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gallifreyan-baby.american-apparel-baby-one-piece.white.w760h760In which we get the band back together again, just before we go on our summer holidays! 

Culture Consumed: 
  Alisa: Doctor Who; The Fall; Orange is the New Black, Black Mirror Season 1 
  Tansy: Adventures in Space and Time; Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, Apex Issue 55 
  Alex: Snuff, Terry Pratchett; Thor: the Dark World; Tooth and Claw, Jo Walton 

Pet subject: The Year in Review 
  Alisa: PhD, Conflux, Nancy Kress’ After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Twelfth Planet Press (Trucksong, A Trifle Dead, Twelve Planets, Shirley Jackson/WFA), made a SF fan 
  Tansy: Hawkeye; The Almighty Johnsons; A Song of Ice & Fire; reading with Raeli (Edward Eager & Diana Wynne Jones); Doctor Who 
  Alex: Saga; Doctor Who; Naomi Novik’s Temeraire; re-reading; Lizzie Bennet Diaries. 

This is our last episode of the year, because we’re going on a summer hiatus… but we will back in 2014! 

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mspacmanIn which Alisa has a baby, and Alex & Tansy put a bow on it. Not the baby. The podcast!


Birth Announcement: Welcome to Mackenzie Charlotte & all our love and best wishes to the recovering and delighted new parents, Alisa and Chris. 


Culture Consumed: 
Alex: Feminist Frequency’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games; Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie; Menial: Skilled Labor in SF, Kelly Jennings and Shay Darrach 
Tansy: Nanowrimo! Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell; Horrible Histories; Wife in Space by Neil Perryman, The Time Machine (Destiny of the Doctor), 1963: Fanfare of the Common Men, The Space Race, The Assassination Games; Night of the Doctor 

INK BLACK MAGIC BY TANSY RAYNER ROBERTS available now from Fablecroft, Amazon & bookshops who order it in.

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY FOR INK BLACK MAGIC 



Pet subject: SFF for children (they cross genres more easily than adults, basically) 
Alex: Victor Kelleher (especially Taronga); Playing Beatie Bow, Ruth Park; Riddle of the Trumpalar, Judy Bernard-Waite; The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien 
Tansy: Diana Wynne Jones; Robyn Klein (Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left); Which Witch, Eva Ibbotson; Margaret Mahy, Aliens in the Family and all her books about pirates; Ruth Chew; Five Children and It, E. Nesbit; Edward Eagar (Half Magic and Seven Day Magic - stories for kids who love to read and know how to manage a magical adventure!); comics like Gunnerkrigg Court, Zita the Space Girl, Betty & Veronica spin-offs. The Case of the Origami Yoda bridging fantasy and reality!

Also Possum Magic, Magic Pudding, and other Australian picture-book classics! From England, Charlie and Lola by Lauren Child and various books such as Fairy Shopping by Sally Gardner are appreciated for their gorgeous collage art as much as the stories. 


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kaleidoscopeIn which we present The Subgenre Report. 

Is the concept of subgenres meaningful to readers and writers, or just a marketing trick? 
Which subgenres are OMG so hot right now, and which genre is doing subgenres better than spec fic? 
 In other news, Alisa hurls herself into crowdfunding with the baby clock ticking down to midnight... 
Grimdark as a Young Man's Genre? (do read the comments, seriously, that's where all the crunchy discussion/challenge is) 

Culture Consumed: 
Alisa: Continuum S1, crimeScene convention, plug for Kaleidoscope, Coode St Podcast ep 162 with Rachel Swirsky; Report from Planet Midnight, Nalo Hopkinson 
Tansy: BBC Radio Neverwhere; Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan, Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, The Almighty Johnsons 
Alex: Agents of SHIELD; Star Wars: The Paradise Snare, AC Crispin; Ragnarok, AS Byatt

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Eurosong_2012_1In which we recommend books to buy as presents, books we love, books we made, and basically BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS. 


Alisa's picks: 2012; Trucksong; A Trifle Dead; Rosaleen Love’s Twelve Planets collection; the entire Twelve Planets suite (get them while they look the same! especially Love & Romanpunk) 

Alex's picks: Temeraire by Naomi Novik; Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal; Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin; House of Suns by Alistair Reynolds 

Tansy's picks: Glitter and Mayhem; Chicks Unravel Time; The Wife in Space; The Worst Witch books by Jill Murphy; Creature Court trilogy (Power and Majesty) 

Culture Consumed: 
  Alex: Reap the Wild Wind, Julie Czerneda; Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman 
  Tansy: Flying Higher eds by Michael Damian Thomas & Shira Lipkin [download free from Smashwords], Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time 1-4, Supurbia by Grace Randolph, Elizabeth Sladen the Autobiography, The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta 
  Alisa: Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal 

BLATANT PLUG: Songs For Europe, two short plays about Eurovision & war by John Richards of Splendid Chaps & Lee Zachariah of the Bazura Project on this week only as part of the Melbourne Fringe.

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chrome_rollerIn which, Hugos.

Tansy, Alisa and Alex gather only minutes after the Hugo ceremony to discuss the results!

Hugo winners The Stats, Statbadgers! Tansy's Hugo Post 


The Silent Producer apologises for the sound quality on this issue due to recording difficulties.

Culture Consumed: 
Alex: The Adventures of Alyx, Joanna Russ; BSG rewatch yet again; The Memcordist, Lavie Tidhar; Firebugs, Nina Kiriki Hoffman 
Alisa: KickAss 2; Enchanted Glass, Diana Wynne Jones; Ugly, Robert Hoge 
Tansy: Fringe Season 1, Dorian Gray Season 2, Ugly, Robert Hoge 

Plugs: Splendid Chaps Nine/Women, featuring Tansy: September 15 
Glitter & Mayhem released and partying, glitter skate style. 

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Galactic Suburbia Episode 87: Saga Spoilerific Book Club

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For the first time in years, all three hosts of Galactic Suburbia have read the same thing at the same time! So buckle up, it's time for another installment of the Spoilerific Book Club! 

We're taking on the Eisner-award winning & Hugo-nominated comic Saga, written by Brian K Vaughan and drawn by Fiona Staples, published by Image Comics.

For this episode we look at the 12 issues which have been collected as the first two trade editions of Saga and we spoil EVERYTHING, so don't listen unless you've a) read it or b) don't care about spoilers. 


We discuss tree rockets in space, breastfeeding, childbirth, violence, men with TV screens for head, gay sex, straight sex, parents-in-law, mutilated bodies, fatherhood, brothel planets, child prostitutes, romance novels, the sexual anatomy of giants, Lying Cat, and character deaths. 

PLEASE NOTE THE EXPLICIT TAG.

AND WE REALLY MEAN IT ABOUT THE SPOILERS. 


The issue that was (briefly) too racy for ComiXology, and why this was a double standard. Because it wasn't the issue with the child prostitutes. 

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In which we feed the feedback, unpack the Hugo packet, and put Jane Austen on a bank note. 


What Caught Our Eye: Twitter... the abuse of Caroline Criado-Perez Chief Commissioner - Have a look at yourself 
Mary Beard Will Tell Your Mum How You Behave on Twitter 

Feedback! We appreciate every email sent to us, even if we very rarely do this thing we are doing, and read them out. But this time we did that thing!
  
Culture Consumed: 
Alex: Eternal Flame, Greg Egan; the rest of the Alanna books, Tamora Pierce; Pacific Rim 
Tansy: Hugo packet reading - short story, novelette, novella, also Splendid Chaps Seven/Religion , & new social justice pop culture Aussie blog No Award
Alisa: Hugo Packet including novels 

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In which we talk about gender stuff in publishing and gaming, Alex votes in the Hugos and Alisa's thesis starts coming together. A good week!

 
Caught Our Eye 
 Sexism in genre publishing: A Publisher’s Perspective 
 JK Rowling and Robert Galbraith - An Open Letter to Writers & Would Be Writers 

Culture Consumed: 
  Alex: Hugo reading (novellas and novelettes
  Alisa: Publishing and Reading as Dissent: Resistance, Literary Tourism and Arsenal Press, Casey Stepaniuk (The Word Hoard Vol 1, Issue 1) 
  Tansy: Alanna the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce, All-New X-Men: Yesterday’s X-Men, Brian Michael Bendis & Stuart Immonen; Red Sonja #1 by Gail Simone; Much Ado About Nothing! 

The Galactic Suburbia Road Trip - we have fun over at the SF Signal Mind Meld! 
Tansy's review of The Other Half of the Sky is up at the Cascadia Subduction Zone

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bowieIn which we ask the all-important question, what do David Bowie, Tolkien, Judith Merril, H.R. Giger and Joanna Russ have in common? Also harassment in SF, and the many shades of awesome that was Captain Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager

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Elise Matthesen reports sexual harassment at Wiscon, kicking off a long conversation across various spots on the internet about harassment, procedures, and gender issues. 

Some of the related posts we discuss: 
Tansy: Sexual Harassment at SF Conventions (links mostly) 
Genevieve Valentine on "Dealing with It
Elise Matthesen's post at Mary Robinette Kowal's blog (with commentary, and links to all the other hosts of the post) 

Culture Consumed 
  ALISA: Defiance and Voyager rewatch, and Why Voyager Is The Most Feminist (and Best) Star Trek 
  TANSY: Captain Marvel: Down, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Dexter Soy & Emma Rios (artists); Xena Season 4; Ovid’s Heroines by Clare Pollard, Warehouse 13 Season 1 
  ALEX: Abaddon’s Gate, James SA Corey; The Lowest Heaven (anthology) 

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pepper legoIn which we tamper with our format to discuss reconciliation in SF, and the disappearance of women in modern movies. 


Discussion NK Jemisin’s GoH speech about reconciliation in SF

The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison on not turning a blind eye.

At the movies, all the women are gone


Culture Consumed 
ALEX: The White Queen, Gwyneth Jones - abandoned; Mono no Aware, Ken Liu; After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress; Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed. (Also S2 of Game of Thrones) 
ALISA: PhD paper - Female bestsellers: A cross-national study of gender inequality and the popular–highbrow culture divide in fiction book production, 1960–2009 by Marc Verboord 
TANSY: Original Sin, by Andy Lane; The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley 

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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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