SciFi Mashup

This week is a SciFi Mashup that isn’t really a mashup. For your reading pleasure, here are some fun science fiction magazine sites. If you haven’t visited them, click on the links below. Among these, I’m sure you’ll find something that speaks to your SF bug. (SF is the abbreviation for science  fiction that us old-timers use.) Asimovs Science Fiction offers samples of their print and e-format magazine, links to author, magazine and other SF related sites, and they feature a couple of new author blogs each month. They cover a wide range of SciFi subgenres. Amazing Stories Magazine calls their site a Social Magazine. Scroll down the page to see some of the fascinating posts and join the forum to participate in the conversation. Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine  is up in space! (in the library of the International Space Station). This site offers the usual plus a reference library and an events calendar. (I have a soft spot for this one since they published my collaborations, The White Hope and The White Box. ) The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction  features a blog with interviews, reviews, and articles as well as a forum for discussions among fans. Sfsignal […]

A Halloween Mash-up

Otis and Spike, invite you to join them and their friends at their Halloween mash-up party in Burrows’ Hallow. These lovable ogres have scoured the web for the interesting, informative and entertaining Halloween news.  Won’t you take a moment and visit a few of these links? Are You Afraid of Halloween? Did you know that Samhainophobia is the medical term for an intense and persistent fear of Halloween?  It sounds much better than ‘Fraidy Cat, don’t you think? Curious About the Origin of Halloween? Samhain was an ancient, Celtic celebration at the end of the summer.  This may be where our modern-day Halloween customs originated.  Learn more about Samhain. Can you believe that carved turnips made the first jack-o-lanterns?  Check out forty-one spooky facts about Halloween. Halloween Fun Nations across the globe hold Halloween celebrations.  Read about Halloween in Japan, Australia, Canada and more here. My friend, Rick Cutler, shared a news item about Marines and police preparing for a zombie invasion on Facebook. Kathy Owen, one of my WANA buddies, shared a YouTube video: Halloween, Gangnam Style. Otis and Spike want to be certain you know the differences between Trolls and Ogres. Which are you a werewolf or a vampire?  Take this quiz […]

Monday Mashup: From SOPA to Nuts

I don’t know about you, but there are so many great things posted on the web, I often miss them when they are first published online. So today, I’m sharing a mash-up of my recent, eclectic discoveries with you. The links cover everything from SOPA to Nuts. SOPA and PIPA Someone once called me a ‘slow thinker’ because I prefer to weigh both sides of a situation before I make a decision. So characteristically, the movement to protest SOPA and PIPA moved faster than I did. I object to the language of the bills known as SOPA and PIPA, but I’m not necessarily against their intent. I practiced a ‘grey-out’ on Wednesday of last week in that I did not black-out my website or blog, but I also did the bare minimum of internet business. And I continue to read a variety of articles on the subject. Here are two that made me go ‘hmmm.’ Were you swept up in the internet protest against SOPA and PIPA? Read why David Pogue suggests we Put Down the Pitchforks on SOPA. Jaron Lanier opines that we netziens harbor false ideals of the web and that our extreme reactions to SOPA can be […]