This week’s word for Wednesday is a verb; to slounge. It is old Scots and means to hang about in the hope of getting some food. It can also be a noun, someone who is slounging can be called “a slounge.” Now I have a word for the squirrels in my backyard. 

Books and Writing:

This article from Quartz looks at the prolific Isaac Asimov, who, it states, wrote 500 books in his lifetime, and tries to tease out writing lessons for all of us. Thanks to Ryan for this one. has this nice interview with Lois McMaster Bujold.

Locus Magazine had an obituary for Larry Smith, longtime book seller and conrunner, including co-chairing a World Fantasy Convention, who passed away on January 20, 2017.

Another sad loss; British comics artist John Watkiss, who worked on Sandman among other works, passed away on Saturday (Thanks to Kat.)

Veronica Roth, author of the DIVERGENT series, has a new space opera series coming out with the first book, Carve the Mark, out now. Publishers Weekly asked her four questions about the series.

Interior Page from March


Ars Technica covers Dragon Quest VIII.

Kotaku reviews Astroneer.

I thought this study, also from Kotaku, about what percentage of gamers were women, and what games women play, was really interesting!


Do you agree with Alien Expo’s choice of the top 5 SF villains? Check out the list here.

Courtesy of Geekologie, a South Korean cooking show that will make dishes with a World of Warcraft theme.


Today’s images are from the three volumes of March.


  • 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.