World Wide Wednesday

Started by Amanda Rutter, in 2010, World Wide Wednesday is now hosted by Kate Lechler. On most Wednesdays, Kate 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 Kate.

WWWebsday: December 17, 2014

On this day in 497 BC, the first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome. Happy Holidays!

Vintage cover of The Hobbit

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

The winners of the Rhysling Award, an award for SF/F and horror poetry, have been announced. Check it out here!

Philip Pullman, author of HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, has a new short story available online. He's also hard at work on a fourth book in the series, called The Book of Dust. 

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WWWebsday: December 10, 2014

On this day in 1968, the famous 300 million yen robbery took place in Tokyo, Japan. It remains unsolved to this day.

Hedgehog and Rabbit Fancy Dress

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

At Suvudu, Robert Jackson Bennett talks about the various influences (George Smiley! The Third Man! The DISCWORLD series!) on his recent novel, City of Stairs. And in *incredibly exciting news,* it looks like RJB might be writing a sequel. What!?!

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WWWebsday: November 26, 2014

Here at FanLit, we want to wish all of our American readers (and anyone else, too!) a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Cyborg Turkey Day!

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

In this Suvudu article, several SFF writers discuss writing advice they would give their younger selves.

Ursula K. LeGuin's acceptance speech for the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters manages to fit inspiration and incisive cultural criticism into just a few paragraphs. Thi... Read More

WWWebsday: November 19, 2014

In keeping with our space mission news this week, on this date in 1969, the Apollo 12 mission landed on the moon, making astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean the third and fourth humans to walk on the moon.

UN Window "Peace" by Marc Chagall

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

 A lot of fairy-tale news today: From SFSignal, Sarah Pinborough writes about what it's like to rewrite fairy tales for grown-ups, anticipating her 2015 Snow White novel, Poison.

 The Guardian reviews Jack Zipes’ new translation of Grimm’s fairy tales, a transl... Read More

WWWebsday: November 5, 2014

On this day in 1933, Hugh Gray took the first known photos alleged to be of the Loch Ness Monster, who appeared again this past week in a photo taken by a Nessie-enthusiast.

Famous hoaxed photo of Loch Ness Monster

Writing, Editing, and Publishing: 

On Sunday, the World Fantasy Award winners were announced. Congrats to all the winners!

From SFSignal, Scarlett Amaris and Melissa St. Hilaire discuss the process and the Read More

WWWebsday: November 5, 2014

November 5 is a big day in world space history. On this day in 2007, China launches its first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1; also, on this date in 2013, India launches its first interplanetary probe, the Mars Orbiter Mission.

Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

Similar to the Maria Alexander post I shared last week, this week io9 featured 10 tropes involving fantasy weapons that need to die--preferably with a Valyrian-steel blade through the heart.

Check out this dark Soviet animation of Stephen King Read More

WWWebsday: October 29, 2014

On this day in 1969, the first-ever computer-to-computer link was established on ARPANET, the precursor to Candy Crush . . . I mean, the Internet.

Jose Guadalupe Posada

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

Just to remind everyone, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, starts on November 1. For all you FanLitters out there with novels on the brain, this might be a good kick in the pants to get started. I’m going to do it; who’s with me? (And tell us about your writing projects in the comments, if you like!)

This New York Times article about Michel Faber reveals that his l... Read More

WWWebsday: October 22, 2014

On this day in 1926, J. Gordon Whitehead punched Harry Houdini so hard that it killed him. (Okay, the actual story is more complicated, but still bizarre: check it out here.)

Beetilda, by Paulina Cassidy

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

This Guardian article about catfishing in the book-blogging world is both fascinating and frightening. Kathleen Hale writes about her experience as an author in a flame war with a book blogger; both the blogger and Hale exhibited some bad behavior, and Hale reflects on what she learned from this experience.

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WWWebsday: October 15, 2014

On this day in 2001,  NASA's spacecraft Galileo came within spitting distance of Jupiter's moon, Io.  (Well, if you can spit 112 miles.) 

Jupiter's Moon Io

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

If you’ve been thinking about picking up China Mieville but don’t know where to start, worry no longer: Jared Shurin has several recommendations. Only downside is, he gives the short stories short shrift, which is too bad: they’re where I started with Mieville, and never stopped.

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WWWebsday: October 8, 2014

On this day in 1943, R.L. Stine, the author of the Goosebumps series, was born.

Russian LOTR illustrations

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

Roger Sutton of The Horn Book wrote an open-letter to self-published authors this week, explaining why his publication does not review self-published children's books. It will be interesting to see, in the next few years, if self-published children's books follow the trend Sutton has noticed with self-published books for adults; nonetheless, as an editor, I really appreciated this statement: "An editor isn’t there to “fix mistakes.” His or her most important job is to understand what contribution your story makes–or doesn’t–to the big world of books and readers." And here, ... Read More

WWWebsday: October 1, 2014

On this date in history . . . well, a lot of cool stuff happened. Alexander the Great conquered Darius of Persia in 331 BC; Thomas Edison opened his electric lamp factory in 1880; a brand-new Model T was selling for $825 in 1908; NASA replaced NACA in 1958, providing the “Space” in the acronym; and my favorite Disney park, Epcot, opened in 1982.

Art by Fabrizio Clerici

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

In publishing news, Angry Robot sold to Etan Ilfeld, the American owner of Watkins Bookshop in London and the editor of Mind Body Spirit magazine. Ilfeld intends to keep all the current Angry Robot staff and to combine it with other existing imprints to create Watkins Media Limited.

Banned Books Week was last week, and io9 ran a piece on the Read More

WWWebsday: September 24, 2014

On this day in 1852, the first airship powered by (a steam) engine, created by Henri Giffard, traveled 17 miles from Paris to Trappes. And, on this day in 1990, astronomers noticed the Great White Spot (or Great White Oval), a giant storm on Saturn that is observable every 28.5 years.

Rivendell B&B Poster

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

Apex Magazine has recently announced staff changes. Jason Sizemore, the publisher of Apex, will be taking over as editor-in-chief as Sigrid Ellis steps down; the new poetry editor will be Bianca Spriggs.

I recently ran across a new blog to follow, The Book Smugglers. Here Ana and Thea host a Read More

WWWebsday: September 17, 2014

On this date in 1676, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek wrote a letter to the Royal Society describing "animalcules.” They met his claims to see microscopic creatures with skepticism, but today we know that the creatures he saw as protozoa.

Voyage of the Basilisk

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

The longlist for the National Book Award YA Lit has been announced, and includes some great SFF picks, like Kate Milford’s Greenglass House, Andrew Smith’s 100 Sideways Miles, and John Corey Whaley’s Noggin. This is the first time I’ve heard of these books and now I’m itching to read them, especially Read More

WWWebsday: September 10, 2014

On this day in 2008, the Large Hadron Collider was powered up in Geneva, Switzerland, and proton beams circulated in the main ring.

Art by Elisabetta Trevisan

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

Geoff Mak conducts a wonderful interview with Karen Russell, one of my favorite fabulist/slipstream authors; they discuss her favorite authors and myths.

Io9 has a great article on the Islamic roots of science fiction. Not only were they way ahead of Western Europe in science and math, but they also have what sounds like a really cool speculative fiction tradition that predates Frankenstein. More to read!

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WWWebsday: September 3, 2014

On this day in 301, San Marino, the longest continuously existing republic, was founded by St. Marinus. The demonym is Sammarinese.

The Fisherman and His Wife by Anne Anderson

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

Io9 has a list of books coming out in September that you can’t miss. I’m particularly excited for Maplecroft, Cherie Priest’s new book about Lizzie Borden. For more upcoming books, check out our new releases page.

Jack Heckel writes about fairy tale portrayals of female power for I especially like his analysis of the tale of the Fisherman and his Wife, a story that has always bugged me fo... Read More

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