Elaborate stained glass window. St Gertrude wears a dark gold dress and white wimple. There is a cat at her feet.March 17 is best known in the modern USA as St. Patrick’s Day. It is also the feast day of St. Getrude of Nivelles, an aristocratic woman who became a nun and an abbess, and might be the patron saint of cats. This older article is interesting, even though there is no formal documentation of a Patron Saint of Cats.

Short story writer and award winner John Wiswell shares six books with Nerds of a Feather.

Best five? Best six? Stubby the Robot says, “Hah!” to such paltry lists and gives us 13 selkie stories on Reactor. At the same site, Charlie Jane Anders gushed over Extraordinary, a new SFF comedy earlier this month.

Come April, the eclipse-darkened sky may make a better backdrop for a visiting comet, as the Smithsonian Magazine tells us.

LitHub discusses the line and page details of book design.

On Mary Robinette Kowal’s journal, Izzy Wasserstein shares her “favorite bit” of her new book, These Fragile Graces, This Fugitive Heart.

This British show looks like fun! The Guardian profiles Louisa Harland, who is the lead in Renegade Nell.

Premee Mohamed is on fire in 2024. The Butcher of the Forest just came out, and We Speak Through the Mountain will be released in June.

This is a giveaway column. One commenter will get a copy of the novel The Undetectables, by Courtney Smyth.









  • 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.