Links (2018-03-14)

I let this one get away from me just like the last one. On the upside, there almost has to be something of interest for almost everyone reading it. (By the way, if anyone wants to send me links for these posts or comment on anything, please do.)



Definitions of dystopia.






  • Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Could Disappear Within 20 Years. Or not. It’d be weird if it did, though. Not even Earth’s continents are permanent features but somehow Jupiter wouldn’t seem like Jupiter without it.
  • A Plausible Path for Life on Enceladus. I’d gotten to the point where I’d usually groan when modern SF featured life in this system because it had come to seem so unlikely (and still is in most depictions) but this is an interesting argument. I still wouldn’t count on it, but it definitely seems possible.
  • Computation Between the Stars. Science fiction writers, read this. Another intriguing attempt to answer the Fermi question.


  • In sad news, I learned today that one of the giants of the 20th century science will no longer be part of the crew as we continue into the 21st century on Spaceship Earth: Stephen Hawking Biography (1942-2018).
  • In prior sad news, SF Site informed me that Peter Nicholls, founder of one of science fiction’s monuments, the Encylopedia of Science Fiction, died. SFE, itself, has a memorial piece: Peter Nicholls (1939-2018) (thanks to File 770).

 Science Fiction

Magazines and Short Fiction




  • Black Gate » Doubling Down, or Just How Bad Are Ace Doubles, Anyway?. An exuberant review of the good, the bad, and the ugly of an SF publishing institution.
  • In Praise of Negative Reviews | Rafia Zakaria. This is more about books than stories and may even have a different kind of “review” in mind but it still applies in part. It decries the number of trophies given out for participation these days and I agree with that much. I particularly like the points on inclusion and on the general meaninglessness of uniform praise. If I like a story, interested parties know I really like the story. (Thanks to File 770.)


Been reveling in Downside Up. Have some!

Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Spiral Twist”

Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Catwalk”


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  1. Pingback: Pixel Scroll 3/14/18 Scroll Longa, Pixel Brevis | File 770

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