Gwen Ifill on the Forever stamp

The Gwen Ifill Forever Stamp is unveiled.


Gwen Ifill is now on a first-class postage stamp. Since she was first-class, this is inspiring. PBS New Hours has video of the event.


One commenter will get a paperback copy of Mark Lawrence’s novella One Word Kill.

Books and Writing:

At Polygon, Andrew Liptak has a list of February books for you.

Public Domain puts up some stunning antique book covers. I want a poster of the elephant attached to the balloon.

Clarkesworld announces the closure of the nomination phase of its annual readers’ poll, and the candidates for best cover art and stories.

Locus published its Recommended Reading List. Also in this post is a link to the 2020 Locus Poll and Survey. Vote for your favorites and possible contenders for the Locus Awards in June!

While we’re on the subject of Locus, about once a year I try to remind people that this valuable resource can use your support.

File770 shared a link to this surprising comic.

On her blog, Mary Robinette Kowal shares the experience of trying on an A7-L spacesuit, created by Adam Savage.

Publishers Weekly takes a look at Marvel’s shifting priorities regarding graphic novels. The Disney-owned company is coming on strong.

John Scalzi hosts Juliette Wade on The Big Idea, where she discusses the mazes in her debut novel The Mazes of Power.

Lit Hub was highly amused by some one-star Amazon reviews of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley, so it shared some of them.

Thunderinions is a children’s fantasy adventure novel, self-published, and the author is eleven years old. Josie Campbell, as you’ll see in this interview in a local weekly newspaper, doesn’t lack for plans. Josie will be interviewed on NPR Sunday, February 9. Search up your local listings for time.

Black Girl Nerds reviewed Lynda Barry’s book Making Comics, which looks wonderful.

TV and Movies:

Yahoo Media offers up the ten most disturbing talking animals in films. Please note the key word is disturbing.

CinemaBlend has the latest casting information on the upcoming Dune remake. (Thanks to File 770.)

Gladyl West, Mathematician whose model of the earth was used for GPS

Gladys West, mathematician, whose model of the earth was the basis for the Global Positioning System.


The Mary Sue offers a charming article on the pagan origins of Groundhog Day.

Here is an article about the physics of blowing really big bubbles.

Ars Technica also has a nice article about the problems with the Iowa Democrat Caucus app.


Can black holes echo? This article in addresses the question.


  • 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.