From the Cassini telescope; One moon in foreground, Jupiter in backgroundFrom 2020, National Geographic has put together an article tracing the origins of the Christmas tree. While many cultures used evergreen boughs and ornaments in their midwinter celebrations, the official ruling is that 16th century Germany is the point of origin for the tree tradition as it is now known.

Good Housekeeping offers up a list of the most popular classic holiday foods. I was going to skip this one and then I saw that it had recipes! So here it is.

Atlas Obscura offers their 2022 gift guide.

Sunday Morning Transport gives us a free short story, courtesy of Sarah Beth Durst.

Originally, AMC renewed its shaky SF thriller Moonhaven, but now it has unrenewed—er, cancelled—it.

Also from, all the fantasy new releases coming out in December. shares all the new TV-and-TV-like stuff you can watch in early 2023.

Just the other day I was thinking, “Whatever happened to Amazon’s Carnival Row?” Well, it turns out there will be a second season! This Mary Sue article talks about the gap that shows between critics and audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Tachyon is going to release new editions of works by Peter Beagle, beginning in May, 2023. Thanks to File770 for this one.

Here are 25 scientist jokes for you. (I have one on a T-shirt.)


  • 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.