Dark background; tree bark mask w/one half a woman's face showing. Fall of the House of Usher from Netflix.The official WorldCon Hugo packet left out Best Fanzine and Best Fan Author, so fans (of course) took up the cause, and have provided that information informally.

The idea of envy, of creative people and between creative people, had quite a lively discussion on Bluesky, and I think this article may have been one of the citations.

Google will require that pollical ads on their platforms must disclose the use of AI. (That’s a nice start… what about deceitful editing and photoshopping, though?)

Atlas Obscura wants to share the tradition of Costa Rican oxcarts.

The Mary Sue was skeptical of One Piece when it came out, but they’ve warmed up to it.

Scientific American introduces a new dinosaur, and launches a new theory about bird evolution.

 

Tor.com discusses the adaptation of Victor LaValle’s Changeling.

The ALA is updating its Freedom to Read statement, and is holding series of Listening Sessions before doing so. Here is the text of the current statement.

This is clearly not your grandfather’s The Fall of the House of Usher, due out this year on Netflix.

As early as the 18th century, there was a word for what we call “metrosexual.” It was macaroni. And shortly after that, it became a gender slur. Who knew?

File 770 is branching out a bit lately, including reviews of human snacks and dog treats. Here is a review of the former; Nutella-like products.

Against a golden sunny background, red apples spill out of a wicker basket. istockphotos

I’ve succumbed to the “it’s almost fall!” bug, so here is the recipe for an apple cider cocktail.

Speaking of Bluesky, I’m on there now. You can find me at @MarionDeeds.bsky.social.

 

 

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  • 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.