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 18, 2019

Poveglia Island, photo by Atlas Obscura


I can’t believe people have to do this, but apparently they do… Archive of One’s Own issued a statement explaining that their Hugo win was for the concept of the archive itself, and the achievement of creating a space and a community for fanfiction, not for anything written or produced on the archive. AO3 is a community of people who write fanfiction, which means they are using worlds, concepts and characters developed by someone else. No writer on the site “won” a Hugo for their fanfiction.

It turns out that some of the people who apparently needed th... Read More

WWWednesday: September 11, 2019

Begonia, Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden


File 770 posted this year’s Dragon Award winners. Brad R. Torgerson won best SF novel for A Star-Wheeled Sky, and Larry Correia won best fantasy novel for House of Assassins.

Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu won the Barry Ronge award in South Africa for her book The Theory of Flight. The award honors writers whose works “enthrall with their imagined worlds.”

Books and Writing:

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WWWednesday: September 4, 2019

I hope those of you in the USA enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. 


Jim C. Hines, who had reported that his wife Amy was living with cancer and cancer treatments,  let people know via Twitter and his blog that Amy has passed away. Our condolences to the Hines family.


Interzone’s James White award for unpublished stories announced its short list.


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WWWednesday: August 28, 2019

After the Hugos:

There are, as always, a few controversies in the wake of this year’s WorldCon. One is about a possible WorldCon being held in China. Chengdu has a bid for the 2023 WorldCon, along with Nice, France. Cheryl Morgan discusses some pros and cons about Chengdu and Nice. (There is apparently a large group of fans who have a fixation with it being in the USA, which I don’t get, since the Con’s name is WorldCon. On the other hand, we call a national sporting event the World Series, so maybe it is consistent.)

Nicholas Whyte, this year’s Hugo Administrator, delved deeply into the Hugo nominations and final votes. Enjoy the details. He also discusses the apparent dissatisfaction with the Best Fanzine category, which had more No Award... Read More

WWWednesday: August 21, 2019

Mary Robinette Kowal and other 2019 Hugo winners. Photo by John Scalzi


The Hugos were announced in Dublin, Ireland on Sunday evening. Winners include:

Best Novel: Mary Robinette Kowal for The Calculating Stars
Best Novella: Martha Wells for “ Read More

WWWednesday: August 14, 2019

Perseid Meteor Shower. Image from Illinois Science.


WorldCon 77 starts Thursday in Dublin, and many of our favorite writers and artists are already there. Two Guests of Honor put together a Dublin eating and drinking guide. (Thanks to File770.)

GenCon was held earlier this month in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s billed as “more games than you could ever play in your lifetime.” I’m not a game person, but the Parks game grabbed my attention!

Arisia faces another setback, with an arbitration decisio... Read More

WWWednesday: August 7, 2019


WorldCon begins Thursday, August 15, in Dublin, Ireland. You can follow it on Twitter.

Books and Writing:

Medium has a podcast with writer Neal Stephenson, talking about digital facial recognition, social media and space exploration.

Over at Crimereads, Via Mullholland makes the argument that William Gibson, Charles Stross and Neal Stephenson really wrote technothrillers. Why? Because over at Crimereads, they like technothrillers.

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WWWednesday: July 31, 2019


Stephen Pastis was awarded the Reuben Cartoonist of the Year Award. (Thanks to File 770.)

The World Fantasy Award finalists are announced.

Earth's moon. image by NASA


Locus has a report on May’s SFWA Nebula weekend.

2021 WorldCon site voting has opened.

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WWWednesday: July 24, 2019

The house John Adams was born in. Photo by Marion Deeds


Rosewater by Tade Thompson won the 2019 Arthur C. Clarke award.

The 2019 Prism Awards, for excellence in LGTBQ+ Comics, were announced at San Diego ComicCon. For short form, see me by e Jackson won. SuperButch won for excellence in a webcomic.

The Inkpot Awards were announced at ComiCon.

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WWWednesday: July 17, 2019

I declare it Kat Hooper Day.

I officially declare today Kat Hooper Day.


The Shirley Jackson Awards were announced at ReaderCon, July 14. (Terry was in the audience for this!) Little Eve, by Catriona Ward, won for Best Horror Novel.


This will be another column that will not have a lot of links, because I am going to report out on ReaderCon30, held in Quincy, Massachusetts from July 11 through July 14, 2019.


One commenter chosen at random will get a hardback copy of Richard Kadrey’s newest book, The Grand Dark.


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WWWednesday: The Rook

(This is my World Wide Wednesday column, but it isn’t a link column today. I am on my way to ReaderCon2019, with Terry Weyna. Enjoy my thoughts on the STARZ adaptation of Daniel O’Malley’s book The Rook.)

Daniel O’Malley’s amnesiac, paranoiac, chess-themed super-powered-human novel got lots of good buzz when it was published in 2012. Tadiana reviewed it here. STARZ has taken the story and given it a polished adaptation that reminds me a bit of both the film production of The Children of Men, and STARZ’s own too-soon-cancelled SF/alternate world/spy drama Coun... Read More

WWWednesday: July 3, 2019

Mary Robinette Kowal (c) Mary Robinette Kowal


The Locus Awards were announced. Mary Robinette Kowal won for Best Science Fiction Novel with The Calculating Stars, Paul Tremblay for Best Horror with The Cabin at the End of the World, and Naomi Novik won Best Fantasy Novel for Spinning Silver.

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WWWednesday: June 26, 2019

Books and Writing:

Mark Lawrence, who manages and hosts the annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off (SPFBO) also has a “cover contest.” So far, three covers are up, and they’re pretty good! (Thanks to File 770.)

Dark Matter zine shares late illustrator Ian Gunn’s “silly illos” of fiction clichés. This week is, “The villain, pursued by cops, climbs to the top of the highest building in the city, and then falls off.”

(c) Melody Knighton. "The Hunger."

Ian Sales, who neither nominates nor votes for the Hugos although he is eligible to, reviews the Hugo shortlist in the Read More

WWWednesday: June 19, 2019


Punakha Suspension Bridge, image from Atlas Obscura

Terry and I will be attending ReaderCon in Boston in two weeks. Here are some of the people I look forward to seeing (some are deceased and I don’t expect to actually see them).

Books and Writing:

You write a nonfiction book, and part of your premise is based on your faulty understanding of an old legal term. This is discovered shortly before your book is released. What do you do? In the case of Naomi Wolf’s Outrage: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love, what Wolf wants and what her publisher wants is very different. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wants the rele... Read More

WWWednesday: June 12, 2019

Should have used sunscreen. (Dark Phoenix, image from The Verge.)

June 8 is the birthday of SF editor John W. Campbell, who is often credited with creating (or at least helping create) SF’s Golden Age; most notably through Astounding Science Fiction. While Campbell’s racism and other political views are problematic now, he helped shape the field as it is today.

In word-related news, I did not know that stymie could be a noun. I was certainly familiar with it as a verb, (to block or obstruct), but as a noun it is a golfing term that means the same thing; when your ball lies between your opponent’s ball and the cup, that’s a stymie.


George R.R. Martin received the Carl Sandburg Literary Award.
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WWWednesday: June 5, 2019

Rainbow. Image by Pexels


The Neukom Awards were announced.

Books and Writing:

Last month Nerds of a Feather reviewed Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes.

Fran Wilde talks about permanence and impermanence in “The Fire Opal Mechanism,” on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog.

MacMillan’s parent company of Tor, will... Read More

WWWednesday: May 29, 2019

Golden Gate Bridge, image from Pixabay.

The Golden Gate bridge had a birthday this week. It wasn’t a milestone one. The bridge opened to traffic on May 27, 1937.


Selmaa Ahmad was awarded the first A.C. Bose Grant from the Speculative Fiction Foundation. The award is presented to a South Asian diaspora writer developing speculative fiction. Ahmad’s stories sound wonderful.

The Ursa Major awards, for excellence in the furry arts, were awarded on May 26, at AnthroOhio.

Also honoring the anthropomorphic, the Coyotl awards, presented in Portland, Oregon. (I’m tempted to write something with a... Read More

WWWednesday: May 22, 2019

Phoenix Sculpture by Xu Bing. Image from


Congratulations to Mary Robinette Kowal, Bo Bolander and Aliette de Bodard among others for their Nebula wins last weekend. The full list of winners can be found here. Congratulations and thanks to all the finalists for providing us with such wonderful ideas, characters and stories.

Crimefest awards were announced, with Robert Galbraith AKA Read More

WWWednesday: May 15, 2019

This week’s word for Wednesday is spelaean, an adjective, meaning like a cave. That’s no real surprise since I’m sure it’s from the same root as the verb spelunk. 


It’s awards season! And you don’t need an antihistamine to enjoy it!

File 770 wins the award for Most Meta; a list of Best Awards! The Awards Award. No surprise that the Hugo and the Nebula top the list, but I was surprised to see the Shirley Jackson award so low.

Paul Tremblay won a Bram Stoker award for The Cabin at the End of the World. The other winners are included in the link.

Apologies if I’ve already posed this; The Dartmouth Neukom Institute Read More

WWWednesday: May 8, 2019

Red rhododendrons at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. Photo by Marion Deeds, 2019


SpikeCon, scheduled for July 4-7, 2019, will be held in Utah. This year’s convention will be a blend of NASFIC and WesterCon. NASFIC is the North American convention that is held in any years that WorldCon is not held in the USA.


The finalists for the Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced.

I did not know there was a Woman’s Award, but there is, and Madeline Miller’s Circe made the finalist list, alon... Read More

Not WWWednesday: Roswell, New Mexico on the CW

(I was out of town most of last week and the weekend with no time to do a links column. Instead I am posting my observations of a TV adaptation of the Roswell High books by Melinda Metz. Links will be back on May 8!)

Roswell, New Mexico, the CW.

I watched the first season of the CW’s Roswell, New Mexico, and I have Thoughts. I’m a sucker for “aliens among us” stories, so this reboot of the tale was a natural for me. Am I embarrassed to admit that I sometimes watch the CW? I’m not. I’m not their demo, but I know a few people in my age group who watch it too. It’s like we’re aliens hiding in plain sight among their viewership.

In 1999, the CW tried a show called Roswell, based on the YA series ROSWELL HIGH by Read More

WWWednesday: April 24, 2019


Voting for the semi-finalists of the Alliance Award for excellence in Christian speculative fiction closed yesterday. (Thanks to File 770.)


I will be out of town the rest of the week and early next. I will post a column on 5/1, but it won’t be links.

Valley and volcanoes in Iceland. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian.

Books and Writing:

This Hawaiian Business Magazine article explores native Hawaiian culture as one that practices the scientific method and incorporates respect for the environment.

It’s embarrassi... Read More

WWWednesday: April 17, 2019

Gene Wolfe. Image (c) Locus Magazine


Gene Wolfe died on Sunday, April 14. Wolfe was a master writer who is probably best known for THE BOOKS OF THE NEW SUN. Wolfe’s work dealt with identity, memory and mystery, often featuring a main character who didn’t realize that he (and it was usually a “he”) had only a small part to play in a much larger story. His prose is amazing, and he will be missed. celebrates the life of this master storyteller.


File 770 presents the long list for the Best Books in Transla... Read More

WWWednesday: April 10, 2019

This week’s word for Wednesday, courtesy of Haggard Hawks: the noun babby-laker, meaning a person who engages in foolish speculation or ideas. Try to use it in a sentence sometime this week.

Books and Writing:

Shelf Awareness and Sarah Pinsker discuss favorite books.

Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer will judge the 2019 Neukom Awards. The Awards gives a $5,000 prize for excellence in a speculative fiction work that honors the imagination. (Thanks to Locus Read More

WWWednesday: April 3, 2019

This week’s word for Wednesday is velutinous, an adjective, meaning to have a soft, velvety surface, usually used to describe plants.


Vonda McIntyre, author of the award-winning Dreamsnake and The Moon and the Sun, passed away on April 1. McIntyre had announced eight weeks earlier that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. McIntyre founded Clarion West in 1970 and ran it for three years. McIntyre’s work was an inspiration to imagination, and she personally was a source of great encouragement and support for emerging writers.

Spring Wildlflowers, image from Sierra Club.


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