Evergreen branch with round white lights. Image by Jeswin ThomasLindsey Eagar serves up eight fantasy books featuring bread, bread-adjacent foods, and/or baking, on Tor.com.

Giveaway: One commenter chosen at random will win a copy of Even Though I Knew the End  by C.L. Polk.

Vulture has an overview of the life of the amazing Octavia Butler, written by E. Alex Jung.

We’re heading into nomination season for the 2023 awards, and Cora Buhlert is introducing podcasts. This column highlights Tales From the Trunk.

Another salvo in the battle of words over Elon Musk’s management (mismanagement?) of Twitter: let’s go back to blogging and reading each other’s blogs.

Publishers Weekly offers ten stories that brilliantly address communicating with extraterrestrial life.

John Scalzi is running his annual holiday gift guide on his blog Whatever this week. Monday featured works from traditional publishers, Tuesday was indie/self-published and today is artisans and other creators.

Gizmodo has 11 gift ideas for the sciency kid or adult nerd on your shopping list.

I have a lot of questions about this article, but oh boy, what a plot premise. I’m surprised corporate cubicle drones with aspirations for the C-suite aren’t routinely shooting up this protozoan parasite.

Speaking of bread, which I was earlier, here’s a recipe for Polish chalka, a braided egg-bread.

Monday, December 5 is Krampusnacht.


  • 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.

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