WWWednesday: May 12, 2021

Coyotl Plushie Award, file 770

Coyotl Award, File770

Nerds of a Feather gives us a review of Water Horse by Melissa Scott.

From last month, here is Tordotcom’s 2021 publishing sampler.

Also from last month, Orbit provides a cover reveal of the latest by Tade Thompson.

Baen’s home page shows some new releases too.

From The Little Book of Feminist Saints, LitHub chose five who should be feminist writer saints.

According to Publishers Weekly, the sale of print books increased in April, 2021.

Giveaway: One randomly chosen commenter with a USA address can get a copy of K.S. Villoso’s The Wolf of Oren-Yaro.

I include the Coyotl Awards every year because I love their plushie coyote award. Congratulations to T. Kingfisher and the other winners this year.

Meanwhile, on Mars, Ingenuity has moved to a new part of the planet and is sending back photos.

The sixth and final season of The Expanse will continue without Martian Pilot Alex Kamal, whose character was killed off in the finale of Season Five. Many of you know the reason, but the best overview of it I found was here. Cheatsheet wonders if this character will take Alex’s place. (Scroll down several paragraphs through the rehash to find the speculation.)

Jupiter’s Legacy did not get great reviews from the public for several things (characterization, plot, etc) but it was wigs the sent people over the edge.

WorldCon 76’s attorney filed a last round of responses in the lawsuit brought by a plaintiff who claims he was defamed when the Convention revoked his attending membership to the San Jose Convention. The Con Committee explained in a public statement that the person had stated on several social media sites that he intended to wear a hidden bodycam and approach people who had previously told him to leave them alone. Filming and photographing without the subject’s permission violated WorldCon’s Code of Conduct.

Romania uses tourism and humor to increase its vaccine uptake, where you can get vaccinated at Dracula’s castle!

How do sharks navigate? Possibly, they use the earth’s magnetic field.

This “citizen science” project about cats and square spaces is cool, but keep in mind the final sample size. It sounds fun to do if you have a cat, though.

They emerge! It’s Brood X cicada emergence time in the north-and-southeast United States. The PBS Newshour had a segment on this last month. Most interesting, global warming has shortened the dormant period for these insects. To round this out, Smithsonian offers 14 Fun Facts about Cicadas.

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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. Frederick Rossero /

    According to the map, Brood X doesn’t emerge near me, which is disappointing. But I’m excited for everyone else who gets to appreciate them!

  2. William Siravo Sr /

    Like the reviews of series. Would love to win.

  3. Noneofyourbusiness /

    Looks like a very interesting book to win!

  4. Lady Morar /

    I approve all these matron saints.

  5. The Distinguished Professor /

    Brood X cicadas sound like B movie mutants.

    • They’ve been the monsters in at least two B-movies I can think of… and maybe an X-Files episode? I may have that wrong.

      They are pretty amazing insects, but I like my sleep so I’m glad I’m not too near Brood X.

  6. Jillian /

    Photos of mars! It’s completely mind boggling to know that man has the ability to observe the surfaces of other planets. As humble members of Earth, I feel like it is difficult for us to even fathom how vast the universe is!

  7. Noneofyour business, if you live in the USA, you win a copy of THE WOLF OF OREN YARO!
    Please contact me (Marion) with your US address and I’ll have the book sent right away. Happy reading!

    (I know you live in the USA but I’m using the boilerplate announcement.)

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