WWednesday: January 18, 2023

Cover and Title Page of Opticks by Sir Isaac Newton.If you wanted to start a fan-fund to help pay the way for low-income fans to attend a convention, how would you do it? File770 lays out the basics as part of their discussion of a new European Fan Fund.

Everything Everywhere All At Once swept the Critics’ Choice awards this week.

Florida struggles to address the advance of blue-green algae in its estuaries and coastal waters. Here is a FAQ page about blue-green algae and its risks. (Florida is not the only state fighting this battle.)

At Whatever, James Cambias talks about game development as a help to fiction-writing—and as a stumbling block. Interesting column!

This anthology is a blend of reprints and new stories, imagining alternate histories for Jewish people.

Thanks to File770 for introducing me to the Horror Writers Association online courses!

David Levine has strong opinions about chatbots and he shared them on Facebook.

One America News Network had most of its lawsuit against DirecTV dismissed this week.

I love it when copies of old books long believed lost turn up! Here’s a story about a copy of Opticks from Sir Isaac Newton’s personal library.

Tor.com reports that TNT won’t air the concluding season of Snowpiercer. “Makes you wonder if the system is a bit flawed, doesn’t it?” Yes, it does.

Mayfair Witches premiered on AMC this month. Alexandra Daddario plays the main character, Rowan. Daddario used to be a demigod. Now she’s a witch. Surely that’s a demotion? Rogerebert.com didn’t love what they’ve seen of the series. I’m just trying to figure out how Rowan can pay off her student loans and afford to fly first class from San Francisco to New Orleans.

Judith Tarr writes about The Company of Wolves, and now I want to find this movie and watch it again.

Guatemalan rainforest has hidden a massive Maya site for generations, but lidar has revealed it.


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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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