WWWednesday: June 17, 2020

A Fire Story by Brian Fies

A Fire Story by Brian Fies


One commenter chosen at random will get a copy of Brian Fies’s graphic novel A Fire Story.


Finalists for the Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. Pleased to see Elizabeth Hand’s Curious Toys on the list.

Books and Writing:

The troubles at literary agency Red Sofa began when the owner tweeted that, during the protests against police brutality and violence in New York City, she had called the police about some people she saw down the street at a gas station. She said they were looting. Several of her agents replied critically about her choice. Several agents quit, and the owner then fired the others and closed the agency.

The owner issued an apology on Twitter but she’s now sending Cease and Desist letters to those agents and others (who have since quit Red Sofa) telling them to take down their tweets. I checked in on this via Twitter, but thanks to File 770 for this link.

Tor shares rapid questions with John Scalzi. It’s a little over a minute long.

This video is about 4 minute long, as Orbit shares 20 authors with books coming out in 2020.

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $84 million to literary projects for 2020.

From January of this year, the New Yorker provides a profile on award-winning best-selling author N.K. Jemisin.

It’s always fun to see what the Brits are recommending for Best Of in speculative fiction.

Entertainment Weekly has five comics you can read in June. They look good!

In honor of Pride Month, ET has put together a list of “perfect queer quarantine reading/watching.” This is a good list!

TV and Movies:

“Did they even read the books?” Ars Technica is not pleased with the Artemis Fowl film.

The Verge thinks that the CW new YA Superhero show Stargirl has not managed to find its heart.


Just like humans, otters can get arthritis, and like humans, gentle exercise is recommended. In the case of Eddie at the Oregon Zoo, he plays basketball to work his elbow joints.

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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. You can read her blog at deedsandwords.com, and follow her on Twitter: @mariond_d.

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  1. Kelly Lasiter /

    And another story from The Mythic Dream! Get this anthology, y’all.

    The otter is so cute!

  2. I’ve never heard of this book. I’m intrigued!!!

    • Fies is a cartoonist and a science writer who lost his house in the 2017 wildland fires in northern CA. The book was featured on our local PBS station.

  3. Noneofyourbusiness /

    Grave subject matter, but it would be interesting to get the firsthand accounts of the wildfires from “Fire Story”.

  4. Jillian Williams /

    This book looks really interesting.

  5. Lady Morar /

    My son and I were at the World Fantasy Convention in L.A. last year during wildfires. My husband’s stepdaughter called us just before we were due to fly to warn us; fortunately, the L.A. residents explained it was all ‘on the other side of the hill’ and wasn’t going to impact us. It was still quite something to follow on the news.

    • For years, I spent the fall months watching southern CA burn and saying, “Oh, that’s so sad.” Since 2017 it’s been our turn. It has changed my perspective.

  6. The Distinguished Professor /

    What was remarkable about the brushfires in Australia was that many other animals survived thanks to the tunnels made by wombats.

    California fires always remind me of Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower”.

  7. John Smith /

    I love graphic novels!

  8. Jillian Williams, if you live in the USA, you win a copy of A FIRE STORY!
    Please contact me (Marion) with your US address and I’ll have the book sent right away. Happy reading!

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