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500px-JoanWatson2In which we talk sexism in the industry, feminist space opera, childbirth and babies in comics, space cowboys, and the hidden value of translators. Also, Watson is a girl now!

News and Links

The SFWA Bulletin Discussion:

Foz Meadows dissects the Malzberg/Resnick article causing most of the controversy and protest.

Jim Hines curates a massive list of protest blogs/tweets on the issue (though as he himself makes clear this is not a comprehensive collection of links to the entire debate, or every post on it - just the ones protesting the sexist attitudes published in the Bulletin, as proof they were not anonymous).

Ann Aguirre on her experiences of sexism in the SF industry.

Alisa's Observations Part I & Part II

Tansy on Why It’s Important (And Why We’re Still Talking About the SFWA Bulletin)

Matt Smith leaving Doctor Who

New Women vs Tropes in Video Games: Damsels In Distress, the trope so widespread that this is Part 2 of a 3 part series.

Lambdas: the LBGTQ Literary Awards! Some speculative fiction representation there...

Culture Consumed

ALEX: Space Cowboys; Chase the Morning, Gates of Noon, and Cloud Castles - Michael Scott Rohan; Hawk and Dove, Karl Kesel and Barbara Kesel (5 issues, 1986); X-Men #1

ALISA: The Rook, Daniel O’Malley; Saga; Small Blue Planet Ep 4: Israel; Quick PhD update

TANSY: The Other Half of the Sky, edited by Athena Andreadis & Kay Holt; Elementary

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436x700xGoT-Coverflip.jpg.pagespeed.ic.39huRTcZn2In which we chew over shortlists, awards winners, book covers and gender issues, all of which pales in comparison to the FIRST QUILT IN SPACE.

Hugo Packet! What are YOU going to read? Would password protected freebie novels put you off reading them?

Locus Award finalists

Sturgeon finalists

Campbell Memorial Award finalists

Mythopoeic Award finalists

Nebula winners

Aurealis Awards winners

Comments: Tansy on "winning too many awards" & Keith Stevenson on why the awards are just fine and don't need to be 'sorted out'. To add some positivity (which more accurately reflects most people's experience of this awards night!) check out Sean's Storify of the AA's night and Tehani's post on attending at the last minute with lovely frockage pics. For even more gorgeous pictures, Cat Sparks' Flickr feed is the way to go!

The coverflip experiment, started by Maureen Johnson's piece on Huffington Post.

The artist behind the Georgette RR Martin cover discusses her imaginary brief.

Hawkeye Initiative Coda - using humour & art to get the gender point across in the workplace.

THE FIRST QUILT IN SPACE! Frontier craft for the final frontier.

Also, bye bye Commander Hadfield - thanks for bringing back the sense of wonder

The most significant futurists of the past 50 years

Tansy Melbourne public appearances to announce

Sisters in Crime 14 June dinner & "in conversation with Livia Day, Josephine Pennicott & Poppy Gee"

Splendid Chaps 15 June - details tba, keep an eye on the Splendid Chaps website for booking details after the 23rd May.

Culture Consumed

ALISA: Star Trek Into Darkness

TANSY: Iron Man 3 FINISHED GAME OF THRONES BOOKS; Queers Dig Time Lords, 2 Minute Time Lord discussion with editors/contributors of QDTL

ALEX: Alanna, Tamora Pierce; The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner

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8709633595_4d7b06f199In which there is gallivanting, schlepping, recycling and rejoicing - cos a Galactic Suburbia baby is on the way!

News

Conflux Update: Alex's Report, Alisa's Report, Everyone Else's Wrap Ups Ditmar winners (and associated awards) announced.

Through Splintered Walls Art Exhibition

Aurora Award ballot - Canada’s Ditmars?

Shirley Jackson Award shortlist

Culture Consumed

ALEX: Iron Man 3; Oblivion; Cloud Atlas

ALISA: The Adventures of Alyx, Joanna Russ

TANSY: A Song of Ice & Fire update, Flower and Weed by Margo Lanagan

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Alex & Tansy discuss the Stella, the Shadows, behaving badly on the internet, criticising criticism of the Hugo criticism, and whether the suck fairy has visited Farscape, the Star Wars Thrawn trilogy, or The Mists of Avalon.

News

The Stella Prize announced its winner last night at a glittery ceremony. Carrie Tiffany won the $50,000 prize for her second novel Mateship with Birds and promptly gave back $10,000 to be awarded to her fellow shortlistees. Classy!

Australian Shadows Award - and the skulls go to...

Seanan McGuire talks about perceptions about self-promotion and the Hugos We also wanted to draw attention to the post Seanan linked to, "Language Myth #6 - Women Talk Too Much." Particularly this quote by Dale Spender:

"The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women."

Hugh Howey - The Bitch from Worldcon post

In response: Tobias Buckell - Don’t Punch Down

Chronos Awards - for SF & Fantasy professional & fan works coming out of the state of Victoria. Eisner Award shortlists - nice to see Saga & Hawkeye nominated, but Tansy particularly wants to draw people's attention to the categories for comics & graphic novels aimed at children.

Mind Meld - favourite women writers in genre

(Also - books you savour vs books you devour)

Culture Consumed

ALEX: Farscape season 1; Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command, Timothy Zahn; Rapture, by Kameron Hurley; Sky is Calling, The Impossible Girl (Kickstarted album)

TANSY: Game of Thrones Season 2; Swordspoint the audiobook, The Mists of Avalon, Coode Street Podcast episode 140 featuring Nalo Hopkinson.

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cheers sweetieIn which awards are dissected into itty bitty bits and eaten with relish. Tasty tomato relish.

HUUUUGGGOOOOOOS!

Ditmars

Solstice Awards

This looks like a short podcast, but it isn't. No culture consumed for you! Which does mean that Alex will have read ALL THE BOOKS by the time we join you again.

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cakeIn which Alex eats fig frangipane made by her friend Dan... and Alisa and Tansy are bad at birthdays. If you eat cake while eating this podcast, let us know what kind!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY US WE ARE THREE!

News TIPTREE AWARDS

Random House and their new digital only imprints - specifically Hydra.

SFWA response to Hydra letter

Random House responds

NOTE: Since we recorded this, revisions have been made to the Random House imprint contracts.

Culture Consumed

ALISA: the life of a publisher...

TANSY: A Game of Thrones (the book) and nothing else ever again because THERE ARE MORE BOOKS.

ALEX: Warehouse 13, season 1; Shadow Unit (http://shadowunit.org); Arc 1.4; The Triangle; Anita Sarkeesian’s first Tropes vs Women in Video Games

Since we recorded this, Sean the Blogonaut has also posted about his thoughts on rape threats & gender issues in "grimdark" fantasy.

Note from the Silent Producer:  The mp3 file initially uploaded for this issue was NOT the final version (there was a dropout in the audio at around the 1 hour mark). The latest upload has rectified this.  Sorry folks.

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6a00e54efdd2b38834013482858923970c-300wiIn which we celebrate the real beginning of awards season, taste honey and launch Alisa into her new world as PhD student of publishing...

News

Nebula shortlist SF Signal Nebula post (with unfortunate comments and awesome responses)

Stella Prize longlist with special appearance by our own Margo Lanagan.

The Kitschies winners announced Interesting link found after recording: Lavie Tidhar on the Kitschies & diversity

Libba Bray on misogyny at the Oscars Also, go read NK Jemisin talking about race, misogyny & Quvenzhané Wallis with "Fantasy fans, where’s your outrage?" We didn't discuss that one on the podcast because - well, what can we possibly say as three white women that Jemisin didn't say a million times more effectively? Read her instead.

Thoraiya Dyer interviewed for Cosmos Magazine about how becoming a full time mum was actually great for her writing career.

Splashdance Silver back in e-edition - Tansy's first novel, now celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Culture Consumed

ALEX: Etiquette and Espionage, Gail Carriger (http://randomalex.net/2013/02/14/etiquette-and-espionage/); The Chains that you Refuse, Elizabeth Bear; Rainbow Bridge, Gwyneth Jones; Caprica.

TANSY: Perfections, Kirstyn McDermott; For Darkness Shows the Stars, Diana Peterfreund

ALISA: The Honey Month, Amal El-Mohtar New Segment: Diary of a Publisher - it's our duty (and that includes all our listeners) to keep Alisa honest as she walks away from her dayjob to take up the challenge of a PhD in creative publishing. Mind the flannel!

It's our birthday next fortnight - have cake ready for when you listen!

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Hi Tansy, Alex and Alisa

Congratulations to Galactica Suburbia on your 75th podcast and to everyone shortlisted for the second annual Galactic Suburbia Award.

What a lovely surprise to be nominated - and to win! - this year's award for "activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012". I'm thrilled that Australian Women Writers 2012 Challenge has been recognised in this way.

As Tansy points out in the latest Galactic Suburbia podcast, the AWW challenge isn't just for Speculative Fiction: it's for all genres. Nevertheless, the wide range of reviews linked to the 2012 challenge has drawn attention to many talented Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction writers, and helped to create a community of readers who have been willing to read outside their comfort zones - and that includes me!

I'm usually a crime/psychological suspense reader but, through last year's challenge, I discovered lots of fantastic, new-to-me SpecFic and Fantasy authors, including Tansy, Margo Lanagan, Meg Mundell, Kim Westwood and Claire Corbett. Others have moved higher on my "to be read" pile, including Fiona McIntosh, Kate Forsyth, Kim Falconer and especially Andrea K Höst.

For the challenge this year I also intend to make a special effort to read some Australian horror - does that count as speculative fiction? - as horror doesn't appear to have had attracted as much attention as the other sub-genres. I've been compiling a list of authors who might fit into this category, including Angela Slatter, Deborah Biancotti, Kaaron Warren, Kylie Chan, Ambelin Kwaymullina and - an author shortlisted for this year's Galactic Suburbia Award - Kirstyn McDermott. If you know any more, I'd love to hear about them.

Apart from discovering new authors, other wonderful aspects of the AWW challenge have been to become acquainted with the output of small publishers, like Twelfth Planet Press, and to discover so many Australian book bloggers who specialise in Spec Fic. These include Tsana from Tsana's Reads, Sean from Adventures of a Bookonaut, and Shaheen from Speculating on SpecFic, all of whom have joined the AWW team to help promote the challenge this year.

So far 370+ people have signed up for the 2013 challenge, and I hope we'll get many more - especially male readers. (This year participants don't have to pledge to write reviews, though it's great if they do.) Maybe some of your listeners will sign up to read and review books by Australian women? There are plenty to choose from on the AWW SpecFic Review Listings site.

Finally, I just want to say - yes, this is sounding like an acceptance speech! - the success of the 2012 challenge wouldn't have been possible without all the 350+ people, mostly women, who read and reviewed last year. Of special note is Shelleyrae of Book'd Out blog, who not only managed to read and review a staggering 100+ books for the challenge, but who also interviewed authors, hosted give-aways, created the AWW badge and curated the AWW GoodReads group. If anyone deserves to share this accolade, it's Shelleyrae. I'm thrilled that she is also a member of the AWW team for 2013.

Postscript: Wouldn't it be wonderful if a SpecFic novel won the inaugural Australian women-only Stella Prize this year? My personal tip would be Margo Lanagan's Sea Hearts. What would yours be?

Thanks Elizabeth

URLs for links:

Speculating on SpecFic: http://speconspecfic.com/

Adventures of  Bookonaut: http://bookonaut.blogspot.com.au/

galactic suburbia award

THE GALACTIC SUBURBIA AWARD for activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012. Listen to the podcast discussing the winner and list.

WINNER: Elizabeth Lhuede (@elizabethlhuede) for the creation of the Australian Women Writers Challenge and her tireless efforts in contributing to the conversation about gender disparity in literature and criticism.

SHORTLIST:

Kirstyn McDermott (@fearofemeralds) for creation of the 'female stick figure' concept and the surrounding discussion about gender defaults.

Julia Rios (@omgjulia) for the Outer Alliance podcast, and her ongoing activism and outreach efforts towards 'changing the conversation.'

Genevieve Valentine (@GLValentine) for starting the conversation about creepers at conventions and raising awareness about the importance of events having sexual harassment policies they are prepared to stand behind.

Various, for the overall creative, serious and awesome responses to the problematic concept of the "Fake Geek Girl." Internet, this sort of thing is why we love you even when you're bad for us.

Jim C Hines (@jimchines) for Cover Posing For A Good Cause and other important awareness-raising blog discussions.

The Hawkeye Initiative, a Tumblr meme which used artistic expression to demonstrate exactly why so many artistic depictions of women in comics are problematic, with sassy sparkles. (FAQ & The Mary Sue article for added context)

Anita Sarkeesian (@anitasarkeesian) for her TED talk articulating the vengeful online abuse she received in response to her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games Kickstarter, and what this says about online culture and gaming culture in particular.

CD (@CDisoriented) for her wonderful blog Culturally Disoriented in which she talks at length about pop culture, social justice, disability and feminism.

Seanan McGuire (@seananmcguire) for "Things I Will Not Do To My Characters. Ever."

Liz Bourke (@hawkwing-lb) for Sleeps With Monsters.

R-, the six-year-old who called out Hasbro for the gender imbalance in her favourite board game, Guess Who.

Geena Davis, for her speech on Gender Inequalities in Television & Why They Matter (plus ongoing activism in this area).

HONOURABLE MENTION (because not SF related):

Our own Prime Minister, Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) for the YouTube vid of the speech against sexism which made the whole world believe (however briefly) that Australia must be an amazing feminist country. Whatever else you do during your time in office, Prime Minister Gillard, we will remember this one.

galactic suburbia awardIn which we reveal the winner & shortlist of the Galactic Suburbia Award for activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012.

NEWS Hugo Nominations close on Sunday, March 10, 2013

Chronos Awards also open: http://continuum.org.au/c9/chronos-awards/

Stranger with My Face Women in Horror Film Festival - 7-10 March in Hobart, Tasmania

Glitter and Madness Kickstarter - last days to support this anthology project!

CULTURE CONSUMED ALISA: Editing - Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer; A Trifle Dead by Livia Day; reading the country you have never seen: essays and reviews by Joanna Russ

ALEX: Saga, Brian K Vaughan; Band of Gypsys, Gwyneth Jones; The James Tiptree Award Anthology vol 2.

TANSY: Cabin in the Woods, Small Blue Planet, “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (novelette)

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Troy-AchillesIn which Alex touches Troy with her bare hand, Alisa discovers that the best part of Paris is not the part that's underground, and Tansy cheats on both of them for love of Doctor Who (it was inevitable, really).

WHAT WE DID ON OUR SUMMER HOLIDAY!

Alex: Turkey and Egypt

Alisa: Honeymoon in Paris

Tansy: adventures on the internet including the article "Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let's Unpack That" syndicated on Tor.com, selling Wet Shirt Mr Darcy for the Deepings Dolls, and Verity! (a Doctor Who podcast)

Hugo Nominations close on Sunday, March 10, 2013. We'll be making recs over the next few episodes, though in the mean time check out Tansy's post on Hugo Recs for Best Graphic Story.

The Galactic Suburbia Award: for activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012 - to be announced in 2 weeks, get your nominations in quick! Check out last year's winner and honours list to see the type of thing we want to hear about, or be reminded of!

Culture Consumed:

TANSY: Eureka Seasons 1-4; Captain Marvel by Kelly Due DeConnick, Dexter Soy & Emma Rios; Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

ALISA: The entire series of The Closer, Tara Sharp 1: Sharpshooter and 2: Sharp Turn.

ALEX: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (the movie); Zendegi, Greg Egan; The Telling, Ursula le Guin... and how many books in total? Yes, Alisa really ran a book on this one.

AND!! Alisa’s exciting news!!

Happy Birthday to the Silent Producer, who totally missed us while we were away, and got a brand new episode to edit as his birthday present.

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In which Alisa recovers from the brainsplosion that is World Fantasy Convention, Alex finally reads THAT Margo Lanagan story, and Tansy travels in three kinds of time.

News

The WFC Report

Stop Reviewing Movies with Strong Female Leads! at the Mary Sue at Jezebel at Bitch

Fake Geek Girls Unite: Mary Sue Coverage 1 2 3 The New Statesman Peter M Ball Pledges His Allegiance to the Fake Geek Army

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Dexter S6 and S7; Episodes 2; In Treatment S1; The Shield S1; Remember Why You Fear Me, Robert Shearman; Hair Side, Flesh Side, Helen Marshall

Alex: Singing my Sister Down, Margo Lanagan; some Kij Johnson, from At the Mouth of the River of Bees; One Little Room, KJ Parker; Holmes Sherlock, Eleanor Arnason

Tansy: The Diviners, Libba Bray; All New X-Men #1; Chicks Unravel Time edited by Deborah Stanish & LM Myles.

Don't forget to send us nominations for the GS Award: for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012.

Check out our sibling podcast, Galactic Chat - in the latest episode, Sean interviews Joe Abercrombie.

We are running away for summer! Back at the start of February!

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In which a new listener is born, Canada gets a Stella too, and we review a bunch of great stuff including Black Widow, Infidel, Swordspoint and Big Finish's special releases.

News

Baby Announcement: Daniel Wessely is born!

WFA winners announced

Genrecon! Tansy talks Genrecon on the Voyager blog And again on her own blog Jason Nahrung on what he got out of Genrecon

Neil Gaiman’s new Doctor Who episode will feature the Cybermen, Warwick Davis & Tamzin Outhwaite. Boing Boing io9

Canada is getting a Stella too - theirs is the Rosalind!

Women in Horror article

Galactic Chat - Rowena Cory Daniells

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alex: Infidel, Kameron Hurley; The Deep (BBC series) (http://randomalex.net/2012/11/06/the-deep-a-bbc-submarine-series/); Black Widow, Marjorie Liu; and books on women’s suffrage... (I might have lied about the free ebooks! Sad)

Tansy: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth, Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner; Big Finish Specials: UNIT Dominion, Love and War by Jacqueline Rayner & Paul Cornell; Voyage to Venus; Dorian Gray

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In which Tansy & Alex talk sexism, steampunk, Samuel Delaney and tiny baby Avengers fighting tiny baby X-Men. Also, feedback from listeners!

News

Pornokitch on the Mammoth Best New Horror introduction

Twelfth Planet Press announces Best YA SF anthology - Alisa & Tehani reading for this in 2013 and we hope it doesn't break them.

The Fantasy Pin-Up Calendar Thing The Calendar itself Tansy's post - when fantasy art embarrasses us all Skepchick asks us to Please Stop Making Calendars NK Jemisin on her involvement in the project

Sexism in the Skeptic Community - what happened after she spoke out

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alex: Edge of Infinity, ed. Jonathan Strahan; Babel-17, Samuel Delaney; The Contrary Gardener by Christopher Rowe in Eclipse Online

Tansy: Wilful Impropriety, Ekaterina Sedia (ed); Hawkeye #1-3, Matt Fraction, David Aja; "A-Babies Vs. X-Babies" one-shot written by Skottie Young with art by Guruhiru

FEEDBACK

Suzy McKee Charnas story at SnackReads

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In which Feminism 101 meets Aussie politics for a battle of the bands!

News

Julia Gillard and the Sexists of Doom

The Speech (and bonus Penny Wong Interview)

Commentary in the New Yorker

@vodkandlime talks about the response to the Gillard speech

Ben Peek on the failings of the mainstream media

British Fantasy Awards: special squeeage for Angela Slatter, first Australian to win one.

Jonathan Strahan and Nightshade Book launch Eclipse Online

Strange Horizons Fundraising Drive is on

Crikey looks at author earnings and advances.

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alex: Deathless, Catherynne M Valente; Arc 1.3; Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M Banks; Looper; abandoned: Armored (ed John Joseph Adams)

Tansy: The Outcast Chronicles, Rowena Cory Daniells; Unspoken, Sarah Rees Brennan; Wild Mary: A Life of Mary Wesley by Patrick Marnham, Under My Hat edited by Jonathan Strahan. Also GAME OF THRONES

Alisa: The Future is Japanese (ed Nick Mamatas); Looper; Death’s Daughter, Amber Benson; Casual Vacancy J K Rowling; Studying Men and Masculinities, David Buchbinder

Next Episode: feedback probably

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