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Heritage (4)

First Chapter
Previous Chapter
The view of Sanctuary was made even more impressive as An’Ra and his team waited in the V-Lift. Through the window, they can see the ornate streets curving through resplendent pools underneath, dotted by the occasional fountain.
“I hate this.” Vora groaned, dressed in a soldier’s standard battle uniform. “Why are we here, Commander?”
“We were investigating genocide and possible use of bioweapons,” Sonak explained, “Even without the first part, Strain Y is going to scare a lot of people. I think it’s reasonable for the Council to take a personal interest in this. Besides, I think the real issue here is the fact you might actually have to speak to the Council.”
“But...ugh, fine. Yes, I wasn’t mentally prepared for it when An’Ra came along and went, Party’s over, ass to the Council, now.”
“Hey now.” An’Ra feigned offense, “I didn’t say it that way, did I?”
“Kind of close, Commander.” Sonak chuckled.
“But still, I think that this isn’t about keeping the galaxy safe.” Vora sighed. “I think the Council’s keeping an eye open for any opportunity to to convince the galaxy they’re still in charge.”
“Or maybe they genuinely want to make sure that we’re not at risk of dying a horrible death by watching our own bodies melt.” Sonak shrugged. “Strain Y doesn’t care if you’re an officer or infantry.”
“That assumes the Council cares about what’s going on outside of these walls.” Vora glanced over, wariness in her look.
“Either way, we’re going to get our answer. Eyes open.” An’Ra said as the V-Lift doors parted ways, revealing the same ornate architecture within. Trees and grasses stole the eye as they walked through the hallways, various government officials from the myriad races conversing and conducting whatever business they were doing. After walking up some steps, they arrived at the large double-doors that lead to the Council Chambers. Standing on each side were the guards constantly on watch for any potential attack. Both of them Anaran, as expected. On approach, the guards opened up the doors to allow An’Ra and his team in.
When they entered, the room was probably more magnificent than they expected. A grand, curved window dominated the view. An unintrusive look into the beautiful splendor of Sanctuary. Directly in front of An’Ra and his team was a pathway that led to a semi-circular desk, standing in front of the raised platform that the Council sat, who had just now noticed the arrivals and are settling themselves in.
And it was there An’Ra got a good look at the Council. Four of them, half Esti, half Huak. An’Ra secretly never liked the Esti, the way he could see menacing fangs when their flat mouths opened, or those flaps of scale that expands outward into a hood. It just unnerved him, a reason he could never really find out. As soon as he sensed that they were ready, he walked up to the desk, wearing his officer’s dress uniform, comprised of a fine, smooth fabric shirt, adorned with a fluffy sash that went from his right shoulder down to his left side, shoulder pads accented with shining studs and finished with awards placed on his top-left chest, awards hard earned back in the Great War.
“Commander An’Ra.” The Huak councilor on the far right side, Neual, began, thick fingers interlaced together as he rested his hands on the desk. “Thank you for agreeing to this unusual request, we are very appreciative.”
“It’s no trouble, Councilor.” An’Ra gave a slight bow. “How can I help?”
“We’ll start at the beginning.” The first Esti councilor, Zhur, stated, holding up a secure datapad to ensure the information is easily accessible. “Strain Y. Your report says that while there is confirmation it was used, it was not used in significant quantities. Can you elaborate on that for us?”
“Previous uses of Strain Y all had one thing in common,” An’Ra began, “The amount deployed saturated the atmosphere of the planets they were used on. This is because, despite its lethality, is not actually that infectious. In order to guarantee the total elimination of a planet’s population, you will need to deploy it in such large numbers that everyone will be infected within minutes of deployment. In this case, for Planet 3, there simply wasn’t enough to reach that threshold.”
“At which you go on to state that thermal weapons were used in a state of panic,” Yhiz, the second Esti councilor, added, “Can you explain your reasoning for us?”
“As established before, Strain Y was used on the planet. My working theory is that, when they discovered that they grossly underestimated the amount needed, they panicked and used thermal weapons to both try and burn out the supplies used and finish the genocide they started.”
“But if thermal weapons were indeed used, how did you confirm Strain Y was deployed?” Zhur spoke up.
“We found pieces of Strain Y’s genetic material on the planet’s surface.” An’Ra glanced over to Zhur’s direction. “And as I arrived back in the system, I received a quantum packet from the expedition, stating that they have confirmed that Strain Y was indeed used. Adding that with the obvious use of thermal weaponry, I concluded that the attackers didn’t use enough of the weapon to guarantee extinction.”
Zhur leaned back in her seat, scarlet eyes fixated on the desk. An’Ra couldn’t tell if she was trying to find a counter argument or just processing the information.
“Have you found any evidence that can tell us if there’s more of the strain out in the galaxy?” Neual asked after giving a sigh through his wide nostrils.
“I’m afraid not, sir. All I can definitively say is that this planet fell victim to a biological Cruel Weapon.”
“I’m more concerned about the native life.” Ghala, the final and second Huak councilor, stated after being silent. “Are you absolutely certain that none of the planet’s indigenous life survived?”
“The scientific team said that there’s a very low chance of that.” An’Ra’s ears flattened. “And after seeing the surface myself, I must agree. I don’t think we should wait for a miracle.”
“Ah...I see.” Ghala leaned back in his chair, obviously disheartened. “Even if the planet is now incapable of supporting life, we still wish to move forward with a more symbolic gesture and statement by declaring Planet 3 of System AQ 115-4A illegal for colonization.”
“But let’s move onto what I believe is the most pressing issue: the identity of the attackers.” Neual leaned forward. “Based on your report, you and the team have found nothing that neither confirms nor clears any potential suspect?”
“That’s correct, Councilor.” An’Ra nodded. “We’ve found nothing, within the system and on the planet itself, that tells us anything about who did it.”
“Are there any surviving infrastructure on the planet?” Ghala asked, straightening his posture. “Even if there isn’t much, maybe the natives’ equipment has something we can use?”
“As established before, the planet was devastated terribly. There are indeed ruins of their civilization, but whether or not we can salvage anything from them is a different story.” An’Ra answered with a sigh.
“So in that case, the Qu’Rathi are still the likely aggressors then.” Zhur stated.
“I’m not convinced.” An’Ra shook his head. “Everything we have so far is just circumstantial, nothing solid.”
“Yes, that proves they did it. But looking at it from a different perspective, nothing that proves they didn’t do it either.” Zhur countered, her eyes squinting some.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea to press forward with what I think you’re planning, Councilor.” An’Ra leaned forward on the table, ears flattening back. “If you do, and we uncover evidence that clearly proves their innocence, you will be pushing an innocent race away.”
“But if we uncover evidence that proves their guilt, then the trial will be much more expedient.” Yhiz joined in, his eyes also squinting slightly.
“With respect Council, I still think that’s the worst decision you can make.” An’Ra’s teeth began to bare as he spoke. “We can’t make any decision until we acquire more evidence.”
“Nothing we have proves that Strain Y is permanently removed as a future threat.” Zhur started, “Nothing we have proves that the Federation did not do anything. Right now, we have the threat of a Class 4 Cruel Weapon looming over everyone’s heads. People will start becoming scared, start wondering if their shadows will melt them at any time.”
“I know that Councilors!” An’Ra raised his voice. “Give me time! I’m not saying this is over yet, just let me keep looking!”
“We aren’t stopping your investigation, Commander.” Neual said, holding his hand up slightly. “We’re just informing you that you may not have the time you thought you had.”
“What does that mean?” An’Ra’s ears stuck out at an angle, mixed between stiffening and anger.
The councilors looked at each other for a few moments before Zhur stood up and took in a deep breath. “Commander, based on both the collected evidence so far, and lack of any other evidence, the Council has decided to proceed with charging the Qu’Rathi Federation on counts of Genocide, possession of a Cruel Weapon, and deployment of Cruel Weapons with intent for malicious harm. Out of respect for your efforts, Commander, we will give you eight months to continue your investigation. Beyond that, we will close your investigation to allow the courts time to process and review what has been collected.”
“Are you insane?!” An’Ra shouted. “Do you even realize what would happen if you’re wrong?!”
“We do, Commander.” Zhur nodded. “But the risk is just too high. The safety of the galaxy and justice for the inhabitants of System AQ 115-4A must be our top priority. This debrief is over.”
An’Ra stood in complete and stunned silence, watching the Council casually get up from their seats and dispersing to their own private offices. It wasn’t until that they have fully left the chambers that An’Ra finally found the will to move and regroup with Sonak and Vora, both of whom are also equally stunned.
“Those ekas!” Vora exclaimed. “It’s bad enough to be quick at accusing someone, but how dare they claim this is for those humans!”
“And here I thought all those things the news were saying was just to get people to watch them.” Sonak muttered softly. “Commander, obviously this is bad.”
“I know, Sonak.” An’Ra crossed his arms, ears now pointing straight back and teeth fully bared. “We can’t let them do this.”
“But what can we do?” Sonak exclaimed. “What options do we have?”
“Alliance Enforcement!” Vora declared. “Commander, what if you filed a complaint to the Lord-Enforcer? Tell him what’s going on?”
“That’s a good idea actually.” Sonak nodded. “If we convince the Lord-Enforcer that the Council is being too hasty with our investigation, which shouldn’t be hard, he just might deny the Council’s request for prosecution!”
“I can’t imagine the Lord-Enforcer approving this even without our complaint.” An’Ra replied. “Still, never hurts to be prepared. Come on, let’s get to it.”

Jur’El leaned back in the puffy seat he was assigned to. The restaurant he entered had a calm and relaxed atmosphere. The lighting was dimmed, which complimented the dark but cozy ambiance of the room. The walls and floor each had a dark-themed color scheme, the seats were of a different scheme but not too different to oppose the goal set by the designer. And although the building was packed with customers, their conversations did not threaten to turn anyone deaf. It was a quiet and relaxed experience, something he needed desperately.
Even now, as hard as he tried to focus on how delicious his food was, how balanced the flavor and texture of it was, he was still forced to relive what happened on Planet 3. He could hear the sudden screams of his colony group. The scientists who were first awoken that wanted to find out why their Life world was so different to the data they were given. To the families and menial workers who were just talking amongst themselves and organizing the supplies when those machines stormed the ship. And what still terrifies him, still sends his heart racing, was when that one machine entered the control room, blood drenching its chassis. Bits and pieces of Qu’Rathi innards on its cold mechanical manipulators. How it just stared at him, lifelessly, with a rifle aiming right at his chest. And those drills. Those ghenning drills.
He was forced out of his torment by the rough poking of his shoulder. When he looked, it was another Qu’Rathi. “Captain Jur’El, right?”
“Uh..yes, who are you?” He nodded in confusion.
“Jhen.” She introduced herself, quickly taking a seat opposite from him. “I need to talk to you.”
“About what?”
“The expedition to that system deep in the Dead Zone.” She glared at him, mandibles tense. “The same system who’s Life world had a native population, the very same world being investigated as a genocide site, where your expedition went to settle.”
“Jhen, please, we had no idea what was going on.” Jur’El leaned back, hands raised in a defensive posture. “All we were told was that this was the most pristine and beautiful Life world ever discovered in a system rich with stellar bodies.”
“I don’t care about that. What I care is how you seem to be the only one who came back.” Jhen started raising herself from her seat. “I’m pretty sure that anyone who attempts to colonize a freshly cleansed world is forcibly removed from that planet and returned to their respective people. So where is everyone?”
Jur’El’s eyes went wide. He knew exactly where this was going. “I...I can’t tell you.”
“Don’t you dare.” Jhen snarled, now leaning over the table. “I’ve heard enough of that from the company, I’m not here to be force-fed more of it!”
“Just...trust me,” Jur’El spoke softly, shakily leaving his seat, “You don’t want to know.”
“Don’t you ghenning walk away from me!” Jhen shouted, grabbing Jur’El’s shoulder firmly, the other patrons now locking eyes to the two. “Two of my sons were on that mission! What happened to them?!”
Jur’El clutched his head with a hand firmly, feeling tears exploding out of his eyes. His mind rushing back to those scenes. The sounds, the smell, the fear. Everything crashed into him all at once. And they’re not just memories now. They’re all coming back to him as if he was transported in time and placed back to the exact moment it started. Back to the moment where he was screaming for his wife and son to hide, to find a corner of the ship that was hard to see and to stay there until the shooting stopped. How he felt his heart give out when he heard them beg for their life when they were found, cut short by the merciless cracks of their alien weapons. How every possible feeling melted away when the clanking of the machine’s walking approached him, when he realized there was no nowhere in the control room to hide, not with how thorough those things were being. The frantic, mindless begging he got into when he saw the blood covered machine hold that weapon to him.
“You’re safe!” A voice rang out. It wasn’t much, but it was enough for him to come back. That scene melting away back into the restaurant. All those smells and sights to be gone. When he was certain that it was over, he looked around. There was Jhen, face beaten and currently being restrained by a blue-furred Anaran. And in front of him was another, gray-furred one. “You hear me? You’re safe now!”
“I...wh-what happened?”
“We saw what was going on. The Qu’Rathi over there? She was just screaming down your throat, all while you were just on the floor. Ken’A there nearly caved her face in by the time we got some distance between you two.”
“Th...thank you.” Jur’El muttered, shakily getting himself back on his feet with the help of the gray Anaran. Jur’El was just about to walk away when the Anaran firmly, but not threateningly, gripped his shoulder.
“I know the signs, friend.” He began softly. “Your soul is badly wounded and is bleeding heavily. Just like a doctor if you’re shot or cut, you need to find someone to talk to, get your soul back together.”
“As long as I don’t run into another person like her, I’ll be fine.” Jur’El countered, trying to walk away still.
“No, you won’t.” The Anaran still held his grip. “I need you to trust me. With how bad your soul is right now, doing anything other than talking to someone will just make it worse. And when your soul dies, well...believe me, it’s not a good experience, for anybody.”
Jur’El stared into the gray Anaran’s orange eyes for a moment before he let out a sigh. “You’re not going to give up, are you?”
“I’ve seen what happens too many times. Good Battle-Brothers, completely different people. Either they’re just shadows of themselves, or doomed to forever relive their horrors. If I have the chance to prevent it happening again, I’m giving it my all.”
Jur’El looked aside for a few moments, internally fighting himself as to whether he should comply or keep resisting. He finally reached his decision when he became certain that the Anaran would most likely hunt him down as a life mission if he didn’t seek therapy. “Fine, I’ll do it. Got anyone in mind?”
“A dear friend of mine. He’ll get you back on track, promise.” The Anaran patted Jur’El’s shoulder a few times before proceeding to lead him, motioning for Ken’A to let go of Jhen and follow.

Michael, accompanied by his newly founded Praetorian Guard, continued his leisurely stroll down the surprisingly spacious corridor. The hallway itself was typical. All-metal construction with evenly spaced rows of blue-white lights.
The Praetorian Guard themselves are comprised of those Servants who display both extreme scores in combat efficiency and effectiveness in defensive situations. Armed with the absolute best in magnetic-ballistics, the most impenetrable of armor designs and the highest optimized combat-frames, even a squad of these guards can hold off a virtual army, provided they aren’t subjected to bombardment or heavy ordinance.
Just as Michael was about to enter the main command center of the station he was touring, Central contacted him on a private channel.
“Master? Your new administration is ready.” He declared proudly.
“Alright, let’s begin the introductions.” Michael replied, signaling the guardsmen that he’s about to enter a meeting. Although unneeded, the Guard promptly took up a defensive formation around him. He assumes this is mostly to keep unwelcome guests from interrupting him.
The scenery of the tranquil design of the corridor melted away into the virtual world built by neon-blue blocks, the same visual that he witnessed when he first received the interface. After a few moments, several other Servants materialized and stood attention in a semi-circle in front of him.
“My Lord.” The first Servant bowed, its voice deep, if gruff. “I’m Supreme Commander Schwarzkopf, in charge of managing our armed forces and overseeing the grand strategy of the Imperium.”
“I am Secretary Elizabeth.” The second spoke with a calming, soothing feminine voice. “I’m responsible for ensuring our economy runs perfectly. In short, I make sure every project gets the hammers and resources it needs.”
“I’m Foreign Minister Edward, at your service m’Lord.” The third, with a distinct British accent and of a composed, controlled voice. “While regretfully I’m useless at this stage, the moment we initiate contact with xeno species, I’ll handle diplomatic affairs and achieving our goals through negotiations when possible.”
“No offense, but I thought every Servant wants to see aliens dead?” Michael spoke up with slight confusion.
“Oh, of course. The very idea of ripping out the entrails of a xeno and suffocating them with it brings such joy it’s therapeutic.” Benjamin replied. Michael was unsure if he was joking or not. “I was appointed because I displayed the most effective ability at hiding such feelings.”
“Ah...good to know.” Michael nodded dryly, not exactly assured. “Back to where we were?”
“Yes, Lord. I’m Director Mansfield.” The fourth spoke with an eloquent-sounding voice. “I’m in charge of Imperial Intelligence, running operations abroad and managing counter-intelligence on the homefront. I give you my word that we will know everything about the aliens and they will know nothing about us.”
“And that leaves me, Master.” Central began. “As a result of this delegation, I now possess more processing cycles towards research and development. That means that I’ll be in charge of ensuring Imperial dominance in technology. I will also act as your adjutant, filtering out information that does not need your attention.”
“Well...shit, this sounds like an actual government I’m in charge of.” Michael gave out a nervous chuckle. “All the more reason to get down to business though. Let’s start with the first matter. Schwarzkopf, how’s our military coming along?”
“It’s growing rapidly, your majesty.” He answered with distinct pride. “Already we have several hundred frigates, fifty light cruisers and twenty heavy cruisers, with the first wave of battleships due to exit the drydocks within a few days. Additionally, we have established four different army groups with fifty divisions each.”
“I thought we’d take a lot longer.” Michael stated with no hidden amazement.
“There’s great benefit in our workforce able to operate at a hundred percent every hour of the day.” Elizabeth commented, her emotion-flags also indicating pride. “And speaking of which, our population of Servants grows geometrically. That benefits both our economy and the military. Our economy by providing more workers in skilled and unskilled labor, and the military by providing more crew members and soldiers.”
“So in short, it won’t be long before we become a virtual powerhouse.” Michael said, arms crossed.
“Especially if we continue expanding.” Elizabeth nodded. “On that note, we have already claimed several dozen more systems.”
“With Rigel and Betelgeuse selected as naval bases.” Schwarzkopf chimed in.
“So we’re expanding in all the ways, got it.” Michael nodded. “Now the second matter. Terraforming Mars.”
“At present, there are two issues that must be resolved.” Central answered. “The first problem is the planet’s lack of a magnetosphere. Without that, any and all organic life would perish under lethal bombardment of the Sun’s solar wind, in addition to any sustainable atmosphere being lost to space. The second problem is Mars’ inability to retain heat, the cause for it’s known low planetary temperature.”
“And knowing you, you already have possible answers?” Mansfield shrugged.
“Correct. The heat issue is rather trivial to solve. Mars already has an abundant amount of carbon-dioxide within the atmosphere, a well known greenhouse gas. Combined with even more of the gas locked planet side, once temperatures begin to rise, we will set off a snowball effect. However, that is all for naught if the atmosphere is allowed to escape into space by solar wind.”
“So basically the key here is the magnetosphere.” Michael added. “Build that and everything becomes simple.”
“Exactly.” Central affirmed. “Already there are two main methods. One is to build superconducting rings around the planet and drive them with direct current. With enough power, we can generate magnetic fields strong enough to form a virtual magnetosphere.”
“And what’s the second?” Elizabeth said.
“The second is to construct a station at the L1 Lagrange Point that will generate a dipole magnetic field, diverting the solar wind around the planet instead of into it. Although it was simulated using slower, binary processing, the results indicate that Mars would gain half the atmospheric pressure of Earth’s within a few years.”
“So then, the main focus is building that magnetic shield.” Michael spoke firmly. “Elizabeth? Let’s get the ball rolling. Coordinate with Central as needed.”
“At once, my Lord.” Elizabeth bowed.

Unlike the Council chambers, the office of the Lord-Enforcer was much less opulent and more pragmatic. After going through the receptionist area, An’Ra and his team were escorted into the main office itself. However, just like the chambers, a large window dominated the view on entry, granting another view of a city district on Sanctuary.
And sitting in the more rectangular desk was the Lord-Enforcer himself, Dura. Blue eyed, with a fur of dull-orange it reminds of a sunset. As soon as An’Ra and his team walked into the office, the Enforcer sat up, tail wagging.
“Commander An’Ra, in my office!” He exclaimed, arms out to his sides. “Forgive me sir, but I never thought I’d see the day!”
“A pleasure to meet you, sir.” An’Ra replied warmly, greeting the Enforcer with their fists clasped together and pulling themselves inward, shoulder to shoulder.
“Please, no need to be formal with me.” Dura chuckled. “Sit down, what brings you here?”
After taking their respective seats, An’Ra looked at Dura grimly. “I’m here to file a delay on a request for prosecution against the Federation.”
Dura’s ears angled themselves in a mixture of stiffening and lowering. “I just got the paperwork from the Council. And I can tell you that won’t be needed. I’ve already submitted my rejection.”
“With respect, sir.” Sonak spoke up. “I get the feeling that the Council might fight that.”
“Don’t worry, I’m not going to present my back to them just because they ask.” Dura gave off a grin. “I might be some paper-tosser now, but that just means the battlefield is different. Don’t worry Commander, as long as I’m here, you’ll get the chance to finish this investigation properly.”
“Thank you, Enforcer.” An’Ra smiled as he got up from his seat. “With any luck, you won’t have to fight long.”
“Oh, take your time!” Dura replied with an inflection of humor. “This is the most exciting thing I’ve had in years. Was just about to smash my head on this desk any day now actually.”
“Wait, really?” Vora asked, ears stiffened.
“It’s just a joke, Vora.” Sonak assured dryly.
“Oh...” Her ears flattened as the team exited the office.
When they arrived in the main plaza where the Enforcer’s office is located, they congregated in a small collection of benches nearby an ornate fountain that commemorated the Anaran defense of Felaal IV, largely considered the turning point of the Great War, which further enhanced the beauty of the surrounding scenery of floating walkways above crystal-clear waters.
“Well, that’s a relief, hopefully.” An’Ra began, letting out a decompressing sigh.
“I meant what I said earlier, An’Ra.” Sonak said. “If the Council are determined to charge the Federation, which I’m sure they made abundantly clear, they’re not going to let the Enforcer drop mines in their path just like that.”
“Which just means we can’t lose our focus.” Vora replied sternly. “So, what are our options? We can’t exactly go back to Planet 3, there’s really no leads there.”
“What about that Detective we met when we arrived?” Sonak suggested. “He was handling that whistle blower. Maybe that’s something worth looking into?”
“There’s also the Nav-Net.” Vora said. “All we got right now is that the Feds were at that location, but what if we look at the rest of the network? Try and trace their path?”
“The network doesn’t extend into the Dead Zone.” Sonak countered.
“No, not like that. We look at the network across Alliance space. We start with the logs that end at the Dead Zone, and we try to backtrack their route.”
“We’ll need to obtain legal authorization for that, Vora.” An’Ra stated.
“Actually, if I could add something.” Sonak said with his arms crossed. “If the Federation didn’t actually do it, then that questions the credibility of those codes. I think there’s a question that hasn’t been asked yet. And that is, are those codes faked?”
“That’s...a good point actually.” Vora acceded. “If we get the legal permission to examine the NavNet logs, then if the Federation didn’t do it, the logs across the network won’t support it. Think about it. You need a big fleet to do what just happened, and that fleet has to come from somewhere.”
“And that would mean if this was a frame job, they need a way to account for that.” An’Ra continued, confidence flaring. “It’s one thing to trick a single Nav-Buoy, but I really doubt anyone is capable enough of affecting the network itself.”
“We still need the Enforcer’s help to get access to the network.” Sonak reminded.
“Let’s go get it then.” An’Ra stated firmly. With that, the team left their meeting spot and began returning to the Enforcer’s office.
With confidence in their step, the walk back to the office was much shorter compared to before. However, things took a turn when An’Ra and the team noticed a large gathering of officers around the office entrance. They didn’t have to time to wonder when a group exited the office, dragging a combative Dura out with them.
“Commander, this isn’t good.” Sonak growled under his breath.
An’Ra simply stepped forward and grabbed one of the arresting officers. “What in Arenar’s Sword is going on here?”
“Dura’s under arrest on suspicion of corruption.” The officer replied flatly. “Lil’Al has been appointed as acting Lord-Enforcer.”
“The Council’s behind this, Commander!” Dura shouted, his feet literally dragging along the floor as four officers were taking him away. “Don’t believe a word they say about me!”
An’Ra and his team just stood there in stunned silence, watching and hearing the Anaran official being dragged virtually kicking and screaming. By the time they returned to their senses, hushed conversations was populating both the room and outside.
“We’re not going to get in the network, are we?” Sonak asked, still recovering.
“We still have to try, come on.” An’Ra said, already moving. When the team returned to the office, standing next to the desk was a slender Esti. No doubt Lil’al. She was looking out the window when she turned around upon hearing the encroaching footsteps.
“Yes, may I help you?” She began.
“Acting Lord-Enforcer Lil’Al?” An’Ra began, trying the diplomatic route first. “I’m Commander An’Ra, investigating the genocide by use of Strain Y. We’d like to request legal authorization to examine the logs of the Nav-Net.”
“For what purpose?” She replied, taking her seat.
“We believe that it may hold evidence that either confirms or disproves the Federation’s alleged involvement in the attack.”
Lil’Al leaned back in her seat, staring at them. “The Nav-Net is the lifeblood of, well, everything. Commerce, tourism, law enforcement. It holds great information about who has gone where, and in what ship, Commander. You realize that, don’t you?”
“I do, and what you’ve said precisely states how important that is, how important the potential evidence is.”
Lil’Al stayed motionless for a few moments, her long, lithe fingers twiddling about that indicates her thought. “Very well, I’ll start the paperwork to get you authorization, just be mindful of what you’re about to analyze.”
“Thank you.” An’Ra gave a slight bow. “In addition, I’m not sure if it’s been passed along, but Dura has rejected the Council’s request for prosecuting the Federation. Can I assume you’ll uphold that?”
“I’m afraid not, Commander.” Lil’Al replied flatly. “The galaxy has suffered a great loss through the genocide of a race who’ve suffered the universe’s cruel sense of humor by being placed both far away from us and deep within an almost uninhabitable region. I have overturned Dura’s rash decision and accepted the Council’s request.”
“Then I’d like to file a delay on that decision, immediately.” An’Ra replied, ears flattened back.
“On what grounds?”
“Lack of decisive evidence, to start.”
“Same could be said on your side, Commander.” Lil’Al let out a sigh. “Yes, all the evidence collected thus far is not...ideal. However, the most significant points at this time are that a young race who was just about to leave their homeworld was exterminated through the most horrible of all options. We cannot ignore that.”
“But we also can’t rush to conclusions. We need to continue investigating and only go after someone if we have at least one crucial piece of information.” An’Ra countered, arms crossed and his teeth starting to bare.
“And I agree, that’s how it should be done.” Lil’Al replied. “But if we do, we risk dragging out an investigation to such a length we may end up forgetting this tragedy. We cannot allow such an insult to Planet 3’s memory. I’m sorry, but I must reject your petition for judiciary delay.”
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AN: Every single time I paste this in, Reddit is just determined to put it in some code block. Anyways, As of now, I've finally completely locked in the plot for this story, just one major question that could've changed a lot was on my mind for a while. Enjoy!
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An analysis on Penguin Magic user reviews

Hello,
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The Stealth Pen presented by Rick Lax 4.73 327
Coffee Break by Gregory Wilson David Gripenwaldt 4.65 320
Torched and Restored by Brent Braun 4.83 252
All Seeing Eye by Dan Harlan 4.75 244
The Poker Test 2.0 by Erik Casey 4.44 236
Binary Code by Rick Lax 4.78 236
The End by Rick Lax 4.64 225
Starcle by Dan Harlan 4.85 220
OneTrix by Mario Lopez 4.50 214
Close-Up Illusion by Larry Jennings presented by Michael Ammar 4.70 206
Hummes Whirling Card 4.36 195
Two Dollar Window by Jay Noblezada 4.80 191
GREED Starring Daniel Garcia 4.54 190
Modern Transportation by David Regal 4.88 187
Vuja De by Rick Lax 4.78 181
DRESSCODE by Calen Morelli 4.75 181
Predixion by Max Maven 4.89 178
Color Monte 4.87 173
The Secrets of Magic by Rick Lax 4.67 173
In the Beginning There Were Coins Starring Jay Noblezada 4.76 170
Panic by Aaron Fisher 4.77 168
Or Not by Dani DaOrtiz 4.74 165
Bicycle Elite Edition Playing Cards 4.72 165
Super Soft Deluxe Nest of Wallets 2.0 by Nick Einhorn and Alan Wong 4.66 162
Tornado by Justin Flom and Rick Lax 4.82 161
BWave DELUXE by Max Maven 4.84 160
Bently by Chris Hanowell 3.60 159
Binary Code 2 by Rick Lax 4.88 159
Copycat by David Parr 4.88 157
BITCOIN by Rick Lax 4.57 157
Muldoon Match by Paul Gordon 4.77 156
ID7 by Rick Lax 4.37 155
Monkey in the Middle by Bill Goldman presented by Magick Balay 4.76 154
Little Door by Roddy McGhie 4.61 153
SPONGE Starring Jay Noblezada 4.80 152
Eclipse by Dave Loosley 4.60 152
Peter Turner LIVE 4.52 152
Position Impossible by Brent Braun 4.83 150
Clutch by Oz Pearlman 4.67 144
Zoltar by Shaun Dunn presented by Lewis Le Val 4.38 144
BANDIT by Darryl Davis & Daryl Williams (a.k.a. The Other Brothers) 4.80 144
The Known by Thom Peterson 4.47 143
The Ultimate Three Domino Monte 4.14 143
Psypher PRO by Robert Smith 4.73 142
Mnemonica Trainer by Rick Lax 4.81 141
25 5 Star (5*) Items
There are a lot of (3245 to be precise) items that received only perfect 5* reviews. But of course, that could be only one reviewer giving 5* and that would not mean a lot. The following table shows most reviewed yet still rated 5* items.
Item Rating Review Count
Diamond Jim Tyler LIVE 5.00 73
Carisa Hendrix LIVE ACTS 5.00 52
David Corsaro LIVE 5.00 30
Halloween by Natalia Silva 5.00 29
Howard Hamburg LIVE 5.00 25
Daniel Chard LIVE ACT 5.00 22
Sibyl by Phedon Bilek 5.00 21
Ian Rowland LIVE ACT 5.00 16
John (Fast Jack) Farrell LIVE 5.00 16
Morgan and West LIVE 5.00 16
Red Pill by Chris Ramsay 5.00 16
Jay Noblezada presents HTG LIVE: Hypnosis Training Group 5.00 16
NX11 :: The Noblezada Experience 5.00 16
QA Masterclass by Bob Cassidy 5.00 16
Takamiz Usui LIVE 5.00 15
Venom Cube by Henry Harrius 5.00 15
Move Zero (Vol 1) by John Bannon and Big Blind Media 5.00 15
Tom Wright LIVE 5.00 15
TC Tahoe LIVE 5.00 15
Jonathan Pendragon LIVE 5.00 15
Jan Forster LIVE ACT 5.00 14
13 Steps To Mentalism (6 DVDs) by Richard Osterlind 5.00 14
Jermays Mind (DVD Set) by Luke Jermay 5.00 14
Phoenix Deck 5.00 14
Tarbell 77: X-Ray Eyes and Blindfold Effects 5.00 14
50 Top Rated Items
I'll list the top-rated items. I'll include only the items that have at least 20 reviews. (This leaves us with 995 items to order).
Item Rating Review Count
Diamond Jim Tyler LIVE 5.00 73
Carisa Hendrix LIVE ACTS 5.00 52
David Corsaro LIVE 5.00 30
Halloween by Natalia Silva 5.00 29
Howard Hamburg LIVE 5.00 25
Daniel Chard LIVE ACT 5.00 22
Sibyl by Phedon Bilek 5.00 21
Diamond Jim Tyler LIVE 2 4.98 56
David Williamson LIVE 4.98 109
Drew Backenstoss LIVE ACT 4.98 83
Jay Scott Berry LIVE 4.97 37
David Hira LIVE 4.97 67
Toibox Card To Box System by Jonathan Kamm 4.97 133
Jason England LIVE 4.97 33
Dyno by Joe Rindfleisch 4.96 27
Paul Gordon LIVE 4.96 27
Roberto Giobbi LIVE 4.96 25
SvenPad® Minis Black Cover Pair 4.96 24
Mark Mason LIVE 4.96 23
Marc Paul LIVE ACT 4.96 23
Joshua Jay LIVE 4.96 23
Brent Braun LIVE 4.95 22
Seth Kramer LIVE ACT 4.95 21
Robert Temple LIVE 4.95 20
Bandwidth by Greg Wilson 4.95 37
Stegosaurus by Phill Smith 4.94 49
TRIUMPH Starring Oz Pearlman 4.94 31
Banachek LIVE 4.93 59
Fiber Optics Extended by Richard Sanders 4.93 29
Name and Place by Bob Cassidy 4.93 71
The Special Assortment Deck 4.93 28
Cody Fisher LIVE ACT 4.92 26
Blank Face Bicycle Deck 4.92 26
Richard Osterlind LIVE 2: Pocket Mentalism 4.92 38
Scratch by Chad Long 4.92 24
Caught Red-Handed by Michael Mode & Arthur Ottney 4.92 24
Modern Coin Magic by J.B. Bobo 4.91 46
Dave Loosley LIVE 4.91 23
Mark James LIVE 4.91 22
Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz 4.91 22
Acrobatic Knot (with DVD) by Daryl 4.91 22
DMC ELITES : ROUGE marked deck 4.91 22
Shin Lim LIVE: Visual Magic. 4.90 21
Tornado REFILL 4.90 31
CLEAR CHOICE by Thinking Paradox 4.90 81
Choose Five for 99 4.90 79
True Triumph by Paul Cummins 4.90 29
Eugene Burger LIVE 4.89 57
Predixion by Max Maven 4.89 178
Bill Malone LIVE 4.89 36
25 Least Liked Items
Following table shows the 25 items that have the worst ratings and at least 10 reviews.
Item Rating Review Count
Phantom by Peter Eggink 1.44 16
RETRIEVE (Gimmick and Online Instructions) by Smagic Productions 1.56 16
Penciltration by Jesse Feinberg 1.70 10
Force of Will by Dave Hooper - DVD 1.71 17
Phone Phreak by Jeff Prace & Paul Harris 1.81 16
PK Coin by Nathan Kranzo 2.11 28
POST_NOTE By Antonio Smith-Plata 2.24 17
Never There by Morgan Strebler - DVD 2.29 14
Spirit by Arnel Renegado 2.33 12
The Gecko by Jim Rosenbaum 2.39 36
The Incredible Shrinking Finger by Dan Hauss (Additional handling by Paul Harris) 2.40 10
The Wizards Flip Book 2.41 17
Phone-omenon by Doug McKenzie 2.44 16
Elevator by Peter Loughran 2.47 15
BLAZE by Thinking Paradox 2.53 19
Ambitious Finger by Mario Lopez 2.53 53
Absolute Zero (Gimmick and Online Instructions) by SansMinds 2.53 15
Cheese Smile by Smagic Productions 2.55 11
Liquid Metal 2 by Morgan Strebler 2.57 14
Sealed by Menny Lindenfeld 2.57 61
GREEN FACES by Dalton Wayne 2.58 12
Ice Cold: Propless Mentalism (2 DVD Set) Limited Edition by Morgan Strebler and SansMinds - DVD 2.58 12
Nathan Kranzo LIVE 3 2.60 10
Jay Sankeys ORIGINAL Wrap It Up! (Trick Only) 2.62 21
Sharp This by Vanishing Inc 2.64 11
30 Most Controversial Items
I tried to measure controversiality with a ranking system. If all the reviewers gave the same rating for an item, then the controversiality is calculated as 0%. And the most divided option, where half of the reviewers rate an item 1* while the other half reviews it 5*, is rated as 100% controversiality. Here are the most controversial items with at least 10 reviews:

Item Rating Review Count Controversiality %
HACAAN 3.07 27 92.46
Chris Mayhew LIVE 2.94 16 90.63
Sharp This by Vanishing Inc 2.64 11 89.26
Justin Miller LIVE 3.05 22 88.64
CARD IN THE KEYCHAIN by Stefano Curci 3.20 10 88.00
Cut 2.0 LIMITED by Ran Pink 2.88 16 86.72
P'INK by Ran Pink 2.88 82 84.62
Ice Cold: Propless Mentalism (2 DVD Set) Limited Edition by Morgan Strebler and SansMinds - DVD 2.58 12 84.03
Winner's Dice (Gimmicks and Online Instructions) by Secret Factory 3.38 13 84.02
Stained Glass by Adam Grace 3.10 10 84.00
Joe Monti LIVE 3.36 14 82.14
Elevator by Peter Loughran 2.47 15 81.33
Strongman by Jimmy Strange 2.88 16 81.25
GREEN FACES by Dalton Wayne 2.58 12 80.56
iMove by Oliver Smith 2.67 12 80.56
Jay Sankey's GEMINI POUCH (Trick Only) 3.45 11 80.17
Nathan Kranzo LIVE 3 2.60 10 80.00
Titan's Finger by Titanas 3.63 16 79.69
vACAANt by Area52 3.42 24 78.13
Triple C (Red Gimmicks and Online Instructions) by Christian Engblom 3.70 10 78.00
The Switch by Shin Lim 3.67 18 77.78
Memoria by Luke Jermay (Instant Download) 3.64 11 77.69
Rudy Hunter's Total Control with Cards 3.77 13 77.51
Phone-omenon by Doug McKenzie 2.44 16 77.34
SansMinds Sharpie (DVD and Gimmick) by Will Tsai 3.00 13 76.92
Derren Brown LIVE 2.74 105 76.87
Hidden Hand by Sean Fields 2.84 51 76.62
Harlan's No Tape, No Glue, No Scissors, 20-second Setup Torn & Restored Newspaper 2.76 17 75.78
Darryl Vanamburg's "Black Widow" 3.77 13 75.74
Absolute Zero (Gimmick and Online Instructions) by SansMinds 2.53 15 75.56
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MAME 0.213

MAME 0.213

It's really about time we released MAME 0.213, with more of everything we know you all love. First of all, we’re proud to present support for the first Hegener + Glaser product: the “brikett” chess computers, Mephisto, Mephisto II and Mephisto III. As you can probably guess, there’s an addition from Nintendo’s Game & Watch line. This month it’s Mario’s Bombs Away. On a related note, we’ve also added Elektronika’s Kosmicheskiy Most, exported as Space Bridge, which is an unlicensed total conversion of the Game & Watch title Fire. If you haven’t played any of the handheld LCD games in MAME, you’re missing something special – they look superb with external scanned and traced artwork.
On the arcade side, we’ve added The Destroyer From Jail (a rare Philko game), and alternate regional versions of Block Out and Super Shanghai Dragon’s Eye. The CD for Simpsons Bowling has been re-dumped, resolving some long-standing issues. With its protection microcontroller dumped and emulated, Birdie Try is now fully playable. Protection microcontrollers for The Deep and Last Mission have also been dumped and emulated. Improvements to Seibu hardware emulation mean Banpresto’s SD Gundam Sangokushi Rainbow Tairiku Senki is now playable, and sprite priorities in Seibu Cup Soccer have been improved.
In computer emulation, two interesting DOS compatible machines based on the Intel 80186 CPU are now working: the Mindset Personal Computer, and the Dulmont Magnum. The Apple II software lists have been updated to include almost all known clean cracks and original flux dumps, and the Apple II gameport ComputerEyes frame grabber is now emulated. We’ve received a series of submissions that greatly improve emulation of the SWTPC S/09 and SS-30 bus cards. On the SGI front, the 4D/20 now has fully-working IRIX 4.0.5 via serial console, and a whole host of improvements have gone into the Indy “Newport” graphics board emulation. Finally, MAME now supports HDI, 2MG and raw hard disk image files.
As always, you can get the source and Windows binary packages from the download page.

MAMETesters Bugs Fixed

New working machines

New working clones

Machines promoted to working

Clones promoted to working

New machines marked as NOT_WORKING

New clones marked as NOT_WORKING

New working software list additions

New NOT_WORKING software list additions

Source Changes

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Review of September 2019 new plugins

Motivation

I'm doing monthly (…yet-to-be, as currently catching-up a few months back) reviews of plugins added to awesome-zsh-plugins to enhance discoverability of the Zsh plugins, which should have a positive influence on the condition of the plugins and on the community.

Overall information

There have been 19 new plugins added to the awesome-zsh-plugins in September 2019. Below are the reviews of all of them, in alphabetical order:

declare-zsh ✸✸✸✸☆

A command-line interface (for e.g.: scripts) parser for the Zinit plugin manager commands located in a script, e.g.: in ~/.zshrc. It allows adding a new plugin(s), deleting existing plugin(s) and enabling and disabling Zinit commands by preceding them with a colon (: command … gets ignored by Zsh).
The project is fairly sophisticated and well written, however, it has some limitations – it doesn't support the new for-syntax of Zinit invocations, cannot add or remove snippets, and update (not only add or remove) existing plugins. The project needs some more work, however, what's supported works well.
Note: The editor is the author of the project.

fzf (wyntau) ✸☆☆☆☆

The plugin is said to "wrap fzf to use in oh-my-zsh". This is a vague description, however, a closer examination of the script reveals that this plugin only dereferences the possible symbolic-links in the path to its directory, and then sets PATH=$plugin_di../fzf/bin:… – i.e.: that it adds the ../fzf/bin dir to the $PATH. It then also sources key-bindings.zsh that's shipped with the junegunn/fzf program. The code is little primitive (e.g.: the forks to dirname instead of ${a_path:h}), however, it seems to be rigidly-correct.

fzf-fasd ✸✸✸☆☆

The plugin is a small extension to fasd tool, which is an auto-jump utility similar to z: it provides completion for the z command/alias provided by fasd – by pressing the TAB when the command is z the user invokes a fzf-backed listing of all the matches that z has for the entered slug ("a short easy to type string that refers to some content"). The user can then search and select in the list with the benefits of the fuzzy matching.
The plugin does the job well. The code is of quite good quality (with noticeable Bash-background of the author, like e.g.: printf %q "$selected" instead of ${(q)selected} to quote the string).

github-issues ✸✸✸✸✸

A plugin that adds under-prompt notifications about new issues (and also pull requests) created in a configured list of "subscribed" GitHub projects. The notification appears under the prompt of every open Zsh instance, so it's hard to miss.
The project might be useful to users of projects that they are especially interested in or to maintainers of GitHub projects. The problem of maintainers long (e.g.: for a day) not being aware of issues that need resolving is addressed by this notification system.
The plugin has one drawback – it needs the Zinit plugin manager for its support for services (a mechanism allowing to run a single instance of a plugin script, in the background).
Note: The editor is the author of the project.

iterm2-utilities ✸✸✸✸☆

An interesting plugin that makes it easy to download iTerm2 additional utilities used in its shell-integration feature. What's interesting about the plugin is that it utilizes a GitHub Action (a hook-like mechanism that allows to e.g.: run scripts on some specific events) to stay up-to-date with the mother-site, iTerm2.com, where the tools are being published. If iTerm2.com is updated, then automatically the plugin also updates itself. This allows detecting any new utilities that are being added to the iTerm2's suite.
The plugin does the job well, however, it's a little incomplete – it computes the SHA256 checksums in the Actions hook, however, it doesn't verify them upon downloading the files when loading or updating the plugin.
The plugin needs a p-m with support for after-clone hooks (bits of a shell code run after cloning and pulling from the plugin repository) and for snippets (the ability of the p-m to download single files via URLs), properties currently being fulfilled by the Zinit p-m only.

kubectx ✸✸✸✸☆

A convenience plugin that offloads the need to install the kubectx command and to add code loading the completions provided by it to the ~/.zshrc. The plugin installs itself in the right place, as those actions are boring and troublesome – thanks to the plugin only and just loading it instead is sufficient.

node-path ☆☆☆☆☆

An almost-empty -like plugin that doesn't do anything more than PATH+=$(npm bin):$PATH, i.e.: adding the ./node_modules/.bin directory to $PATH in an IEO ("in editor's opinion") overkill and slow way that doesn't provide any value (the ./node_modules/.bin directory can even not exist and npm bin will return it… then why not just use the path directly, as is?).

quiliver (as nonotes – an old name) ✸✸✸✸✸

A very rich collection of scripts and functions for penetration-testing. The suite of tools is very large and organized into namespaces like e.g.: qq-recon-headers-curl (a recon-naisance of the HTTP headers done by curl) or qq-enum-web-vuln-nikto (an enum-eration of Web vuln-erabilities to be done by the nikto security scanner).
The commands serve (apparently) mostly as containers which remember the most useful and in general long & complex options and arguments to the tool that's being used by the command. FWIW, there are also two scripts dns-reverse-brute.zsh and webrecon.zsh, however, some other ones appear to be missing (not sure if intentionally?), like e.g.: /opt/recon/github-search/github-endpoints.py used by qq-recon-github-by-domain-gwen-001.
Nevertheless, the plugin is rather a gem of one's rich experience put down into an organized suite.
The plugin should be loaded on-demand, right before performing the pen-tests, as it outputs a logo and rich status messages when it loads.

rbpi ✸✸✸☆☆

A shorthand plugin (i.e.: a plugin that mainly memorizes the options and arguments to a set of common, often invoked commands) that should be run on a RaspberryPi box – apparently, because the README is empty. The plugin seems to have some time of being thought about or some interesting experience behind it. IEO, the commands seem pretty helpful and reasonable, and the variables on top of it seem to allow easy, non-intrusive customization for things like SSH port and hostname (used in a command that mounts a filesystem over sshfs).

safe-kubectl ✸✸✸✸☆

An interesting specific-task plugin – it adds a time barrier for running kubectl commands too rarely. It also caches and loads the kubectl completion (to cover one extra mile). The code suffers from a Bash-background coding (e.g.: use of uname and grep (could use $OSTYPE and [[ … = *…* ]]) or the old test command [ instead of the [[; it even invokes bash -c 'stat …' in one place…), however, is overall of acceptable quality.

safe-rm ✸✸✸☆☆

A Git-submodule based convenience/provider plugin that installs safe-rm utility and sets up four aliases recommended by the project. The tool and the plugin are a simple, basic solution, however, they bring a big change into the user's setup, namely the safe, undoable removal of files and directories.

terraform (hanjunlee) ✸✸✸ ☆☆

A plugin that provides a fairly comprehensive completion for terraform – which, however, seems common to all terraform-related plugins – and a very basic function to be used in the user's prompt to display the current terraform workspace. So, all in all – not much.

vscode (kasperhesthaven) ✸✸✸☆☆

A shorthand plugin that provides a single command – vsc, that opens Visual Studio Code window or the given directory inside it. The plugin seems to be very basic and limited, however, IEO it has a value – the Windows paths are long and contain spaces and it's hard to remember them. This plugin contains a few variants of the paths where VSCode binary can be located and tests all of them when the vsc command is invoked, making life easier.

z-a-bin-gem-node ✸✸✸✸✸

A Zinit annex (i.e.: an extension of the p-m) that allows doing multiple fancy things on the plugin's binaries, e.g.:
This is a very useful Zinit annex. A single ice-modifier like sbin='bin/*' can expose all binaries of a plugin. Highly recommended for Zinit users.
Note: The editor is the author of the project.

z-a-patch-dl ✸✸✸✸✸

A Zinit annex that adds two features – a convenient way to download files (via the dl='…URL…' ice-modifier) and to apply patches (via the patch='…file-name…' ice-modifier).
It is sometimes very useful especially to download files, and often the Zinit packages use this to download e.g.: completion files. The annex is highly recommended for Zinit users.
Note: The editor is the author of the project.

z-a-man ✸✸✸☆☆

A Zinit annex that automatically generates man pages for all plugins and snippets from their Markdown README files. If you need a man page for a project that doesn't have one, the annex can be helpful. In general, it can be annoying so it is not a recommended annex.
Note: The editor is the author of the project.

z-a-test ✸✸☆☆☆

A Zinit annex that automatically runs any found Makefile and Zunit tests upon installation and on each (non-empty) update. Useful if you have a stable set of plugins and want to keep in touch with their correctness, otherwise can be annoying.
Note: The editor is the author of the project.

zlong_alert ☆☆☆☆☆

A low commit count (18) unmatured plugin that is designed to send notifications after long-running commands complete. It barely works and there are more developed plugins with the same functionality, namely zsh-notify and zsh-auto-notify.

conda-zsh-completion ✸✸✸✸✸

A very high commit-count (146) completion for the conda command. The time invested in this plugin is clearly noticeable, it is of very good quality. However, the documentation could be better – currently, the user can refer to the file _conda for installation instructions, changelog and a short, slightly-general introduction to the Zsh completion system.

zsh-startify ✸✸☆☆☆

A plugin that is meant to be for Zshell what the vim-startify Vim plugin is for Vim. The results bring up mixed feelings – the plugin starts to be simply annoying after a while. In the beginning, however, it is an interesting toy that gives some fun.
Note: The editor is the author of the project.
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2018 r/Fantasy Bingo Statistics

As I’ve done every year for the last couple years, I’ve done an overly in-depth look at all the cards submitted for the 2018 Reddit Fantasy Bingo Challenge. I am NOT an actual statistician, but I have once figured how much to tip in my head.
PRELIMINARY NOTES
Before I get into the numbers, here are some notes:
  1. I am not someone who determines of anyone gets a bingo, so when assembling this information, I don’t question a book you may have read or where you placed it on your bingo card.
  2. To make it easier for my analysis, I followed the idea of one book per square (or up to five for short stories). If you submitted the name of a series or an omnibus volume, I took only the first book in the series or omnibus (I didn’t do this in a couple minor cases, however). If you said you read Heartstrikers by Rachel Aaron, for example, I wrote down that you read Nice Dragons Finish Last so I could compare you against others who read only the first book.
  3. Graphic Novels: I subdivided the Graphic Novels/Audiobooks square into its component parts. It's possible that I made a mistake if you weren't clear that you were reading an audiobook versus a graphic novel (I hate everyone who read the comic of or listened to Rivers of London). I found it is more much useful to compare comic book series against each other instead of by volume, so the person who read Monstress Volume 1 was compared with one who read Monstress Volume 3.
  4. I attempted a gender breakdown, but I may be wrong! I said female/male/nonbinary/other based on the pronoun the authors preferred (author bios were useful in this regard), but sometimes I guessed. In a few rare occasions, I couldn't find evidence either way and left it alone. If you notice an error on my part, please let me know.
  5. I did not look to see if the author was a person of color or other demographic data such as language or country of origin or other interesting information. It took me about 60 hours to get the data to its current point, and with almost 1500 individual authors read, it’s far too much work for me to research.
  6. If you want to see my raw data, please click this link. I don’t include anyone’s username on this sheet. Though I only show the most popular books and authors per square below, I do have exactly how many people read what and whom, so if you’re curious about a specific author or book, feel free to ask in the comments!

PART I: What Is Popular?

Overall Bingo Cards
Most Read Books Overall:
  1. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang was the most read book (64 times) (9.3% of all books)
  2. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (58 times)
  3. Circe by Madeline Miller (57 times).
  4. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (53 times)
  5. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (43 times)
The Poppy War was used on 9 different bingo squares. The book with the lowest ratio of number of times read to squares used (minimum 10 times used) was The Monster Baru Cormorant (11 times in 7 squares).
Most Authors Read Overall:
  1. Once again, Brandon Sanderson was the most read author (121 times) (17% of all authors)
  2. (tie) Naomi Novik & Terry Pratchett (98)
  3. Neil Gaiman (86)
  4. Becky Chambers (80)
  5. Martha Wells (72)
Brandon Sanderson was the most widely used author in 20 squares, followed by Neil Gaiman in 15 squares, and Naomi Novik, Terry Pratchett, Michael J. Sullivan, and N. K. Jemisin tied for 14 squares.
Random Note: Something I realized is that someone read a Roald Dahl book for this bingo... and it was the first ever in 4 years anyone had read a Dahl book before. It's always interesting what people do and do not read for Bingo versus their possible general popularity in the real world.
1. Novel that was Reviewed on Fantasy
Books:
  1. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (7 times)
  2. (tie) Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence & Witchmark by C. L. Polk (4)
TOTAL: 268 books (204 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 14 / SUBSTITUTED: 9
*Authors: * 1. (tie) Josiah Bancroft & Mark Lawrence (9 times) 2. (tie) Brand don Sanderson & Nicholas Eames (7)
TOTAL: 272 authors (166 unique)
GENDER: 153 by men (56.3%) / 116 by women (42.6%) / 2 by nonbinary (0.7%) / 1 unknown
Note: I was pleasantly surprised by how many different books we got for this one; aside from the short story square, the only other square with more options was the "Fewer than 2500 Goodreads Ratings." When you have it wide open like this, you get a lot of choices, though still leaning male and "Fantasy popular."
2. Novel Featuring a Non-Western Setting
Books:
  1. (tie) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi & The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (13 times)
  2. Jade City by Fonda Lee (12)
  3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden & The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (10)
TOTAL: 265 books (131 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 14 / SUBSTITUTED: 3
Authors:
  1. Cixin Liu (15 times)
  2. Katherine Arden (14)
  3. (tie) S. A. Chakraborty & Tomi Adeyemi (13)
TOTAL: 276 authors (103 unique)
GENDER: 147 by women (53.3%) / 122 by men (44.2%) / 4 by nonbinary (1.4%) / 3 unknown (1.1%)
Note: The first square that women "win," thanks to the popularity of 3 of the 4 most popular books.
3. Five Short Stories
Short Stories (all tied at 3 times):
  • “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “I, Kane” by Laura M. Hughes
  • “In the Stacks” by Scott Lynch
  • “No Fairytale” by Ben Galley
  • “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience” by Rebecca Roanhorse
TOTAL: 300 short stories (261 unique)
Authors:
  1. (tie) H. P. Lovecraft & Ken Liu (14 times)
  2. Neil Gaiman (9)
  3. (tie) Brandon Sanderson & Tanith Lee (7)
TOTAL: 304 authors (170 unique)
GENDER: 156 by men (51.3%) / 137 by women (45.1%) / 11 by nonbinary (3.6%)
Note: 60 people chose to read 5 short stories instead of reading an anthology but it was quite obviously with some of you that you were reading FROM a collection/anthology; why didn't you finish them?
Collections & Anthologies:
  1. (tie) Brief Cases by Jim Butcher; Lost Lore by Terrible Ten; & The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu (9 times)
  2. (tie) Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson & The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (6)
  3. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (5)
TOTAL: 193 books (113 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 25 / SUBSTITUTED: 4
Authors:
  1. (tie) Andrzej Sapkowski & Jim Butcher (10 times)
  2. Ken Liu & Terrible Ten (9)
  3. Neil Gaiman (8)
TOTAL: 214 authors (105 unique)
GENDER: 122 by men (57%) / 80 by women (37.4%) / 1 nonbinary (0.5%)/ 11 unknown (5.1%)
Note: Not too many surprises for me, Ken Liu is a pretty popular short story writer, and Brief Cases came out last summer, and Sanderson and Sapkowski are subreddit faves.
4. Novel Adapted by Stage, Screen, or Game
Books:
  1. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (11 times)
  2. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (10)
  3. (tie) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle; Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski; The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle; & The Magicians by Lev Grossman (8)
TOTAL: 260 books (120 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 18 / SUBSTITUTED: 4
Authors:
  1. Andrzej Sapkowski (25 times)
  2. Neil Gaiman (12)
  3. Terry Pratchett (11)
TOTAL: 269 authors (90 unique)
GENDER: 211 by men (78.4%) / 57 by women (21.2%) / 1 unknown
Note: This was the most male-dominated square on here, I think we can all guess why.
5. Hopeful Spec-Fic
Books:
  1. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (12 times)
  2. (tie) The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold & Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan (11)
  3. (tie) Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron & Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of Less Valued Knights by Liam Perrin (8)
TOTAL: 260 books (151 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 19 / SUBSTITUTED: 3
Authors:
  1. Michael J. Sullivan (29 times)
  2. Becky Chambers (25)
  3. (tie) Rachel Aaron & Terry Pratchett (14)
TOTAL: 266 authors (113 unique)
GENDER: 152 by women (57.1%) / 112 by men (42.1%) / 2 unknown
Note: Even though NOT reading Chambers and Aaron would be hard mode, plenty of people wanted to read them anyway.
6. Fantasy Novel that Takes Place Entirely Within One City
Books:
  1. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (22 times)
  2. (tie) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch & The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung (16)
  3. Torn by Rowenna Miller
TOTAL: 253 books (132 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 18 / SUBSTITUTED: 11
Authors:
  1. Robert Jackson Bennett (24 times)
  2. Scott Lynch (17)
  3. Michael McClung (16)
TOTAL: 259 authors (115 unique)
GENDER: 165 by men (63.7%)/ 94 by women (36.3%)
7. Self Published Novel
Books:
  1. On the Shoulders of Titan by Andrew Rowe (8 times)
  2. Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe (7)
  3. The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung (6)
  4. (tie) A Star-Reckoner’s Lot by Darrell Drake & Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron (5)
TOTAL: 250 books (168 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 21 / SUBSTITUTED: 11
Authors:
  1. Andrew Rowe (15 times)
  2. Krista D. Ball (11)
  3. (tie) Rachel Aaron & Will Wight (9)
  4. Phil Tucker (8)
  5. K. S. Villoso (7)
TOTAL: 250 authors (136 unique)
GENDER: 163 by men (65.2%) / 83 by women (33.2%) / 4 unknown
Note: I think most of the top authors here have a presence on the subreddit, but I'm definitely surprised that Rowe's books took BOTH top slots for this square.
8. Novel Published Before You Were Born
Books:
  1. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (10 times)
  2. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip (7)
  3. (tie) Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce; Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey; & The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (4)
TOTAL: 255 books (178 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 18 / SUBSTITUTED: 9
Authors:
  1. Ursula K. Le Guin (22 times)
  2. Patricia A. McKillip (9)
  3. Terry Pratchett (7)
  4. (tie) Anne McCaffrey; J. R. R. Tolkien; & Robert Jordan (6)
TOTAL: 262 authors (127 unique)
GENDER: 156 by men (59.5%) / 105 by women (40.1%) / 1 unknown
Note: Le Guin dominates this, as an easy recommendation for most of the younguns on the sub.
9. Any fantasy Goodreads Group Book of the Month
Books:
  1. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (54 times)
  2. Circe by Madeline Miller (17)
  3. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (15)
  4. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (14)
  5. (tie) Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett & Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (12)
TOTAL: 262 books (59 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 18 / SUBSTITUTED: 2
Authors:
  1. Martha Wells (56)
  2. Madeline Miller (17)
  3. Nicholas Eames (15)
  4. (tie) R. F. Kuang & Robert Jackson Bennett (14)
  5. Rebecca Roanhorse (12)
TOTAL: 262 authors (53 unique)
GENDER: 161 by women (61.5%) / 96 by men (36.6%) / 5 by nonbinary (1.9%)
Note: Wells and Miller contribute to the women's domination of this category, with the overwhelming popularity of Murderbot quite evident. This is also a rather restrictive square, as there were only 68 books to choose from.
10. Novel Featuring a Library
Books:
  1. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (40 times)
  2. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (31)
  3. Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft (14)
  4. The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler (9)
TOTAL: 260 books (110 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 20 / SUBSTITUTED: 2
Authors:
  1. (tie) Genevieve Cogman & Scott Hawkins (40 times)
  2. Josiah Bancroft (15)
  3. Django Wexler (9)
TOTAL: 264 authors (96 unique)
GENDER: 150 by men (56.8%) / 113 by women (42.8%) / 1 unknown
Note: People love libraries and they love Cogman & Hawkins. Also, only 5 out of the 110 books had "Library" in their title... but 3 of them are in the top 4, hmm.
11. Subgenre: Historical Fantasy OR Alternate History
Books:
  1. His Majesty’s Dragon/Temeraire by Naomi Novik (11 times)
  2. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (9)
  3. (tie) A Star-Reckoner’s Lot by Darrell Drake & The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal (8)
TOTAL: 267 books (153 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 13 / SUBSTITUTED: 2
Authors:
  1. Naomi Novik (20 times)
  2. Katherine Arden (19)
  3. Mary Robinette Kowal (10)
  4. Darrell Drake (9)
TOTAL: 269 authors (128 unique)
GENDER: 176 by women (65.4%) / 87 by men (32.3%) / 6 by nonbinary (2.2%)
Note: Another women-heavy square, I'm not surprised by any of the popular books or authors here.
12. Novel Published in 2018
Books:
  1. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (25 times)
  2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (19)
  3. Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence (12)
  4. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (10)
TOTAL: 269 books (130 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 12 / SUBSTITUTED: 1
Authors:
  1. R. F. Kuang (25 times)
  2. Tomi Adeyemi (19)
  3. Mark Lawrence (12)
  4. Rebecca Roanhorse (10)
TOTAL: 275 authors (133 unique)
GENDER: 140 by women (50.9%) / 134 by men (48.7%) / 1 unknown
Note: You're going to see Poppy War again and again.
13. Novel Featuring a Protagonist Who is a Writer, Artist or Musician (NOT: Kingkiller Chronicles)
Books:
  1. Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames (14 times)
  2. Where the Waters Turn Black by Benedict Patrick
  3. (tie) Dust and Light by Carol Berg & Song of the Beast by Carol Berg (8)
TOTAL: 256 books (124 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 17 / SUBSTITUTED: 9
Authors:
  1. Carol Berg (17 times)
  2. (tie) Guy Gavriel Kay & Nicholas Eames (14)
  3. Brandon Sanderson (13)
  4. Benedict Patrick (10)
TOTAL: 260 authors (102 unique)
GENDER: 140 by women (53.8%) / 120 by men (46.2%)
Note: I'm highly amused that two different Berg books tied in this case. Also, even though the highest ranked book by Sanderson is only 31st overall, his general popularity means he may not always win a category but he's often around somewhere, especially with the 20 different squares he's used for.
14. Novel Featuring a Mountain Setting
Books:
  1. The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer (29 times)
  2. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (21)
  3. The Demons We See by Krista D. Ball (14)
  4. A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (8)
TOTAL: 255 books (129 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 23 / SUBSTITUTED: 4
Authors:
  1. Courtney Schafer (29 times)
  2. Naomi Novik (21)
  3. Krista D. Ball (14)
  4. Mark Lawrence (11)
TOTAL: 257 authors (110 unique)
GENDER: 154 by women (59.9%) / 101 by men (39.3%) / 1 by nonbinary (0.4%) / 1 unknown
Note: If you read The Whitefire Crossing you read it for this square, no question. This was the most popular book only used for one square. Also, only 3 books have "Mountain" or "Mount" in them, and the highest ranked one is all the way down in 9th at 4 books.
15. 2017 fantasy Top Novels List
Books:
  1. The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson (15 times)
  2. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (10)
  3. The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (8)
  4. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell (7)
TOTAL: 263 books (127 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 16 / SUBSTITUTED: 3
Authors:
  1. Mark Lawrence (18 times)
  2. (tie) N. K. Jemisin & Seth Dickinson (16)
  3. Becky Chambers (12)
  4. Lois McMaster Bujold (11)
TOTAL: 273 books (64 unique)
GENDER: 209 by men (76.6%)/ 64 by women (23.4%)
Note: No real surprises here.
16. Novel with Fewer than 2500 Goodreads Ratings
Books:
  1. (tie) Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of Less Valued Knights by Liam Perrin & They Mostly Come Out at Night by Benedict Patrick (5 times)
  2. (tie) Kings of Paradise by Richard Neull & The Empire of the Dead by Phil Tucker (4)
TOTAL: 265 books (225 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 16 / SUBSTITUTED: 1
Authors:
  1. Benedict Patrick (8 times)
  2. K. S. Villoso (7)
  3. (tie) Krista D. Ball; Liam Perrin; & Phil Tucker (5)
TOTAL: 272 authors (217 unique)
GENDER: 146 by men (53.7%) / 124 by women (45.6%) / 1 by nonbinary (0.4%) / 1 unknown
Note: Another one of my favorite squares for the sure number of unique books. Almost 80% of the cards have this square unique. If you look at the raw data, I recommend scrolling this section to see what might be new and interesting for you.
17. Novel with a One Word Title
Books:
  1. Touch by Claire North (11 times)
  2. Mort by Terry Pratchett (8)
  3. Worm by Wildbow (7)
  4. (tie) Borne by Jeff VanderMeer & Circe by Madeline Miller (5)
TOTAL: 267 books (183 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 13 / SUBSTITUTED: 2
Authors:
  1. (tie) Brandon Sanderson & Terry Pratchett (13 times)
  2. Claire North (11)
  3. Wildbow (9)
  4. Jeff VanderMeer (8)
TOTAL: 272 authors (149 unique)
GENDER: 166 by men (61%) / 106 by women (39%)
Note: The longest one-word title was Transformation by Carol Berg; the shortest was Ra by Sam Hughes. I think the longest one with one syllable is Scourged by Kevin Hearne. The shortest with multiple syllables is probably City (Simak) or Fyre (Sage) depending on you say that last one.
18. Novel Featuring a God as a Character
Books:
  1. Circe by Madeline Miller (26 times)
  2. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (16)
  3. The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris (11)
  4. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (8)
TOTAL: 267 books (119 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 14 / SUBSTITUTED: 1
Authors:
  1. Madeline Miller (30 times)
  2. Brandon Sanderson (19)
  3. Neil Gaiman (13)
  4. Brian McClellan (13)
TOTAL: 275 authors (88 unique)
GENDER: 151 by men (54.9%) / 124 by women (45.1%)
Note: Miller adds to her Circe lead with a bit of Song of Achilles.
19. Novel by an Author Writing Under a Pseudonym
Books:
  1. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (28 times)
  2. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (11)
  3. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (9)
  4. (tie) 84K by Claire North & A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (8)
TOTAL: 259 books (136 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 19 / SUBSTITUTED: 4
Authors:
  1. Robin Hobb (58 times)
  2. Claire North (34)
  3. (tie) Ilona Andrews & James S. A. Corey (13)
TOTAL: 288 total (70 unique)
GENDER: 184 by women (63.9%) / 102 by men (35.4%) / 2 unknown
Note: Raise your hand if you were surprised by this AT ALL, and I still wouldn't believe you.
20. Subgenre: Space Opera
Books:
  1. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (20 times)
  2. Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente (19)
  3. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (9)
  4. (tie) Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie & Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (7)
TOTAL: 258 books (118 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 21 / SUBSTITUTED: 3
Authors:
  1. Becky Chambers (27 times)
  2. Catherynne M. Valente (19)
  3. James S. A. Corey (17)
  4. John Scalzi (13)
TOTAL: 278 authors (85 unique)
GENDER: 154 by men (55.4%) / 118 by women (42.4%) / 6 by nonbinary (2.2%)
Note: I'm disappointed in you all for not getting the actual book called Space Opera to the top.
21. Stand Alone Fantasy Novel
Books:
  1. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (9 times)
  2. The Night Circus (8)
  3. Uprooted (7)
  4. (tie) Balam, Spring by Travis M. Riddle; Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik; & Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (6)
TOTAL: 268 books (171 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 13 / SUBSTITUTED: 1
Authors:
  1. Naomi Novik (13)
  2. Guy Gavriel Kay (12)
  3. Neil Gaiman (11)
  4. Katherine Addison (9)
TOTAL: 278 books (151 unique)
GENDER: 146 by men (52.5%) / 132 by women (47.5%)
Note: It's interesting to see Riddle's book make it so high here compared to the general popularity/recommendations of the others mentioned here.
22. Novel by a RRAWR Author OR Keeping Up With the Classics
Books:
  1. Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft (20 times) [RRAWR]
  2. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (18) [Classics]
  3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (17) [Classics]
TOTAL: 246 books (47 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 24 / SUBSTITUTED: 12
Authors:
  1. Josiah Bancroft (23 times)
  2. Tamora Pierce (18)
  3. William Goldman (17)
TOTAL: 250 authors (43 unique)
GENDER: 176 by men (70.4%) / 74 by women (29.6%)
Note: I'm pleasantly surprised that the divide between the two clubs here is almost even: 125 books (25 unique) for RRAWR / 121 books (22 unique) for Classics. This was always going to be a tough square because of the limited number of books (only 24 in the end for Classics, and only about 24 authors for RRAWR [now RAB]).
23. Novel from the fantasy LGBTQ+ Database
Books:
  1. (tie) On the Shoulders of Titans by Andrew Rowe & Sorcerous Rivalry by Kayleigh Nicol (10 times)
  2. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (9)
  3. Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe (8)
TOTAL: 270 books (143 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 12 / SUBSTITUTED: 0
Authors:
  1. Andrew Rowe (18)
  2. (tie) Kayleigh Nicol & Nicholas Eames (11)
  3. (tie) Mackenzi Lee & Mark Lawrence (10)
TOTAL: 281 authors (130 unique)
GENDER: 158 by women (56.2%) / 112 by men (39.9%) / 11 by nonbinary (3.9%)
Note: I'm glad to see that people took the challenge!
24. Format: Graphic Novel (at least 1 vol.) OR Audiobook
Graphic Novels:
  1. Monstress by Marjorie Liu (19 times)
  2. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (9)
  3. (tie) White Sand by Brandon Sanderson & Rik Hoskin & Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (7)
TOTAL: 171 graphic novels (109 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 20 / SUBSTITUTED: 6 [shared with Audiobooks]
Authors:
  1. Marjorie Liu (19 times)
  2. Brian K. Vaughan (12)
  3. Noelle Stevenson (9)
TOTAL: 200 authors (111 unique)
GENDER: 138 by men (69%) / 62 by women (31%)
Note: I actually tried to convince lrich1024 to make the hard mode this year both Saga AND Monstress, so I'm not surprised Monstress had a good showing here!
Audiobooks: All tied at 2 each:
  • Midnight Riot/Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
  • Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Authors: All tied at 3 each
  • Ben Aaronovitch
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Jim Butcher
  • Robin Hobb
TOTAL: 88 authors (76 unique)
GENDER: 62 by men / 26 by women
LEFT BLANK: 20 / SUBSTITUTED: 6 [shared with Graphic Novels]
Another crazy square in which no one really dominates because of the lack of restrictions otherwise.
25. Novel Featuring the Fae
Books:
  1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (11 times)
  2. Fae: The Wild Hunt by Graham Austin-King (9)
  3. (tie) Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire & Stardust by Neil Gaiman (8)
TOTAL: 262 books (142 unique)
LEFT BLANK: 16 / SUBSTITUTED: 4
Authors:
  1. Sarah J. Maas (25)
  2. Holly Black (21)
  3. (tie) Jim Butcher & Seanan McGuire (15)
TOTAL: 263 authors (101 unique)
GENDER: 158 by women (60%) / 105 by men (40%)
Substitutions
Out of 282 cards, 102 used the Substitution rule.
Books: No books were used as substitutes more than once except for the following 4 books: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant; Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor; The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie; & The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin.
Squares: 36 squares from past Bingos were used as substitutes with the most popular being:
  1. (tie) Dystopian / Post-Apocalyptic / Apocalyptic / Dying Earth (from 2017) & Sequel: Not the First Book in the Series (from 2017) (8 times)
  2. (tie) Non-fiction Fantasy Related Book (from 2017) & Science Fantasy OR Sci-Fi (from 2016) (7)
Just One Damned Thing After Another was the only one used for the Time Travel substitute, which happened twice.
Of the 102 substituted books, 54 were by women (52.9%)
Note: Someone apparently would rather read a 1000+-page book by Brandon Sanderson (Oathbringer) than read Five Short Stories. I can't stop laughing at this.
Also, another bingo participant decided to replace the Hopeful Spec-Fic square with Dystopian / Post-Apocalyptic / Apocalyptic / Dying Earth. Who hurt you?

PART II: The People You Know and Love

In addition to the popularity charts above, I also ran through each individual card to figure out a few things:
  1. How much of your card did you submit (a full 25, or less than that?)
  2. How many squares had women/non-binary people in them?
  3. What was the unique title count? As in, how much of what you read was unique to your card?
  4. How many people have done the Bingo more than once?
  5. NEW: How did Hard Mode go this year?
Card Completion
282 cards were submitted by 264 people. Of the multiple-card submitters, 16 turned in 2 cards and two turned in 3 (among the secondary cards, 3 were incomplete).
47 out of 282 cards (16.7%) did not fill out all 25 squares. Each submitted card had at least 5 squares filled. In 2017, 44 out 243 cards (18%) weren't fully filled out.
One person had cards with only 24 squares submitted. Ouch! Better luck next year. :)
Gender in Cards
I counted a card as having a woman/non-binary person on it if at least one woman/non-binary person was involved. So if you read an anthology that had at least one story by a woman, it counts. If you submitted 5 short stories and one was by a woman, it counts.
6 out of 282 cards (2%) had zero men on them (with one incomplete card having all 18 squares by women/nonbinary). 16 other cards had at least 20 women.
There was an average of 11.4 women/nonbinary across all cards. The average raises to 12.2 for complete cards. This differs only slightly from 2016's 12.3 average for complete cards.
Two cards had zero women/nonbinary on them (both were 5-square-only cards). Among the 235 completed cards, two of them had only 1 woman/nonbinary on them
Unique Title Count
I specifically did not count short stories submitted, but did count anthologies and collections. (There were 300 short stories submitted and they had a very high unique rate overall).
For 2018, the average number of unique titles per card was 5.2. Three cards had 0 unique titles (everything they read was read by someone else). 8 cards had at least 12 unique titles, with only one person at 15 unique titles. As more people join Bingo, it becomes harder to get those unique titles.
(For 2017, the average number of unique titles per card was 5.3. Ten cards had 0 unique titles. 17 cards had at least 12 unique titles, with only one person at 17 unique titles. In 2016, the average unique count was 6.8, and no cards had 0. 11 cards had at least 12, with one person at 15. In 2015, the average unique count 8.0, and no cards had 0. 18 cards had at least 12, with one person at 18.)
Repeat Bingo Readers
From the survey we included int he Google Form, 31 of the 264 of you (11.7%) have done Bingo each year since 2015. Well done you!
Amazingly 113 say this is your first time doing Bingo--that's 42.8%! Wow.
NEW: Hard Mode
30 out of 282 cards were 100% hard mode cards. Another 7 just missed it by one square. 9 people didn’t bother with hard mode at all, including 6 complete cards. Average hard mode count was 11 squares, 12.3 for complete cards.
EDIT: Thanks to mantrasong for the calculating the following:
Fewest Hard Mode entries:
  1. Novel by a RRAWR Author OR Keeping Up With the Classics (61/246 - 24.8%)
  2. Any fantasy Goodreads Group Book of the Month (69/262 - 26.34%)
  3. Novel Published Before You Were Born (73/255 - 28.63%)
  4. Novel from the fantasy LGBTQ+ Database (78/270 - 28.63%)
  5. Novel Featuring a Non-Western Setting (78/265 - 29.85%)
Most Hard Mode Entries:
  1. Novel Featuring a Library (167/260 - 64.23%)
  2. Format: Graphic Novel (at least 1 vol.) OR Audiobook (174/256 - 67.97%)
  3. Stand Alone Fantasy Novel (176/268 - 65.67%)
  4. Five Short Stories (193/253 - 76.28%)
  5. Hopeful Spec-Fic (195/260 - 75%)

PART III: Measuring Variety

Something I've been interested in for the last couple years is trying to figure out how to meaningfully measure the overall variety of selections per square. For example, in the 2015 bingo, in the Comic Fantasy square, Terry Pratchett was read for 42 of the 88 cards. The next most popular author had only 5 reads. That's quite lopsided!!!
In the end, I decided to try to use the Gini index. The Gini coefficient is used by economists to measure income inequality, where 0 = everyone has the same income to 1 (or 100 in my case) = the income is concentrated in one individual.
In our case, instead of income, I'm using the number of books read and authors read. If, for example, 25 different books are each read once, its "FarraGini" index would be 0 (all books were read equally). If 24 books were read once and the 25th book was read 51 times, its FarraGini index would be 64. So the more widely spread a category is read, the lower its index number.
I've created a table below of all the categories (splitting short stories into individual Stories & Collections, and Graphic Novel and Audio) and their FarraGini indices per book and author.
You'll notice that the FarraGini index for Goodreads Group Book of the Month has the highest single number for book as All Systems Red dominated its category, but also that Pseudonym has the highest FarraGini index for author, since Robin Hobb accounts for 20% of all books in that category.
CATEGORY BOOK AUTHOR
01. Novel that was Reviewed on Fantasy 19.7 30.7
02. Novel Featuring a Non-Western Setting 41.8 49.4
03SS. Five Short Stories (Short Stories) 11.5 35.3
03CA. Five Short Stories (Collections/Anthologies) 34.1 40.4
04. Novel Adapted by Stage, Screen, or Game 40.3 47.6
05. Hopeful Spec-Fic 36.6 49.7
06. Fantasy Novel that Takes Place Entirely Within One City 41.6 47.0
07. Self Published Novel 27.4 38.5
08. Novel Published Before You Were Born 24.4 39.4
09. Any fantasy Goodreads Group Book of the Month 56.9 56.4
10. Novel Featuring a Library 51.1 55.6
11. Subgenre: Historical Fantasy OR Alternate History 35.6 44.1
12. Novel Published in 2018 44.1 43.9
13. Novel Featuring a Protagonist Who is a Writer, Artist or Musician (NOT: Kingkiller Chronicles) 39.6 47.7
14. Novel Featuring a Mountain Setting 44.0 49.5
15. 2017 fantasy Top Novels List 39.1 45.1
16. Novel with Fewer than 2500 Goodreads Ratings 13.8 18.5
17. Novel with a One Word Title 27.0 37.9
18. Novel Featuring a God as a Character 44.7 52.9
19. Novel by an Author Writing Under a Pseudonym 41.5 62.7
20. Subgenre: Space Opera 43.5 55.0
21. Stand Alone Fantasy Novel 31.2 39.3
22. Novel by a RRAWR Author OR Keeping Up With the Classics 47.1 47.2
23. Novel from the fantasy LGBTQ+ Database 38.9 43.7
24G. Format: Graphic Novel 33.1 38.9
24A. Format: Audiobook 4.5 12.4
25. Novel Featuring the Fae 37.2 50.8
Overall 52.4 66.7
As you can see above, the numbers paint a picture that we've seen in the individual square sections above--the FarraGini indices for Reviewed and <2500 Goodreads ratings are pretty low because of the variety (with Audiobooks at an insane number), where Goodreads Book of the Month and Pseudonym indicate that a book or author is really weighting numbers towards it.
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