International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day is a commemoration declared by author Jo Walton, held on April 23 and first celebrated in 2007, in response to remarks made by Howard V. Hendrix stating that he was opposed "to the increasing presence in our organization the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America of webscabs, who post their creations on the net for free". The purpose of the day, according to Walton was to encourage writers to post "professional quality" works for free on the internet.
The name of the day originates from the assertion by Hendrix that the "webscabs" are "converting the noble calling of Writer into the life of Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch."
Many notable authors contributed to International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day 2007, including Chaz Brenchley, Steven Brust, Emma Bull, Debra Doyle, Diane Duane, Naomi Kritzer, Jay Lake, David Langford, Sharon Lee, Beth Meacham, Steve Miller, Andrew Plotkin, Robert Reed, Will Shetterly, Sherwood Smith, Ryk Spoor, Charles Stross, Catherynne M. Valente, Jo Walton, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Martha Wells and Sean Williams.
Other occasions marked on the date
April 23 is also World Book and Copyright Day, created by UNESCO in 1995 to promote reading, publishing and copyright. UNESCO chose its date partly in honour of St George's Day as celebrated in the Spanish region of Catalonia, when sweethearts traditionally exchange gifts of books, what derived in the "Book Day" celebration in all the Spanish country. Walton chose April 23 in recognition of the Catalan celebration, and because the date is traditionally considered William Shakespeare's birthday, but she was unaware of the pre-existing United Nations observance.
- List of International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day works, Papersky, April 23, 2007, retrieved April 30, 2007.
- Walton's blog comments 2007-04-25
- LiveJournal group for publishing International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day works
- Howard V. Hendrix's remarks on Livejournal.com
- Monday 23 April is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day (Jo Walton's blog entry on Livejournal)
- List of creations (not updated since 2007)
- Another list of International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day works (not updated since 2007)
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