Today’s word for Wednesday is neocracy, a noun, meaning a government of amateurs.


The Dragon Awards were announced on Sunday, September 3, at DragonCon. Here are the winners. Congratulations to James S.A. Corey, Victor LaValle, Larry Corriea and John Ringo, Rick Riordan, Cory Doctorow and all the others who took home Dragons this year.

The view from the Old City Tallinn down to the harbor.


According to Eurogamer, the strategy board game Scythe is coming to Steam.

Several of UFO 50’s games are “instant retro classics” says Ars Technica.

Movies and TV:

File 770 linked to C.E. Murphy’s commentary on Valerian; City of a Thousand Planets, a movie declared to be “worse than it had to be.” This is harsh, but funny.

Syfy has greenlit 20 more episodes (2 seasons) of Killjoys, and cancelled Dark Matter, which followed it on Friday nights. Wynona Earp had already been renewed.

Here is the trailer for Stranger Things, Season Two.


The U.K. Independent reports that a Scottish power station set a new record for wave-generated power.

This falcon mural is one of Reykjavik's city-sponsored wall-art pieces.

This falcon mural is one of Reykjavik’s city-sponsored wall-art pieces.


Peggy Whitson, who holds the record for number of days in space by an American (665), returned to earth on September 4. This article shows part of the landing.

Florence, an extremely large asteroid, will pass very close to the earth in the next week. Florence is classified as a “potentially hazardous” asteroid even though orbital projections show no chance of it striking earth. Florence has two moon that orbit it (moons! It has moons!). It will next come our way in the year 2500.


Still more photos from my trip to Finland, with a day visit to Estonia, and Iceland. Hey, I said I’d try not to include Icelandic words… I didn’t say anything about 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.