Black woman model in a gold sculptural bodice and sunburst headdress by Shiaparelli. Image from Elle MagazineThe image is from Elle Magazine’s Spring Summer 22 fashion roundup.

NASA has created a sonification of the sound emanating from a black hole.

The annual Bulwer-Lytton contest, to celebrate intentionally bad prose, announced its winners this week. Speculative fiction is well represented in the contest, as always… and so is everything else.

S.L. Huang’s article in, tracing the history and legacy of the conventional SFF writers workshop, is thoughtful. For me it brought up a lot of bad workshop memories.

Three Thousand Years of Longing? Has everyone but me heard of this? It looks good!

Dinosaur Comics discusses Anne of Green Gables. (Thanks to File770.)

Ghost shows, anyone? Apparently, they were a big deal in the early days of the 20th century.

John Crowley reviews the Danish literary SF novel, The Employees, by Olga Ravn, translated by Martin Aitken.

Changes at Barnes and Noble have writers concerned. It sounds like readers should be too. Book Riot discusses this issue.

I’m linking to the Goodreads page of Aurora-Award winner Premee Mohamad’s novella, The Annual Migration of Clouds, because I want to take a minute to remind people this excellent story is out there. It’s original, complex, beautifully written, with layered characters facing real problems. There’s suspense and action—and it’s 168 pages long. It might be perfect for your book group. I’m just saying.

I didn’t follow this one, and probably should have. To correct my shortcoming, I’m giving you all a link that follows the court case about Penguin Random House trying to acquire Simon and Schuster.

And we’ll end with Honest Trailers’s take on Jurassic World: Dominion. At the end, click on the thumbnail to hear that “honest theme song.”


  • 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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