Don't Move Cover, James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth

Don’t Move, byJames S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth

Security Breach:

Locus Online signal-boosted the Barnes and Nobel announcement that they were hacked on October 10, 2020.


Also from Locus: I didn’t know Iceland had a biannual SF convention, but it does. They are apparently hoping for an in-person conference in November, 2021.


One commenter with a USA mailing address will get a copy of C.L. Polk’s new fantasy novel The Midnight Bargain.

Books and Writing:

Ah, yes! A Best Of list. Let the arguments begin! Time Magazine asked a panel to curate the 100 Best Fantasy works of all time. N.K. Jemisin, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, Sabaa Tahir, Tomi Adeyemi, Diana Gabaldon, George R.R. Martin and Cassandra Clare comprised the jury.

Here’s one rebuttal post.

The New York Times celebrates the horror anthology.

This “poison book” project is literally about a poison book. (Thanks to File770.)

Publishers Weekly reports that book sales are still trending up.

The Mary Sue explores unconscious racism in Naomi Novik’s latest, A Deadly Education. When the book was released there was instant outcry about her depictions of BIPOC characters. Novik herself has acknowledged missteps and apologized.

The Mary Sue also has a nice video from Cory Doctorow, about bookselling, hope, optimism and pessimism. His new novel is titled Attack Surface.

James S. Murray shares a story about his inspiration for his latest thriller novel Don’t Move, and it’s deliciously scary.


Spaghettification; I thought it was about pasta, or maybe western-style movies of the late 1960s… but no. It’s astronomy!

NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex plans to gather asteroid dust.


Rock Drawing, Catlike Creature in he Nazca

Rock Drawing, Catlike Creature in he Nazca

Workers at the Nazca Lines uncovered another large line drawing, this time of an animal that looks a lot like a cat.

NOAA scientists predict a colder, wetter La Niña winter this year.


Heed their warning! Over at Kotaku, Ash Parrish admits being addicted to a new Mario game. This is a fun review.

Movies, TV and Streaming:

Ars Technica shares the first trailer (and some previous-season spoilers) of Amazon’s The Expanse, Season 5.

In honor of the upcoming scary holiday, here is Honest Trailers’s take on the classic, Scream.



  • 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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