5. A WSFS-Sponsored Asian Science Fiction Convention (ASFiC) — Discussing Item Nine from the Chengdu Worldcon Business Meeting Agenda
  6. “Any Language” – Discussing Items Seven and Eight from the Chengdu Worldcon Business Meeting Agenda
  7. “Best Fancast Not Paying Compensation” — Discussing Item Five from the Chengdu Worldcon Business Meeting Agenda
  8. Uganda 2028 Worldcon Bid Q &A Update01
  9. Chris M. Barkley’s 2023 Best Fan Writer Acceptance Speech
  10. Seattle Wins 2025 Worldcon Site Selection Vote

Top 10 Stories for September 2023

The Dragon Award winners post was the only news story to hold its head above the flood of Pixel Scrolls in September. However, Harlan Ellison news and the Big Book of Cyberpunk table of contents still drew many readers. And congratulations to Steve Vertlieb who wrote three articles that ranked in the “Scroll-Free Top 10”.

Here are the ten most widely-read posts of Septembert 2023 according to dreaded Jetpack.

  1. 2023 Dragon Award Winners
  2. Pixel Scroll 9/7/23 Like Pixels Through The Hourglass, So Are The Scrolls Of Our Lives
  3. Pixel Scroll 9/16/23 Hush Little Pixel, Mama’s Going To Buy You A Scroll
  4. Pixel Scroll 9/18/23 Take A Pixel, Leave A Pixel
  5. Pixel Scroll 9/10/23 The Scroll Goes Ever On And On, Far From The File Where It Began
  6. Pixel Scroll 9/25/23 It Was The Filer In The Scroll With The Candlestick
  7. Pixel Scroll 9/8/23 Pixel? I Don’t Need A Pixel, My File Is On The Bandstand, My Scroll Is On The Floor
  8. Pixel Scroll 9/14/23 There Are Some Things Money Can’t Buy; For Everything Else, There’s Pixel Scroll
  9. Pixel Scroll 9/11/23 Pixels Are A Scroll’s Best Friend
  10. Pixel Scroll 9/23/23 I Can’t Scroll, Don’t Ask Me, My Heart Won’t Let My Pixel Do Things It Shouldn’t Do

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. 2023 Dragon Award Winners
  2. Straczynski Gives Harlan Ellison Book Updates
  3. Big Book of Cyberpunk TOC Released
  4. Remembering Allan Asherman
  5. 2023 Ig Nobel Prize Winners
  6. Fables Fly Free
  7. First Chengdu Worldcon Business Meeting Reports and Motions Available
  8. Robert Bloch: The Psychology of Horror
  9. Worldcon Wayback Machine: Thursday at ConFrancisco (1993) Day 1
  10. “Nosferatu” on Stage and Screen: New Chords for a Classic “Symphony of Horror”

Top 10 Stories of July 2023

Last month’s two top stories involved the Chengdu Worldcon’s announcement of this year’s Hugo finalists. The first list, posted prematurely and with some inaccuracies, was withdrawn and news outlets were asked to redact it. File 770’s post got almost 5,000 hits even though the list was gone — possibly another demonstration of Stephen King’s claim that when people see an orange cone by the side of the road they start looking for a body. The correct list was released a few days later and attracted twice as many hits, as it should have.

Absolutely deserving of mention as well is Steve Vertlieb’s article “The Twilight Zone: An Element of Time”, another top-rated post that discussed the beloved series.  

Here are the ten most widely-read posts of July 2023 according to Google Analytics.

  1. 2023 Hugo Finalists
  2. 2023 Hugo Finalists [Redacted]
  3. The Twilight Zone: An Element of Time
  4. Pixel Scroll 7/6/23 The Felix Felis Flattus Sat On The Mat  
  5. Why S. B. Divya Declined Two Hugo Nominations
  6. Michele Lundgren Charged as a Michigan Fake Trump Elector  
  7. How Many Names?  
  8. Announcing the Westfahl Award (And Other Insignificant Science Fiction Awards)
  9. 2022 Shirley Jackson Awards
  10. Pixel Scroll 7/11/23 Practically Perfect Pixels Never Permit Scrolls To Muddle Their Thinking

Top 10 Stories of June 2023

Sometimes good news attracts a big audience, as was the case with the announcement this month of the 2022 Bram Stoker Awards winners.

There is also continuing interest about what’s happening with the Chengdu Worldcon – when the Hugo finalists will be announced, what the convention’s business model might be, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s appointment of 2023 guest of honor Sergey Lukyanenko to a government council.

Here are the ten most widely-read posts of June 2023 according to Google Analytics.

  1. 2022 Bram Stoker Awards
  2. Pixel Scroll 6/20/23 We Don’t Need No Pixelation, We Just Want Some Scroll Control
  3. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask #75
  4. Rosenberg v Huff Suit Being Settled
  5. Pixel Scroll 6/17/23 Whoever Lives In Glass Pixels Should Not Throw Scrolls
  6. Pixel Scroll 6/13/23 We Should Have Thought Of That Before We Used The Force
  7. Pixel Scroll 6/19/23 Frenemy Mine
  8. Chengdu Committee Update on Hugo Ballot Delay
  9. 2023 Chengdu World Science Fiction Convention Global Brand Conference
  10. Pixel Scroll 6/9/23 Pixel Was A Scrollin’ Stone

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. 2022 Bram Stoker Awards
  2. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask #75
  3. Rosenberg v Huff Suit Being Settled
  4. Chengdu Committee Update on Hugo Ballot Delay
  5. 2023 Chengdu World Science Fiction Convention Global Brand Conference
  6. Hugo Voting Expected to Open at End of June
  7. Kickstarter Suspends Effort to Fund Schantz Comic About “Defying Transgenderism”
  8. Putin Appoints Sergey Lukyanenko to the Russian Federation’s Civic Chamber
  9. Paul Weimer Reviews: Time Enough For Love
  10. SPFBO Cover Contest Killed After Discovery That 2023 Winner Was Produced by AI

Top 10 Stories for April 2023

The announcement that Kimberly Unger won the 2023 Philip K. Dick Award was the most-read post in April.

Then, Svengoolie’s annual appeal for viewers to vote his show another Rondo Award once again led several hundred searchers for the voting link to land here first, pushing that post into the Top 10.

Another pair of stories published some time ago returned to the Top 10 because people, looking to File 770 in its role as a newzine of record, linked to them to show receipts for statements they were making in social media.

Here are last month’s ten most widely-read posts.

  1. 2023 Philip K. Dick Award Winner Announced
  2. Pixel Scroll 4/19/23 Tick, Tock, Said The Pixel, Just Keep Scrolling
  3. Pixel Scroll 4/9/23 Mind The Pixels, And The Scrolls Will File Themselves
  4. Pixel Scroll 4/11/23 Starship Tribbles! Ad Astra Per Felix Flattus!
  5. Flegal and Mohrbacher Respond to Accusations in Video
  6. Pixel Scroll 4/4/23 There’s A Bad Scroll Happening Tonight And Not Even A Pixel Can Stop It
  7. 2023 Rondo Awards Nominees
  8. Pixel Scroll 4/21/23 Like A Pixel, Scrolled For The Very First Time
  9. Pixel Scroll 4/25/23 Careful The Things You Scroll, Children Will Pixel
  10. Judge Decides Against Internet Archive

Top 10 Stories for March 2023

File 770’s report of the district court decision in Hachette v. Internet Archive went viral and is now one of the most-read posts in the history of this site. The Internet Archive wanted to exercise a right to scan books and “lend”/distribute copies to users as would a library. The court’s conclusion was that no case or legal principle supports the IA’s position. “Every authority points the other direction.”

The next two posts to gain the most attention were SFWA’s announcement of the Nebula Awards finalists, and how a Baen editor’s effort to discredit the result was shown to have no basis because a proffered screencap did not come from voting information.

Here are File 770’s 10 most-read posts of March 2023 according to the mercurial Jetpack plugin.

  1. Judge Decides Against Internet Archive
  2. SFWA Announces the 58th Nebula Awards Finalists
  3. Baen Nebula Kerfuffle Resolved
  4. Celebrating The 90th Anniversary of the Classic Fantasy Film Masterpiece “King Kong”
  5. Pixel Scroll 3/15/23 Scroll’s Howling Pixel
  6. Pixel Scroll 3/24/23 First Fandom: The Next Generation
  7. Pixel Scroll 3/13/23 I’m Gonna Send You Back To Wherever The Hell It Was You Came, And Then I’m Gonna Get This Pixel Scrolled To Another File’s Name
  8. Pixel Scroll 3/7/23 Some People Call Me Morlock, ’Cause I Speak Of The Pixeltus Of Love
  9. 2023 Hugo Nominations Open
  10. Pixel Scroll 3/10/23 Those Who Scroll Away From Pixelas

SCROLL-FREE TOP 10

  1. Judge Decides Against Internet Archive
  2. SFWA Announces the 58th Nebula Awards Finalists
  3. Baen Nebula Kerfuffle Resolved
  4. Celebrating The 90th Anniversary of the Classic Fantasy Film Masterpiece “King Kong”
  5. 2023 Hugo Nominations Open
  6. Walt Disney’s “Zorro”
  7. Returning To “Space Patrol,” “Buzz Corry,” and “Those Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear”
  8. An Appreciation of “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
  9. Fur the ‘More Bans Unnamed Individual
  10. Famed MITSFS SFF Library Suffers Flood Damage

Top 10 Stories For February 2023

Although January’s final headline story, about the HWA removing Thomas Monteleone, gained the most readers last month, close behind were February’s news developments about Gregory Benford’s health and anxiety over the whereabouts of Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki when he was kept from entering the U.S. to attend the NAACP Image Awards ceremony.

Here are File 770’s 10 most-read posts of February 2023 according to the dread Jetpack plugin.

  1. Thomas Monteleone Ousted By Horror Writers Association
  2. Gregory Benford Had a Major Stroke on December 22
  3. Concern After Ekpeki Detained By CBP in LA
  4. The Culture War Comes to MarsCon
  5. When Should Fans Expect the 2023 Hugo Nominations to Open?
  6. Ekpeki Reportedly Returned to Nigeria
  7. Social Media’s Spoutible Challenged Over Sexual Content Policy
  8. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask #73
  9. Pixel Scroll 2/20/23 Three Files, Three Scrolls, Three Thousand Pixels
  10. Samples of Social Media Reaction to Monteleone Before and After HWA Expelled Him

Top 10 Stories for November 2022

Greg Bear’s death on November 19 shocked and saddened an ever-widening number of sff readers as the news spread through social media. Our obituary was read by many. And so was our report of the death of Martin Morse Wooster, a daily File 770 contributor who is deeply missed after losing his life to a hit-and-run driver on November 12.

Here are the ten most-read posts of November 2022 according to Jetpack.

  1. Greg Bear (1951-2022)
  2. Review: The Spare Man
  3. Martin Morse Wooster (1957-2022)
  4. How Many People Are Leaving Twitter?
  5. Rolling Toast to Honor Greg Bear
  6. “12 O’clock High” Legendary Soundtrack Release By Composer Dominic Frontiere
  7. Arisia Inc. Bans Person Based on 2009 Incident
  8. Pixel Scroll 11/19/22 Scroll And Deliver, Your Pixels Or Your Life!
  9. Pixel Scroll 11/24/22 On The Avenue, Second-Fifth Avenue, The Filetographers Will Snap Us, And You’ll Find That You’re In The Pixelgravure
  10. Chengdu Worldcon Update

Top 10 Stories for October 2022

Two contributions by Jonathan Cowie have enjoyed numerous spikes of interest on social media since there were posted this month. The first was about his visit to the SF Museum Exhibition in Kensington, London. The second tells the saga of how a 2012 ESFS Award took 10 years to finally arrive in the hands of the SF2 Concatenation crew (despite having been in England almost the entire time.)

There also has been strong interest in sff author Sergei Lukianenko’s shocking and inhuman comments about Russia’s war against the Ukraine.

Here are the ten most-read posts of October 2022 according to Jetpack.

  1. SF Museum Exhibition
  2. How Long Does It Take an SF Award to Reach Its Recipients?
  3. During Lukianenko’s Appearance on Russia’s RT, Presenter Calls for Drowning Ukrainian Children
  4. Sergei Lukianenko Hails Attacks on Ukrainian Civilian Targets
  5. Pixel Scroll 10/20/22 Pixel Was A Scrollin’ Stone
  6. Pixel Scroll 10/17/22 And Now, The File Is Clear, And So I Scroll The Final Pixel
  7. Pixel Scroll 10/4/22 TANSTAFE! (There Ain’t No Such Thing As Free Elevenses)
  8. Pixel Scroll 10/22/22 In Dyson’s Sphere, Did Noonian Khan, A Scrolly Fuller Dome Decree
  9. Pixel Scroll 10/23/22 The Scrolls Of The Prophets Are Written In The Pixel Files
  10. Pixel Scroll 10/16/22 I Can Scroll Clearly Now The Pixel’s Come, I Can See All Comments Now In This Thread, Gone Are The Strange Trolls That Spoiled My View, It’s Going To Be Bright, Bright, Bright Pixelly Scroll

SCROLL-FREE TOP 11

  1. SF Museum Exhibition
  2. How Long Does It Take an SF Award to Reach Its Recipients?
  3. During Lukianenko’s Appearance on Russia’s RT, Presenter Calls for Drowning Ukrainian Children
  4. Sergei Lukianenko Hails Attacks on Ukrainian Civilian Targets
  5. Bob Madle (1920-2022)
  6. 2022 Saturn Awards Nominations
  7. Sergei Lukianenko Defends Russian Policy Towards Ukraine
  8. Lukyanenko Comments on RT Host Anton Krasovsky’s Controversial Remarks
  9. Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask #68: Two 2022 Hugo Award Finalists Walk Into a Bookstore…
  10. Remembering Frank Sinatra
  11. Robert Allen (Bob) Madle (June 2, 1920 — October 8, 2022)