WWWednesday: April 24, 2019

Awards:

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

Housekeeping:

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.

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 embarrassing to admit that I didn’t get the pun in this organization’s name until I actually clicked over to their site. Broad Universe is a group of folks dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women in the speculative genres. Of course, there is a controversy about this group already; an accusation that while they welcome men to join the group, they don’t allow them to read at BU-sponsored reading events at cons.

Fanac has some early Harlan Ellison fanzine issues available, if you like that sort of thing.

FIYAH Magazine did a second survey on the experiences Black speculative fiction writers have while submitting short stories to pro and semi-pro markets. Their findings are thought-provoking. Please not that this is not a rigorous, university level study; this is a survey. FIYAH is very clear about its intent and the limitations of the report, and frankly I didn’t see that many limitations.

Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, made the Times’s 100 Most Influential People list.

Tor announces a new horror imprint, Nightfire, with its first releases due out in 2021. I love this idea but I have to say their logo doesn’t look very scary.

The Altacama. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian.

The Altacama. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian.

TV and Movies:

The Fast and Furious franchise has now entered the spin-off phase, with secondary characters, like Hobbs and Shaw, being awarded films of their own. Normally I wouldn’t care, but you guys, Idris Elba is the super-villain! Idris Elba!

So, um, that Hellboy remake didn’t do so well. Over on Rotten Tomatoes, the critics were not kind, although 61% the surveyed audience liked it. The movie is not on track to earn back its production costs in theatrical release yet.

The Magicians, Season 4 Finale: Did the writers get it wrong? WARNING, SPOILERS. Don’t click on these links, until/unless you’ve seen the finale episode. Syfy Wire think it’s wrong, wrong, wrong, characterizing some plot points in such a way that I’m not sure they watched the same show I did. Hollywood Reporter went to the showrunners and writers themselves. Personally, I thought it worked. I had some of the same concerns about the message it sends to people living with depression, and I think it was a huge risk for the show to take financially as well as creatively. Season Five will let us know whether it succeeded or failed.

Lake and mountain in Oregon. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian.

Lake and mountain in Oregon. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian.

Internet:

Syfy Wire identified its eight favorite SF dogs from visual media.

A little more from Syfy Wire: a list of podcasts to brighten your drive-time, or whenever.

Tech Time wanted you to know how to share your Earth Day photos with NASA. Meanwhile, here are some of those stunning images of our home planet.

Images:

Today’s photographs are from the Smithsonian.


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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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