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Happy 935th Birthday to Mstislav I of Kiev

On this day, June 1, in the year 1076, the Battle of Hastings was nearly ten years in the past for Gytha of Wessex. At that battle, her father Harold Godwineson was slain, ending his short-lived stint as King of England and ushering in the reign of the Norman duke who defeated him, a man […]

Halley’s Comet – Part 2 (1066)

This is the second in a series of posts about the storied history of Halley’s Comet (officially designated 1P/Halley). If you missed Part One, you can still read it here. The 1066 apparition of 1P/Halley was described in contemporary accounts as four times the size of Venus and glowing nearly as brightly as the moon. […]

Updates, Conventional and Unconventional

I hope folks have been enjoying the ZOUNDS! posts, which I’ve been managing to write with some degree of frequency.  It’s been a while since my last regular blog post, but I’ve finally got several items worth mentioning… First, on the convention front, two big updates. World Fantasy Convention: I’m happy to report that I […]

Ah, Spring is in the Air… Duck!

With spring in full bloom all around us, let’s take a moment to consider Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913).  Of the complex score to this ballet, Leonard Bernstein once said it has “the best dissonances anyone ever thought up, and the best asymmetries and polytonalities and ployrhythms and whatever else you […]

S. marcescens: Grubbiness is Next to Godliness

The year was 1263. A priest broke the communion wafer in a church in Bolsena, Italy, and found blood on the bread! A year later, Pope Urban inaugurated the feast of Corpus Christi in honor of the holy wonder, and the bread-breaking is memorialized to this day on the walls of the Vatican in a […]

Boudicca: Queen, Warrior, Rebel, Mother

In the mid-1st-century AD, Boudicca and her husband Prasutagus ruled the British tribe known as the Iceni, who inhabited an area roughly analogous to modern Norfolk.  When the Roman Emperor Claudius conquered southern Briton in AD 43, the Iceni agreed to an alliance with Rome, preserving their nominal independence.  They and other Iceni nobles suffered […]

Geronimo: What’s In A Name?

Geronimo was an Apache man born in 1829 in what is today New Mexico.  At the time it was still considered Mexican territory.  After Spanish soldiers from Mexico killed his wife, mother and three young children in 1858, Geronimo devoted himself to raiding and terrorizing Mexican settlements on Apache lands.  When the U.S. Army tried […]

Author Interview: Connie Willis

Connie Willis is currently nominated for what would be her eleventh Hugo Award and her seventh Nebula Award for her two-volume World War II time-travel novel, Blackout and All Clear.  The Nebulas will be awarded later this month and the Hugos in August.  In the mean time, I thought I’d share an interview I conducted […]

Sukhothai Ruins

Ruins of 13th-century Sukhothai, Thailand.  Photo by Christopher M. Cevasco.  

Mayday Mayday Mayday!

The first of May brings with it not one but two distinct holidays, each referred to as May Day.  On the one hand, much like the U.S. Labor Day holiday celebrated in September, May Day has been internationally recognized since the 1890s as a celebration of workers generally and, more specifically, the struggle of labor […]