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; June 22, 2016


Joe Zeija summarizes five books he hasn’t read, based on their covers. A couple of his summaries have real potential as stories… just not the stories of these books.

Helen Oyeyemi shares her thoughts on fairy tales and writing with Book Forum. A lot of us here at the site like retold fairy tales. Oyeyemi has some interesting thoughts on the topic.

Fantasy Book Café offers a guest column by Brenda Cooper, about her new book Spear of Light.

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WWWednesday; June 15, 2016

I’m going to be out of town most of the week, so it is a skimpy World Wide Wednesday today.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the people who lost loved ones and friends in Orlando, Florida, and those who are hospitalized and recovering.

From Locus, the British Fantasy Awards finalists are listed. Best Fantasy Novel finalists include Naomi Novik for Uprooted, Joe Abercrombie for Half a WarZen Cho for Sorcerer to the Crown Read More

WWWednesday; June 8, 2016

This week’s word for Wednesday comes, once again, courtesy of Haggard Hawks. It is anacronym, a noun, a word that is an “anachronistic acronym;” a word that started as an acronym but has been in use for so long that many people don’t remember its origins. One example is scuba in scuba-diving; “scuba” stands for “self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.” A really interesting one is “Care package.” I thought that literally mean a package you brought someone to show you cared (or who needed care) but CARE is the acronym for the non-governmental humanitarian aid group Co-Operative for American Remittances in Europe, founded in 1945. I didn’t make that up.

Giantess by Leonora Carrington. (c) Leonora Carrington

If you haven’t visited the You-Tube channel of Haggard Hawks, or the blog, Read More

WWWednesday; June 1, 2016

This week’s word for Wednesday is gesellschaft; a noun, meaning an association of people who come together for a business, entertainment, cultural or social reasons. The word is German but has been adopted into American usage. This was a word that one of the two National Spelling Bee winners (it was a tie) spelled correctly last week.

Books and Writing:

Carina Nebula. Photo by Peter Ward

N.K. Jemisin is quitting her day job to prioritize her fiction career. She is relying on Patreon to do it. The flavor of patronage is different when you have a collective investing in you, rather than one or two wealthy people in power. It’s an interesting discussion.

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WWWednesday; May 25, 2016

Today’s word for Wednesday is a noun, enantiomorph, which means mirror image. The original meaning came from the words for “opposite shape.” Thanks again to HaggardHawks.

Saturday May 21 was Owl Saturday. Baby owl after a bath, courtesy of Ellen Datlow.


File 770 reports that the Eugie Foster award will be given out at DragonCon. Foster, who wrote the beautiful, elegiac short story “When it Ends, He Catches Her,” died in 2014. The award will be given to shorter works that are “irreplaceable, that inspire, that entertain.”

Books and Writing:

Damien Walter talks about the various sub-sub-genres in SFF. Oh, oo... Read More

WWWednesday: May 18, 2016

It looks like it's IO9 day today; many if not most of my links came from their site. Lots of awards and comics news this week.


Buckaroo Banzai Movie Poster

John Hodgeson played MC at the Nebula Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 14. He was clever and funny. The Nebula Weekend took place in Chicago this year.

C.J. Cherryh’s Grandmaster acceptance speech contained this inspiring line, “I am far from finished!” Cherryh was also given a Grandmaster trading card; that was pretty cool.

The Nebula winners are:

Best Novel: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik (Reviews... Read More

WWWednesday; May 11, 2016

Shasta Daisy Developed by Luther Burbank

This week’s word for Wednesday is burbank, a verb, to improve by selecting good features or adding features. The word, drawn from horticulturalist Luther Burbank, made it into the dictionary for about two years in the 1940s. Later, due to paper reductions, some words were removed and “burbank” was one of them.


Joe Sherry takes a look at the Locus Award finalists in some depth. Locus’s categories allow it to bes... Read More

WWWednesday; May 4, 2016

Today’s word for Wednesday is egrimony, meaning intense sadness or sorrow. From the Latin, this noun was first listed in a lexicon or dictionary in 1626 according to the OED. It is obsolete now, but has real potential as a character name; you know, like “Egrimony Jones, Steampunk Detective.”


The Locus Award finalists were announced yesterday. This is a pretty competitive list. Aliette de Bodard manages to make both Best Fantasy Novel and best Short Story. Ann Leckie, Neal Stephenson and some other familiar names show up as well. First Novel looks like an intriguing category with Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Kai Ashanti Wilson.

The finalists for the Arthur C Clarke Award have been announced.
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WWWednesday; April 27, 2016

In Memoriam

I’m not going to write another obituary. I’m just not. Instead, I’m going to link to this essay by Charlie Jane Anders, about a comic book that starred Prince as a superhero. And what was his super-power? Music.


The Hugo short list has been announced, to much discussion.

Best Novel Finalists are: Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie; The Cinder Spires (The Aeronaut’s Windlass) by Jim Butler; The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin, Read More

WWWednesday, April 20, 2016

I was introduced to Haggard Hawks on Twitter, and rather than do a word for Wednesday (I really, really, reeeeeelly wanted to do “trumpery” but I do attempt to avoid political commentary here) I thought I would introduce you to the blog, which is a wonder. Here is a link to some words from Samuel Johnson’s time. If you follow Hawks on Twitter you get a cool word daily. For me, that’s like getting a piece of really good chocolate every single day.

The movie poster for Marvel's Doctor Strange.


The Pulitzer Prize was announced this week. For fiction... Read More

WWWednesday: April 13, 2016

This week’s word for Wednesday come courtesy of horror writer Laura Blackwell and it’s dwaal (dwah-l), a noun, meaning a dreamy or dazed state. The word originated in Afrikaans, which derives from Dutch.


The short list for the Theodore Sturgeon Awards was announced at Locus. The semi-finalists include Brooke Bolander for “You Shall Know Her by the Trail of the Dead,” (Lightspeed), Greg Egan, “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred” (Asimov’s) and Hao Jingfang for “Folding Beijing” (Uncanny Magazine). The award will be presented at MidAmeriCon during the Ca... Read More

WWWednesday; April 6, 2016

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This week’s word for Wednesday is a noun, doucer (DOO-cer); meaning a bribe or an inducement, usually financial. It comes from the same French root as the word for sweet, which might explain the Americanism, “sweeten the deal.”

Jester (c) Diana Vick


The James Tiptree award winners were announced. The Tiptree award acknowledges work that explores or expands our idea of gender. The winners are “The New Mother” by Eugene Fischer (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine) and Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz (Candlewick). This link also includes the honored works and the long list – some interesting stuff.

Last year, the World Fantasy Convention retired its controversial award design, which was... Read More

WWWednesday; March 30, 2016


Earth with city lights

It’s Awards Season. Aliette de Bodard had a great run at the British Science Fiction Awards, winning in the Novel category for House of Shattered Wings and in the short story category for “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight”.  She is an awesome writer, and there also ought to be some award for Best Titles, because she comes up with them.

Apex, by Namez Raam, took the Philip K Dick Award for best original science fiction paperback.

Books and Writing

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WWWednesday, March 23, 2016

Today’s word for Wednesday is one many of you already know. It’s incunabulum (in-cuh-nab-u-lum), a noun, meaning a printed book that was made before 1501. The word originates from the Latin noun incunabula, which meant swaddling clothes, from the words for “into” and “cradle.” The idea is that the cradle represents infancy, or the beginnings, of a thing. Thanks to the Oxford Dictionary site and Wikipedia. 

Yamba Beach sea foam and surfer, 2007


Sir Terry Pratchett has been awarded the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award by SFWA. The award is given to people who significantly influenced the science fiction or fantasy landscape. SWFA has also cha... Read More

WWWednesday; March 16, 2016

This week’s word for Wednesday is digirati, a plural noun, and something which many of you are: people with expertise and/or professional involvement with information technology. This word came into use in the USA in the 1990s. Sadly, as much as I want it to, it does not rhyme with glitterati, which means glamorous or fashionable people usually in show business.

Bearing Robin on his Back, by Louis Rhead

Books and Writing

Was Hercules the first superhero? discusses the myth.

Also at, a column about J.K. Rowling’sNo... Read More

WWWednesday; March 9, 2016

Today’s word for Wednesday is blatherskite, a noun with two meanings; one, a person who talks nonsense and a lot of it; two, the nonsense itself. “He’s an ignorant blatherskite,” is one use; “She rattled on, filling her time with blatherskite” is the other. The word can be traced back as far as the mid-17th century, in Scotland (how did I know that?) and is the combination of the word “blather,” and “skite,” which the Oxford Dictionary site demurely defines as a Scottish derogatory term.

 Books and Writing

Is this the world’s tiniest book?

Singapore Skyline

Kameron... Read More

WWWednesday; March 2, 2016

This week’s word for Wednesday is legendarium, a noun. It used to mean, generally, a collection of legends about a specific character (eg, legends of a certain saint). It has evolved largely in academic circles to describe all of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth material. The word comes from the Latin word for a group of items to be collected, or displayed together.

Artus Scheiner


The Bram Stoker Award acknowledges excellence in the field of horror. Its short list was released last week.

Books on the short list for best novel include Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels Read More

WWWednesday; February 24, 2016

This week, two words for Wednesday; pahoehoe (Pah-Hoy-Hoy) and a’a (Ah-ah). These are two Hawaiian words for lava. Pahoehoe is the silken, ropy lava that looks like ribbons of fudge, and a’a is the word for clinker lava, smaller chucks riddled with air holes, the kind you see used in some landscaping. A’a must be named for the sound you make when you walked over it barefooted.

These Hawaiian nouns are used commonly by volcanologists all over the world.

Why, yes! Yes, I did go to Hawai’i on my vacation! And for you, the horror is just beginning, because the art this week will be… (Dun-dun dunnnn!) vacation pictures.

Sun and Shadow, Hilo, Hawai'i (c) Marion Deeds, 2016


The Nebula nominees have been announ... Read More

WWWednesday; February 10, 2016

Update: On Day One, the kickstarter for the Ursula K LeGuin documentary exceeded its goal. I think this means we’ll be getting the movie!

This week’s word for Wednesday will be familiar to many. It’s legerdemain, a noun, meaning sleight of hand, trickery or any artful trick. The word is from Middle English, and meant, originally, “light of hand.” The earliest use can be traced to 1400-1450.

Vintage Vampire Valentine.


The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts announced its 2016 winners. The Crawford award for outstanding work in a first novel went to The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashanti Wilson. Wilson had some stiff competition;... Read More

WWWednesday; February 3, 2016

May (c) Redgoldsparks Press

This week’s word for Wednesday comes courtesy of Terry. It is nefilibata (Neh-FE-lee-BA-ta), from the Portuguese, meaning  “cloud walker;” someone who is a dreamer, living in a world of imagination. The Oxford Dictionary site defines it both as “dreamer; idealist,” and also as “an affected writer.” (Snort.) It’s a lovely word. Thanks, Terry!

Books and Writing

Locus published its 2015 Recommended Reading list, just in time to prepare for Hugo nominations. It is a comprehensive list that includes art books and non-fiction, which fit into categories of Best Related Works.

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WWWednesday; January 27, 2016

Fiammetta Singing; Maria Spartali Stillman; Delaware art Museum

This week’s word for Wednesday is the verb adumbrate; it means to outline or sketch lightly, to prefigure or foreshadow, or to overshadow. It is from the Latin word adumbratus (to shade), from the root of the word for shadow. Its earliest known use is around 1575. Since “to foreshadow” is a very different meaning from “overshadow,” this is a word that clearly draws its meaning from context.

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction described David Hartwell as “perhaps the single most influential book editor of the past forty years in the American SF publishing world.” He was affiliated with Tor, Signet and Pocket books and the imprint Timescape, which he created. He was justly famed as an anthologist. David Hartwe... Read More

WWWednesday; January 20, 2016


Alan Rickman passed away last week, at the age of 69.

At, Max Gladstone posted a moving essay about Rickman and what he meant to us.

We at Fantasy Literature were stunned and saddened at the loss. For millions of us, of course, Rickman brought to life the bitter, angry, adversarial and heroic Potions Master, Severus Snape from the HARRY POTTER series. He was so much more than that, though. Many of us think he was the best thing in the 1991 Kevin Costner movie, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves; we admired him in Galaxy Quest. We didn’t forget his serious work, either, Sense and Sensibility and Truly Madly Deeply.

Kelly Lasiter summed it up best for me with... Read More

WWWednesday; January 13, 2016

From the Bayeaux Tapestry, Comet and King Harold, around 1080

While I was looking for this week’s word for Wednesday I came across two I really liked, so you’re getting both of them. Bardolotry is a noun, and means the excessive (usually humorously so) adoration of William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon. And for all you fantasy writers, Catoptromancy is the term for the use of mirrors in magic. This term probably came into use around 1610, according to, and comes from the Greek word for mirror, katoptron.


David Bowie died on Sunday, January 10 in New York. Bowie had been living with liver cancer, and released a new album just two days before his death. Although he is best known for his music, as a musician, singer, performer, composer, innovator and profound influence on other musicians, Bowie is also a st... Read More

WWWednesday: January 6, 2016

This week’s word for Wednesday is redintegrate, a verb, meaning to restore or make whole, to renew or return to a perfect state (if anything is ever in a perfect state). Redintegrate comes from the Latin redintegrare, to make whole again, and came into usage in the mid-1400s.

BB8 on Jakku. From Entertainment Weekly.

The Hugo nominating ballots are going out. Doesn’t it seem like we just did the Hugos? They did run on a bit last year. If you were a voting or attending member last year at Sasquan, you should already be included in the nomination process. If not, you can register as a voting member or an attending member at the MidAmeriCon II website here. Chaos Horizon has some predictions about Best Novel. I didn’t think Best Nov... Read More

WWWednesday; December 30, 2015

This week’s word for Wednesday is pasquinade, a noun of Italian origin, meaning a lampoon, joke or satire, usually posted in public (like on the internet, maybe?) The term came into use in the 1580s, allegedly springing from a nickname given to a Roman statue. Local wags named the statue “Pasquino” and regularly plastered it with joke poetry.


Peter Dickinson passed away on December 16, 2015. The prolific writer was best known for his work in YA, alone and with his wife Robin McKinley. Here is our Peter Dickinson page. Dickinson will be missed, but his books and stories live on.

George Clayton Johnson, best known as the auth... Read More