WEBB, Cosmonauts, Women of NASA,m New releases from indie authors and much more in this week’s news

Vernacular Books announces Rhiannon Rasmussen’s debut sci-fi novella, The Wasp Child:  CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO WORLDS. WANTED IN NEITHER.
Kesh is afraid—of his classmates, his allergies, his odd sense of smell, and his prospects for the future.
Born into Meridian Colony, where corporate values dictate human worth, Kesh longs for escape. He gets what he asks for in the worst possible way when his classmates kidnap and dump him in the middle of an alien rainforest. Alone.
Faced with certain death, Kesh stumbles through the forest until he encounters the sansik, giant insects native to the planet. Though the sansik seem to care for him at first, their pheromones set off a horrific metamorphosis in Kesh. Claws sprout from his fingertips, a monstrous exoskeleton grows beneath his skin, and then the bugs do the unthinkable: they trade him back to Meridian where a life as a living scientific curiosity awaits him, a bleak future void of autonomy.
Caught in a tug-of-war between Meridian’s laboratories and a harsh alien world, Kesh has to make a choice: convince his people to accept him, or escape and face an uncertain future alone in an alien world.

Radio Signal From Space

Pre-Sale of Tokens to Buy SpaceX Crypto?

Using Russian Space Taxis is Problematic Right Now

If we showed you the character in cameo, he’s not be able to see it:  Cameo in Spider-Man:  No Way Home

Graeme Resigns as Editor of BCSFAzine

Astronomy Humor

Crowdfunder for Humanoid Caretaker Robots

Starshot:  Probe to shoot for star

There’s an imposter sitting in the Captain’s Chair (and, as a lot of people have already pointed out, there have been far more than three actors who have portrayed Captain James T. Kirk…and only one of them was Shatner

Orlando in 2023 answers some questions for LGBTQI concerns

A Round-Up of Humorous Bumper Stickers is Surprisingly Genre

Stephen Fry on How to Deal with Putin

Octopi Make Homes From Human Trash

First Focused Image from WEBB shows Hundreds of Galaxies in the Background

Whedon Gets More Bad Press

Russia Getting “Hack-Bombed”

Ukrainian Credential Safely in France

Actress Holds Disney to Account Over FL Don’t Say Gay Legislation

Ukraine Invasion Cancels Russian/ESA Mars Mission

New Releases: Wild Magic is an urban fantasy. Wild Magic will release July 8th, 2022 in trade paperback (268 pages, ISBN 978-1-928011-75-0, $16.99 USD) and ebook (978-1-928011-76-7, $4.99 USD) formats from Milton, Ontario-based publisher Brain Lag

Fan History: Bud Webster and a Fannish Jug Band

Adam-Troy Castro announces the release of The Author’s Wife vs the Giant Robot

Nice novelty item – a mini murder of crows.  They’re adjacent.  If it had been a “murder or ravens”, it would be genre

Hypersonic Missile Used for the First Time

North AND South Poles Experiencing Unprecedented Simultaneous Warming Trend

Special Michael Walsh Section:  (Michael is a former Worldcon Chair, longtime fan and owner of Old Earth Books.  He posted an unusual number of news items this week:

Women at NASA

Steven Barnes, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle illustrate the collaborative writing process

FANAC Zoom Meeting tonight 8 PM London Time


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