Comeuppance Served Cold Cover by Helen Crawford Write

From two months ago, the British Fantasy Award winners (better late than never). Some of our favorites, like Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Alix E. Harrow, are on here!

How about an anthology of Christmas stories edited by SFWA Grandmaster Connie Willis? 

Comeuppance Served Cold got a starred review  (or, as my husband called it, “a one-star review”) from Publishers Weekly!

Giveaway: One commenter chosen at random will win a mass market paperback of Cassie Alexander’s Nightshifted. (Note that the book has lots of wear!)

Cowboy Bebop: It sounds like the best idea is to watch the original anime.

I’ve shared her work before, but I went to look at cover artist Helen Crawford-White’s work  again this week and was reminded of how much I like it, so here is her link again.

Mask wearing is more complicated than I thought. Adam Driver explains on this Graham Norton segment, where he discusses his one visit to ComiCon. (Thanks to File770.)

I enjoy watching actor Amber Midthunder, and this upcoming Disney piece based on the concept of the Predator movies could be great or  very, very bad.

Hobo code, signs in chalk on a masonry wall. Image by Antique Archeology

Hobo code. Image by Antique Archeology

Apex books purchased a new story collection from Tobias Buckell.

Ars Technica provides a thorough if disheartening overview of smartphone scams, and how you can spot them, as part of their Securing Your Digital Life series. A sidebar has links to the first two articles in the series.

Studios settled with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the technical union for film, and a contract has been ratified. The headline says, “Not all employees are satisfied,” which tells me that the writer of this article has never participated in collective bargaining negotiations.

Hobo Code was… fake news? Maybe, or it wasn’t what we all learned that it was. Another historical tidbit.

Next week’s column will probably be single-topic.


  • 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.