On this day in 1373, Julian of Norwich was struck with a serious illness and, as she awaited death, she had 16 visions of the Passion of Christ and the Virgin Mary. In one of these visions, she saw the entire universe held in her hand, as small as a hazelnut.
Writing, Editing, and Publishing:
There will be a Nebula Awards mass autographing in Chicago; check out all the great authors who will be in attendance!
The Shirley Jackson Awards nominees for “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic” have been announced; they include some of our favorites, such as Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer and Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes.
The Locus awards finalists have also been announced; VanderMeer stars again, along with Ann Leckie‘s Ancillary Sword, Katherine Addison‘s The Goblin Emporer, Robert Jackson Bennett‘s City of Stairs, and George R. R. Martin‘s edited anthology, Rogues. Lots of great books here!
And for SFWA members, the Hugo awards voting is now open.
This is great; The Guardian has culled quotes from famous authors about which children’s books inspired their writing. Lots of what you’d expect–fairy tales, The Wind in the Willows, etc.–but I was surprised to see Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca on the list!
Finally, Eli K.P. Williams at Tor.com writes abou 5 genre-bending books set in 1970’s Tokyo. My goal for the summer is to read more non-Western authors, so this list is immensely helpful.
Movies and Television:
There’s going to be a Muppets TV show, and it looks pretty cute! I love Gary … er, Gonzo.
Also, in big TV news, ABC has decided to renew Agent Carter after all, a decision that brings a lipsticked smirk to all of our faces, I’m sure.
And SyFy is filming an adaptation of A Brave New World, which should be great.
So, if you’re not into Avengers, at least do yourself a favor and go see Ex Machina! This is one of the best films I’ve seen this year; it was creepy, quiet, lovely, and stayed with me for quite a while.
As someone who moonlights as a party princess, I really loved this i09 article about what it takes to become a professional faerie princess.
Tired of poseable action figures and bulky costumes? Looking for a classy way to display your fandom? Look no further!
And if you’re still in an art-buying mood, check out these gorgeous Miyazaki landscapes, reimagined as woodblock prints.
This story, about a plane flying through a cloud of antimatter, is fascinating, but the guy is overlooking the most obvious explanation: Earth is a giant experiment, run by aliens.
Geneticists engineer a chicken embryo with a dinosaur snout: my day is made.
In honor of Julian of Norwich, enjoy these illustrations from medieval manuscripts!