WWWednesday: February 21, 2018

"Don't make me come over there." Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia(Disney-Marvel Films)

“Don’t make me come over there.” Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia(Disney-Marvel Films)

I was out of town and away from computers for the early part of this week, so here is an abbreviated column, which, I’ll warn you now, is Black-Panther-centric.

Books and Writing:

Stanley Cushing was the curator of the Rare Books Collection at the Boston Athenaeum. After his retirement, Atlas Obscura interviewed him about his long career and some of his favorite books.

Mario of Super Mario Brothers is getting his own Super Encyclopedia, due to come out in October of this year.

Tachyon Publications is introducing a new ebook line, Particle Books, which will offer original works and reprints “lovingly curated.” Genres include speculative fiction, mysteries, both adult and YA.(Thanks to both Kat and Terry for this item.)

Medium published an informative and disheartening article about inappropriate conduct and sexual harassment in the world of children’s and YA literature. There has already been some fallout, notably with Maze Runner author James Dashner.

File 770 shares the British Science Fiction Awards (BSFA) finalists list.

"Baby Sis can drive my car." Leslie Wright as Shuri. (Disney Marvel Films)

“Baby Sis can drive my car.” Leslie Wright as Shuri. (Disney Marvel Films)

TV and Movies:

File 770 also linked to the preview of the Incredibles 2 movie.

Did you see Black Panther? Did you love it? Did you stay all the way to the end of the credits? According to the New York Times the movie has broken domestic and international box office records for a February release. I didn’t know the director, Ryan Coogler, was black, but Disney and Marvel must both be pleased with what he delivered.

The villain in Black Panther stood out for me. Here is a genuine bad guy with a real motive for his actions, and it is undeniable that he has been wronged. Michael B Jordan, who plays Erik Killmonger, talks about him here with Digital Trends. This is a spoiler-free interview.

Ruth Carter, costume designer for the film, discusses her use of the sacred geometry of Africa to create texture, depth and history, in her interview with NPR.

Black Girl Nerds’s Carolyn Hinds interviewed Janiesha Adams-Ginyard, who played one of the Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s personal security guards and palace troops, (as well as stunt-doubling for General Okoye, played with gravitas and humor by Danae Gurira). Did I mention the column would be Black Panther-centric?

24/7Wall Street provides a list of the 30 worst superhero movies. Their opening paragraphs explain their methodology and the rest is just a list. There are no comments about the films. (H/t to File 770.)

"It's good to be King." Chadwick Boseman as King T'Challa/Black Panther (Disney-Marvel Films.)

“It’s good to be King.” Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther (Disney-Marvel Films.)


In Canada, a judge ruled that a climate-change-denier’s written attacks on a scientist did not meet the level of libel because they were so unbelievable no one would take them seriously. That’s a… win, I guess?… for the denier. “You are too silly and insignificant to be a threat.” It may not carry quite the cachet he was hoping for.


Namibia boasts the Red Sand Sea, a set of dune systems with red sand drifting right down to the surf line of the ocean.

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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. You can read her blog at deedsandwords.com, and follow her on Twitter: @mariond_d.

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