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Alisa and Alex welcome you to Clone Club! That is, an incredibly spoilerific discussion of the first season of Orphan Black. If you haven’t watched it yet (it’s only 10 episodes), we’ll be right here when you’re through.

Things we discuss: the clones themselves (and we do use the c-word); representations of motherhood; whether and how the show is SF; the various characters - and their diversity - as well as a rather large amount of gushing love for the show overall.

We really mean it about the spoilers.

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Galactic Suburbia the John Campbell Memorial not a Hugo Episode 


In which we do discuss the Hugo shortlists both Retro and Current, but this is not an episode. Not at all. For... administrative reasons. 


  Hugo Shortlist

Brandon Sanderson says interesting things about fandom groups, and the Wheel of Time nomination. 


  Some gender notes on the Hugo shortlist 

 Tansy’s Hugo links post 

 Tansy & John DeNardo of SF Signal discuss the shortlist on Coode Street Podcast 


THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO NOMINATED GALACTIC SUBURBIA FOR BEST FANCAST, WE LOVE YOU TOO. WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH WE WOULD GIVE YOU FIVE STARS ON ITUNES.
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In which we approach Fringe from multiple sides, rant about Game of Thrones, muse about cake lit and Alisa is a PhD student again! Bonus supplemental awards chat (but not in depth about the Hugos because we recorded before the shortlist went public) and an invitation to CAKE OUT for our 100th. See you there... 

  Culture Consumed: 
  Alex: Fringe s1; A Million Suns, Beth Revis; The Crooked Letter, Sean Williams;
 

Tansy: Game of Thrones rant, Jenny Colgan novels, Jago & Litefoot 7, Yonderland!

 

Alisa: Game of Thrones; Generation Cryo; The Cuckoo by Sean Williams, Clarkesworld Issue 91; the PhD Report

Aurealis Awards were awarded.

(sidetracked: Before the Internet from XKCD) 

 Hugo nomination 
  
CAKE COMPETITION! For our 100th episode, we would like to have a new logo. On a cake. Designed by you. Send a picture of your creation and you could win… something… and you can eat the cake, too. (This is episode 98, so you’ve got 4 or 5 weeks to plan your creation.) 
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Episode 97: Spoilerific Special - Veronica Mars 


In which a long time ago, we used to be friends, but I haven't heard from you lately at all - come on now, sugah, bring it on, bring it on. Just remember me when 

It's the Kickstarted Veronica Mars Movie Squeeful Spoilerific Special! 

With Alex away stargazing, Alisa and Tansy dig into the nitty gritty of the recent release movie we had been waiting YEARS for. We talk about the history of the show (SPOILERS FOR ALL OF VERONICA MARS, NOT JUST THE MOVIE), the writing, the characters, the love stories, the murders, the stars and the in-jokes.

We also talk about the Kickstarter campaign and its ramifications for a TV industry teetering on the brink of a total rebirth. 


Are you Team Logan, Team Piz, Team Mac or (most importantly of all) Team Veronica? Does a soundbyte of a certain Dandy Warhols song make you break into a smile? Were you so disheartened at the end of Season 3 that you watched all of Party Down to get over the sad? Come on down to Galactic Suburbia. 

People say we're a marshmallow. 

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In which we announce the 2013 Galactic Suburbia for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction. 


[If you want to listen unspoilt to the episode discussing shortlist and winners of the GS Award, listen Noooooow without reading the rest of the show notes. Don't even glance at them! Move along, nothing to see here] 

Culture Consumed: 
Alex: Shadow Unit! Haven ep 1! 
Alisa: Fringe, Haven S1, Game of Thrones S1 and S2, Veronica Mars Movie 
Tansy: The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin; Dark Eyes 2 (Big Finish); Veronica Mars Movie 

Shout out for Night Terrace.

Cranky Ladies of History funded! 


Galactic Suburbia Award!! for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction 
  Foz Meadows for her blogging generally, but particularly "Old Men Yelling at Clouds." 
  Anita Sarkeesian - Tropes vs Women in Video Games (Damsel in Distress 1 & 2, Ms Male Character) 
  The Doubleclicks - Nothing to Prove music video 
  Cheryl Morgan - The Rise & Fall of Grimpink 
  Deb Stanish for her essay in Apex magazine: "Fangirl isn't a Dirty Word." 

Honorary shortlistee (the Julia Gillard Award):

Wendy Davis for her amazing filibuster


Joint Winners this Year!!! (drum roll please) 
  NK Jemisin for her GoH speech from Continuum (link
  Elise Matthesen for her essay "How to Report Sexual Harassment at cons" (link

Also discussed:

“Not Now, Not Ever” (Gillard Misogyny Speech) by Australian Voices


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In which, the Hugo host debacle online conversation became a many-tentacled AI that wants to steal our souls, and ladies are cranky. 



News In Depth: 
The Hugos v. Jonathan Ross, Safe Spaces & Online Discussions 
Foz Meadows laying out the original drama in her usual inimitable style. 
Cheryl on the arguments for & against Jonathan Ross as host as particularly on the importance of Intersectionality - how to be a good ally, and why you LISTEN to why people are upset, even if it's inconvenient to you or your community. 
The Chairs of LonCon apologise for the situation - weirdly, this graceful and thorough acknowledgement of their responsibility for how the chain of events went is often not being mentioned in coverage of the discussion. 
  UPDATE, PLEASE READ:

The downside of recording several days ahead of broadcast is that sometimes the conversation we are contributing to moves on without us - in particular with the "Hugos and Jonathan Ross" conversation we recorded on Wednesday night there has been some serious reframing of the narrative, some of it highly gendered.

We wanted to reference some of this further discussion rather than be seen to ignore such an important (and troubling) development.

Some important posts calling attention to the reframing of the narrative to trivialise the concerns of women (and to hide the fact that many prominent men shared and vocalised those concerns): 

  Kari Spelling on how the conversation has changed from being about the unsuitability of Ross as a Hugo host to being about how women were "mean" on Twitter - and how those women are continuing to be unfairly targeted. 
  Natalie Luhrs on "Reframing and Punching Down" - with particular reference to how those posts calling for people to be nicer to each other, or how fandom is too hysterical to deserve nice things, aren't always as helpful as you think they are. 
  David Perry questions the mythical concept of Seanan Maguire's Angry Mob, calling particular attention to how Seanan and her tweets are now being reframed as central to Jonathan Ross's resignation, due to selective quoting, selective memories and gross misrepresentation of the actual timeline of events. 
This is important stuff, people. Our history just got rewritten while we were watching.

[note: we deliberately didn't mention Seanan by name while discussing the issue in this episode of GS because we could see she was already being unduly blamed and centred in the discussion despite being only one participant - it's the exchange between Seanan and Jane Goldman mentioned in the Perry article that Alisa also refers to as a conversation that ends in mutual apologies and is later misrepresented by others long after it's concluded.] 

Another important post by Kameron Hurley, Rage Doesn't Exist in a Vacuum. On why internet rage happens, why someone else might be more upset than you are about a thing, and why it's important to speak up about upsetting things even if it ruins someone else's happy party fun times. 

Culture Consumed: 
Alisa: Game of Thrones S1, Fringe S3, Kaleidoscope ToC 
Tansy: Ms Marvel #1 & She-Hulk #1 Fringe S3
Alex: Midnight and Moonshine, Lisa L Hannett and Angela Slatter; A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar 

Pet subject: feedback

Galactic Suburbia Award!! (last call for suggestions)

for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction 


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insectarmyIn which we get excited about awards, and sexism in SF. In other words, it's Galactic Suburbia! 

Tiptree Award Winner & Shortlist - first Australian Tiptree winner! Congrats to N.A. Sulway!

Culture Consumed: 
Alex: All Harry Potter movies; Project Bond; Supurbia 
Tansy: Regency romance novels, Minister of Chance 
Alisa: Supurbia 

Pet Subject: the not-SFWA "debate", the pervasive dismissal of women in SF

Note: this episode was recorded several days before broadcast, before Sean Fodera made his apology to Mary Robinette Kowal, who accepted it gracefully. Please look at her post about why she accepted, and the role of apologies in general


Some other relevant articles we discuss or allude to, or which Alisa found after recording and wanted us to include - keep following the Galactic Suburbia Facebook Page as she's been updating it with interesting links daily: 
GENERAL BACKGROUND

The Radish hosted early discussion on the Bulletin anti-censorship petition

Steven Gould on why the petition was based on a false premise. 
SL Huang writes Can We Please Not Rewrite History, Folks?, and worth checking in on SL's original Timeline of 2013 SFWA Controversies, now updated. [my apologies for stumbling over pronouns on the podcast] 
THE LATEST WAVE OF TURMOIL, DISSENT AND SEXISM

Silvia Moreno-Garcia outlines the invective against Mary Robinette Kowal on SFF.net and the politics of "plunging necklines," "diaphanous white outfits" and ankles. 

Mary Robinette Kowal's post on Being a Representational Example 
Scalzi presents the Insect Army t-shirt design courtesty of Ursula Vernon's awesome artwork.
Some really important words here. Alex also mentions Nora's important tweet from 5 days ago:

N. K. Jemisin @nkjemisin The loss of privilege is not oppression. The loss of privilege is not oppression. THE LOSS OF PRIVILEGE IS. NOT. OPPRESSION. 

The post we possibly discuss in most detail on the podcast today: Juliet McKenna's Why The SFWA Shoutback Matters 
A really important message from James Patrick Kelly on age, and generations, and making a difference

and don't forget the...

Galactic Suburbia Award!! for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction. 

There's still time to send us your suggestions - only work from 2013, please, but start saving the 2014 links to send us next year. 

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In which 2014 is officially a thing. 

Who saw that coming? 
We’re back! 

How did you spend your summer? (yes, we know some of you spent it having winter, but honestly, is that our fault?) 

Galactic Suburbia returns for a fresh new year of culture consumed, awards commentary, feminist snark and adorable baby gurgles. 

Culture Consumed: 
Alex: On the Steel Breeze, Alastair Reynolds; Riddick; The Deep: Here be Dragons; Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales (ed Paula Guran)
 
Alisa: Haven S1 and S2; Star Trek; Kaleidoscope submissions (PhD)

Tansy: Terry Pratchett: The Witches (board game), The Hour Season 1, A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan; When we Wake; Courtney Milan romance novels. 


Pet subject: Gearing Up for Hugo Nominations - what we've read, what we recommend, and what we still plan to get to before the deadline. 

Alisa: Reading - Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black 

Alex: Saga; Ancillary Justice; Iron Man 3; still to watch Game of Thrones s3 

Tansy: Still to read: Hild by Nicola Griffith, The Red by Linda Nagata, some novellas. Liz Bourke’s Sleeping with Monsters (Best Related Work or fan writer? Why doesn’t the Hugo have an Atheling?) Kirstyn McDermott’s Caution: Contains Small Parts. Supurbia (Graphic Story); The World’s End. 

Galactic Suburbia Award!!

for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction 

Send us your suggestions and thoughts on who we should be looking at for the year that was 2013: blog posts, podcasts, GOH speeches and other awesome people talking about feminist stuff in interesting ways. 


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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

Saga


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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