Microscopic Beauty: Check out NewScientist’s Gallery of award-winning photographs from Nikon’s Small World contest. Most of the images are things not usually seen by the human eye; they’re a nice reminder of the wonder that can be found in the mundane and how amazing our world really is sometimes. I especially like the chick embryo and the mouse brain.
General Beauty: I keep meaning to post about Dark Roasted Blend. If you’ve never visited the site, you really should. They offer a consistently fascinating selection of weird and wonderful links and images. I know I could get lost for hours, just clicking through the galleries and galleries of photographs.
Win Stuff: A lottery is being held in support of The Shirley Jackson Awards. Luckily, instead of being stoned to death, the winners get nifty prizes. The lottery will be open from February 9 – 23rd. A listing of prizes and contest rules are available on the awardwebsite.
Celebrate Poe: In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s Bicentennial and the newly-released anthology Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, Laird Barron, Ellen Datlow, Gregory Frost and John Langan will be participating in a group reading at the German Society in Philadelphia on February 21, 2009. Event details and a link to the press release for the event can be found here. I’m looking forward to this!