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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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The Tea Salon edition in which we drink the Tabitha Blend in front of a live studio audience at Continuum XI and chat about feminist hashtags and vampire college girl romance. 

Kathleen Jennings drew us while we talked
Tehani storified some of the tweets from Writing While Female
What Culture Have we Consumed? 

  Alisa: Emerging Writers’ Festival: Writing while Female (How To Be A Woman in Any Boys Club); Bitch Planet, Issues 1-2; Twelve Monkeys 

  Alex: Cranky Ladies of History; Carmilla (based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu Novella); Veronica Mars; Radio Lab podcast catch up 
  Tansy: Sons of Anarchy; A-Force by Marguerite Bennett & G.Willow Wilson - AND Carmilla! 
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In which Tansy, Alisa & Alex take on Feminism 101 with a recs list of teen-friendly resources.

Long-time listener and frequent commenter Scott emailed us to say : “My 16 year old daughter has been have issues with boys belittling her views at school class and not being supported by close minded teachers. One of the boys asked if she was a feminist. She said she looked it up on the internet and wasn’t sure it was very positive. I’ve told her it can be a positive term depending on how it’s used. Could you point me to a book or two that I could give her that could help break down feminism and put it in a positive light?”

And so, Lily, here are our thoughts...

Feminist Teacher - http://feministteacher.com/ with special note of this vid made by teen boys after taking a high school class on feminism - https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=319&v=9Vh60p4p2QM

Anita Sarkeesian: How to Be A Feminist http://feministfrequency.com/2015/03/24/how-to-be-a-feminist-panel-at-all-about-women/

Mindy Nettifee - For Young Women Who Don't Consider Themselves Feminists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-aD9WrfWTM

Laci Green: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwJRFClybmk (also recced by Renay on Twitter)

Kitty Flanagan - woman against women against feminism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iADPHWoJb0

Stuff your Mom Never Told You: How To Talk To Friends About Feminism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfRcIVGvEoA

Emma Watson’s UN speech - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkjW9PZBRfk

We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg3umXU_qWc&feature=youtu.be c/Tehani

The F-Bomb http://thefbomb.org/

Jessica Valenti: Full Frontal Feminism (2008), He's a Stud, She's a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know (2009)

Amy Poehler - smart girls in the room https://www.youtube.com/user/smartgirls Vid with a 7 year old explaining feminism & generally celebrating issues to do with being female. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJqTAVJB_x8

Herself - http://herself.com/about/ [NSFW]

Mark Ruffalo on Facebook

Mary Sue’s film recs for growing feminists: http://www.themarysue.com/six-films-growing-feminist/

Listener Recs: Girls Against Girls by @bonniegrrl c/ Booksandsundry via Twitter @_TYFA: Twitter Youth Feminist Army c/ Cheryl Morgan AmeliaBloomer.com Recommended feminist lit for Birth to 18yrs c/ Melina D via Twitter teenfeminist.com c/ Melina D via Twitter @SamMaggs' FANGIRLS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY is beyond brilliant. c/ Deb Stanish

Culture Consumed:

Alisa: Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, Ann and Jeff Vandermeer; The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu; 

Tansy: Mad Max: Fury Road, Captain Marvel 2: Stay Fly, Kelly Sue Deconnick; Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear 
Alex: Mad Max: Fury Road (NB Feminist Mad Max); Guns of the Dawn, Adrian Tchaikovsky; Girl Genius vol 1-13; Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson

Letters to Tiptree submissions by June 8: http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/submissions

Bring a mug to our live recording! Or drink tea while listening to our next episode, and tell us about it.

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In which Alex and Tansy take on the movie that the Mary Sue dubbed "The Worst Movie Ever" and “full-out, ovaries-to-the-wall original space opera.” Sexist melodrama or feminist fairytale? Why can't it be both? 

Shout out to the Jane Rawson readathon:

"Just Read readathon, running through June and July to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. I'm lousy at physical activity, growing moustaches and sobriety so I wanted to offer another way for people to raise money for a good cause."

Sponsor Jane

JUPITER ASCENDING: or how a hot wingless werewolf got his groove back, and how being a space princess is actually a worse job than cleaning toilets.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia: No, Jupiter Ascending Is Not Your Feminist Fairy Tale The Mary Sue Review: Jupiter Ascending Is The Worst Movie Ever Go See It Immediately

Also on the Mary Sue: The Ethics of Jupiter Ascending, Or why I am not a vegetarian

This is the podcast that made me (Tansy) want to watch the film: Fangirl Happy Hour 4: Bees Don't Lie (well this and Cranky Aunty Lou's texts messages which you can't have a link to) 

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In which there are fast cars, ancillary swords, Vote! Helsinki! t-shirts, feminist serial killer narratives and answer the all important question: was watching all of Lost worth it, Alisa?

Defying Doomsday funded!

Tiptree Award Philip K Dick:

Alex’s plan for Hugo reading.

Upcoming episode: being ok with being feminist. Request for links! Send us vids, articles, book titles etc. to recommend to teens.

Vote for Helsinki for Worldcon 2017!

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Tansy: Avengers: Age of Ultron, DC: Convergence, The Fall (Netflix Original) Alisa: Reign, Lost Alex: Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie; Incandescence, Greg Egan; Book of Strange New Things, Michael Faber; Fast&Furious 7; Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Episode 118: 18 April 2015

In which we take on the Hugosplosion, update you on Aussie awards, defy Doomsday, and address the possible misappropriation of the term glittery hoo-ha. It's just been that sort of fortnight.

Defying Doomsday crowdfunding campaign.

Tin Ducks

Ditmar Winners for 2014

Aurealis Awards

Tiptree Award (more on this next time when Alex is with us)

HUGOSPLOSION - take a deep breath, we're going in.

Updated Hugo ballot as of Sat 19 April

io9 - the withdrawal of two authors from the ballot.

Stats on the Hugos: Whose Rocket by Aidan Walsh

David Gerrold, this year’s GOH on the history of the Worldcon

#NewHugoCategories Hashtag on Twitter

Connie willis on Why I won’t be a presenter at this year’s awards

George RR Martin being outspoken on LJ about who is responsible for Sad & Rabid Puppies.

Kari Sperring on ego and the expectation of awards

N K Jemisin - Not the affirmative action you meant, not the history you're making

Alisa’s proposal for her Hugo reading.

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Lost, Sex Criminals, Daredevil Ep 1, Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger (she’s an archaeologist? Oh man!)

Tansy: Rat Queens; Interstellar; Faerie Tale Theatre, Daredevil, The Blacklist; Eleanor Arnason - Me & Science Fiction, what are we, chopped liver?

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In which we take apart "The Space Crone" and "Is Gender Necessary (Redux)" from Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, and Places by Ursula Le Guin.

Defying Doomsday Night Terrace

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Episode 116: 18 March 2015

Our special 2014 Galactic Suburbia Award episode! Listen to find out our winner and shortlist for our award to honour activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction.

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alisa: Haven S5, Tempest's Reading Challenge

Alex: Tehanu, Tales of Earthsea, and The Other Wind, Ursula le Guin; Jupiter Ascending; Waistcoats and Weaponry, Gail Carriger.

Tansy: D’Artanyan i tri Mushketyora (1979); New Avengers: Breakout prose novel by Alisa Kwitney; New Avengers: Breakout, by Brian Michael Bendis; Curb Stomp #1 - Ryan Ferrier (writer), Devaki Neogi (artist); Princess Leia #1 - Mark Waid (writer) Terry & Rachel Dodson (artists).

NEXT TIME: tune in for our Ursula Le Guin essay spoilerific. We will be covering: "The Space Crone” & “Is Gender Necessary? (Redux)” (both in Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, and Places) and “Science Fiction and Mrs Brown”(in The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction).

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Welcome to the 6th year of Galactic Suburbia

It’s our birthday!

CAAAAKE



Nebulas: http://www.sfwa.org/2015/02/2014-nebula-awards-nominees-announced/

Aurealis Awards: http://aurealisawards.org/2015/02/27/announcement-2014-aurealis-awards-shortlist/



What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Cherry Crow Children by Deborah Kalin, Perth Writers Festival - Elizabeth Gilbert

Alex: up to date with Saga (in trade); The Chimes, Anna Smaill; A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Ursula le Guin; Etiquette and Espionage, and Curtsies and Conspiracies, Gail Carriger.

Tansy: Spider-Gwen #1, Companion Piece, Fangirl Happy Hour #4 (Renay’s rant on female characters & agency)


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In which the Champagne and Socks podcast casts on, Cranky Ladies is about to be launched, and it's that time of year again, DITMAR CENTRAL. Ditmar awards ballot is out And the Sir Julius Vogel too

Champagne and Socks

Cranky Ladies launch March 8

What Culture Have we Consumed? Alisa: Years Bests for Database, PhD Research, Helen Merrick Alex: Of Mice and Men (National Theatre Live) - because I want an SF version; The Greatship, Robert Reed; Veronica Mars (season 1); Osiris, EJ Swift Tansy: Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins LOOK A REAL BOOK, Reign (Season 1), Agent Carter again. Operation: S.I.N.

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In which we're back, baby, all cultured up from our summer holiday to tell you what's good in books, shows, comics & more.

Thank our Patreons for the Alisa's headphones which have greatly improved our sound quality!

Alisa is about to go to print on the Year's Best YA.

Over the summer, as well as appearing on Galactic Suburbia's sister-wife podcast Verity!, Tansy also guested on the Two Minute Time Lord talking about the Doctor Who Christmas special. Yes, Chip's episodes are totally 2 minutes or less most of the time, but of course Tansy talked for longer than that, don't be ridiculous! Tansy also wrote an article on Sex & Science Fiction over at Uncanny Magazine.

Alex has an exciting new announcement too, but you'll have to listen to find out what it is. (cough, Tor.com, cough)

The Locus Recommended Reading List is out now, and features lots of Aussies.

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Warehouse 13 Season 1; Twinmakers by Sean Williams; Crash by Sean Williams; ODY-C #1 (Image); Federal Bureau of Physics Vol 1: The Paradigm Shift (Vertigo); Sex Criminals Vol 1 and Sex Criminals Issue 6 and 7; Julie Dillon's Imagined Realms Book 1;Once Upon a Time Season 1 and 2; Serial

Tansy: The Fangirl Happy Hour podcast, Issue 1 reviews: Bitch Planet, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, SHIELD, Hawkeye, Black Canary & Zatanna: Bloodspell, by Paul Dini; Agent Carter, Kameron Hurley on not quitting her dayjob.

Alex: Three Temeraire books, Naomi Novik; Haven season 4; The Female Factory, Lisa Hannett and Angela Slatter; Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch; A Face Like Glass, Frances Hardinge; Clariel, Garth Nix; Tam Lin, Pamela Dean. Abandoned: Orphans of Chaos and Hidden Empire;

ZEROES - New superhero YA book deal from Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti & Margo Lanagan - words do not describe how excited Galactic Suburbia is about this one!!!

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In which we help you with your (possibly last minute) Christmas shopping with a ton of our favourite recommendations from the year, plus culture consumed.

Don't forget to send us your recommendations for the GS Award: for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction

Christmas gift suggestions!! 

  Alex: Orphan Black. Abhorsen trilogy (plus prequel), Garth Nix. Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter. Hav, Jan Morris. Rupetta, Nike Sulway.
  Tansy: Ms Marvel Vol 1: No Normal, G.Willow Wilson; Teen Titans Go; Dimetrodon, The Doubleclicks; The Musketeers (BBC 2014); Sex Criminals, Matt Fraction 
  What Culture Have we Consumed? 
  Alisa: Scrivener; Monstrous Affections edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant; Champagne and Socks (Alisa’s personal blog) 
  Alex: The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss; Troll: A Love Story, Joanne Sinisalo; Uncanny #1; finished Project Bond
  Tansy: Young Avengers 2: Family Matters; Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways; Young Avengers Presents, The West Wing, Chicks Dig Gaming, Jennifer Brozek & Robert Smith? 
 Have a great summer... even if it's winter where you live. 
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In which we try to fix the world and don't even fix ourselves, but progress is being made (we hope) 

On the World Fantasy Awards

A couple of links to the big recent internet discussion we didn't want to try to explain via podcast:

Laura J Mixon Tessa of Silence Without 

What we talk about instead: general issues arising from recent controversies & discussions

Industry bullying & threatening - why people who threaten to blacklist you probably can't. 

On Being Complicit On Back Channels & the Broken Step Do We Do Enough & What Else Can Be Done? 
 

What Culture Have we Consumed? 

Tansy: Sleepy Hollow #1 (Noelle Stevenson), Gotham Academy #1, Batgirl 35, Young Avengers: Sidekicks 

Alex: Interstellar; Haven season 3; the Great Rosetta and Philae saga. 
Alisa: We're not even going to tell you, you have to listen. But it is pretty out there. 

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