The Endeavor Committee is suspending the 2021 Endeavor award for various reasons, many associated with Covid 19.

The Washington DC Science Fiction Committee is accepting submissions for its small press award.

The Critics Choice awards were announced on January 10.

The Speculative Literature Foundation announces its $1000 grant to a South Asian or South Asian diaspora writer.

Writers, Writing, Reading, Books:

From the Washington Post, some satire.

David Weber was hospitalized last week, but he is being allowed to return home. Thanks to File 770.

File 770 provides an update on two bookstores that were burned by vandals during social unrest in May, 2020.

In November, Locus gave Fantasy Magazine the spotlight.

Athena Scalzi collects cookbooks and some of her favorites are the older ones. On the Whatever Blog, she shares a few of the gems of her collection.

Teen Vogue has some decidedly unsympathetic words for the US Senator from Missouri who lost his Simon and Schuster book contract after his actions last Wednesday. Yes, I said Teen Vogue.

Ellen Datlow is calling for submissions for her upcoming anthology, Best Horror of the Year.

Streaming, TV, Movies:

Entertainment Weekly reveals the new Batwoman’s Season Two villain, Safiyah.

Speaking of villains, Sean Bean joins Snowpiercer as one.

Polygon reviews Season 5 of Amazon’s The Expanse.

I guess Disney’s “Loki” series is a go, and there is already a commitment to a second season.

Black Girl Nerds interview Elizabeth Olsen of Marvel’s Wandavision.

Urban Crow Orcle cards, CommunityInternet:

This British family built their Doctor Who fan son a TARDIS doorway.

Body builder, action film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took to video with a deeply personal (and slightly strange) response to the acts of insurrection by white supremacists at the Capitol last Wednesday. In the first part he speaks with the authority of lived experience about the results of fascism and the endless big lie. I’m not sure the prop sword of Conan sells it quite the way he means it to.


This Seattle-based artist has created an Urban Crow Oracle card deck. Her other decks look interesting too.


  • 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.