Foreground, sloth stares at camera. gantry in background. Image from Ars TechnicaOpen Culture shows some early illustrations from H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds.

This National Geographic story of cats in the British navy may be behind a paywall for some.

In the world of comics, the Eisner Committee has inducted fifteen more comic artists/writers into its Hall of Fame.

A sloth joined the festivities at the launch of JUICE, a spacecraft set to explore Jupiter’s ice moons, last Friday. The curious animal, nicknamed “Gerald,” was probably far enough away from the launch that is escaped injury when the craft lifted off.

Space X cancelled its planned Monday launch of its Starship craft.

On, Kate Elliott shares what out-rigger canoe paddling has taught her about writing.

On Whatever, John Scalzi displays a stack of newly-arrived ARCS.  See any that intrigue you?

Publishers Weekly interviewed six YA authors who use astrology/tarot in their fiction and in their lives. I found the writing part the most interesting—although the section on Vedic astrology was eye-opening.

A wet winter and spring in the American west means that once again it’s time for a superbloom! Some awesome photographs.

Cassandra Khaw shares an excerpt from The Salt Grows Heavy on

More Kate Elliott! A review of Furious Heaven from Nerds of a Feather.

Entertainment Weekly has an article on the upcoming film adaptations (there will be two movies) of Wicked, based on the stageplay based on the book by Gregory Maguire.

Here’s the Baen New Releases page. If you click on the thumbnail, you’ll see a blurb of the book.


  • 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.