Jewel Plumber Cobb, biologist, cancer researcher, dean, University President. Image by Caroline EdwardsJewel Plumber Cobb was a leading researcher in the field of skin cells and cancer, and she crusaded for more women in science. During her academic career she was dean of science at both Connecticut College and Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University, and was the president of University of California at Fullerton. President Carter appointed her to the Fulbright Scholarship board in 1978.

John Scalzi is embarking on a book tour for The Kaiju Preservation Society. He provides his itinerary on his blog.

Uncanny Magazine unveils the results of its Readers’ Favorites survey.

Thanks to Terry Weyna for this article about reviewing and criticism, and the lack of a firm vocabulary.

From November, a valuable essay about the meanings of the Disney film Encanto in the context of the history of Columbia, the country the movie is set in.

For, Eileen Gunn examines whether William Gibson’s Neuromancer holds up.

The Mary Sue discusses Jordan Peele’s upcoming movie Nope. Is it a horror western? Are there extraterrestrials? Maybe.

Gizmodo offers an update of various visual media projects including Year Two, described as… “The Purge with werewolves.” Really?

David Oyelowo discusses his upcoming project based on the life of Bass Reeves, the first Black U.S. Marshall west of the Mississippi, believed to be the inspiration for The Lone Ranger.

While digging for construction of a new British town, workers uncovered a trove of fossilized ice age animals including mammoths, wolves, horses and a wooly rhinoceros.

Not really related, but archeologists are excited about what they continue to find in this Orkney dig site.

The most lavish Mesopotamian tomb found to date belonged to a woman, Queen Pu-Abi of Ur.

In case you didn’t watch Sunday Superbowl game, here is the Amazon trailer for The Rings of Power.




  • 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.