Image of Jupiter in shades of blue, with an aurora. Image via NASA

Several months ago, John Scalzi reported the opening of the Scalzi Family Foundation. Here is one of their first philanthropic efforts.

Thanks to File 770 for this one! As part of a scholar’s Masters thesis in Communication, this database includes many (most? All?) fictional brand names. You can search by alpha, or by alpha within categories.

If you’re an eligible voter, you have about one more week to vote for the Hugos, and here is a post with some resources to help you decide who gets your vote.

“But the movie/show wasn’t like the book at all!” Over at, Molly Templeton replies, “Why should it be?”

Sarah Jost discusses six books with folks at Nerds of a Feather.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found for Apple in its dispute with Epic Games, but with a narrowly viewed and highly technical decision.

Space X’s Starship rocket blew up—I mean, had a rapid unscheduled disassembly—last week, but this was not a failure, according to both the company and NASA. Vox explains why not.

Parrots like Zoom calls too, according to Smithsonian Magazine.

This fantasy novel, The Monsters We Defy, came out in August of last year I guess, but Orbit Books has an excerpt on its site now. (Long.) Enjoy!

The launch of Juice (the successful rocket launch) brought with it a mocktail contest. Wow, these are wild.

One commenter chosen at random will get a hardcopy by How to Mars.


  • Marion Deeds

    Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town.