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In which we stack up months of Culture Consumed into a glorious spiral tower of dubious structural integrity

Alisa: Lois McMaster Bujold: Modern Master of Science Fiction, Edward James (and a bunch of Lois McMaster Bujold!) Alex: Radiance, Catherynne M Valente Tansy: The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar (reviewed in the latest Cascadia Subduction Zone) Alisa: Bitch Magazine & Popoganda podcast Alex: Extra(ordinary) People, Joanna Russ Tansy: Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire IT'S A NOVELLA Alex: Once Upon a Time season 1 & Alan Alda at the Press Club Tansy: Agent Carter; yes all right, Orphan Black

(Tansy is now watching Orphan Black, alert the media! In other news, the silent producer has spoiled himself via the Galactic Suburbia Orphan Black Spoilerifics - you can too! Season One, Season Two)

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In which Alex leaves Alisa & Tansy unsupervised to react to the recent wave of awards news and what's new on the internet.

Aurealis Awards

BSFA

Ditmar Awards

Tin Duck

Tiptree

NOTE: After recording the podcast Alisa went to check and discovered that Galactic Suburbia has indeed won a Ditmar before, but in our defence, 2011 was a really long time ago and also we're tired.

Note from Alex: Orphan Black season 4 starts in a month or so JUST SAYING TANSY

How women get erased - Harper Lee’s estate

Tansy’s Daredevil reviews on Tor.com & new serial on Sheep Might Fly: Glass Slipper Scandal.

Alisa's sekrit twitter account for Dawson's Creek rewatching: @Joey4Pacey Tansy's sekrit twitter account for Dawson's Creek rewatching: @dr_tansy We use the hashtag: #creekagain Someday we will learn to Storify but this is not that day.

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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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yttoldIn which we welcome a new member of the Galactic Suburbia: Next Gen, and embrace the awards season. Baby News: Happy birth to future feminist awesome little dude Samuel, and congrats to his parents, Alisa & Chris as well as newly minted big sister Mack!

Nebula ballot.

Aurealis shortlist

Ditmars shortlist

Norma! Shortlist.

Mark Oshiro, ConQuest & the whiteness of cons/fan spaces Mark Does Stuff Etc. Mark's original post Mark's follow up Stephanie Lai at No Award on Taking Up Room in Con Spaces

(also Ben and Han Solo at home)

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alex: Finished Molly. Triton, Samuel Delany; Wicked + Divine; Illuminae, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Tansy: Molly also, Gentleman Jole & the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold, Marvel Avengers Academy, Gilmore Girls, Buffy Rewatch with Daughter!!!

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355514-molly-meldrumIn which Alex and Tansy leap back into 2016 to talk Awards (it's that season again!), comics, novellas, mysterious London novels and epic feminist canon. Also, Molly Meldrum. Locus Recommended Reading List. BSFA Awards shortlist

Letters to Tiptree 99 cents! Bestseller on Amazon!

Tansy’s new podcast plug! Sheep Might Fly & Fake Geek Girl

Kickstarter for Ursula Le Guin documentary.

Nominating for Hugos (til end of March) don't forget.

And Part 1 of the University of Oregon’s Tiptree Symposium, with Julie Phillips - (Alex says: sorry not sorry, Tansy)

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Tansy: Hellcat by Kate Leth & Brittney Williams, Archie by Mark Waid & Fiona Staples, The Honey Month by Amal El-Mohtar, The Beatriceid by Kate Elliott, “Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor, “The Heart is Eaten Last” by Kameron Hurley (note: Kameron says any new Patreon subscriber automatically gets access to all the stories she has posted so far including this one - bargain at as little as $1 a month!) Alex: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susannah Clarke; Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman (plus others of course). The Just City, Jo Walton; Walk to the End of the World, Suzy McKee Charnas. MOLLY.

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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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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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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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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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