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6a00e54efdd2b38834013482858923970c-300wiIn which we celebrate the real beginning of awards season, taste honey and launch Alisa into her new world as PhD student of publishing...

News

Nebula shortlist SF Signal Nebula post (with unfortunate comments and awesome responses)

Stella Prize longlist with special appearance by our own Margo Lanagan.

The Kitschies winners announced Interesting link found after recording: Lavie Tidhar on the Kitschies & diversity

Libba Bray on misogyny at the Oscars Also, go read NK Jemisin talking about race, misogyny & Quvenzhané Wallis with "Fantasy fans, where’s your outrage?" We didn't discuss that one on the podcast because - well, what can we possibly say as three white women that Jemisin didn't say a million times more effectively? Read her instead.

Thoraiya Dyer interviewed for Cosmos Magazine about how becoming a full time mum was actually great for her writing career.

Splashdance Silver back in e-edition - Tansy's first novel, now celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Culture Consumed

ALEX: Etiquette and Espionage, Gail Carriger (http://randomalex.net/2013/02/14/etiquette-and-espionage/); The Chains that you Refuse, Elizabeth Bear; Rainbow Bridge, Gwyneth Jones; Caprica.

TANSY: Perfections, Kirstyn McDermott; For Darkness Shows the Stars, Diana Peterfreund

ALISA: The Honey Month, Amal El-Mohtar New Segment: Diary of a Publisher - it's our duty (and that includes all our listeners) to keep Alisa honest as she walks away from her dayjob to take up the challenge of a PhD in creative publishing. Mind the flannel!

It's our birthday next fortnight - have cake ready for when you listen!

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Hi Tansy, Alex and Alisa

Congratulations to Galactica Suburbia on your 75th podcast and to everyone shortlisted for the second annual Galactic Suburbia Award.

What a lovely surprise to be nominated - and to win! - this year's award for "activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012". I'm thrilled that Australian Women Writers 2012 Challenge has been recognised in this way.

As Tansy points out in the latest Galactic Suburbia podcast, the AWW challenge isn't just for Speculative Fiction: it's for all genres. Nevertheless, the wide range of reviews linked to the 2012 challenge has drawn attention to many talented Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction writers, and helped to create a community of readers who have been willing to read outside their comfort zones - and that includes me!

I'm usually a crime/psychological suspense reader but, through last year's challenge, I discovered lots of fantastic, new-to-me SpecFic and Fantasy authors, including Tansy, Margo Lanagan, Meg Mundell, Kim Westwood and Claire Corbett. Others have moved higher on my "to be read" pile, including Fiona McIntosh, Kate Forsyth, Kim Falconer and especially Andrea K Höst.

For the challenge this year I also intend to make a special effort to read some Australian horror - does that count as speculative fiction? - as horror doesn't appear to have had attracted as much attention as the other sub-genres. I've been compiling a list of authors who might fit into this category, including Angela Slatter, Deborah Biancotti, Kaaron Warren, Kylie Chan, Ambelin Kwaymullina and - an author shortlisted for this year's Galactic Suburbia Award - Kirstyn McDermott. If you know any more, I'd love to hear about them.

Apart from discovering new authors, other wonderful aspects of the AWW challenge have been to become acquainted with the output of small publishers, like Twelfth Planet Press, and to discover so many Australian book bloggers who specialise in Spec Fic. These include Tsana from Tsana's Reads, Sean from Adventures of a Bookonaut, and Shaheen from Speculating on SpecFic, all of whom have joined the AWW team to help promote the challenge this year.

So far 370+ people have signed up for the 2013 challenge, and I hope we'll get many more - especially male readers. (This year participants don't have to pledge to write reviews, though it's great if they do.) Maybe some of your listeners will sign up to read and review books by Australian women? There are plenty to choose from on the AWW SpecFic Review Listings site.

Finally, I just want to say - yes, this is sounding like an acceptance speech! - the success of the 2012 challenge wouldn't have been possible without all the 350+ people, mostly women, who read and reviewed last year. Of special note is Shelleyrae of Book'd Out blog, who not only managed to read and review a staggering 100+ books for the challenge, but who also interviewed authors, hosted give-aways, created the AWW badge and curated the AWW GoodReads group. If anyone deserves to share this accolade, it's Shelleyrae. I'm thrilled that she is also a member of the AWW team for 2013.

Postscript: Wouldn't it be wonderful if a SpecFic novel won the inaugural Australian women-only Stella Prize this year? My personal tip would be Margo Lanagan's Sea Hearts. What would yours be?

Thanks Elizabeth

URLs for links:

Speculating on SpecFic: http://speconspecfic.com/

Adventures of  Bookonaut: http://bookonaut.blogspot.com.au/

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galactic suburbia award

THE GALACTIC SUBURBIA AWARD for activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012. Listen to the podcast discussing the winner and list.

WINNER: Elizabeth Lhuede (@elizabethlhuede) for the creation of the Australian Women Writers Challenge and her tireless efforts in contributing to the conversation about gender disparity in literature and criticism.

SHORTLIST:

Kirstyn McDermott (@fearofemeralds) for creation of the 'female stick figure' concept and the surrounding discussion about gender defaults.

Julia Rios (@omgjulia) for the Outer Alliance podcast, and her ongoing activism and outreach efforts towards 'changing the conversation.'

Genevieve Valentine (@GLValentine) for starting the conversation about creepers at conventions and raising awareness about the importance of events having sexual harassment policies they are prepared to stand behind.

Various, for the overall creative, serious and awesome responses to the problematic concept of the "Fake Geek Girl." Internet, this sort of thing is why we love you even when you're bad for us.

Jim C Hines (@jimchines) for Cover Posing For A Good Cause and other important awareness-raising blog discussions.

The Hawkeye Initiative, a Tumblr meme which used artistic expression to demonstrate exactly why so many artistic depictions of women in comics are problematic, with sassy sparkles. (FAQ & The Mary Sue article for added context)

Anita Sarkeesian (@anitasarkeesian) for her TED talk articulating the vengeful online abuse she received in response to her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games Kickstarter, and what this says about online culture and gaming culture in particular.

CD (@CDisoriented) for her wonderful blog Culturally Disoriented in which she talks at length about pop culture, social justice, disability and feminism.

Seanan McGuire (@seananmcguire) for "Things I Will Not Do To My Characters. Ever."

Liz Bourke (@hawkwing-lb) for Sleeps With Monsters.

R-, the six-year-old who called out Hasbro for the gender imbalance in her favourite board game, Guess Who.

Geena Davis, for her speech on Gender Inequalities in Television & Why They Matter (plus ongoing activism in this area).

HONOURABLE MENTION (because not SF related):

Our own Prime Minister, Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) for the YouTube vid of the speech against sexism which made the whole world believe (however briefly) that Australia must be an amazing feminist country. Whatever else you do during your time in office, Prime Minister Gillard, we will remember this one.

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galactic suburbia awardIn which we reveal the winner & shortlist of the Galactic Suburbia Award for activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012.

NEWS Hugo Nominations close on Sunday, March 10, 2013

Chronos Awards also open: http://continuum.org.au/c9/chronos-awards/

Stranger with My Face Women in Horror Film Festival - 7-10 March in Hobart, Tasmania

Glitter and Madness Kickstarter - last days to support this anthology project!

CULTURE CONSUMED ALISA: Editing - Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer; A Trifle Dead by Livia Day; reading the country you have never seen: essays and reviews by Joanna Russ

ALEX: Saga, Brian K Vaughan; Band of Gypsys, Gwyneth Jones; The James Tiptree Award Anthology vol 2.

TANSY: Cabin in the Woods, Small Blue Planet, “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (novelette)

Please send feedback to us at galacticsuburbia@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter at @galacticsuburbs, check out Galactic Suburbia Podcast on Facebook and don't forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!

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Troy-AchillesIn which Alex touches Troy with her bare hand, Alisa discovers that the best part of Paris is not the part that's underground, and Tansy cheats on both of them for love of Doctor Who (it was inevitable, really).

WHAT WE DID ON OUR SUMMER HOLIDAY!

Alex: Turkey and Egypt

Alisa: Honeymoon in Paris

Tansy: adventures on the internet including the article "Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let's Unpack That" syndicated on Tor.com, selling Wet Shirt Mr Darcy for the Deepings Dolls, and Verity! (a Doctor Who podcast)

Hugo Nominations close on Sunday, March 10, 2013. We'll be making recs over the next few episodes, though in the mean time check out Tansy's post on Hugo Recs for Best Graphic Story.

The Galactic Suburbia Award: for activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012 - to be announced in 2 weeks, get your nominations in quick! Check out last year's winner and honours list to see the type of thing we want to hear about, or be reminded of!

Culture Consumed:

TANSY: Eureka Seasons 1-4; Captain Marvel by Kelly Due DeConnick, Dexter Soy & Emma Rios; Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

ALISA: The entire series of The Closer, Tara Sharp 1: Sharpshooter and 2: Sharp Turn.

ALEX: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (the movie); Zendegi, Greg Egan; The Telling, Ursula le Guin... and how many books in total? Yes, Alisa really ran a book on this one.

AND!! Alisa’s exciting news!!

Happy Birthday to the Silent Producer, who totally missed us while we were away, and got a brand new episode to edit as his birthday present.

Please send feedback to us at galacticsuburbia@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter at @galacticsuburbs, check out Galactic Suburbia Podcast on Facebook and don't forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!

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