Field of wild flowers. Spring image from

At least it’s not April Fool’s Day.

(Actually, I came closer than I thought, since I nearly grabbed the file for last week’s column in error!)

Writers, Readers, Books:

Larry McMurtry and Beverly Cleary passed away last week. Both leave huge legacies.

Silvia Moreno Garcia and Lavie Tidhar share some Indian SFF novelists you might not know.

The Master of the Revels is the sequel to The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O, a book I did not know existed. Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland are the authors. Both books sound zany and crazy-fun.

For decades (centuries?) marginalized writers, especially writers of color, could not find a market for their work. When it was published, it was often whitewashed, most obviously with covers. Now, when there is an interest in stores about and by people of color, some publishers are putting a POC on the cover, even if they aren’t a major character. The Mary Sue delves into this with two examples.

Mary Robinettte Kowal shares Nick Martell’s thoughts on his book The Two-Faced Queen, sequel to The Kingdom of Liars.

Beverly Cleary with her Cat

Beverly Cleary, with cat.

Movies and Stuff:

It looks like there’s a release date for the Black Widow movie’s theatrical release—July, 2021.

Rotten Tomatoes rates Disney Plus’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Critics like it more than audiences do.

Yes, another Suicide Squad movie, this one with King Shark (and Peter Capaldi! And Polka-Dot man! And Idris Elba!)

This is cool. Andrew Huang invited four composers to score an intro of an imaginary show. Enjoy! (H/T to File 770.)

The World:

The erupting volcano in Iceland is more of an outdoor science lab than a danger to human life, at least so far.


  • 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.

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