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In which there is cake, cake and more cake - we discuss the year that was Galactic Suburbia One, authorial in crowds, gender bias, and announce our exciting new project.

CAKE http://www.flickr.com/photos/13670975@N05/5511834096/ (http://kaelajael.livejournal.com/92618.html for the ingredients)

News

The First Rule about the YA Mafia is that you don’t talk about the YA Mafia http://blackholly.livejournal.com/148264.html http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2011/03/03/ya-mafias-other-things-you-dont-need-to-worry-about/ http://gwendabond.typepad.com/bondgirl/2011/03/secret-cabals-are-overrated.html http://karenhealey.livejournal.com/925514.html http://whatever.scalzi.com/2011/03/04/dear-new-writer-im-sorry-i-dont-have-time-to-crush-you http://allycarter.abeedoo.com/blog/cliques-and-cabals The conversation is starting to turn into something else, which is more about the power writers do/do not have to help or hinder each other’s careers. http://sarahtales.livejournal.com/182357.html

Discussion on gender bias at Midnight Echo.

Tiptree Book Club begins with Maureen McHugh’s “Useless Things” http://tiptree.org/?p=181

Announcing Galactic Chat.

Competition: tell us your favourite moment of GS from the last year and win a book. Do they get to nominate which one they want to win?? Glitter Rose - signed by Marianne de Pierres, limited print run hard copy Bold as Love, Gwyneth Jones Siren Beat/Roadkill by Tansy!!

What Culture Have we Consumed? Alex: Darkship Thieves, Sarah Hoyt; Betrayer of Worlds, Larry Niven and Edward M Lerner (to be reviewed at Dreams and Speculation, http://dreamsandspeculation.com/) Tansy: Running Through Corridors, Robert Shearman & Toby Hadoke Alisa: TED Talks and general update

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Pet Subject What has been a highlight of the year for us? Has it been what we expected? Have we achieved what we wanted to achieve? (What did we want to achieve?)

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