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Episode 139: 16 March 2016

Rapunzel-CoverIn which all 3 of us celebrate 6 years of Galactic Suburbia with an excellent baby and variable cake. ALISA IS BACK THIS IS NOT A DRILL!

What’s new on the internet?

JK Rowling, Native American "magic" and cultural appropriation. National Geographic outlines the issues. An open letter to Jo Rowling on the Native Appropriations blog - why indigenous people are not magical creatures.

Nisi Shawl’s crash course in the history of black science fiction

A list of all the dead lesbian & bisexual female characters on TV and how they died (many spoilers).

Feminist Frequency crowdfunding at Seed & Spark: a series of films about historical women.

Tansy’s “Lamia Victoriana” story from Love & Romanpunk, podcast at GlitterShip.

Also, Tansy's upcoming superhero story at Book Smugglers - “Boy’s Own Superhero Bingo Card.”

Defying Doomsday coming soon too!

Listen to the end for the GALACTIC SUBURBIA GIVEAWAY - win a copy of The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower by Kate Forsyth, a unique non-fiction collection presenting Kate’s extensive academic research into the ‘Rapunzel’ fairy tale, alongside several other pieces related to fairy tales and folklore. Available soon from Fablecroft.

AND, although we forgot to mention this in the show, it’s time to nominate for the Galactic Suburbia Award! We want to honour activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction - so if you’ve got someone or something that should be nominated for 2015, let us know!

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gentleman jole  red queenIn which Tansy & Alex take apart the joyous wonder that is the latest Lois McMaster Bujold novel: Gentleman Jole & the Red Queen.

Discussed: The Terrible Title The Vorkosigan Saga So Far (with particular reference to Shards of Honour & Barrayar, with plenty of spoilers for All The Key Moments involving the Vorkosigan family) Uterine Replicators and Their Social Implications Older Women in Space (send us your Space Grannies story recs!) Space Opera as Social History Triad Marriages and Alternative Parenting Models The Changing Roles of Mothers and Grandmothers with an extended lifespan Oliver Jole as unusual male hero: how often do we see books about men choosing between career advancement and having children? Aurelia is the prettiest name Is Miles 'the man' now? Does he represent conservative Barrayar, or is there still a healthy rebellious Betan streak in him? Oliver & Cordelia: an "old person" romance Bereavement & retirement as positive life turning points Miles and Oliver: "that" conversation as climax of the plot Miles and Cordelia: how to surprise your adult son, how to come to terms with your parents as fellow humans The sciencey science of a colonised planet: Sergyar needs marine biologists and plumbers more than soldiers and politicians! Reader response: what was problematic, unrealistic expectations, what does a Vorkosigan novel look like anyway? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11598691 http://www.tor.com/2016/02/11/book-reviews-gentleman-jole-lois-mcmaster-bujold/

We love you all and we love this book: only listen to this episode if you genuinely don't mind being spoiled for all the things.

PS: Tansy still maintains that the Vorkosigan saga is just fine read in random book order. Alex is not okay with this. Follow your own instincts on this one.

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