The 2019 Hugo nomination window is now open. Members of the 2018 WorldCon or the 2019 Dublin WorldCon may nominate. Thanks to Locus.
Books and Writing:
Sherilyn Kenyon has accused her ex-husband Lawrence Kenyon and a woman named Kerrie Plumb of poisoning her over several years. This story would be fascinating if it weren’t so frightening. In other social media, Kenyon has announced the end of her 28-year marriage along with the rescheduling of some publication dates. Keep scrolling down;it’s there, I promise.
Over on Whatever, John Scalzi responds to an article about negative reviews (The Art of the Pan). Scalzi has been a reviewer, and his points are good ones. The article itself (linked on the blog) is also interesting.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and his friends have purchased the venerable Drama Bookstore, which was at risk of closing due to the escalating Times Square rents.
TV and Movies:
Weird City, coming to YouTube, looks… funny.
Michael Livingston reviews The Outlaw King over at Tor.com.
ChooseCo is suing Netflix for intellectual properties infringement over Black Mirror; Bandersnatch, a Netflix interactive movie. Thanks to File770.
Doctor Who’s recent regeneration has not pleased everyone, especially folks who believe that the non-human character should only be white and male. The latest Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, however, has also introduced the show to a new audience.
News you need to have: The Vatican has launched a track team.
File770 chose this article for its clever title, but it’s interesting! And good to know.
Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, says he did not make any statements to the British tabloid Daily Star, did not grant them an interview at all and did not refer to “Generation Snowflake.”
You may not be a fan of avocados, as I am. You may not care that they are high in potassium. You may not like their creamy (or as a not-a-fan friend says, squishy) texture. Okay, but you do like art, right? So enjoy some avocado art, because the internet is amazing. I mean, I can’t even carve a watermelon into a basket shape, but some folks can do this.
And then, this: Toto’s “Africa” sung by… well, you’ll see. And “sung” is being generous.
Is asteroid ‘Oamuamua a space ship? Here is Space’s article about a theory two astronomers from Harvard have shared, that the oddly shaped “visitor from afar” is really a lightsail built by an extra-terrestrial race.
This one is from 2017. And no, Seth Shostak, ‘Oumaumau as a name is no harder to pronounce than your name.
The world’s oceans seem to be warming faster than the UN’s latest report projected, with 2018 another record year for warming.
Two beautiful, historic riverfront gardens near the Taj Mahal have been restored.
You can find more of Jessica Joslin’s eerie, soulful sculptures here.