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Archive for November 2010

In which we work, play, shake up our format a little (gasp!) and cover the life & death of magazines, the changing face of the industry, respect for non fiction, sexual harassment, rants, reboots and as usual, books, books and more books.  Also a few sneaky clues about what Twelfth Planet Press is publishing next year!

News

Realms of Fantasy is back, again... http://sfscope.com/2010/11/once-again-realms-of-fantasy-i.html

Escape Pod Expands: http://escapepod.org/2010/11/08/the-soundproof-escape-pod/ "We have been pushing to expand what Escape Pod does, adding an SF blog and distributing our stories via magazine format. We’re also becoming a pro market, and hope to keep paying our authors pro rates well into 2011 if the donations make it possible."

Cheryl Morgan talks about paying for reviews as semipro http://cherylmmorgan.livejournal.com/828926.html

On the Cooks Source scandal and seeing stuff on the internet as 'public domain': http://www.cookssource.com/ 

Jim C Hines on reporting sexual harassment in SF/F http://www.jimchines.com/2010/11/reporting-harassment/

Old men complaining? http://www.tangentonline.com/news-mainmenu-158/1453-a-new-direction When you get old, do you by consequence lose your sense of wonder? Just simply because you've read everything? And is/should all SF be aimed/written for the 60 year old man? Jason Sanford responds: http://www.jasonsanford.com/jason/2010/11/a-response-to-dave-truesdales-new-direction.html#comments

New Buffy Reboot http://io9.com/5696762/joss-whedon-and-angel-react-to-the-new-buffy-reboot

New Friend of the Podcast: The Writer & the Critic (Mondy & Kirstyn) http://writerandcritic.posterous.com/

Rambly Discussion Books that aren't marketed as being a part of a series...  Publishing, deadlines, and attitudes thereto... Chat, rants and backpedalling...

What Culture have we Consumed? Alex: Blameless, Gail Carriger; The Devil in Mr Pussy, Paul Haines; Women of Other Worlds, ed. Helen Merrick and Tess Williams; Bold as Love, Gwyneth Jones; Day of the Triffids (2009 BBC production) Alisa: works too hard, and also FRINGE Tansy: To Write Like a Woman, Joanna Russ; Marianne, the Magus & the Manticore by Sheri S Tepper; Sourdough & Other Stories, Angela Slatter; China Mountain Zhang, Maureen McHugh, Mists of Avalon movie

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In which we talk World Fantasy, female editors, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Connie Willis, Pat Murphy, and more World Fantasy - plus Alisa tells us off for not mentioning how awesome certain books actually are (we totally did).

News World Fantasy Award winners http://vectoreditors.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/world-fantasy-award-winners-2/

Peter Tennant at Black Static looks at the stats for women being published in recent horror & dark fantasy anthologies http://ttapress.com/942/women-in-horror-anthologies/0/5/ Hathor Legacy compares representation of female authors in two recent horror anthos http://thehathorlegacy.com/battle-of-the-zombie-anthologies/

Cat Sparks is the new fiction editor of Cosmos, taking over from Damien Broderick http://catsparx.livejournal.com/214182.html

Discussion on the lack of female editors in pro fantasy publications (read through the comments which raise many important points about the post) http://rose-lemberg.livejournal.com/129042.html

Steampunkgate (yes, really) Charles Stross criticises the “glut” of steampunk and calls it out at a subgenre (http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/10/the-hard-edge-of-empire.html Nisi Shawl talks about the literary side of steampunk just isn’t as diverse and interesting as the other aspects of steampunk... yet http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/10/stupid-things-we-say Catherynne Valente rants and then raves about steampunk http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/616832.html http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/617393.html Scott Westerfeld gets cranky about the steampunk haterz http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/2010/11/genre-cooties/

Small press turned imprint to publish line of multicultural SF/Fantasy for children: http://io9.com/5682953/inside-tu-books-a-new-publisher-focusing-on-multicultural-sf-and-fantasy-books-for-kids

Jeff VanderMeer reports on Amazon Best of SF/F lists for 2010 http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/2010/11/06/amazon-uk-best-of-sff-list-whats-center-genre

What have we been reading/listening to? Alex: Changeless, Gail Carriger; The Two of Them, Joanna Russ (http://randomalex.net/2010/11/02/the-two-of-them/); Brightness Falls from the Air, James Tiptree Jr; backlog of Tor.com (esp. Robert Reed’s The Next Invasion) and Strange Horizons (esp. Sandra McDonald’s Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots) Alisa: Fire Watch, Remake (both Connie Willis), White Cat by Holly Black, Ethan of Athos by Lois McMaster Bujold Tansy: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, NK Jemisin, Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell, by Pat Murphy (http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/pseudonyms-and-pat-murphy/)

Pet Subject Capclave and World Fantasy Convention!  Alex and Tansy interrogate Alisa about her trip away, her loot, and her adventures.

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