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.
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.
The announcement of the Hugos winners ran true to form as the month’s most widely read post. However, several other Worldcon-related news stories also made the Top 10, beginning with the worrying news that death threats had been lodged against two Worldcon program participants who identified themselves in social media – Patrick Tomlinson and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekepeki.
Here are the ten most-read posts of September 2022 according to Google Analytics.
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki was at the top of the news all month long. Early in August some anonymous bloggers drew his ire for discounting his work as a reprint anthologist. Then, two weeks ago it looked like the Hugo finalist’s plans to attend Chicon 8 had been derailed by the lack of a visa. Yesterday he got a second chance – with help from a world of people including two U.S. Senators – and he has been greenlighted to go to Chicago.
Here are the 10 most-read posts of August 2022 according to Google Analytics.
Widely respected author and editor Eric Flint died July 17 and his passing was mourned by many in the sff field, contributing to his obituary being the most-read post of July.
Two days later Worldcon members got a partial look at proposed rules changes and other issues that will come up at the Chicon 8 Business meeting when the first draft of the agenda was unveiled. This included a new motion from the Hugo Study Committee designed to head off the “Hugo Voting Threshold Reform Proposal” introduced by Olav Rokne and many co-signers, the subject of another widely-read post.
Here are the 10 most-read posts of July 2022 according to Google Analytics.
May was a month unexpectedly filled with sad and controversial news items. The most widely read story told how SFWA removed Mercedes Lackey from the annual Nebula Conference for a code of conduct violation the day after celebrating her as their latest Grand Master.
In the second most-read story, Balticon 56 Chair Yakira Heistand apologized for staff’s mistreatment of Stephanie Burke, an author taken off panels following a CoC complaint by what Heistand calls an “overzealous volunteer” who Burke says spoke to her “with much disrespect” and then “proceeded to yell at me.”
Thoroughly overshadowed was what started out to be the month’s top story. Jon Del Arroz’ attempt to join the Game Manufacturers Association was met with protest from members, resulting in his ouster. And shortly afterwards JDA also was bounced from Twitter (“JDA Out of GAMA, Suspended by Twitter”).
Here are the 10 most-read posts of May 2022 according to Google Analytics.
The Hugo Award finalists were the biggest story of the month, and that was good news, especially for Filers Chris Barkley and Cora Buhlert. However, there was some sad news on the other side of the ledger, with Chicon 8 GoH Charles de Lint needing to step down, and centenarian actor Nehemiah Persoff dying, which brought a lot of readers to Steve Vertlieb’s article about his 102nd birthday last August.
Here are the 10 most-read posts of April 2022 according to Google Analytics.
The BSFA Awards Shortlist announcement needed only the last few hours of February 28th to become the month’s most-read post. This was also a rare month where the majority of items in the Top 10 are news articles and opinion pieces, outshowing the daily Pixel Scrolls 6-4.
Here are the 10 most-read posts of February 2022 according to Google Analytics.
Have File 770’s top three stories of the month ever all been good news before? It happened in January.
David Gerrold’s good news about winning the 2022 Robert A. Heinlein Award was widely celebrated – by thousands of fans who read it here, and many more around the world.
Don Blyly’s announcement that he’s found a new home for Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore – the previous one lost to vandalism in 2020 – has been universally cheered.
And what else can I say but congratulations again to Nehemiah Persoff, who celebrated another birthday last August, his 103rd. Did the Baltimore Jewish Times profile that appeared in December send people Googling for more, and lead another large audience to Steve Vertlieb’s 2021 tribute written for his previous birthday? Don’t know. Something did!
Here are the 10 most-read posts of January 2022 according to Google Analytics.
Steve Vertlieb’s tribute to actor Nehemiah Persoff is still finding new audiences on Facebook – enough to make his August birthday post File 770’s most-read item of November. And Steve’s item about the music used in an episode of the Fifties Superman TV series was also a hit last month.
Here are the 10 most-read posts of November 2021 according to Google Analytics.