WWWednesday: February 26, 2019

Awards:

The Nebula finalists have been announced. Some interesting works on this list.

Katherine Johnson receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015

Katherine Johnson, shown here as President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Obituary:

Katherine Johnson, African American mathematician who worked for NASA and helped put people on the moon, died this week. She lived to be 101 years old, and an inspiration to many people. 

Books and Writing:

This contest is open to a small pool of people but I’m pleased to see SFF encouraged among young people.

This essay by Daniel Jose Older goes back a ways. How do we write “the other?” And ourselves?

Bookriot has a cover reveal for Alix E. Harrow’s second novel.

Dan DiDio is out at DC’s comics division. Bleeding Cool has another article on the topic. (Thanks to File770 for both links.)

Nerds of a Feather has an interview with Myke Cole on his upcoming MILSF Coast-Guard-on-the-Moon novel, Sixteenth Watch.

TV and Movies:

Black Girl Nerds highlight an HBO documentary that was released last week, “We Are the Dream; The Kids of the MLK Oratorical.”

Does Dispatches from Elsewhere sound interesting to you?

Motherland: Fort Salem, had me raising my eyebrows, but this article makes the show sound interesting. Spoiler alert; GI Joe but with witches?

Last week Amazon Prime premiered Hunters, about Nazi Hunters in the USA, starring Al Pacino.

Netflix is preparing an anime of Transformers, which I think brings this franchise full circle from its inception as a “cartoon,” which is what we called them when I was a kid, riding our dinosaurs to school.

Capybara Leaps Into a River

A capybara leaping into a river, included for no reason except it makes me smile.

Science:

Scientists have discovered two antibodies that bind the novel coronavirus. The lab is working with many other entities to see if a vaccine can be developed.

Without Editorial Comment:

Mike Hughes, who once said he planned to fly a rocket up to the 62-mile-high barrier of the atmosphere and take photos to show the earth is really flat, was killed over the weekend in a rocket accident. Space.com notes that this rocket accident was probably not connected with Hughes’s beliefs about the earth.

Internet:

FanExpo Dallas, 2020, has a reunion of the actors who played four of the Weasleys in the Harry Potter films.

Earth:

Cabbage palms are fighting cougars in Florida – and winning. Humans, though, have come in on the side of the cougars… and tasty hearts of palm salad.


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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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