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: September 16, 2020

Lesser Blue Heron, St. Augustine, Florida



Interesting words for Wednesday: Lapidify means to turn to stone. I also like the noun blatherskite, a person “given to voluble, empty talk.”

Books and Writing:


At Tor.com, Christina Orlando talks about reading books late. Lots of good recommendations here!

Kris Kathryn Rusch has, understandably, a strong indie-pub position, but this article is useful and interesting.  It’s about traditional publishing and how it’s faring in the pandemic (spoiler alert: not very well according to her.

File770 Read More

WWWednesday: September 9, 2020

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Rob Reiner, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane, and Billy Crystal.(Photo by Dave Kotinsky/WireImage)



Congratulations to John Scalzi (The Last Emperox), Erin Morgenstern (The Starless Sea) T. Kingfisher (The Twisted Ones), and all the other 2020 Dragon Award winners! It was a great ballot this year, with lots of discussion to com... Read More

WWWednesday: September 2, 2020

God of Jades and Shadows by Silvia Moreno Garcia



Obituary:

I literally went numb when I read that Chadwick Boseman, who played, among other roles, King T’Challah in Black Panther, passed away from cancer. Boseman’s courage, grace and generosity extended far beyond his screen roles to his day to day life. He will be greatly missed, but he left us a legacy of hope.

Natural Disasters, Where to Donate:

New Orleans city government posted a number of places to donate. By the way, World Kitchen Central does wonderful work. They have been here in California too,... Read More

WWWednesday: August 26, 2020

Books and Writing:

Lots of celebrations of Ray Bradbury’s birthday—he would have been 100 years August 22 of this year.  File770 had several articles, including one about various events. (Note, the readathon continues through Labor Day.) The American Writers Museum in Chicago celebrated by displaying his typewriter and inaugurating a series of podcasts.

Nina Allan discusses “the canon” through the perspective of a British reader. It’s a dense, thoughtful artic... Read More

WWWednesday: August 19, 2020

Awards:

The Dragon Award finalists were announced. The award’s eccentric eligibility period, November through July of the following year, means odd additions and exclusions (some 2019 books may have been nominated last year). As you would expect, this list of popular books upsets some people. File 770 cataloged a few reactions.

(Dragon Award nomination and voting are not tied to membership in any convention, and basically anyone with an email address can nominate and vote. It says one vote per person in the FAQ’s, but if you have more than one email address I don’t know how they would identify multiple votes.)... Read More

WWWednesday: August 12, 2020

Tonight is one of the best nights to see the Perseid meteor shower.

Awards:

Fiyah Literary Magazine has announced a new award, IGYNITE, as part of their online conference scheduled for October. (Thanks to Skye Walker for letting me know about this item!) Fiyah is revitalizing the SFF field in so many ways.

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has announced the candidates for this year’s Aurora Award. (Thanks to Skye for this link too.)

Conventions:

I should have seen this coming; Read More

WWWednesday: August 5, 2020

Awards:

Arkady Martine took the Hugo for best novel with A Memory Called Empire; Amar El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone won best novella with This is How You Lose the Time War; N.K. Jemisin took the award for best novelette with “Emergency Skin;” the best short story was awarded to S.L. Huang for “As the Last I May Know.” See Read More

WWWednesday: Lucifer, the Series

Today's column is a single-issue deal, a review.

Giveaway:  One commenter with a USA mailing address will get a copy of The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher.

Tom Ellis as Lucifer



Lucifer the series currently runs on Netflix, with the 5th season starting up in August. The show began its life on Fox in 2016, with a dark-haired Welsh actor named Tom Ellis in the title role. (“Dark-haired? But that’s not canon!” say the comic book readers. Trust me. Go with it.)

Readers of  Neil Gaiman’s Sandman met Lucifer when Dream journeyed to Hell to retrieve one... Read More

WWWednesday: July 22, 2020

March, Vol 1; John Lewis's graphic memoir of the 1960s Civil Rights movement.



Hack:

We have probably not heard the last of last week’s Twitter hack. At first it was funny, especially when Twitter blocked all verified (blue-check) accounts while they worked to solve the problem; now that we learn that there was a data breach as well, it’s slightly less laughable. Here’s what NPR knew as of last Friday.

Obituaries:

The son of sharecroppers, John Lewis was a champion of equality and justice even when it meant risking his life, a voice for all Americans and a model of integrity, fairness and strength. The Congressman represented the 5th District in Georgia from 1987 until h... Read More

WWWednesday: July 15, 2020

The Vanished Seas by Catherine Asaro



Obituary:

Grant Imahara, 49, was the cheerfully nerdy technogeek on Mythbusters. He also operated robots in the Star Wars franchise and worked behind the scenes on many SF blockbusters. I remember Imahara always smiling as he explained some wonderful high-tech thing. The early reports are that he died from an aneurysm. 

Conventions:

Here’s the San Diego Comic-Con At Home Edition program. This article provides some background on Read More

WWWednesday: July 8, 2020

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia



Conventions:

DragonCon will convert to an online convention in 2020.

Books and Writing:

Verso and Feminist Press are turning 50.

Nerds of a Feather interviews Hugo fan artist nominee Iain J Clark.

Mary Robinette Kowal hosted Read More

WWWednesday: July 1, 2020

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders, Locus Winner for Best SF Novel



Locus awards:

Here’s the list. Charlie Jane Anders’s The City in the Middle of the Night won the Locus Award for best science fiction novel. Best fantasy novel is Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire, best horror novel is Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon Ja... Read More

WWWednesday: June 24, 2020

Cover for Pirate Stew, forthcoming from Neil Gaiman



Books and Writing:

The Catholic Culture site devoted a 1hour 40 minute podcast to Gene Wolfe, Catholic Sci-Fi Legend (Sci-Fi is their term, not mine). I’m posting this link having only read the outline and listened to a minute or two of it. Fascinating topic, though.

A positive story: DreamHaven, a comic book store that was vandalized during the protests and social unrest, has replaced its glass door and “really looks open” now! (Thanks  to File770.)

Camestros Felap... Read More

WWWednesday: June 17, 2020

A Fire Story by Brian Fies



Giveaway:

One commenter chosen at random will get a copy of Brian Fies’s graphic novel A Fire Story.

Awards:

Finalists for the Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. Pleased to see Elizabeth Hand’s Curious Toys on the list.

Books and Writing:

The troubles at literary agency Red Sofa began when the owner tweeted that, during the protests against police brutality and violence in New York City, she had called the police about some people she saw down the street at a gas station. She said they w... Read More

WWWednesday: June 10, 2020

Stormblood by Jeremy Sza



Awards:

The Peabody Award finalists, for “the most compelling and empowering” digital media and broadcasting  stories of 2019, have been announced.

Books and Writing:

Nebula-winning author Cat Rambo  was profiled in her local paper, the Seattle Times.

Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) issued a statement in support of ... Read More

WWWednesday: June 3, 2020

A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker



The World Fantasy Convention is the latest con to announce it will be an online experience. The Con is scheduled for October 29 through November 1, 2020.

Awards:

Nebula winners announced. Sarah Pinsker won Best Novel for A Song for a New Day; Amal El-Mohtar and Read More

WWWednesday: May 27, 2020

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin



Gatherings, or Not:

SFWA’s Nebula Event starts Thursday. I think you can still register.

AmazingCon, held June 12-14, will also be an online experience (as most of this year’s conventions will be.) Thanks to File 770.

Giveaway:

One commenter chosen at random will win a hardcover edition of N.K. Jemisin’s The City We Became.

Books and Writing:

Nerds of a Feather posted a micro-review... Read More

WWWednesday: May 20, 2020

Giveaway:

I ended up with two hardcover copies of Robert Jackson Bennett’s Shorefall. I am giving one away to a commenter chosen at random. Please note that it helps to have read Foundryside, which is Book One in the series, first. Here’s our review of it, and here’s Bill 's review of Shorefall.

Awards:

Premios Kelvin is awarded for excellence in works translated into Spanish. The finalists have been announced.

File770 Read More

WWWednesday: May 13, 2020

Conventions:

San Diego ComiCon has cancelled its live event for this year as you know. They are working on alternatives. And, they offer this humorous ad for “ComiCon Home.” (Thanks to File770.)



Awards:

The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic people) inaugural awards announced its shortlist. This new award acknowledges excellence in under-represented voices in speculative fiction.

The 2020 Leo Awards celebrate works of excellence featuring furry characters published in 2019. The short list ... Read More

WWWednesday: April 29, 2020

California poppies. Photo by M. Deeds, 2015



Word for Wednesday: Succedaeneum, a noun meaning a substitute. Pronounced “Suk-si-day-ne um.”

The Hummingbird Spot offers a live feed of a feeder cluster. It might brighten your day.

Awards:

I didn’t know there was a Pulp Factory Award, but there is, and the winners were announced on April 20.

Books and Writing: 

John van Stry prevailed in his lawsuit against Travis McCrea, who is literally an international pirat... Read More

WWWednesday: April 22, 2020

Orange Fish Kite, courtesy of Go Valley Kids.com



It’s wonderful how many talented people out there are willing to educate us during these difficult times. In this video, Kay shows us that anyone can sew a simple facial covering. Stay with it, trust me.

Awards:

The Tolkien Society Awards are announced for 2020.

The International Thriller Award finalists have been announced too.

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WWWednesday: April 15, 2020

A sea lion is mesmerized by a lizard’s tongue. No, seriously.

Many of you have probably seen this British family’s lockdown take on “One Day More” from Les Miserables.

Books and Writing:

Free or cheap digital comics!

Rick Riordan interviews Read More

WWednesday: April 8, 2020

If your sequestered cat is in need of some video, let me recommend the Bird Library livestream.

Books and Writing:

The Hugo finalist list is out.

James Davis Nicholl laments books that are not easily acquired in the USA.

Bertelsmann completed its purchase of Penguin Random House and now owns the whole thing. Read More

WWWednesday: April 1, 2020

Videos:

Kid-focused: Easy crafts for young kids. I liked the cotton swabs and the fork! Despite the name, it’s about 10 minutes long.



Kid-Friendly: The Cincinnati Zoo has a series of videos from 2017/21018 featuring Fiona the baby hippo. This is the first one. It’s 8.14 minutes long. It does show a hippo giving birth



Kid-Friendly: Here’s a 14-minute travel video on Iceland.



No foul language, but more fun for adults. From a fundraised for the late Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal reads passages from classic works like phone sex.



Smithsonian Magazine offers you virtua... Read More

WWWednesday: March 25, 2020

This week, a few videos for you, including two that your sequestered kids might enjoy:

Kid-friendly! John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton perform a staged reading of a section from Redshirts, at Burbank Library, in 2012. It’s about 11 minutes long. At 5.30 minutes, Scalzi loses it.



Kid-friendly! From the Georgia Aquarium, a 6 minute video about a handler and an orphaned otter.



From January, 2019, here is Rebecca Roanhorse being interviewed at the San Francisco Public Library. It’s about 33 minutes long. Your teens might get a lot from this.



NSFW language, and a long commercial in the first minute (and at the end). Jenna Moreci lists 10 Science Fiction tropes that she is tired of. And I think she is unfair to Captain Kirk, but otherwise, the 11-minute video is fun.



Books and Writing: Read More