Kelp farming. Image by Matt Cosby

Kelp farming. Image by Matt Cosby.

A “shivoo” (noun) is a raucous party.

Locus Awards were announced Saturday, June 26. Winners include:

Martha Wells, for Best SF Novel, Network Effect

N.K. Jemisin, for Best Fantasy Novel, The City We Became

Silvia Moreno Garcia, Best Horror Novel, Mexican Gothic

Kingfisher, Best YA Novel, A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking

Darcie Little Badger, Best Debut Novel, Elatsoe

P. Djeli Clark, Best Novela, Ring Shout.

Congratulations to all the winners and all the finalists.

IceCon2021, to be held (live) in Reykjavik, Iceland in November, added Ted Chiang as a Guest of Honor.

DisConIII (This year’s WorldCon) continues to have difficulties. Their committee chair has resigned. In this FB post, the editor of Strange Horizons gives a detailed explanation of what happened with their publication, setting the record straight on some rumors. It’s long, so settle in. Seriously, it is just possible that the Hugos have evolved to a point where a new presentation model is needed? (Or at least, can’t the virtual component be treated as a feature rather than an unavoidable condition?)

Fresh from the electronic pages of File770, here are some related links. It all seems to be about the Hugo awards ceremony specifically, if I’m reading it right:

Bill Lawhorn’s resignation statement.

DisCon’s lengthy outreach statement.

Next Wednesday, July 7, 2021, I will be one of the readers on Story Hour. provides a cover reveal for John Scalzi’s upcoming book.

This profile is funny! The Homer Bookstore is cool, but I think Publishers Weekly chose it because the bookstore is literally the farthest one can be from New York City in the USA. (It actually is farther away than Hawaii, to my mild surprise.)

Michael Emmerson talks to IO9 about his role as Leland on the show Evil. Leland’s not exactly the actual devil, but…

Time Tunnel Opening Credit. Image by Decades, com

In honor of Supernatural’s endless journeys to the past. Image from Decades, com

There will be, or may be, a Supernatural prequel. Did we need this? Didn’t the show do, like, seventeen time-travel episodes where Dean went back and saw Mom and Dad before they were married? Or at least three? Was it only one episode? Really?

Atlas Obscura shares an article about the enigmatic Norwich keyboard, an old-fashioned computer keyboard pressed into the pavement.

I think this is actually a lobby group for Maine kelp growers, but it’s an interesting article, with great pictures.


  • 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.