2) The Theodore Sturgeon Award Finalists were announced today (http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/sturgeon-finalists.htm). What an honor for those nominated. I need to read more Theodore Sturgeon. I need to try to write like Theodore Sturgeon.
3) We're entering the season of Big Giant Movies. I saw Avengers Age of Ultron. Fun, some funny and different moments, but also formulaic and predictable. And why have the whole Black Widow / Hulk romance plot? I did enjoy seeing me some Vision, who was always my favorite Avenger. And Thanos is coming, so I hearken back to the great Jim Starlin storyline in Avengers Annual #7 and Marvel Two-In-One Annual #from 1977.
Avengers Annual #7 = http://www.captainamericalibrary.com/superhero-library/captain-america/captain-america-comic-details.aspx?id=AA&issue=7&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 = http://www.ironmanlibrary.com/superhero-library/iron-man/iron-man-comic-details.aspx?id=M2IN1A&issue=2&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
Man, I loved that story.
4) Following the style of the close of NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast: What's making me happy this week? (Beyond not being laid off).
Answer: Cowboy Bebop. I am at long last watching this series, and enjoying it TREMENDOUSLY. Interesting characters with problems and backstory, great story telling style, wonderful visuals, detailed world-building, whole lotta spaceships but still in our solar system, and awesome music. Very Highly Recommended.