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: January 16, 2019

Awards:

The 2019 Hugo nomination window is now open. Members of the 2018 WorldCon or the 2019 Dublin WorldCon may nominate. Thanks to Locus.

Serafina, (c) 2019, 2005 Jessica Joslin



Books and Writing:

Sherilyn Kenyon has accused her ex-husband Lawrence Kenyon and a woman named Kerrie Plumb of poisoning her over several years. This story would be fascinating if it weren’t so frightening. In other social media, Kenyon has Read More

WWWednesday: January 9, 2019

Awards:

Nnedi Okorafor was named 2018’s Person of the Year by the Society for Africans in Diaspora. Thanks to File 770.

Books and Writing:

The anthology Unfettered III directs the proceeds to writers needing health care. File 770’s article talks about the history of great stories for a good cause.

On The Mary Sue, Princess Weekes talks about Riri Williams, whose superhero name is Ironheart. She was a new one for me.

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WWWednesday: December 26, 2018

This will be the final column of 2018. A safe and happy New Year's Day to everyone who observes it.

Books and Writing:

Academy Award winner Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions is accepting screenplay submissions.

In the solving-the-problem-we-didn’t-know-we-had category, Tor.com offers an essay on how to make beer on a generation ship.

Sarah Gailey writes about seven books that helped her make it through a hard year. What I liked about this essay is that she tells us when and where she read each book.

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WWWednesday: December 19, 2018

Christmas Horse by Vladislav Erko (c) Vladislav Erko



Awards:

This year’s Parsec Awards, for excellence in speculative fiction podcasts, were announced on December 17.

Obituary:

She didn’t work much in genre unless you consider the film Big conventional fantasy (since it contains magic), but Penny Marshall, who also directed A League of Their Own and Awakenings, died on December 18. The cause of death is given as complications from diabetes.

Books and Writing:

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WWWednesday: December 12, 2018

Quite a few video clips this week! 

Books and Writing:

NPR reviews the graphic novel Parallel Lines by Oliver Schrauwen.

Snow Queen by Vladislav Erko (c) Vladislav Erko



 

Sarahmay Wilkinson shares the pleasure, and process, of developing a book cover for a debut writer.

Scribner and Sons will retire its Touchstone imprint, and Susan Moldow, the president of Touchstone, will retire, both at the end of the year. Touchstone’s genre properties will move to Atria and Galaxy.

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WWWednesday: December 5, 2018

A Joyous Hanukkah to all those who observe.

A Joyous Festival of Lights.



Conventions:

In addition to electing new officers Arisia has banned some people and restricted the involvement of others, in the wake of the report of their mishandling of a sexual assault complaint.

Scotland, known already for its Fringe Festival, will hold its first speculative fiction/horror fiction literary festival.

Afua Richardson will be a featured artist at WorldCon in Dublin, Ireland in 2019.
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WWWednesday: November 21, 2018

Jovian Close Encounter. Image Courtesy of NASA



Those of you in the USA, or who observe the holiday, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Everyone else, have a great day tomorrow!

There will be no column next week. I’ll be back on December 5, 2018.

Books and Writing:

Unbound Worlds will no longer be providing original material as a blog, although features may be incorporated into other venues within Penguin Random House.

Last week Jonathan Franzen posted 10 Rules for Writing. They might be useful for emerging writers; they were definitely useful for established writers of all genres (but particularly speculative fiction) who had fun with them –and Read More

WWWednesday: November 14, 2018

Obituaries:

Stan Lee



I chose Polygon’s obituary of Stan Lee, the creator of what we now call the Marvel universe, over the many articles. Lee passed away on November 12, at the age of 95. Lee’s impact on the American culture will take decades to fully reveal itself, but the ugliness of the past two years, with elder abuse charges and restraining orders, are only a blip in the long life of a man who has given each of us indelible memories and heroes with whom we can identify.

Insider compiled all of Stan Lee’s cameos over the years.

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WWWednesday: November 7, 2018

Happy Diwali, or Festival of Lamps, to those who observe the holiday.

Flower Tower, by Reared in Steel. (c)Reared in Steel, LLC 2018



Awards:

File 770 has the World Fantasy Winners. Congratulations to Victor LaValle and Fonda Lee; to Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Woldheim, and to startup Sf literary magazine Fiyah, which showcases the work of writers of the African diaspora.

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WWWednesday: October 24, 2018

Awards: 

N.K. Jemisin



The British Fantasy Awards were announced and winners include  Victor LaValle, N.K. Jemisin, Joe Hill, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda among others. 

Books and Writing:

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WWWednesday: October 17, 2018

Awards:

Maryse Conde was awarded the alt-Nobel this year. (Remember, this is the year of the Alternate Award. Here’s the recap.)

Turnip o' lantern.



Books and Writing:

This writer praises the photocopy and discusses digital books from the standpoint of economic equality in a country where books are prohibitively expensive.

I’d heard of Margaret Cavendish, but it’s odd that I’d never heard of The... Read More

WWWednesday: October 10, 2018

Awards:

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association announced the Aurora awards on October 6. Fonda Yee won for Best Novel with Jade City and tied for best YA novel with Exo. File 770 has the full list.

Conventions:

Locus Magazine has a report on this year’s DragonCon.

The 13th Doctor with Companions Yaz (l) and Ryan (r) (c)BBC America 2018



Books and Writing:

An ancient library was unearthed in Cologne, Germany Read More

WWWednesday: September 26, 2018

Awards:

Locus has the Man-Booker Prize short list.

Tananarive Due received the Octavia Butler Award.

Happy Autumn! Autumn Leaves, courtesy of Amazon



Conventions:

I don’t think this is behind a paywall; Amy Brennan writes about Nine Worlds, accessibility issues and the convention in general. The panel on “Cheese and Cheese” sounds funny.

Books and Writing:

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WWWednesday: September 12, 2018

Cummudge is “cosy and comfortable” according to Haggard Hawks. Definitely adding that one to my everyday vocabulary!

Books and Writing:

Tor.com is looking for bloggers. They pay by the article.

LitHub profiles the author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

“In the history of epic fantasy, following this analogy and paradigm, there has always been a voice in a minor key, a strain of fantasy with antiheroes, shades of dark grey and darkness, worlds where hope and optimism are not valued or are even punished. Violence is the name of the game, dystopic amorality the norm and the worlds are often the succe... Read More

WWWednesday: September 5, 2018

Awards:

The Dragon Awards were announced at DragonCon September 2, 2018. Winning works included: Artemis, by Andy Weir, best SF Novel; Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson, best Fantasy Novel, Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and Owen King, best Horror Novel; Read More

WWWednesday: August 29, 2018

Hugos:

File770 looks at instances of 3-in-a-row (threepeat) winners and finds that in the novel/novella categories N.K. Jemisin has pulled off a “first.”

Here’s the text of Jemisin’s acceptance speech.

The UK Guardian approves of Jemisin’s threepeat. Deeper into the essay they seem to imply that her characters aren’t rounded, and that is not correct.

Conventions:

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WWWednesday: August 22, 2018

It’s going to be a short column this week.

Awards:

N.K.Jemisin was awarded the Best Novel Hugo for The Stone Sky, while Martha Wells won for best novella with All Systems RedThe full Hugo awards are listed here. There are two other awards I’ve broken out for an item under WorldCon.

WorldCon:

Mike Glyer wa... Read More

WWWednesday: August 8, 2018

The Future is Blue (c) Galen Dara 2014



Awards:

The Dragon Awards ballot was announced. This site describes the process for voting. Voting ends on 9/1/18. (Thanks to File 770.)

Conventions:


Mary Robinette Kowal stepped in to help the WorldCon 76 Committee with their programming issues. She blogs about it here.

Books and Writing:

The Guardian provides a roundup of reviews of new science fiction. They also recommend Read More

WWWednesday: July 25, 2018

Awards:

The 2018 Eisners were announced, with some familiar names for us, including Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Black Bolt by Saladin Ahmed and Black Panther; World of Wakanda, by Roxana Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coats and Alitha E. Martinez.

Conventions:

San Diego Comic-Con was in full swing last weekend, and Syfy was there to cover it along with everyone else. Could I resist a cosplay roundup? I could not. Read More

WWWednesday: July 18, 2018

I am slammed with deadlines, so it’s a short column today. Besides, it’s summer! Don’t you kids ever go outside and play? 

Conventions:

StokerCon 2020 will be held in the UK. Apparently, this will be the first time since the convention’s founding that it will be held there. File under Only Slightly Ironic. (h/t to File 770.)

Awards:

The David Gemmell awards were presented last week, with Best Novel going to Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb (which we loved).

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WWWednesday: July 11, 2018

Awards:

The short list for the British Fantasy Awards has been published. Best fantasy novel finalists include: The Age of Assassins by RJ Baker; The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark and The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams. Best horror novel finalists are: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey; The Changeling by Victor LaValle; Relics by Tim Lebbon; The Crow Garden Read More

WWWednesday: July 4, 2018

If you live in the USA, happy Independence Day. Please enjoy your music and cookouts, and be very careful with fireworks!

Obituary:

Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)



Harlan Ellison, who changed the landscape of speculative fiction with works like “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” and “Repent, Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman,” passed away last week at the age of 84. Tor.com looks back on his life and influence. Locus does too.

Ellison was an influence on many of us here at Fantasy Literature. A few reviewers shared their thoughts and reactions to this professional madman, gadfly and possible genius.

Terry: I'm not sure which I read first d... Read More

WWWednesday: June 20, 2018

Books and Writing:

President Barack Obama shares his late-spring reading list; in this case, it’s all non-fiction. There are some interesting books on here.

"The Skeleton Bridge" (c) Alia Yusuf for the short story Chinlap by Sunny Moraine



Sad news for readers and writers. Shimmer, known for publishing fantastical short stories that preferred poetic prose, is closing after thirteen years. I will miss their great stories by writers like Alix E. Harrow, and I’m glad we had the magazine around as long as we did. The November issue will be the last (and watch for... Read More

WWWednesday: June 13, 2018

California Long-tailed weasel. (c) Marion Deeds 2018



Conventions:

The antics at ConCarolinas have now spilled over to DragonCon, resulting in the firing and resignation, respectively, of two different staffers. Richard Fife is one of them and he put a statement regarding his resignation on his blog. (Thanks to File 770.)

Books and Writing:

Junot Diaz has been asked to relinquish his position as chair of the Pulitzer Prize Committee after numerous allegations of sexual misconduct were made. Read More

WWWednesday: May 30, 2018

Influential editor Gardner Dozois shaped modern SFF. He passed away on Sunday.



Haggard Hawks provides this week’s word for Wednesday. It’s the verb intermicate, and it means “to shine between.” It was first recorded in the dictionary Glossographia in 1656. Its roots are Latin, from “inter” (between) and “micare”, to shine or gleam. Paul of HH notes that that the adjective micant, meaning “shining” is criminally neglected in current use.

Obituary:

“To write good SF today...you must push further and harder, reach deeper into your own mind until you break through into the strange and terrible country wherein live your own dreams.”

Gardner Dozois, influential editor and powerful writer, passed away on Sunday. (Thanks to Serial Box for the quotation.)

Conventions:

A convention, Read More