WWWednesday: March 13, 2022

Zayaan Khan, seed librarian. Image from Atlas ObscuraI don’t think I posted the Hugo Award finalists for this year. Here they are. This list shows me how behind I got in my reading last year.

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association announced the finalists for the Aurora Awards.

Spock’s first name has been revealed! Oh, wait, no it hasn’t. (Thanks to File 770.)

To no one’s surprise, there’s been a spike in book-banning. There’s been a spike in voter suppression laws and other laws designed to take away people’s rights, too. Just a coincidence, I’m sure. Never fear, though! Our elected officials are investigating!

You may not agree with Buzzfeed’s list of the ten most laughably bad SF movies, but you’ll enjoy the quippy taglines. To my surprise, Battlefield Earth only ranked #3. And #1 is not the Firefly movie, but another one with the same name.

FOGCon is offering an online reading: Nisi Shawl and Karen Joy Fowler, April 30, 5 pm Pacific Time. This event is free, but you do have to register to get the video link. FOGCon continues to deliver great content this way. (I may post this again closer to the event date.)

Molly McGhee started a discussion on Twitter with hashtag-Publishing Burnout, and it became an upwelling of discussion. LitHub offers a podcast on the topic (it’s disheartening) and an excerpt.

LitHub also offers up five reviews you’ll enjoy reading.

The struggle for creators to get paid properly for characters they create continues, this time with America Chavez, jumping from the pages of comics to the screen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While many of us are thrilled to see the character in live action, it is literally at the expense of her creators.

Nerds of a Feather delivers a microreview of The Extractionist by Kimberly Unger.

This was so weird I had to include it. Romanian law enforcement officials arrested five people connected with a dark web site that purported to connect you with a “hit man.” This article doesn’t seem quite sure whether the site was actually scamming its customers, or whether assassins were actually contracted.

I enjoyed the Sanchez/Maroh graphic novel You Brought Me the Ocean, a reimagining of Aqualad, and I hope HBO does it justice in adapting it to a movie.

Zayaan Khan is a “seed librarian,” working to bring native plants and native knowledge back to South Africa.


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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. You can read her blog at deedsandwords.com, and follow her on Twitter: @mariond_d.

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