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In which Letters To Tiptree is still turning heads, and it's winter in Australia. Much winter. So coldness. WHAT'S NEW ON THE INTERNET?

World Fantasy Award finalists

Locus Awards winners

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alisa: Undisclosed - Vacated; 4 hideous romcoms (Remember Sunday, Thanks for Sharing, Life Happens and Something Borrowed)

Alex: Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones; Beggars in Spain, Nancy Kress; Fifth Season, NK Jemisin; The Hollow Crown

Tansy: Person of Interest Season 5, Book Smugglers Quarterly Almanac (especially John Chu's "How to Piss off a Failed Super-Soldier"), Batman v Superman; Hamilton, Rocket Talk podcast - Amal El-Mohtar on Does Hamilton Count as Genre.

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Alisa and Alex in Melbourne discuss the SF miniseries Trepalium.

WARNING: Spoilers!

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In which we all had a very exciting weekend

Launched & pre-launched at Continuum: Defying Doomsday and Something New Can Come Into This World

(Tansy & the Silent Producer totally got married!)

British Fantasy Award shortlist

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alisa: The Martian, Trepalium

Tansy: The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley, Cleverman, UnReal, Which Witch by Eva Ibbotson

Alex: Angela Slatter binge: Vigil, Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Sourdough and Other Stories, Black-Winged Angels. Revolution School (ep 1 until July 6)

Alex’s new podcast! Acts of Kitchen

Tansy’s new superhero story at The Book Smugglers: Kid Dark Against the Machine On superheroes, kids, gender and role models: Tansy's Inspiration & Influences

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In which books take longer to make than they do to read

What's New on the Internet?

Nebula Awards given

CJ CHerryh named SFWA grandmaster

SF Signal closing - farewell to our friends and thanks for all the links!

Get in your nominations to us for the GS AWard: for activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2015.

CULTURE CONSUMED Alex: The Expanse Season 1; The Medusa Chronicles, Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds; The Philosopher Kings, Jo Walton

Alisa: books released & in progress: Defying Doomsday, Sharp Shooter, Grant Watson's upcoming collection of film essays - see her Friday night at Continuum!

Tansy: Finished writing a book! My research reading list over the last several years includes: Orlando Furioso (Ludovico Ariosto/Slavitt translation), Thomas Bulfinch’s The Age of Chivalry & Charlemagne, E Nesbit's entire backlist, Christina Rossetti, George McDonald, etc.

Also: Tansy's serial Glass Slipper Scandal is now complete at the Sheep Might Fly podcast.

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In which we talk reviews and gender balance thanks to the Strange Horizons SF count, and Alisa makes books while Tansy & Alex visit the theatre!

coriolanus-covWhat's New on the Internet? Locus Awards finalists Shirley Jackson nominees: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2016/05/2015-shirley-jackson-awards-nominees/

Peter MacNamara Achievement Award

Strange Horizons - the 2015 SF Count

CULTURE CONSUMED

Tansy: A Sci-Fi Vision of Love from a 318 year old hologram, by Monica Byrne , Wuthering Heights by shake & stir co; Whip it, Kingston City Rollers

Alisa: Working on the release of the Tara Sharp mysteries by Marianne Delacourt (now available for pre-order) and Grant Watson's upcoming book of film essays.

Alex: Coriolanus (all female production directed by Grant Watson for Heartstring, Melbourne's new independent theatre); The Dark Labyrinth, Lawrence Durrell; Nemesis Games, James SA Corey; Saga vol 5; Fringe rewatch, The Katering Show

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In which the Hugo shortlist is more controversial as ever, but in the mean time we've been reading & watching some great things.

MANY APOLOGIES for sound issues on this episode - we didn't catch an accidental microphone shift which means some background noise which should have been muted were not.

What's New on the Internet? Hugo Shortlist Effect of slate nominations on Hugo Shortlist at File 770.com

The Rebirth of Rapunzel winners: Margaret Eve & Kate Laidley, we hope you enjoy your book prizes!

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alex: Rebirth of Rapunzel, Kate Forsyth; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein; Defying Doomsday, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench; The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson

Alisa: Every Heart a Doorway; Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee; Orphan Black

Tansy: Deirdre Hall is the Devil, presented by Jodi McAlister; Teen Wolf, Downton Abbey, Doctor Horrible’s Singalong Blog, Buffy Season 1

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In which we stack up months of Culture Consumed into a glorious spiral tower of dubious structural integrity

Alisa: Lois McMaster Bujold: Modern Master of Science Fiction, Edward James (and a bunch of Lois McMaster Bujold!) Alex: Radiance, Catherynne M Valente Tansy: The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar (reviewed in the latest Cascadia Subduction Zone) Alisa: Bitch Magazine & Popoganda podcast Alex: Extra(ordinary) People, Joanna Russ Tansy: Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire IT'S A NOVELLA Alex: Once Upon a Time season 1 & Alan Alda at the Press Club Tansy: Agent Carter; yes all right, Orphan Black

(Tansy is now watching Orphan Black, alert the media! In other news, the silent producer has spoiled himself via the Galactic Suburbia Orphan Black Spoilerifics - you can too! Season One, Season Two)

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In which Alex leaves Alisa & Tansy unsupervised to react to the recent wave of awards news and what's new on the internet.

Aurealis Awards

BSFA

Ditmar Awards

Tin Duck

Tiptree

NOTE: After recording the podcast Alisa went to check and discovered that Galactic Suburbia has indeed won a Ditmar before, but in our defence, 2011 was a really long time ago and also we're tired.

Note from Alex: Orphan Black season 4 starts in a month or so JUST SAYING TANSY

How women get erased - Harper Lee’s estate

Tansy’s Daredevil reviews on Tor.com & new serial on Sheep Might Fly: Glass Slipper Scandal.

Alisa's sekrit twitter account for Dawson's Creek rewatching: @Joey4Pacey Tansy's sekrit twitter account for Dawson's Creek rewatching: @dr_tansy We use the hashtag: #creekagain Someday we will learn to Storify but this is not that day.

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Rapunzel-CoverIn which all 3 of us celebrate 6 years of Galactic Suburbia with an excellent baby and variable cake. ALISA IS BACK THIS IS NOT A DRILL!

What’s new on the internet?

JK Rowling, Native American "magic" and cultural appropriation. National Geographic outlines the issues. An open letter to Jo Rowling on the Native Appropriations blog - why indigenous people are not magical creatures.

Nisi Shawl’s crash course in the history of black science fiction

A list of all the dead lesbian & bisexual female characters on TV and how they died (many spoilers).

Feminist Frequency crowdfunding at Seed & Spark: a series of films about historical women.

Tansy’s “Lamia Victoriana” story from Love & Romanpunk, podcast at GlitterShip.

Also, Tansy's upcoming superhero story at Book Smugglers - “Boy’s Own Superhero Bingo Card.”

Defying Doomsday coming soon too!

Listen to the end for the GALACTIC SUBURBIA GIVEAWAY - win a copy of The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower by Kate Forsyth, a unique non-fiction collection presenting Kate’s extensive academic research into the ‘Rapunzel’ fairy tale, alongside several other pieces related to fairy tales and folklore. Available soon from Fablecroft.

AND, although we forgot to mention this in the show, it’s time to nominate for the Galactic Suburbia Award! We want to honour activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction - so if you’ve got someone or something that should be nominated for 2015, let us know!

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gentleman jole  red queenIn which Tansy & Alex take apart the joyous wonder that is the latest Lois McMaster Bujold novel: Gentleman Jole & the Red Queen.

Discussed: The Terrible Title The Vorkosigan Saga So Far (with particular reference to Shards of Honour & Barrayar, with plenty of spoilers for All The Key Moments involving the Vorkosigan family) Uterine Replicators and Their Social Implications Older Women in Space (send us your Space Grannies story recs!) Space Opera as Social History Triad Marriages and Alternative Parenting Models The Changing Roles of Mothers and Grandmothers with an extended lifespan Oliver Jole as unusual male hero: how often do we see books about men choosing between career advancement and having children? Aurelia is the prettiest name Is Miles 'the man' now? Does he represent conservative Barrayar, or is there still a healthy rebellious Betan streak in him? Oliver & Cordelia: an "old person" romance Bereavement & retirement as positive life turning points Miles and Oliver: "that" conversation as climax of the plot Miles and Cordelia: how to surprise your adult son, how to come to terms with your parents as fellow humans The sciencey science of a colonised planet: Sergyar needs marine biologists and plumbers more than soldiers and politicians! Reader response: what was problematic, unrealistic expectations, what does a Vorkosigan novel look like anyway? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11598691 http://www.tor.com/2016/02/11/book-reviews-gentleman-jole-lois-mcmaster-bujold/

We love you all and we love this book: only listen to this episode if you genuinely don't mind being spoiled for all the things.

PS: Tansy still maintains that the Vorkosigan saga is just fine read in random book order. Alex is not okay with this. Follow your own instincts on this one.

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yttoldIn which we welcome a new member of the Galactic Suburbia: Next Gen, and embrace the awards season. Baby News: Happy birth to future feminist awesome little dude Samuel, and congrats to his parents, Alisa & Chris as well as newly minted big sister Mack!

Nebula ballot.

Aurealis shortlist

Ditmars shortlist

Norma! Shortlist.

Mark Oshiro, ConQuest & the whiteness of cons/fan spaces Mark Does Stuff Etc. Mark's original post Mark's follow up Stephanie Lai at No Award on Taking Up Room in Con Spaces

(also Ben and Han Solo at home)

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alex: Finished Molly. Triton, Samuel Delany; Wicked + Divine; Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Tansy: Molly also, Gentleman Jole & the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold, Marvel Avengers Academy, Gilmore Girls, Buffy Rewatch with Daughter!!!

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355514-molly-meldrumIn which Alex and Tansy leap back into 2016 to talk Awards (it's that season again!), comics, novellas, mysterious London novels and epic feminist canon. Also, Molly Meldrum. Locus Recommended Reading List. BSFA Awards shortlist

Letters to Tiptree 99 cents! Bestseller on Amazon!

Tansy’s new podcast plug! Sheep Might Fly & Fake Geek Girl

Kickstarter for Ursula Le Guin documentary.

Nominating for Hugos (til end of March) don't forget.

And Part 1 of the University of Oregon’s Tiptree Symposium, with Julie Phillips - (Alex says: sorry not sorry, Tansy)

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Tansy: Hellcat by Kate Leth & Brittney Williams, Archie by Mark Waid & Fiona Staples, The Honey Month by Amal El-Mohtar, The Beatriceid by Kate Elliott, “Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor, “The Heart is Eaten Last” by Kameron Hurley (note: Kameron says any new Patreon subscriber automatically gets access to all the stories she has posted so far including this one - bargain at as little as $1 a month!) Alex: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susannah Clarke; Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman (plus others of course). The Just City, Jo Walton; Walk to the End of the World, Suzy McKee Charnas. MOLLY.

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theresheisStar Wars: the Force Awakens Spoilerific 


We went, we watched, and now we're going to flail our hands about it, shortly before going to buy all the Rey toys that aren't out there. 

Relevant Links:

The Bechdel-Wallace Test - is this film feminist?
What To Do When You're Not the Hero Any More
John Boyega being super excited about being in Star Wars
Lupita Nyong'o on not being seen as herself in Star Wars
Emo Kylo Ren #WheresRey



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Happy new year from...

Alex in Melbourne Alisa in Perth Tansy in Hobart

Thanks to our awesome Patreon supporters, we’re bringing you this very exciting milestone reward episode. We virtually gathered a bunch of excellent Australian guests and asked them about their year in producing and consuming and what they’re looking forward to for 2016. We hope you enjoy listening to them…

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In which we throw our remit out the window to talk about a year's worth of non-SFF!

What’s New on the Internet

This year, the Tiptree Motherboard established the Tiptree Fellowship Program to seek out and support creators who are striving to complete new works and make their voices heard. By adding Fellows each year, this program will create a network of creators who can build connections, support each other, and find opportunities for collaboration.

First Tiptree Fellows: Walidah Imarisha and Elizabeth LaPensée.

You can donate to encourage these and other new creators - donate through PayPal — or you can mail a check to 680 66th Street, Oakland, CA 94609.

Kate Elliott on Fangirl Happy Hour

What Non-SFFH Culture Have we Consumed over the YEAR? TV: Alisa: The West Wing rewatch, Transparent S1 and 2, Billy and Billie S1, The Good Wife Tansy: Leverage, Glee, Grace & Frankie, Please Like Me Season 3, Master of None Alex: Spooks rewatch; Veronica Mars Movies: Alisa: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (non-spoilery discussion mostly of seating, context and spoiler-avoiding) Tansy: Musketeers! Footloose, A League of Their Own Alex: Suffragette; Sound City

Podcasts: Alisa: Self publishing webinars (Mark Dawson, Nick Stephenson); Undisclosed, The SweetGeorgia Show Tansy: The Tuesday Club Alex: Radio Lab; new ones: Gastropod and Chat 10, Looks 3; Waleed Aly on Osher Günsberg Podcast

Comics: Tansy: Check, Please; Dumbing of Age

Books: Tansy: A Few Right-Thinking Men, Sulari Gentill; The Suffragette Scandal, Courtney Milan; Castles Ever After: When A Scot Ties the Knot, by Tessa Dare Alex: Andy Goldsworthy, Enclosure; Roger Crowley, Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire; Jan Morris, The World: Life and Travel 1950-2000

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