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In which we discuss girl heroes, boy books, sexy zombies with whips, why proofing makes Alisa’s brain hurt, how many limbs get hacked off in David Eddings novels, and analyse what SF awards actually mean to us.

News Ditmar nominations now up:  http://members.optuszoo.com.au/~dudcon/nominees.html

Author Hannah Moskowitz complains at the lack of and treatment of boy characters in YA: http://hannahmosk.blogspot.com/2010/07/boy-problem.html Tamora Pierce responds with a discussion of why she writes girl protagonists: http://tammypierce.livejournal.com/40594.html

What have we been reading/listening to? Tansy: The King’s Bastard, Rowena Cory Daniells; The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer.  Listening to: Starship Sofa 142 & 144, Notes from Coode St Alisa: books she is publishing, including SPRAWL Alex: the Belgariad, David Eddings. Worlds Next Door, edited by Tehani Wessely.

Pet Subject The value in awards for writers/publishers/readers. The value in awards when they become a long-running thing (ie does it mean more to get a Tiptree now that it’s been going for a long time?). Difference between fan-voted, peer-voted, and judged awards.

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