WWWednesday: November 30, 2022

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.

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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. Paul Connelly /

    I was thinking of running for President in 2024 on a platform of pulling our military back from abroad so it could focus on obliterating the data centers of Facebook and Twitter, our biggest real national security threats. And pushing their backup tapes through an industrial shredder. But Musk and Zuckerberg may be making that unnecessary with their management acumen, or one can at least hope so.

    If you see any C-suite executives with cats spilling out of their offices, you’ll know who has been mainlaining that protozoan parasite.

  2. Thanks for linking to my Fancast Spotlight. I have a whole series of Fancast and Fanzine Spotlights on my blogs, so whether you’re a Hugo nominator or just looking for a new favourite podcast or fanzine, there’s something for everybody there.

  3. Noneofyourbusiness /

    Oh, sounds interesting!

  4. Lady Morar /

    Fascinating to see the intersection of reading and cooking.

  5. The Distinguished Professor /

    I was surprised to learn that Octavia Butler’s work only joined the bestseller list after she died.

  6. John Smith /

    Lots of neat posts at the Scalzi blog–I didn’t know he had one!

    I love twisted breads–I wish our family had made more of these when I was growing up!

    • Scalzi’s blog is worth bookmarking. He writes regularly, on a variety of topics, as well as sharing his space with writers who have new books out.

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

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