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insectarmyIn which we get excited about awards, and sexism in SF. In other words, it's Galactic Suburbia! 

Tiptree Award Winner & Shortlist - first Australian Tiptree winner! Congrats to N.A. Sulway!

Culture Consumed: 
Alex: All Harry Potter movies; Project Bond; Supurbia 
Tansy: Regency romance novels, Minister of Chance 
Alisa: Supurbia 

Pet Subject: the not-SFWA "debate", the pervasive dismissal of women in SF

Note: this episode was recorded several days before broadcast, before Sean Fodera made his apology to Mary Robinette Kowal, who accepted it gracefully. Please look at her post about why she accepted, and the role of apologies in general


Some other relevant articles we discuss or allude to, or which Alisa found after recording and wanted us to include - keep following the Galactic Suburbia Facebook Page as she's been updating it with interesting links daily: 
GENERAL BACKGROUND

The Radish hosted early discussion on the Bulletin anti-censorship petition

Steven Gould on why the petition was based on a false premise. 
SL Huang writes Can We Please Not Rewrite History, Folks?, and worth checking in on SL's original Timeline of 2013 SFWA Controversies, now updated. [my apologies for stumbling over pronouns on the podcast] 
THE LATEST WAVE OF TURMOIL, DISSENT AND SEXISM

Silvia Moreno-Garcia outlines the invective against Mary Robinette Kowal on SFF.net and the politics of "plunging necklines," "diaphanous white outfits" and ankles. 

Mary Robinette Kowal's post on Being a Representational Example 
Scalzi presents the Insect Army t-shirt design courtesty of Ursula Vernon's awesome artwork.
Some really important words here. Alex also mentions Nora's important tweet from 5 days ago:

N. K. Jemisin @nkjemisin The loss of privilege is not oppression. The loss of privilege is not oppression. THE LOSS OF PRIVILEGE IS. NOT. OPPRESSION. 

The post we possibly discuss in most detail on the podcast today: Juliet McKenna's Why The SFWA Shoutback Matters 
A really important message from James Patrick Kelly on age, and generations, and making a difference

and don't forget the...

Galactic Suburbia Award!! for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction. 

There's still time to send us your suggestions - only work from 2013, please, but start saving the 2014 links to send us next year. 

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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In which 2014 is officially a thing. 

Who saw that coming? 
We’re back! 

How did you spend your summer? (yes, we know some of you spent it having winter, but honestly, is that our fault?) 

Galactic Suburbia returns for a fresh new year of culture consumed, awards commentary, feminist snark and adorable baby gurgles. 

Culture Consumed: 
Alex: On the Steel Breeze, Alastair Reynolds; Riddick; The Deep: Here be Dragons; Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales (ed Paula Guran)
 
Alisa: Haven S1 and S2; Star Trek; Kaleidoscope submissions (PhD)

Tansy: Terry Pratchett: The Witches (board game), The Hour Season 1, A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan; When we Wake; Courtney Milan romance novels. 


Pet subject: Gearing Up for Hugo Nominations - what we've read, what we recommend, and what we still plan to get to before the deadline. 

Alisa: Reading - Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black 

Alex: Saga; Ancillary Justice; Iron Man 3; still to watch Game of Thrones s3 

Tansy: Still to read: Hild by Nicola Griffith, The Red by Linda Nagata, some novellas. Liz Bourke’s Sleeping with Monsters (Best Related Work or fan writer? Why doesn’t the Hugo have an Atheling?) Kirstyn McDermott’s Caution: Contains Small Parts. Supurbia (Graphic Story); The World’s End. 

Galactic Suburbia Award!!

for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction 

Send us your suggestions and thoughts on who we should be looking at for the year that was 2013: blog posts, podcasts, GOH speeches and other awesome people talking about feminist stuff in interesting ways. 


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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