WWWednesday: February 12, 2020

Bessie Coleman, African American pilot who got her license in 1921.

Bessie Coleman, African American pilot who got her license in 1921. She was flying before Amelia Earhart was.

Science:

A scientist at Stanford has turned jellyfish bionic, with plans to turn them into living information-gathering devices. 

Awards:

File 770 shares the British Science Fiction Association shortlist.

Books and Writing:

In the New York Times, Brit Marling talks about the Dead Woman, the Strong Female Lead and how speculative fiction helped her find the actual feminine.

For Black History Month, the Mary Sue shares a recommended reading list.

Juliette Wade’s debut novel Mazes of Power was released last Tuesday.

At “The Big Idea” R.W.W. Greene writes about The Light Years, and ruminates on what you choose to take, and what you leave behind.

Here is more about the Marvel Universe than I will ever need.

Juliette Wade at her book launch at Borderlands Books, San Francisco, CA.

Juliette Wade at her book launch at Borderlands Books, San Francisco, CA. By the way, she is in costume as a Grobal, the ruling caste.

TV and Movies:

The Oscars: Did you expect Parasite to win? To win so much? I certainly did not!

Some people weren’t so happy about it.

SyFy shares a spoiler-heavy discussion on the Season One finale of Netflix’s Locke and Key.

A sword-fight historian gives The Witcher a passing grade.

Smithsonian Magazine has a list of ten women whose lives would make great movies. Sorry, nine women.

Netflix has a Norwegian series that is a retelling of Ragnarok – they myth cycle, not the MCU movie.

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya…” A one-hour plus interview with Mandy Patinkin.

Birds of Prey did not have a good opening weekend, and now experts are going to tell us why.

Netflix unveils the second season of Altered Carbon.

Internet:

This cross-species buddy-video went viral. It turns out that it’s not so unusual for badgers and coyotes to hunt together. What makes this one so charming is the excited play-bow the coyote gives when it sees the badger coming. The article is interesting.

Brianna Wu discusses the hack of two of her accounts during her campaign for Senate.

“The people at Hershey were really excited about maple bacon, but they couldn’t get the texture right.” Apparently, the Hershey Kit-Kat universe is vaster and stranger than I knew.

Earth:

The Forestiere Underground Gardens in Fresno, Ca, are modeled on catacombs seen by the owner in Sicily in his youth.


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MARION DEEDS, with us since March 2011, is retired from a 35-year career with county government, where she met enough interesting characters and heard enough zany stories to inspire at least two trilogies’ worth of fantasy fiction. Currently she spends part of her time working at a local used bookstore. She is an aspiring writer herself and, in the 1990s, had short fiction published in small magazines like Night Terrors, Aberrations, and in the cross-genre anthology The Magic Within. On her blog Deeds & Words, she reviews many types of books and follows developments in food policy and other topics.

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