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; 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 It is obsolete now, but has real potential as a character name; you know, like “Egrimony Jones, Steampunk Detective.”

Awards

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.

Awards

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.

Awards

The Pulitzer Prize was announced t... 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.

Awards

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

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

Awards:

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 a bust of H.P. Lo... Read More

WWWednesday; March 30, 2016

Awards


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

Awards

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 lan... 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? Tor.com discusses the myth.

Also at Tor.com, a column about J.K. Rowling’sRead 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

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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

Awards

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 ... 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

Awards

The Nebula ... 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.

Awards

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 h... 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.

The  rediscovered Read More

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.

Obituary
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 ... Read More

WWWednesday; January 20, 2016

Obituary

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

At Tor.com, 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 dictionary.com, and comes from the Greek word for mirror, katoptron.


 Obituary

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 musi... 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.

Awards
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.... 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.

Obituaries

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

WWWednesday; December 23, 2015

The Flight of the Muse (c) Paul Bond

This week’s world for Wednesday is wassail, a noun, meaning a salutation wishing health to another person, usually in the form of a toast; or also a spiced ale beverage drunk on winter holidays, most notably winter solstice, Christmas or Twelfth Night. The phrase entered the language in the 1100s from the phrase, “Be Hale.” Rather than go into detail about the spiced ale, I’m just going to link to a recipe. And here’s a non-alcoholic (and egg-free) recipe.

I hope your winter solstice was filled with light and the warmth of family and friends, and that the many millions of you who saw Star Wars; The Force Awakens enjoyed it. Variety shares Read More

WWWednesday; December 16, 2015

The Blue Marble, Courtesy of NASA

This week’s word for Wednesday is pecksniffian, an adjective meaning sanctimonious or hypocritical, or “unctuously affecting high moral principles.” “Pecksniffian” comes to us as a gift from Charles Dickens, based on the character of Seth Pecksniff in Martin Chuzzlewit. It came into use between 1850-1855. And there’s a related noun; pecksniffery!

Awards

Joe R Lansdale won the Raymond Chandler Award. (See, an award every week! What did I tell you?) Courtesy of Locus.

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WWWednesday; December 9, 2015

Indignata (c) Molly Crabapple

Awards

Is there some award or other every single week of the year? It sure seems like it. Here are some results from the Goodreads Best Of 2015. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman is Goodreads Best Fantasy of 2015. Golden Son by Pierce Brown is the best science fiction read, and Brian K. Vaughan’s SAGA won for best graphic novel.

Books and Writing

Kat mentioned that the audio-versio... Read More

WWWednesday; December 2, 2015

The Fool, from the Rider-Waite Tarot

This week’s word for Wednesday is Splendiferous, an adjective meaning wonderful, splendid or magnificent. It comes from the Old English word splendorifer, which means “bright-bearing.”

Awards

Orycon, held in Portland Oregon on November 20, 2015, gave the Endeavor Award to Jay Lake, who passed away in June, 2014. The endeavor Award is given to Pacific Northwest writers for a collection of work; Lake’s Last Plane to Heaven was honored with the award.

Books and Writing

Rarer than a unicorn is the fantasy standalone; but Stubby the Rocket gives us Read More

WWWednesday: November 25, 2015

Breatrix Potter; Peter Rabbit and Family

On this date in 1915, Albert Einstein presented the field equations of general relativity to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. On this date in 1952, Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theater in London, beginning what would be the longest continuous run of a play in history. 

Awards

The Kunkel Awards are new! The inaugural award will be given next year, recognizing excellence in video game journalism. Nominations must have been published in 2015, and they can be from any source, even a personal blog, as long as they are “ethical and excellent.” (Apparently for some it is about ethics in gaming journalism.) Categories include news reporting, feature writing, feature streaming and photography/illustrati... Read More

WWWednesday; 11-18-15

For all those lost, or who lost loved ones and friends in last week's terror attacks.

I only posted one photo today and that’s of a candle. It’s for all the people lost in the terror attacks last week, their families, and their loved ones.

Words

This week’s word for Wednesday is humdudgeon, a noun, meaning an imaginary or made-up illness (in Scotland, it means a loud complaint). The origin is believed to come from an old meaning of hum as “hoax” and dudgeon, meaning “ill humor.”

About Us

You’ve probably noticed that the site looks a bit different these days. We often have multiple reviews of the same book, and we are combining all those reviews into one thread, with the pictures of the reviewers at the top. This is a more efficient use of the database, and easier for readers, who won’t have to kee... Read More

WWWednesday: November 11, 2015

November 11 is the day we remember and honor all of those who have served in our armed forces. Woodrow Wilson declared the first “Armistice Day” in 1919, to commemorate the end of the Great War. In 1947 President Eisenhower expanded the acknowledgement to all veterans. Thank you, former armed forces members, for your service. We may not always agree with the reasons our leaders give for deploying American troops, but we always acknowledge your courage and your sacrifice.

Awards

Locus reports David Mitchell’s novel The Bone Clocks won the World Fantasy Award, presented at last weekend’s World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, New York. Daryl Gregory won for Best Novella with his excellent “We Are All Complete... Read More