WWWednesday: March 17, 2021

Shamrocks, courtesy of Depositphoto.com

Shamrocks, courtesy of Depositphoto.com

Saturday, March 13, Writer’s Almanac provided a link to the Arizona Lights page on Wikipedia, in honor of the anniversary of the strange lights in the sky in 1997. I thought I’d share.

Writers, Writing, Reading, Books:

The Odyssey Writers Workshop is open for applications, although they haven’t decided how it will be held yet.

In June Marvel Comics will unveil Pride covers. These look great.

Writer Beware uncovers an old scammer with a new scam, Paper Bytes.

It’s been weeks since I’ve posted a roundup post… so here’s one now, courtesy of the U.K. Guardian.

Nerds of a Feather provides a microreview of Aliette de Bobard’s novella Fireheart Tiger.

Publishers Weekly’s book deals column includes a few speculative offerings.

Larry Correia updates his output on his blog.

Mary Robinette Kowal has a new feature; recommended reads. She expands beyond speculative fiction here—some nice recs!

3 of Pentacles by Mystic Shadows Insight

3 of Pentacles, courtesy of Mystic Shadows Insight. For no reason except I was thinking of it.


One commenter with a USA mailing address will get a copy of The Planetbreaker’s Son by Nick Mamatas.


Scientist revived a million-year-old species of bacteria. Here’s the article.

Interesting Scientific American article: We miss conversation cues far more often than we hit them, especially cues about when to end the conversation. TL:DR version; we don’t know when to stop talking.

This article about attention deficit, and more generally, the way we name things, caught my imagination too.

TV, Streaming, Movies:

N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance series is being adapted for TV. Whoo-hoo!

George R.R. Martin updated his fans on the state of  various of his projects, apparently in possible production.

On Whatever, Athena Scalzi has stern words for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, its use of time travel, and “branching timelines.”

The Ringer gives you a viewing guide for the upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.


Here’s a list of pop music’s most science fictional songs.


Another cool article about the mystery machine of Antikythera.

Here are some fun science-fiction-themed gifts.



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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. John Smith /

    “Here’s a list of pop music’s most science fictional songs.” They’re missing my all-time favorite, Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom (Coming Home).”

  2. Noneofyourbusiness /

    That’s an interesting range of stories in the “Planetbreaker’s Son” collection.

  3. The Distinguished Professor /

    Wow, that reviewer really didn’t follow Rocket’s explanation for how you can’t go back to your actual past, or they’d understand that it’s a different Thanos and Nebula. Sloppy reviews like that just make the reviewer seem like a bad listener.

    • I’ve talked to a startling number of people who understand the concept and do not buy it. Simply do not.

      I haven’t seen the last two movies, but I HAVE seen the final ten minutes of ENDGAME, and I’m not completely clear myself on how Cap shows up, if he’s in a different timeline.

    • As I understand it, there was talk of a TV adaptation of the adventures of Loki, which would have used the exact same alternate timelines premise. Don’t know what happened to that idea.

      • The Distinguished Professor /

        No, it all works out. Cap was moving between timelines when he appeared according to the writers.

        Marvel’s Loki is still coming in June and that’s still the premise.

      • The Distinguished Professor /

        Also, they used the same model in the last season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

  4. Amit khaira /

    That’s article on the Antikythera mechanism is cool indeed … has been one of the biggest curiosities to me

  5. Amit khaira /

    And did I mention how badly I want The Planetbreaker’s son ??

  6. Frederick Rossero /

    Oh man, it’s so cool that the Inheritance Trilogy is going to be a TV show. I really hope they do it justice!

  7. John Smith, if you live in the USA, you win a copy of THE PLANETBREAKER’S SON!
    Please contact me (Marion) with your US address and I’ll have the book sent right away. Happy reading!

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