Saffron on a brown wooden spoon, dark background.Shortly after Neil Clarke, editor and publisher of Clarkesworld, posted this, the magazine closed its submission portal. Clarkesworld is one of the higher paying SFF short fiction markets; let’s hope this is temporary.

Nerds of a Feather reviews Malka Older’s latest book, The Mimicking of Known Successes.

 This is from last year, but the book, The Haunting on the Hill by Elizabeth Hand, is due out soon, so I thought I’d share this interview.

A 15th-century Swedish politician’s plans foundered when his warship caught fire and sank, but it led to the discovery of a larder of exotic spices, preserved five hundred years later. I wonder if the saffron’s still good? That stuff’s expensive!

This week in nautilus news, three new species were recently identified.

Ars Technica gives an exuberant overview—not quite a review—of the new game Atomic Heart.

Mardi Gras looks different in Cajun country, Atlas Obscura tells us. I’m not sure how happy the chickens are with this festival.

The conventions are opening up registrations. Here is WisCon’s. ReaderCon has moved to July. SWFA’s Nebula weekend conflicts with WisCon, which doesn’t seem surprising. It looks as if the ChengDu WorldCon site is live, but they’ve announced a change of date (to October) and a change in venue, and over on File770, at least one community member is worried.

Thomas Bowdler gained notoriety when, in 1836, he revised Shakespeare to cut out all the “naughty bits.” I mention this because Puffin has updated and revised Roald Dahl’s books, to much consternation and use of the word bowdlerized.

Black women were pilots, and a proud part of the Tuskegee Airmen, who celebrate them on their website.


  • 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.