Alice Ball developed the first effective treatment for Hansen's Disease.

Alice Ball developed the first effective treatment for Hansen’s Disease.


The Infected by Art winners are announced. Some very nice stuff here! (Thanks to File770.)

Writers, Reading, Writing, Books:

Read Bill Capposere’s personal essay on the judgments we make, and the things we don’t know.

Paul Weimer, known as Prince Jvstin on Twitter, had his account deleted last week, after right-wing activists filed spurious complaints. The SFF community rallied around and managed to get his account reinstated. Weimer shares more detail on his Patreon page.

This site looks like lots of fun! The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction has gone live.

A fantasy novel, The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey, won the Costa award this year. Here’s a little more about Roffey.

The Locus annual reading list is out. Good stuff on here. Check it out.

Before awards season starts, you have to have nomination season. The Hugo nominations are open.

Streaming, TV, Movies:

Netflix is racing ahead with casting on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, which is scheduled to cover the first two editions of the epic comic story. The latest announcement is the role of Lucifer.

Babylon Five fans, this is for you. The show is available to own or stream, with upgrades and remastered visuals.

Artwork, St. George and the Dragon by Scott Gustofason

Artwork, St. George and the Dragon by Scott Gustofason


Have an article about very tiny chameleons.

Scientists are exploring new ways to make lasers work.

The Internet:

More cool postage stamps! The USPS will release stamps featuring the Droids of Star Wars.

I’m sure you all followed the Gamestop stock story closely since you’re experts in the stock market. No? Me, neither. Here is the Washington Post’s Version for the Layperson.

Yoga is a sheltered space for anti-vaccination ideology and Q-Anon, according to this well-researched article.

Scientists in Alberta, Canada unearthed baby tyrannosaurus fossils.


One of Tennessee’s extensive cave systems features a huge underground lake.

Alice Ball was the first Black American woman to graduate from the University of Hawaii, the first woman chemistry professor and the first Black American chemistry professor. Her treatments for Hansen’s disease was a breakthrough, and was used until the 1940’s.


  • 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.