Hand drawn map from Dungeons and Dragons with a note in the corner reading, "GaryCon." From Atlas Obscura.The Hugo finalist list is out. Any surprises? I’m pleased to see that fans of Chinese SFF didn’t let last year’s mess discourage them.

Not too surprisingly, several people declined nominations and a few of them gave statements. Here’s Camestos Felapton’s.  Natasha Bardon, nominated for Best Editor, Long Form, declined. Bardon edited Babel, an award-winning book that was deemed ineligible for the Hugos last year for no discernible reason. Martha Wells declined a nomination for Best Novella for System Collapse. This is not the first time Wells has declined a nomination for one of the MURDERBOT books.

Comic-Con International inducted 19 writers and artists into the Eisner Hall of Fame.

It’s award season! The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) announced its winners at EasterCon last weekend.

Fran Wilde has a new book forthcoming, The Philosophy of Thieves, and Reactor has an excerpt for you.

Stephen King’s short story “The Monkey” got the adaptation treatment, and here’s the cast list. Sounds good.

Alma Alexander shares six books with Nerds of a Feather.

Fish are in distress and dying off the Florida coasts. While the reason isn’t known yet, algae is the current frontrunner suspect.

In honor of last Sunday’s Christian holiday, Atlas Obscura provides various Easter celebrations.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is the birthplace of Dungeons and Dragons, and the town holds a convention every year to celebrate.


  • 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.