Worn wooden plaque filled with carved language characters. Image from Atlas Obscura.The saga of the Hugos continues, and now there is documentation of obvious manipulation by the committee. Chris M. Barkley and Jason Sanford published this article which details most of the problems with the ballot process. They lay most of the blame on Dave McCarty, who has said publicly that he believes he did the right thing. Diane Lacey published a statement of apology when the article came out. Kat Jones released this statement. Glasgow WorldCon  has released Kat Jones from all her assignments.

NBC interviewed Paul Weimer about the fracas.

The theme for this year’s Met Gala is “The Garden of Time,” a title taken from a J.G. Ballard short story.

April 8’s, solar eclipse will be a visual event, but, according to the science section of Forbes, a solar eclipse is a good time to listen, too.

Speaking of the Hugos (and we were, weren’t we?) Nerds of a Feather posted its eligibility. And they review Mothersound, an Afrofuturist anthology.

The written language of Rapa Nui, also called Easter Island, may be unique to the island.

Sebastian Stan has a few words of correction for the reporter who referred to Stan’s latest character, a man with a disfigured face, as a “beast.”

Publishers Weekly has the blurb on The Tainted Cup by Robert Jackson Bennett, last week’s release. Elias Ells has created a cocktail for the book. (I’m not sure the name he gave it was the best marketing choice.)

Looking for food inspired by your favorite fantasy books? The Inn at the Crossroads has some nice options!





Worn wooden plaque filled with carved language characters. Image from Atlas Obscura.


  • 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.