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In which this Hugo nominated podcast is Hugo nominated and discusses the Hugo nominations while being Hugo nominated. Also, the internet is full of things. Some of those things discuss gender, feminism and equality, some have wide ranging implications for the future of SF awards, and some of them are nominated for Hugos.


Charles A Tan reviews the Fancast category

Hunger Games Hunger Games Hunger Games

Build up to make a hit The reviews are in: Topless Robot Forbes Our Alisa

But in the real world, the character Katniss Everdeen faces an even greater challenge: Proving that pop culture will embrace a heroine capable of holding her own with the big boys. It’s a battle fought on two fronts. First, The Hunger Games must bring in the kind of box office numbers that prove to Hollywood that a film led by a young female heroine who’s not cast as a sex symbol can bring in audiences. And second, for Katniss to truly triumph, she must embody the type of female heroine — smart, tough, compassionate — that has been sorely lacking in the popular culture landscape for so very long.

The Clarke Award Shortlist: Christopher Priest's original post Cat Valente responds: “Because let’s be honest, I couldn’t get away with it. If I posted that shit? I’d never hear the end of what a bitch I am.” And further she responds

Outer Alliance discussion on Gay YA Dystopia & Paolo Bacigalupi

Qld Premier cancels Premiers Literary Award “Before the election, the LNP pledged to cut government "waste" as part of its efforts to offer cost-of-living relief to Queenslanders.” Response of Queensland Writers Centre The Fake Geek Girl at the Mary Sue

Eisner Award shortlist

Kate Elliott on the portrayal of women in pain & fear

Ashley Judd on the media’s attitude to women and their bodies

Valente on the war against women in the real world

Philip K Dick Award

Chronos Award Ballot

Tehani on Aurealis Awards stats, gender

BSFA stuff - Actual winners

The first post that raised the problems with the ceremony.

A response (there for historical sake, though I think since at least partly recanted)

how the Tweets saw it

Cheryl’s take

EDIT: Since recording, the BSFA have issued a full and unreserved apology, along with an explanation of why it took them so long to respond.  That's how to do it, folks!

Jim Hines works through his privileged dumbassery Kirstyn McDermott works through whether her feminism is good enough

Vote for Sean the Blogonaut for NAFF

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alex: Monstrous Regiment, Terry Pratchett; Showtime, Narrelle M Harris, Woman on the Edge of Time, Marge Piercy; 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson; The State of the Art, Iain M Banks

Tansy: So Silver Bright, Lisa Mantchev; Kat, Incorrigible, by Stephanie Burgis; Cold Magic, Kate Elliott

Alisa: The Hunger Games (movie and books), The Readers (podcast)

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  • Christopher J Garcia

    Great show, as always. Massive congrats on your nom, and y’all were on my ballot, so it’s always good to know that your vote counted!

    And you make a good point about the access to the ceremony leading to many more people being able to see things like the acceptance last year. It means that things like craziness can end up on the ballot… for better and for worse. Still, it’s kinda cool that I’ll get to lose to Neil Gaiman.

    And why did y’all skip over Best Fanzine? I hope y’all take a look at the packet and the stuff we put in there. There’s a lot of fun stuff goin’ on in fanzines. On the matter of women on the ballot for fanzine, Journey Planet had three guest editors last year, all women, but specifically one asked not to be included in the nomination and the other two weren’t certain if they wanted to be, so we went with “et al”.

    And as cool as it was to have your name said by George RR Martin, it was much cooler to hear my name mention on GS!!!!!

    I also want all the Hugos, Tansy! I have made a plan to win in every category!

    Two women are on the Fan Artist ballot, Mo Starkey (regular cover artist for The Drink Tank) and Spring Schoenhuth. As far as women for Fan Artist, I’d say that Espana Sheriff and the fantastic Delphyne Woods should be on the ballot.

    ON ethign on the Hunger Games, it was fascinating how they shot it, but I have to say that the hype was over-the-top.

    Good episode. I have missed a few lately, and I am glad I got to listen to it while trying to beat the heat. Your Fan Chris

    Apr 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm
  • Celia

    Just a note to say I started listening to The Readers podcast after Alisa mentioned it - it’s fantastic, really enjoying it.

    May 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm