World Wide Wednesday

World Wide Wednesday is hosted by Marion Deeds. On most Wednesdays, Marion will take you around the internet, letting you in on some interesting news from the SFF community. If you’ve got a tidbit to share, please comment on the latest post, or contact Marion.

WWWednesday: November 13, 2019

This might be gallimaufry. Or it might be lamb stew, who knows?



Cool word for a Wednesday: gallimaufry (gall-uh-MAW-free); a noun meaning a jumble, a medley or a hodgepodge, or a spicy meat hash. (Isn’t that the planet Doctor Who came from?)

Housekeeping:

There will be no links columns on November 20 or November 27 because I will be out of town both weeks, but I will post a single-subject column on those dates.

Awards:

File 770 reported that the Sunburst Society, a Canadian society for the appreciation of science fiction, has suspended its Copper Cylinder award in 2019. They aren’t giving a reason at the moment.

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WWWednesday: November 6, 2019

You know what’s not fun? Throwing your go-bag into the trunk of your car at 4:00 in the morning, while law enforcement drives through your neighborhood with sirens and bullhorns, advising you that “This area is under an evacuation order; leave now.” We were in a town that got put under a precautionary evacuation order as CalFire fought the Kincade Fire, which has burned about 78,000 acres in my home county in California. In spite of the stress and anxiety caused by fleeing my house in a windy, smoke-filled morning, I am glad officials took the approach they did. This massive evacuation probably saved lives, and let firefighters focus their attention on the flames, not the citizens.  A heartfelt "Thanks!" to good friends, and to emergency responders everywhere. We had firefighters from Washington state, Oregon, Utah and Colorado assisting with the blaze, and, to date, we have had zero fatal... Read More

WWWednesday: October 30, 2019

NASA: Active regions on the sun give it the appearance of a jack-o'-lantern.



Awards:

The 2019 Nommo Awards were announced. These awards are given to African speculative fiction writers. Thanks to File 770.

Books and Writing:

Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) weighed in on the recent issue of Fireside cancelling book scheduled to be published, with very little notice and no compensation. The Contracts Committee reviewed the contract in question. They note that this was a non-advance contract and there was no compensation if the publisher could not fulfill their obligations.... Read More

WWWednesday: October 23, 2019

Image courtesy of Rover.com



Awards:

File 770 shares the British Fantasy Award winners; Jen Williams took the award for Best Fantasy for The Bitter Twins; Little Eve won Catriona Ward the Best Horror Novel awards, and Aliette de Bodard took Best Novella for The Tea Master and The Detective.

Books and Writing:

For anyone who has a bucket list, here’s something to add: Stephen and Tabitha King... Read More

WWWednesday: October 16, 2019

Olga Tokarczuk. Image from Wikipedia



Nobel Prize for Literature:

The Nobel Prize for Literature Committee awarded two prizes, one for 2018 and one for 2019. Olga Tokarszuk and Peter Handke are the awardees for 2018 and 2019 respectively. Here is more information from the BBC.

Olga Tokarczuk’s work sounds like something I would like to read; it has elements of magical realism and the fantastical. Her most recent novel, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, was published in 2009. She has won many honors throughout Europe including the Man Booker Prize.

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WWWednesday: October 9, 2019

Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. It started a few minutes before sunset yesterday.

Octopus Dreaming:

PBS’s Nature ran a show on the octopus. A scientist studies Heidi, the octopus who lives in an aquarium in his living room. He captured this eerie, beautiful footage of Heidi changing color while she was apparently asleep. These colors manifest in the octopus while it is hunting or eating, so the scientist “narrates” Heidi’s dream.



Nobel Prizes:

The Nobel prize in physics was awarded to a Canadian scientist and two Swiss scientists Read More

WWWednesday: October 2, 2019

Happy Fall! Autumn Leaves



Conventions:

Tad Daley shared some more WorldCon pictures on File 770.

Some self-promotion; I’ll be attending AtomaCon in November. It’s a cozy South Carolina convention. I’m not a guest, just a participant, but look forward to meeting any FanLit fans who might attend.

Awards:

Gollancz and Ben Aaronovitch are sponsoring a fiction contest open to Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers in Britain. (The ... Read More

WWWednesday: September 25, 2019

Deaths and Memorials:

Margaret Atwood’s longtime partner, writer and conservationist Graeme Gibson, died last week. He was 85.

Aaron Eisenberg, who played Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, died last week at the age of fifty.

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Books and Writing:

Heather Demetrios wrote an article last week that got a lot of attention. Taking a “learn from my m... Read More

WWWednesday: September 18, 2019

Poveglia Island, photo by Atlas Obscura



Awards:

I can’t believe people have to do this, but apparently they do… Archive of One’s Own issued a statement explaining that their Hugo win was for the concept of the archive itself, and the achievement of creating a space and a community for fanfiction, not for anything written or produced on the archive. AO3 is a community of people who write fanfiction, which means they are using worlds, concepts and characters developed by someone else. No writer on the site “won” a Hugo for their fanfiction.

It turns out that some of the people who apparently needed th... Read More

WWWednesday: September 11, 2019

Begonia, Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden



Awards:

File 770 posted this year’s Dragon Award winners. Brad R. Torgerson won best SF novel for A Star-Wheeled Sky, and Larry Correia won best fantasy novel for House of Assassins.

Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu won the Barry Ronge award in South Africa for her book The Theory of Flight. The award honors writers whose works “enthrall with their imagined worlds.”

Books and Writing:

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WWWednesday: September 4, 2019

I hope those of you in the USA enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. 

Obituary:

Jim C. Hines, who had reported that his wife Amy was living with cancer and cancer treatments,  let people know via Twitter and his blog that Amy has passed away. Our condolences to the Hines family.

Contests:

Interzone’s James White award for unpublished stories announced its short list.

WorldCon:

File 770 highlighted this Read More

WWWednesday: August 28, 2019

After the Hugos:

There are, as always, a few controversies in the wake of this year’s WorldCon. One is about a possible WorldCon being held in China. Chengdu has a bid for the 2023 WorldCon, along with Nice, France. Cheryl Morgan discusses some pros and cons about Chengdu and Nice. (There is apparently a large group of fans who have a fixation with it being in the USA, which I don’t get, since the Con’s name is WorldCon. On the other hand, we call a national sporting event the World Series, so maybe it is consistent.)

Nicholas Whyte, this year’s Hugo Administrator, delved deeply into the Hugo nominations and final votes. Enjoy the details. He also discusses the apparent dissatisfaction with the Best Fanzine category, which had more No Award... Read More

WWWednesday: August 21, 2019

Mary Robinette Kowal and other 2019 Hugo winners. Photo by John Scalzi



Hugos:

The Hugos were announced in Dublin, Ireland on Sunday evening. Winners include:

Best Novel: Mary Robinette Kowal for The Calculating Stars
Best Novella: Martha Wells for “ Read More

WWWednesday: August 14, 2019

Perseid Meteor Shower. Image from Illinois Science.



Cons:

WorldCon 77 starts Thursday in Dublin, and many of our favorite writers and artists are already there. Two Guests of Honor put together a Dublin eating and drinking guide. (Thanks to File770.)

GenCon was held earlier this month in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s billed as “more games than you could ever play in your lifetime.” I’m not a game person, but the Parks game grabbed my attention!

Arisia faces another setback, with an arbitration decisio... Read More

WWWednesday: August 7, 2019

Cons:

WorldCon begins Thursday, August 15, in Dublin, Ireland. You can follow it on Twitter.

Books and Writing:

Medium has a podcast with writer Neal Stephenson, talking about digital facial recognition, social media and space exploration.

Over at Crimereads, Via Mullholland makes the argument that William Gibson, Charles Stross and Neal Stephenson really wrote technothrillers. Why? Because over at Crimereads, they like technothrillers.

The Verge... Read More

WWWednesday: July 31, 2019

Awards:

Stephen Pastis was awarded the Reuben Cartoonist of the Year Award. (Thanks to File 770.)

The World Fantasy Award finalists are announced.

Earth's moon. image by NASA



Cons:

Locus has a report on May’s SFWA Nebula weekend.

2021 WorldCon site voting has opened.

B... Read More

WWWednesday: July 24, 2019

The house John Adams was born in. Photo by Marion Deeds



Awards:

Rosewater by Tade Thompson won the 2019 Arthur C. Clarke award.

The 2019 Prism Awards, for excellence in LGTBQ+ Comics, were announced at San Diego ComicCon. For short form, see me by e Jackson won. SuperButch won for excellence in a webcomic.

The Inkpot Awards were announced at ComiCon.

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WWWednesday: July 17, 2019

I declare it Kat Hooper Day.



I officially declare today Kat Hooper Day.

Awards:

The Shirley Jackson Awards were announced at ReaderCon, July 14. (Terry was in the audience for this!) Little Eve, by Catriona Ward, won for Best Horror Novel.


Disclaimer:


This will be another column that will not have a lot of links, because I am going to report out on ReaderCon30, held in Quincy, Massachusetts from July 11 through July 14, 2019.

Giveaway:

One commenter chosen at random will get a hardback copy of Richard Kadrey’s newest book, The Grand Dark.

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WWWednesday: The Rook

(This is my World Wide Wednesday column, but it isn’t a link column today. I am on my way to ReaderCon2019, with Terry Weyna. Enjoy my thoughts on the STARZ adaptation of Daniel O’Malley’s book The Rook.)

Daniel O’Malley’s amnesiac, paranoiac, chess-themed super-powered-human novel got lots of good buzz when it was published in 2012. Tadiana reviewed it here. STARZ has taken the story and given it a polished adaptation that reminds me a bit of both the film production of The Children of Men, and STARZ’s own too-soon-cancelled SF/alternate world/spy drama Coun... Read More

WWWednesday: July 3, 2019

Mary Robinette Kowal (c) Mary Robinette Kowal



Awards:

The Locus Awards were announced. Mary Robinette Kowal won for Best Science Fiction Novel with The Calculating Stars, Paul Tremblay for Best Horror with The Cabin at the End of the World, and Naomi Novik won Best Fantasy Novel for Spinning Silver.

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WWWednesday: June 26, 2019

Books and Writing:

Mark Lawrence, who manages and hosts the annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off (SPFBO) also has a “cover contest.” So far, three covers are up, and they’re pretty good! (Thanks to File 770.)

Dark Matter zine shares late illustrator Ian Gunn’s “silly illos” of fiction clichés. This week is, “The villain, pursued by cops, climbs to the top of the highest building in the city, and then falls off.”

(c) Melody Knighton. "The Hunger."



Ian Sales, who neither nominates nor votes for the Hugos although he is eligible to, reviews the Hugo shortlist in the Read More

WWWednesday: June 19, 2019

Cons:

Punakha Suspension Bridge, image from Atlas Obscura



Terry and I will be attending ReaderCon in Boston in two weeks. Here are some of the people I look forward to seeing (some are deceased and I don’t expect to actually see them).

Books and Writing:

You write a nonfiction book, and part of your premise is based on your faulty understanding of an old legal term. This is discovered shortly before your book is released. What do you do? In the case of Naomi Wolf’s Outrage: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love, what Wolf wants and what her publisher wants is very different. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wants the rele... Read More

WWWednesday: June 12, 2019

Should have used sunscreen. (Dark Phoenix, image from The Verge.)



June 8 is the birthday of SF editor John W. Campbell, who is often credited with creating (or at least helping create) SF’s Golden Age; most notably through Astounding Science Fiction. While Campbell’s racism and other political views are problematic now, he helped shape the field as it is today.

In word-related news, I did not know that stymie could be a noun. I was certainly familiar with it as a verb, (to block or obstruct), but as a noun it is a golfing term that means the same thing; when your ball lies between your opponent’s ball and the cup, that’s a stymie.

Awards:

George R.R. Martin received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award.
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WWWednesday: June 5, 2019

Rainbow. Image by Pexels



Awards:

The Neukom Awards were announced.

Books and Writing:

Last month Nerds of a Feather reviewed Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes.

Fran Wilde talks about permanence and impermanence in “The Fire Opal Mechanism,” on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog.

MacMillan’s parent company of Tor, will... Read More

WWWednesday: May 29, 2019

Golden Gate Bridge, image from Pixabay.



The Golden Gate bridge had a birthday this week. It wasn’t a milestone one. The bridge opened to traffic on May 27, 1937.

Awards:

Selmaa Ahmad was awarded the first A.C. Bose Grant from the Speculative Fiction Foundation. The award is presented to a South Asian diaspora writer developing speculative fiction. Ahmad’s stories sound wonderful.

The Ursa Major awards, for excellence in the furry arts, were awarded on May 26, at AnthroOhio.

Also honoring the anthropomorphic, the Coyotl awards, presented in Portland, Oregon. (I’m tempted to write something with a... Read More