WWWednesday; July 12, 2017

UPDATE: Kelly Lasiter won Jeopardy last night!
Awards:

Baen Books has announced the finalists in the Baen Adventure Award. The award will be presented at GenCon on August 19, 2017.

Fairy Ring by John Waterhouse

Fairy Ring by John Waterhouse

Books and Writing:

Junot Diaz interviews Margaret Atwood about The Handmaid’s Tale. This is a thoughtful and terrifying interview.

Here is an interesting article about an artist who visited the sites of 17 libraries along the Silk Road.

Demonyms are not for naming demons. They are for naming inhabitants of a jurisdiction/area. Here, Atlas Obscura introduces a number of unusual ones.

“I’m awkward and I’ve been awkward for as long as I can remember.” Ty Toshiro has written a book about people who are socially awkward, and in this podcast he discusses it. He talks about the people who miss social cues, but also about people who are anxious because they feel awkward.

Marie Brennan contemplates the gestures, particularly hand gestures, that convey contempt or insult, is this thoughtful article on Book View Café.

Here’s a neat discussion, not-quite-review of a fun book. I recommend Vacation Guide to the Solar System for everyone.

Mary Robinette Kowal provides a new take on the “women in SFF” issue.

TV and Movies:

Vulture gives Tatiana Maslany its female actor of the year award, for her body of work on five seasons of Orphan Black.

Firebird by Ivan Bilibin

Firebird by Ivan Bilibin

Another Amelia Earhart story: this one includes a photograph taken in the Marshall Islands that shows people in the distant foreground (if that’s even a term), one of whom might be Earhart and one of whom might be navigator Fred Noonan, with a barge in the far right background that has an airplane on it. This photo is the basis the for new PBS special on Earhart’s disappearance.

Action star Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye in the Avenger movies, and played a non-action role in the film Arrival, broke both arms when a stunt went wrong in the movie he is currently filming, Tag. Renner says he heals fast and the injuries won’t keep him from doing what he needs to be doing.

It looks like Spiderman:Homecoming is doing better than okay at the box office.

Here’s an essay from movie critic Owen Glieberman, writing about “light” and “dark” superheroes (inspired by the new Spiderman movie apparently). This made me think, until I tripped over his description of Gal Gidot’s Wonder Woman as “Olympian banshee.” Banshee? Mr. Glieberman, do you know what a banshee is? Here’s one definition.

Internet:

Made of Beautiful Things by Sophie Gengembre Anderson

Made of Beautiful Things by Sophie Gengembre Anderson

I’m always looking at unusual ways to tell stories, and here’s one. Hang in with it. And it’s really just a long introduction to the NFL Draft, but it… is so awesome. There aren’t any spoiler alerts, but definitely scroll/swipe alerts. Thanks to Dan Wells for sharing this on Twitter.

And here’s another interesting story, on Vimeo. Enjoy “Strange Beasts.”

Science and Tech:

KFC’s publicity-stunt sandwich might have had a nice time, but World View Enterprises’s Stratolite balloon did not perform as well in its attempted four-day flight into the stratosphere. A KFC chicken sandwich (you’ve seen the ads for the sandwich that’s “been in space”) went along for the ride. The four-day trip was meant to allow engineers to test controls, but the balloon itself malfunctioned after 17 hours.

The big, car-straddling bus in China was all a ruse? Darn it.

I can imagine what my writers group would say if I brought a prison-break story where the premise was that an accomplice dropped tools to the escapee via drone. Life can get away with more than art can.

Space:

Juno made its sixth fly-by of Jupiter on Monday, July 10.

Earth:

It does look like Larsen-C, part of the Antarctic ice shelf, will fracture sometime soon, maybe even “any day now.” The created ice berg, which will be roughly the size of the state of Delaware, will drift north toward the Falkland Islands and the Drake Shipping Passage. The calving of Larsen-C by itself will not raise ocean levels, but the ice plane holds back other ice and with it gone, more landlocked ice can flow into the oceans.

Update: CNN reported this today.

Art:

Today’s art is in the public domain and includes work by pre-Raphaelite painters Sophie Gengembre Anderson and John Waterhouse, and 20th century illustrator Ivan Bilibin.


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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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3 comments

  1. E. J. Jones /

    Woo! Go Kelly!

  2. I am in awe of Kelly’s brain.

  3. April /

    Congrats Kelly! My mom and I watched and cheered for you. We’ll be watching tonight as well. I’m sure you’ll do well but we’ll be hoping you win also.

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