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: 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 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.

Cory... Read More

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

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