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In which we admire our Hugo pins, discuss the narrative around bestseller authors like JK Rowling, and take on the idea of what a Best Of anthology actually means.

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HUGO PINS

Trifle Club

The Casual Vacancy released - are you going to read it?

Giveaway from ages ago - copy of Showtime goes to Terry Frost for Joshua York from George R R Martin's Fevre Dream

New Giveaway for Kaaron Warren’s Through Splintered Walls. Tweet, comment, email or Facebook us about your favourite Australian ghost story OR your favourite female vampire.

Paul Kincaid in the LA Review of Books suggests that SF is tired. Reviewer, heal thyself? He also talks on this subject at the Coode Street Podcast.

Aurealis Awards reminder: submit your books and stories now.

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Soft Apocalypse, Will McIntosh, SportsNight (& Newsroom)

Tansy: Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan; Marvel Heralds; Outer Alliance Episode 24 Changing the Conversation with Julia Rios, Nnedi Okorafor, Jim C Hines & Sofia Samatar.

Alex: Battleship (http://randomalex.net/2012/09/27/battleship/); The Forever War, Joe Haldemann; City of Illusions, Ursula le Guin (http://randomalex.net/2012/09/27/city-of-illusions/); The Shapes of their Hearts, Melissa Scott (http://randomalex.net/2012/09/27/the-shapes-of-their-hearts/); Nova, Samuel Delaney

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  • Sam Reader

    For the giveaway: Jody from Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore. Hands down. Because she’s a real woman more or less, not some fiend, not some vamp, just a woman in over her head. It kind of personalizes the conflict. Also, she’s incredibly funny in her reactions. It’s a pity the other two novels in the series completely ruined the relationship and forced the character into a state of decay, because seeing her come to terms with her identity and keep herself despite being a member of the undead was one of the sweetest stories I’ve read to date.

    Oct 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm
  • Fred Kiesche

    Delany has done a lot of wonderful stuff. If you want something close to Nova, try Empire Star (not the graphic novel of a similar name, Empire), Babel-17 and some of the short works.

    For a fantastic autobiography, try The Motion of Light In Water. He’s done a few other autobiographical or semi-autobiographical works such as Heavenly Breakfast and 1984, but YMMV. I enjoyed 1984, almost as much as Motion of Light.

    Oct 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm
  • Alex

    Fred, thanks for the tip on Empire Star! I’ve actually just finished reading Babel-17, which was even more fantastic than Nova, so I’m definitely now a fangirl! I’m not usually much of an autobiography reader, but this is one I might make an exception for…

    Oct 18, 2012 at 7:03 am