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 12, 2018

Cummudge is “cosy and comfortable” according to Haggard Hawks. Definitely adding that one to my everyday vocabulary!

Books and Writing:

Tor.com is looking for bloggers. They pay by the article.

LitHub profiles the author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

“In the history of epic fantasy, following this analogy and paradigm, there has always been a voice in a minor key, a strain of fantasy with antiheroes, shades of dark grey and darkness, worlds where hope and optimism are not valued or are even punished. Violence is the name of the game, dystopic amorality the norm and the worlds are often the succe... Read More

WWWednesday: September 5, 2018

Awards:

The Dragon Awards were announced at DragonCon September 2, 2018. Winning works included: Artemis, by Andy Weir, best SF Novel; Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson, best Fantasy Novel, Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and Owen King, best Horror Novel; Read More

WWWednesday: August 29, 2018

Hugos:

File770 looks at instances of 3-in-a-row (threepeat) winners and finds that in the novel/novella categories N.K. Jemisin has pulled off a “first.”

Here’s the text of Jemisin’s acceptance speech.

The UK Guardian approves of Jemisin’s threepeat. Deeper into the essay they seem to imply that her characters aren’t rounded, and that is not correct.

Conventions:

Have I mentioned recently that I love Read More

WWWednesday: August 22, 2018

It’s going to be a short column this week.

Awards:

N.K.Jemisin was awarded the Best Novel Hugo for The Stone Sky, while Martha Wells won for best novella with All Systems RedThe full Hugo awards are listed here. There are two other awards I’ve broken out for an item under WorldCon.

WorldCon:

Mike Glyer wa... Read More

WWWednesday: August 8, 2018

The Future is Blue (c) Galen Dara 2014



Awards:

The Dragon Awards ballot was announced. This site describes the process for voting. Voting ends on 9/1/18. (Thanks to File 770.)

Conventions:


Mary Robinette Kowal stepped in to help the WorldCon 76 Committee with their programming issues. She blogs about it here.

Books and Writing:

The Guardian provides a roundup of reviews of new science fiction. They also recommend Read More

WWWednesday: July 25, 2018

Awards:

The 2018 Eisners were announced, with some familiar names for us, including Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Black Bolt by Saladin Ahmed and Black Panther; World of Wakanda, by Roxana Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coats and Alitha E. Martinez.

Conventions:

San Diego Comic-Con was in full swing last weekend, and Syfy was there to cover it along with everyone else. Could I resist a cosplay roundup? I could not. Read More

WWWednesday: July 18, 2018

I am slammed with deadlines, so it’s a short column today. Besides, it’s summer! Don’t you kids ever go outside and play? 

Conventions:

StokerCon 2020 will be held in the UK. Apparently, this will be the first time since the convention’s founding that it will be held there. File under Only Slightly Ironic. (h/t to File 770.)

Awards:

The David Gemmell awards were presented last week, with Best Novel going to Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb (which we loved).

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WWWednesday: July 11, 2018

Awards:

The short list for the British Fantasy Awards has been published. Best fantasy novel finalists include: The Age of Assassins by RJ Baker; The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark and The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams. Best horror novel finalists are: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey; The Changeling by Victor LaValle; Relics by Tim Lebbon; The Crow Garden Read More

WWWednesday: July 4, 2018

If you live in the USA, happy Independence Day. Please enjoy your music and cookouts, and be very careful with fireworks!

Obituary:

Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)



Harlan Ellison, who changed the landscape of speculative fiction with works like “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” and “Repent, Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman,” passed away last week at the age of 84. Tor.com looks back on his life and influence. Locus does too.

Ellison was an influence on many of us here at Fantasy Literature. A few reviewers shared their thoughts and reactions to this professional madman, gadfly and possible genius.

Terry: I'm not sure which I read first d... Read More

WWWednesday: June 20, 2018

Books and Writing:

President Barack Obama shares his late-spring reading list; in this case, it’s all non-fiction. There are some interesting books on here.

"The Skeleton Bridge" (c) Alia Yusuf for the short story Chinlap by Sunny Moraine



Sad news for readers and writers. Shimmer, known for publishing fantastical short stories that preferred poetic prose, is closing after thirteen years. I will miss their great stories by writers like Alix E. Harrow, and I’m glad we had the magazine around as long as we did. The November issue will be the last (and watch for... Read More

WWWednesday; June 13, 2018

California Long-tailed weasel. (c) Marion Deeds 2018



Conventions:

The antics at ConCarolinas have now spilled over to DragonCon, resulting in the firing and resignation, respectively, of two different staffers. Richard Fife is one of them and he put a statement regarding his resignation on his blog. (Thanks to File 770.)

Books and Writing:

Junot Diaz has been asked to relinquish his position as chair of the Pulitzer Prize Committee after numerous allegations of sexual misconduct were made. Read More

WWWednesday: May 30, 2018

Influential editor Gardner Dozois shaped modern SFF. He passed away on Sunday.



Haggard Hawks provides this week’s word for Wednesday. It’s the verb intermicate, and it means “to shine between.” It was first recorded in the dictionary Glossographia in 1656. Its roots are Latin, from “inter” (between) and “micare”, to shine or gleam. Paul of HH notes that that the adjective micant, meaning “shining” is criminally neglected in current use.

Obituary:

“To write good SF today...you must push further and harder, reach deeper into your own mind until you break through into the strange and terrible country wherein live your own dreams.”

Gardner Dozois, influential editor and powerful writer, passed away on Sunday. (Thanks to Serial Box for the quotation.)

Conventions:

A convention, Read More

WWWednesday: May 23, 2018

This week’s word for Wednesday is courtesy of Dictionary.com, and it’s the noun gnashnab, which is a person who complains about everything.  It sounds like it would be the name of a Dickensian character, doesn’t it?

Sandhill crane near Lake Helen, Florida



Nebula Awards Announced:

The Nebula awards were announced on Saturday. N.K. Jemisin took home Best Novel for The Stone Sky; Martha Wells’s “All Systems Red” won Best Novella; Kelly Robson won with “A Human Stain” for best novelette and Rebecca Roanhorse’s “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience ™” won for best short story.  Read More

WWWednesday: May 2, 2018

Awards:

The winner of the National Prize for Arabic Fiction, Ibrahim Nasrallah, won with the novel The Second War of the Dog, which contains speculative elements.

The Locus Awards finalists are announced.

Robert Jackson Bennett writes about what it’s like to have a work nominated for a Hugo (he is up for Best Series for  the brilliant DIVINE CITIES trilogy).

Reminders:

The column will be on hia... Read More

WWWednesday: April 25, 2018

Awards:

The David Gemmel Award finalists are announced.

The nominations for the World Fantasy Award are now open. Thanks to File770.

Cons:

Avengers; Infinity War, photograph from marvel.com



Hopes for a shenanigan-free WorldCon in 2018 were dashed when a writer filed suit against the WorldCon76 Committee. He alleges that the con committee’s action in January, 2018 to limit his membership from attending to participat... Read More

WWWednesday; April 18, 2018

Awards:

 

This year’s Man Booker Prize finalist list includes two works of genre interest.

Books and Writing:

Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El and Georgina Campbell as Lyta Zog, star-crossed lovers in Krypton. Photo from SyFy.com



At Tor.com, Seanan Maguire writes about fanfic as the best writing school there is.

For all you writers out there, some of these markets are open through the end of the month, so send them your stuff!

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WWWednesday; April 11, 2018

Our word for Wednesday is a phrase. “The Halibut Gamble” is how I feel every time I cook it, but it’s also the opening move in a chess match.

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland



Books and Writing:

George RR Martin shares his moment as “Cover Boy” of the Chinese version of Esquire.

Check out our New Releases list. What do you see that intrigues you?

It’s National Library Week!

Charles Soule Read More

WWWednesday; April 4, 2018

This week’s word for Wednesday: Is “willy-nilly” really a contraction of “Will I, Nill I,” old English for “Will I, Won’t I?”

Awards:

The Hugo finalists are out! Congratulations to all of the finalists!

File 770 gives us the 2017 Aurealis Award winners.

Geese in flight, Photo by Photography U.K.



 Books and Writing:

With a recently passed law meant to make it easier to stop and prosecute human trafficking, we may have once again wandered into the Land of Unintended Consequences, Read More

WWWednesday: March 28, 2018

Leonaro da Vinci's Robot model. Courtesy of the Robot Museum.



Science and Tech:

“We could store all the data currently on the internet in the size of a shoebox,” says a scientist in this BBC World News segment about using DNA for data storage. Is that the best SF What-If ever?

1984; it’s a great book, but it’s not the right dystopia for the 21st century.” In light of the revelations about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, this TED talk becomes very interesting. It’s just under 25 minutes long.

Books and Writing:

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WWWednesday: March 21, 2018

Books and Writing:

When a writer sells international rights to a book, publishers frequently change covers. In the case of Barbara de Mariaffti’s book, the British publishers also changed the title. This is an interesting article about marketing and the state of fiction in Canada and Britain.

Mayan plaque, Courtesy of National Geographic



Over on Book View Café, Marie Brennan writes about body modification as adornment.

…and, the Feminist Story Bundle continue... Read More

WWWednesday; March 14, 2018

This week’s column will focus mostly on FOGCon, held in walnut Creek, California. I’ve included a few other tidbits first though.

Steampunk hats in the FOGCon dealers room.



Books and Writing:

Lit Hub and VanderMeer on writing tips.

Robert Jackson Bennett writes about the need to bring an analytical mind to the books, stories and movies you love. (Bennett commented on Twitter that he didn’t think Erik Killmonger in Black Panther was a well-developed villain, and I’m wondering if that statement and the resulting... Read More

WWWednesday: March 7, 2017

The Oscars:

The Shape of Water won Best Picture, and Jordan Peele's incisive social-commentary horror film Get Out won for best original screenplay. A good year for speculative fiction.

Genevieve Valentine gives critique of the Dresses of the Red Carpet.

Conventions:

Tomorrow, March 8, I’ll head down to Walnut Creek, California for FOGCon. Expect next week’s column to be the FOGCon edition.

Spotted tailed Quoll



Books and Writing:

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WWWednesday; February 28, 2018

This week’s word for Wednesday is the verb famigerate, which means to report news from abroad.

Books and Writing:

Inside Area X from Annihilation, Paramount Studios



Speculative memoir? Just what is that? Sofia Samatar hosts a discussion on memoir that contains aspects of speculative fiction. (h/t to File 770.)

National Geographic Kids book division is expanding into fiction. The new imprint... Read More

WWWednesday: February 21, 2018

"Don't make me come over there." Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia(Disney-Marvel Films)



I was out of town and away from computers for the early part of this week, so here is an abbreviated column, which, I’ll warn you now, is Black-Panther-centric.

Books and Writing:

Stanley Cushing was the curator of the Rare Books Collection at the Boston Athenaeum. After his retirement, Atlas Obscura interviewed him about his long career and some of his favorite books.

Mario of Super Mario Brothers is getting his own Super Encyclopedia, due to come out in October of this year.

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WWWednesday; February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!



It’s February 14th, the day where we acknowledge the martyrdom of the early Christian (and possibly mythical) St Valentine by sending significant others cutouts of the Greek god of sexuality, buying diamonds and flowers, and eating chocolate. In honor of that last one, here is a brief history of chocolate, courtesy of the Smithsonian.

Books and Writing:

NK Jemisin asks that people wishing to nominate her 2017 book The Stone Sky for a Hugo nominate it in the Best Novel category and not Best Series. Read More