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theresheisStar Wars: the Force Awakens Spoilerific 


We went, we watched, and now we're going to flail our hands about it, shortly before going to buy all the Rey toys that aren't out there. 

Relevant Links:

The Bechdel-Wallace Test - is this film feminist?
What To Do When You're Not the Hero Any More
John Boyega being super excited about being in Star Wars
Lupita Nyong'o on not being seen as herself in Star Wars
Emo Kylo Ren #WheresRey



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GS New Year Special

Happy new year from...

Alex in Melbourne Alisa in Perth Tansy in Hobart

Thanks to our awesome Patreon supporters, we’re bringing you this very exciting milestone reward episode. We virtually gathered a bunch of excellent Australian guests and asked them about their year in producing and consuming and what they’re looking forward to for 2016. We hope you enjoy listening to them…

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In which we throw our remit out the window to talk about a year's worth of non-SFF!

What’s New on the Internet

This year, the Tiptree Motherboard established the Tiptree Fellowship Program to seek out and support creators who are striving to complete new works and make their voices heard. By adding Fellows each year, this program will create a network of creators who can build connections, support each other, and find opportunities for collaboration.

First Tiptree Fellows: Walidah Imarisha and Elizabeth LaPensée.

You can donate to encourage these and other new creators - donate through PayPal — or you can mail a check to 680 66th Street, Oakland, CA 94609.

Kate Elliott on Fangirl Happy Hour

What Non-SFFH Culture Have we Consumed over the YEAR? TV: Alisa: The West Wing rewatch, Transparent S1 and 2, Billy and Billie S1, The Good Wife Tansy: Leverage, Glee, Grace & Frankie, Please Like Me Season 3, Master of None Alex: Spooks rewatch; Veronica Mars Movies: Alisa: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (non-spoilery discussion mostly of seating, context and spoiler-avoiding) Tansy: Musketeers! Footloose, A League of Their Own Alex: Suffragette; Sound City

Podcasts: Alisa: Self publishing webinars (Mark Dawson, Nick Stephenson); Undisclosed, The SweetGeorgia Show Tansy: The Tuesday Club Alex: Radio Lab; new ones: Gastropod and Chat 10, Looks 3; Waleed Aly on Osher Günsberg Podcast

Comics: Tansy: Check, Please; Dumbing of Age

Books: Tansy: A Few Right-Thinking Men, Sulari Gentill; The Suffragette Scandal, Courtney Milan; Castles Ever After: When A Scot Ties the Knot, by Tessa Dare Alex: Andy Goldsworthy, Enclosure; Roger Crowley, Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire; Jan Morris, The World: Life and Travel 1950-2000

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In which Alisa has feelings about Lovecraft’s image being associated with (and from next year, removed from) the World Fantasy Award.

WHAT'S NEW ON THE INTERNET World Fantasy Awards announced

CULTURE CONSUMED ALEX: Alex: re-reading the James AS Corey series, The Expanse, books 1-3, so I could read the fourth one, Cibola Burn; Eff Yeah Film and Feminism podcast; Manners and Mutiny, Gail Carriger.

ALISA: PhD research and experiments.

TANSY: Tremontaine Parts 1-3 by Ellen Kushner & others, The Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, I, Zombie, Supergirl, Jessica Jones

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In which Tansy and Alex talk tragic potatoes, Lord of the Rings jokes, deep space parkour and the retirement plans of Sean Bean, among other topics that become inevitable as we delve into the recent Ridley Scott directed, Matt Damon + Science = OTP movie, The Martian, based on the novel by Andy Weir.

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Episode 131: Feedback!

Thanks so much for all your emails, tweets and voicemails!

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Tansy: Andre Norton Sargasso of Space; I am Princess X, Cherie Priest; The Wicked & The Divine, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie; Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

Alex: Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie; Newt’s Emerald, Garth Nix; Zeroes, Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deb Biancotti.

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Episode 130: 7 October 2015

Party Down 2009 Key artIn Which We Have High Expectations Of What Lies Beyond Equality, but in the meantime there's Party Down.

We apologise for the sound quality of this episode, which had a few glitches that even the Silent Producer could not magic away, notably Alisa's emergency phone call which the mike occasionally picks up. (Everything's fine now)

What’s New on the Internet

7 Jewish Authors Get Personal About Anti-Semitism (Alisa finds 7 new authors to read)

SF Editors Picks - Recommendations on great new SF/F/H stories by top editors. Twitter @SFEditorsPicks Facebook SFEditorsPicks

Mind Meld w/ Tansy & Tehani - Books That Made Me Love SFF

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Scandal S1 and S2; Party Down S1 and S2; Coode St Podcast Ep 251: Kristine Kathryn Rusch and women in SF; The Serial Dynasty podcast

Tansy: House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard; Alias by Brian Michael Bendis (Tor.com reread leading up to the show on Nov 20), SHIELD 50th Anniversary comics - Mockingbird [woo since we recorded this they announced it was going to series with the same writer!], [Don’t call her] The Cavalry, Agent Carter, Fury, Quake

Alex: Aurora: Beyond Equality; Up the Walls of the World, James Tiptree Jr; Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, Samuel Delany

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In which we explain the metaphorically violent nature of Australian politics, celebrate the return of Feminist Frequency and our faces are on the internet.

What’s New on the Internet Malcolm Turnbull is not Tony Abbott: the Australian Spill Story Our national sport The onion thing, no we don't get it either.

New Feminist Frequency Tropes v Women in Video Games - Women as Reward & Special DLC Mini Episode.

The Three Hoarsemen Podcast Episode 25 featuring Alisa

Galactic Suburbia on Books and Pieces

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Mad Max Fury Road; Undisclosed: The State vs Adnan Syed Podcast

Alex: Slaughterhouse 5, Kurt Vonnegut; Archer’s Goon, Diana Wynne Jones; I finished Stranger in a Strange Land!! Also Of Sorrow and Such, Angela Slatter

Tansy: Dawn, Octavia E. Butler; Bombshells #1, Marguerite Sauvage & Marguerite Bennett; The Cornell Collective; Supernatural

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In which other women are magnificent on the Internet, Fangirls are happy, and something mysterious is happening in Night Vale.

What’s New on the Internet Nicola Griffith crunches some data about book bias between winners & shortlists Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Women and SF blog, and the Vonda McIntyre Starfarers post in particular Kate Elliott on Diversity Panels: Where Next?

What Culture Have we Consumed? Alisa: Fangirl Happy Hour Podcast Alex: Night Vale; Seanan McGuire, Every Heart A Doorway; Catherynne Valente, The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making Tansy: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott, Letters to Tiptree

You can buy Tansy's murder mystery Drowned Vanilla in ebook now!

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It’s Tiptreemonth! Our second Tiptree Spoilerific looks at several of James Tiptree Jr and Raccoona Sheldon's most iconic and important short stories from the collection: Her Smoke Rose Up Forever.

Houston, Houston, Do you Read? Your Faces, O my Sisters! Your Faces filled of Light! And I Awoke Me Here on the Cold Hillside The Girl Who Was Plugged In Love is the Plan the Plan is Death The Screwfly Solution The Women Men Don’t See

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Episode 126: Hugos!

Our completely self-indulgent post-Hugos squeefest!

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Galactic Suburbia Spoilerific - James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips

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In which we celebrate Alli Sheldon's centenary with the first of our James Tiptree Jr spoilerific episodes and stand in awe of her extraordinary life, and the hard work of her biographer, Julie Phillips.

James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips It’s Tiptree month, and this spoilerific is a bit different from our usual ones because we’re focussing on a biography - Julie Phillips’ biography of Alice James Raccoona Bradley Davies Tiptree Sheldon. Her life sounds a bit like a novel and it’s all the more amazing for being real…

Join us for our next episode when we talk about some of Tiptree’s short works, including

Houston, Houston, Do you Read? and

"Your Faces, O my Sisters! Your Faces filled of Light!"

(both are available in the Tiptree collection Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, and Tansy particularly recommends the ebook which is nicely laid out)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Galactic Suburbia now has Messagebank on its Skype number, so you can leave us audio feedback. I know, right??? This month, we would particularly appreciate comments about your favourite Tiptree work, thoughts on the Julie Phillips biography, or on the short fiction we'll be discussing later this month. We would love to be able to include your audio feedback in future episodes (so make sure to let us know if your comment is not something you wish to be broadcast).

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You can order the upcoming Letters to Tiptree from Twelfth Planet Press - a selection of thoughtful letters written by science fiction and fantasy’s writers, editors, critics and fans to celebrate her, to recognise her work, and in some cases to finish conversations set aside nearly thirty years ago. The book also contains archived letters between Tiptree and some of her dearest correspondents.

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Episode 124: 22 July 2015

An all culture consumed special (with a little awards chat just for old time's sake) Hugo Awards update - how we voted. If you're voting, get in before the eleventh hour!

World Fantasy Awards: Aussies on the ballot.

What Culture Have we Consumed? Alisa: The Almighty Johnsons; Wayward Pines

Alex: Arrow season 1; Beauty, Sheri S Tepper; Poseidon’s Wake, Alastair Reynolds; Of Noble Family, Mary Robinette Kowal

Tansy: Uncanny Magazine No. 5: “Midnight Hour” by Mary Robinette Kowal, “Woman at Exhibition” by E. Lily Yu, “Ghost Champagne” by Charlie Jane Anders, “Catcall” by Delilah S Dawson, Natalie Luhrs “Ethics of Reviewing”. Black Canary #1. Glitch.

In August we will be reading: James Tiptree Jr: The Double Life of Alice Sheldon, Julie Phillips "Houston, Houston Do You Read?" and "Your Faces, O my Sisters, your Faces filled of Light!" by James Tiptree Jr.

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Episode 123: 8 July 2015

In which classics, what classics, we'll pick our own canon thanks, and reading Heinlein becomes less and less compulsory every year, so try not to worry about it. Actually, no books are compulsory. Read what you want to read. Book-shaming is the worst. Don't do that.

Introducing The Wimmin Pamphlet: serving you a diverse range of feminist thought since this fortnight.

Strange Horizons essay by Renay - Communities: Weight of History

Renay, we are with you! Anti-Impostor-Syndrome Reading and Life Support Group Is Go!

James Nicoll's reviews of Women of Wonder, the Pamela Sargent books Tansy refers to as her SF education, highly recommended: 1 & 2

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: The 100 Season 1; Tiptree Bio, Julie Phillips, Sens8

Tansy: Rocket Talk Ep 53 on Spec Fic 14 & online writing in the spec fic scene, Loki: Agent of Asgard; Fresh Romance #1

Alex: Hugo fiction reading: short stories, novelettes, novellas, novels. OMG the decisions! The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, others to be updated on the blog soon.

Also New Horizons!!

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Episode 122: 28 June 2015

Continuum 11 debrief: panels and programme stuff we loved.

Tansy's Guest of Honour speech: Fantasy, Female Authors & the Politics of Influence.

FictionMachine announcement: Something New Can Come Into This World, a book of film essays by Grant Watson.

Discussion piece: "Stop Asking Is This Feminist" at the Mary Sue.

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Prep for the Alice Sheldon’s 100th Birthday Spoilerific episode in August: James Tiptree Jr: The Double Life of Alice Sheldon, Julie Phillips; Tiptree’s short stories - read "Houston, Houston Do You Read?", "Your Faces, O my Sisters, your Faces filled of Light!"; Call the Midwife S1 -3

Alex: All Men of Genius, Lev AC Rosen; Prudence, Gail Carriger; Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson; Jurassic World

Tansy: Lois Lane: Fallout, by Gwenda Bond; Uprooted, by Naomi Novik, “Waters of Versailles” by Kelly Robson, illustrated by Kathleen Jennings; Once Upon A Time Seasons 1 & 2

Alex is reading fiction for Hugo voting next episode!

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