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.

WWWednesday; May 20, 2015

Giveaway News: As part of our Thoughtful Thursday column for May 28, we will give one lucky commenter a  complete set of the novels nominated for the Hugos and the Nebulas.That's eight books!

The Blue Closet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Books and Publishing:

Damien Walters’s essay in the Guardian discusses the multi-volume fantasy novel, which he terms a “mega-novel.” He questions whether every gifted writer can write one, and whether they should even try.

Here is an enjoyable six-minute Ted Talk by Alex Gendler Read More

WWWebsday: May 13, 2015

On this day in 1373, Julian of Norwich was struck with a serious illness and, as she awaited death, she had 16 visions of the Passion of Christ and the Virgin Mary. In one of these visions, she saw the entire universe held in her hand, as small as a hazelnut.

The entrance to Hell being locked by an archangel

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

There will be a Nebula Awards mass autographing in Chicago; check out all the great authors who will be in attendance!

The Shirley Jackson Awards nominees for "outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic" have been announced; they include some of our favorites, su... Read More

WWWednesday: May 6, 2015

On this date in 1840, Britain introduced the first adhesive postage stamp approved for a public postal service. The Penny Black was 3/4X7/8 of an inch, had a black background and a profile of Queen Victoria taken from a time when she had still been Princess. The words “One Penny” and “Postage” appeared on the stamp.

Daughter of No Nation (c)Cynthia Shepherd and Tor, 2015

Writing, Editing and Publishing:

The Locus Award shortlist is out. Here are the names I expected to see on other lists this year; William Gibson, Jeff VenderMeer and Robert Jackson Bennett among others.

The International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) offers a cash prize for ... Read More

WWWebsday: April 29, 2015

On this day in 1997, U.S. astronaut Jerry M. Linenger and Russian cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev completed the first-ever Russo-American space walk, a five-hour excursion from the Russian space station Mir.

Carina Nebula

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

The European Science Fiction Society award winners have been announced, with Brit China Mieville garnering an award for best author.

The Libertarian Futurist Society released the Prometheus award nominees, including Liu Cixin  and Terry Pratchett.

Seiun Awards finalists (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo A... Read More

WWWebsday: April 22, 2015

On this day in 1889, at high noon, thousands rushed to claim land in the Land Rush of 1889. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie were formed with populations of at least 10,000.

By Jensine Eckwall

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

In what might be the most surprising news of the week, the identity of fantasy author K.J. Parker has been revealed as Tom Holt, another genre author. For a truly surreal moment, read this, in which Holt interviews Parker ... er... hi... Read More

WWWednesday: April 15, 2015

On this date in 1877, Milanese engineer Enrico's Forlanini's steam-powered helicopter hovered 40 feet in the air, for 20 seconds, from a vertical take-off. (Steam-powered!) On this same day in 1941, Igor Ivor Sikorsky took the first helicopter flight that lasted one hour. His was not steam powered.


It is award season.

Fantasy Literature's own Rebecca Fisher has won the 2014 Sir Julius Vogel Award for best fan writing in New Zealand. Julius Vogel was a New Zealand prime minster who also published science fiction.The award recognizes excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents. It is awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand. Congratulations, Rebecc... Read More

WWWednesday: April 8, 2015

I’ll be subbing this week and next, because Kate and her beau Wil are getting married! Congratulations, Kate and Wil!

The Meeting of Oberon and Titania, by Arthur Rackham, 1905


Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (AWFA) announced that Joanna Russ and Stanley Schmidt are the winners of the 2015 Solstice Award. The award, created in 2008, is given to “those individuals, living or dead… who had a significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape.”

The Hugo Nominations were announced on Saturday. Take a look. Like last year's slate, this one is a tad controverisal. Charlie Jane Anders at IO9 Read More

WWWebsday: April 1, 2015

On this day in 1957, the BBC screened a film purporting to show Swiss farmers harvesting spaghetti from spaghetti plants.

Remedios Varo

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

Horror Writers Association have announced some of the 2014 award recipients, including both Tanith Lee and Jack Ketchum for Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Part of a series on the psychology of inspirational female characters, this week Janina Scarlet talks about Katniss.

Are you an academic, writing a non-fiction project about speculative fiction? Check out this grant to help fund writers complete a project on popular ... Read More

WWWebsday: March 24, 2015

Last week, I didn't post a web-roundup because I was abducted by Martians and they wiped my brain. Sorry, everyone.

Library of the Ancients, by Te Hu

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

Margaret Atwood has a new book coming out in September, set in the near-future world of her Positron short stories.

Cat Valente talks boy heroes vs. girl heroes as she discusses her upcoming book, The Bo... Read More

WWWebsday: March 11, 2015

On this day in 1932, Booming Ben, the last "heath hen," was seen for the last time. The species went extinct after his death, but the controversy surrounding it paved the way for conservation attempts for other species. (Also, it is Douglas Adams' birthday.)

Moon Catcher by Victo Ngai

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

The Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction longlist has been announced, and it includes some lovely genre gems like Station Eleven by E... Read More

WWWebsday: March 4, 2015

On this day in 1918, The USS Cyclops departs from Barbados and is never seen again, presumably lost with all hands in the Bermuda Triangle.

Peter Pan illustration, by Alice Bolingbroke Woodward (1907)

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:
A new SFF bookstore might be coming to Charlotte, NC, if it is funded by this Thursday via Kickstarter. Regis Murphy has a dream to open a bookstore and bar called "Worlds of Wonder," and it sounds pretty fabulous. He also makes a good case for why we need more indie bookstores, something I'm 100% on board with. Support this Kickstarter and help open a haven of nerddom or, as Murphy calls it, "a geek's dream hangout" in Charlotte.

In other bookstore news, Borderlands in San Francisco gained its r... Read More

WWWebsday: February 25, 2015

On this day in 1866, miners in Calaveras County, California, discover what is now called the Calaveras Skull, human remains that supposedly indicated that man, mastodons, and elephants had co-existed. It was later revealed to be a hoax.

Henry Reuterdahl (1871-1925)

Writing, Editing, and Publishing

Publisher's Weekly covers an evening with Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler, speaking in an evening called "En Garde!" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Borderlands Bookstore, a store in San Francisco speciali... Read More

WWWebsday: February 18, 2015

On this day in 1930, Pluto was discovered. Also, it was the first time a cow ever flew (and, subsequently, was milked) in an aircraft. Elm Farm Ollie bears the distinction of being the first cow to fly.

Arresting a Witch, Howard Pyle, 1883

Writing, Editing, and Publishing

Next Monday launches Geeky Feminism Week at Housing Works bookstore cafe in NYC, a week full of geeks of all stripes talking about feminism and women's representation in the fields of geekery.

SF Said wrote a great article for the Guardian this week on the relevance of children's books for adults. put out a fantastic Read More

WWWebsday: February 11, 2015

On this day in 1938, BBC Television produces the world's first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Čapek play R.U.R., that coined the term "robot".

Medieval hunting scene

Writing, Editing, and Publishing

George R. R. Martin's original book proposal for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series looks radically different than the way the books have turned out. Still, as this article points out, it does provide us with some sense of where Martin is headed with the series.

Mark Lawrence gathers some fascinating re... Read More

WWWebsday: February 4, 2015

On this day in 1454, the Secret Council of the Prussian Confederation sends a formal act of disobedience to the Grand Master. I love it when history sounds like a fantasy novel.

Writing, Editing, and Publishing

Publisher's Weekly posted a great interview with Kelly Link, whose new collection of stories, Get in Trouble, is out now.

The 2015 Locus Recommended Reading list was recently released; check it out here.

There is also a lot of award news. First of all, the Read More

WWWebsday: January 28, 2015

On this day in 1754, Horace Walpole coined the word "serendipity," writing in a letter to his friend Horace Mann. The etymology of the word is from a Persian fairytale, The Three Princes of Serendip, in which the princes are always benefitting from lucky chance.

Kay Neilson

Writing, Editing, and Publishing

We have a lot of writing-centric posts this week. First, Locus Magazine recently interviewed Robert Jackson Bennett. Read some excerpts of the interview here, where he discusses how he crafts his plots.

Also in Locus Mag, an intervie... Read More

WWWebsday: January 21, 2014

On this day in 1789, the first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, was published in Boston.

Harry Clarke illustration of Perrault's Little Red Riding Hood

Writing, Editing, and Publishing

The nominations for Hugo Awards are now open.  On Such a Full Sea, an SF novel by Chang Rae Lee, has been nominated for a National Book Critic's Circle award. And, I'm not sure how I missed this, but the Philip K. Dick Award nominees were announced, including Read More

WWWebsday: January 14, 2014

On this day in 2012, the Pirate Party of Greece was founded. Sounds like a party I'd like to attend!

Harry Clarke illustrating Poe

Writing, Editing, and Publishing

Brian Staveley, writing for, made my week when he posted this article about the differences between writing fantasy and poetry. In it, he advocates for getting characters out the door and on the road, not obsessing over details of food or clothing (or horses, or banners, or genealogy, or...). It's one of my pet peeves in the fantasy genre and Staveley hits the nail on the head. Looking forward to more in this series of arti... Read More

WWWebsday: January 7, 2015

On this day in 1835, the HMS Beagle dropped anchor off the Chonos Archipelago.

Le Dejeuner en fourrure

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

At the end of this year, WHEEL OF TIME fans can expect a new bookThe Wheel of Time Companion, edited by Robert Jordan's wife, Harriet McDougal, and his two editorial assistants, Alan Romanczuk and Maria Simons.

Kameron Hurley writes here about what being a writer is like: how much money you make, what kind of he... Read More

WWWebsday: December 31, 2014

These are your last links of the year, so drink up! And watch out for those bubbles; keep safe and come back to enjoy more of Fantasy Literature in 2015. Happy New Year!

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

The World Fantasy Award has long been one of my favorite awards; I find more works I want to read from the list of nominees for this award than any other. The 2015 judges have been announced, and it looks like a very fine, multinational panel.

The winners of the Rhysling Awards for science fiction poetry have been announced.

I've been accumulating Iain M. Banks's Culture novels, and one of these days I'm going to sit down and read the... Read More

WWWebsday: December 24, 2014

The Happy Holidays! Today, instead of doing an actual post, I leave you with this eerie illustration of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but next week, on the 31st, I'll be back with the mother-of-all roundups.

Anton Pieck's eerie illustration of Scrooge Read More

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: December 3, 2014

On this date in 1927, the first Laurel and Hardy film is released. It is called Putting Pants on Philipand is about a man whose choice to wear a kilt causes him and his uncle great embarrassment.

Edward Gorey

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

Leah Schnelbach at penned this great tribute to C.S. Lewis, one of my favorite authors and perhaps the author whose work I know best. Although I gotta disagree with her at the end--Turkish delight is fantastic.

MitchWagner interviews Tim Powers on Read More

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