Against a foggy background and brown grass, a large raven crouches on a rustic fencepost, cawing.The World Fantasy Award were announced Sunday, October 29. Best Novel went to Saint Death’s Daughter, by C.S.E. Cooney. Priya Sharma took the Best Novella Award for Pomegranates, and Tananarive Due took Best Short Fiction for “Incident at Bear Creek Lodge.”

File770 provided a link to a report on WorldCon, written by someone who was a coordinator for  a Chinese fan group as well as a vendor. It sounds like China’s first WorldCon was rocky, which isn’t surprising. The volunteer group who put it on had never done it before, and they had definite logistical challenges. (I had some difficulty with the translation because I know zero Chinese, so the syntax threw me; you may do better.)

More warnings from Victoria Strauss about the proliferating scams to separate indie and self-published writers from their money.

The New York Times looks back at Disney’s gamble with The Nightmare Before Christmas. The article may be behind a paywall.

Wolverine is getting a makeover, or his covers are, in the latest Marvel Comics series.

Nerds of a Feather reviews The Jinn-bot of Shantiport by Samit Basu.

John Scalzi reviews the Pixel 8 Pro, and for him it’s all about the camera. Or, cameras? And I reading that right?

You’re the proud owner of a haunted house. Now what? Grady Hendrix has some tips for you.

Smithsonian Magazine has an article about new theories of the core of Mars, which might not be large and fairly light, but smaller and denser with a layer of molten silicate surrounding it.

This week’s image is one of mine—a raven on the foggy bluff in Mendocino, California.


  • 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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