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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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In which we admire our Hugo pins, discuss the narrative around bestseller authors like JK Rowling, and take on the idea of what a Best Of anthology actually means.

News

HUGO PINS

Trifle Club

The Casual Vacancy released - are you going to read it?

Giveaway from ages ago - copy of Showtime goes to Terry Frost for Joshua York from George R R Martin's Fevre Dream

New Giveaway for Kaaron Warren’s Through Splintered Walls. Tweet, comment, email or Facebook us about your favourite Australian ghost story OR your favourite female vampire.

Paul Kincaid in the LA Review of Books suggests that SF is tired. Reviewer, heal thyself? He also talks on this subject at the Coode Street Podcast.

Aurealis Awards reminder: submit your books and stories now.

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Soft Apocalypse, Will McIntosh, SportsNight (& Newsroom)

Tansy: Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan; Marvel Heralds; Outer Alliance Episode 24 Changing the Conversation with Julia Rios, Nnedi Okorafor, Jim C Hines & Sofia Samatar.

Alex: Battleship (http://randomalex.net/2012/09/27/battleship/); The Forever War, Joe Haldemann; City of Illusions, Ursula le Guin (http://randomalex.net/2012/09/27/city-of-illusions/); The Shapes of their Hearts, Melissa Scott (http://randomalex.net/2012/09/27/the-shapes-of-their-hearts/); Nova, Samuel Delaney

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The post-Hugo edition! In which stats are chewed and swallowed, rebels become the government, the secret (true) history of Wonder Woman is revealed and Alisa joins another cult.

News

Hugo Awards: The Winners, the Ustream and the Stats (you can download the stats pdf at the bottom of the page that links to)

Caroline Symcox on coming out as Christian to SF Fans & coming out as SF fan as a curate.

Another Wonder Woman TV show in development - this one may contain some Wonder Woman.

Further discussion on conventions, creepers & safe spaces Genreville We Don't Do That Anymore And the SF Signal Podcast

Science books written for girls, or possibly "girls".

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Newsroom; Getting Things Done podcast, David Allen

Alex: Outcasts; Heir to the Empire, Timothy Zahn; Midnight Lamp, Gwyneth Jones

Tansy: How to Train Your Dragon audiobook; To Spin a Darker Stair (Fablecroft); The Twelve Labors of Wonder Woman;

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In which we talk trolling, internet pile-ons and Twittiquette (it's a word, right?) as well as Weird Tales, Analog, heavy metal, straight white YA dystopias and (this may shock you) Joanna Russ.

News

Announcing the brand new Last Short Story podcast starring (so far) Jonathan and Mondy.

Tansy visits the Panel 2 Panel podcast to talk about comics with Kitty.

TPP event at Melbourne Writers Festival and Alisa's Woman Achievers Award Alisa's report and Jason Nahrung's report.

The Weird tales dramah: Round up of links Jeff VanderMeer's take on it.

In happier news, Ann VanderMeer now editing at Tor.com

Stanley Schmidt steps down from Analog

When authors go bad (on social media) and reviewers get burned.

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Glory in Death J D Robb; trying to read Matched by Ally Condie, Outer Alliance podcast on the lack of queerness in YA dystopias

Tansy: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; What Women Want by Nelly Thomas; Big Finish Audio - Invaders From Mars by Mark Gatiss & The Chimes of Midnight by Robert Shearman (2002)

Alex: Metal Evolution; We Who Are About to..., Joanna Russ; CSZ special on Joanna Russ; The Lost Books of the Odyssey, Zachary Mason

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In which we suffer post-Olympics slump but make up for it by talking about sport in SF/F: from coyote baseball, holodeck racquetball and the points system of Quidditch to the history of sport in Doctor Who. And don't forget that Buffy was a cheerleader!

News

World Fantasy ballot released. Mythopoeic Awards include Delia Sherman and Lisa Goldstein

New Science Fiction Awards Database Website by Mark R Kelly (Locus)

Kirstyn McDermott makes Jason Nahrung a mug based on Alex’s GS review of Salvage

New Galactic Chat: Sean interviews Trudi Canavan

Readercon Apology sets the standard.

Feedback: Sean & Kitty on the harassment at cons issue.

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alex: Existence, David Brin; all of Planetary, by Warren Ellis; Caliban’s War, James SA Corey

Tansy: “Foundlings” by Diana Peterfreund in Brave New Love; Shooting the Poo 14 (Sherlock Holmes) & 15 (Alien movies part 1)

Alisa: Coode St Podcast Ep 112 featuring Genevieve Valentine, and... reading unapologetically is a life skill!

Pet Subject: Sports in SF/F

The tennis match Alisa refers to is this one with Billie Jean King.

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In which we discuss gender at the Olympics and sexual harassment policies at conventions, fight about whether we should read the comments, and Alisa reads more novels than Alex & Tansy PUT TOGETHER.

NEWS:

Readercon harassment discussion: Masterlist & timeline of links Cheryl looks at the practical side of developing harassment policies for conventions

Translation awards winners

Travel Fund Mark II sends two Swedish authors to WFC.

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood, Naked in Death by J D Robb

Alex: Stargate Universe season 1; Ashes to Ashes season 3; Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M Valente; Birds of Prey: Death of Oracle

Tansy: X-Men S.W.O.R.D No Time To Breathe; Uncanny X-Men: Dark Phoenix (The Ultimate Graphic Novels Collection, not Marvel Masterworks as I said in the podcast, worth also noting that the US are more than 20 issues ahead of Australia); Besieged, Rowena Cory Daniells

For next episode: send us your favourite examples of sport in SFF.

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In which we talk Smurfette, gender bias on Wikipedia, Redshirts, Regency magic and Captain Marvel. Also, Tansy turns the microphone off a lot so you can't hear her sneezing. You have much to thank her for.

News

Shirley Jacksons! Winners announced.

A new Sleeps With Monsters column by Liz Burke: The Smurfette Principle - We Can Do Better

How Kate Middleton's wedding gown reveals the gender bias in the Wikipedia system.

Journey Planet Issue 13 - specifically special section on gender parity for con panels including our own Alisa

The ComicCon Batgirl returned to SDCC this year, asking DC Comics about why Stephanie Brown has been removed from the Smallville comics.

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Redshirts by John Scalzi (read by Wil Wheaton)

Tansy: The Truth by Terry Pratchett (read by Stephen Briggs), Sherlock Holmes The Final Problem/The Empty House (Big Finish Productions), Captain Marvel & The Avenging Spider-Man #9 by Kelly Sue DeConnick Alex: The Secret History of Moscow, Ekaterina Sedia; Salvage, Jason Nahrung; Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal

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In which we look at the politics of female author portraits, why you shouldn't tweet celebrities about their alleged irrelevance, and start thinking about what we're going to vote for in the Hugo's

News Women in SF & Fantasy in Australian media - the article is a month old, but still relevant!

WA Premier’s Book Awards Shortlist announced and Penni Russon is on it!

Top 10 list of the greatest female SF/fantasy authors ‘of all time’ - do you agree?

Tansy's Pinterest board of portraits of "Lady Novelists"

It’s Not Wise to Be A Jerk to Felicia Day

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alex: Schismatrix Plus, Bruce Sterling; Embassytown, China Mieville; Snow White and the Huntsman; Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth; Diamond Eyes, AA Bell

Tansy: Salvage, by Jason Nahrung; Medea, Kerry Greenwood; Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold; Ame-Comi Wonder Woman & Batgirl; Silk Spectre #1 by Darwyn Cook & Amanda Conner; The Invincible Iron Man, Matt Fraction

Alisa: Blackout, Mira Grant

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[photo: Stella Miles Franklin, older and more characterful than we usually see her in images]

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In which Alisa and Alex bravely confront the realities of podcasting without Tansy, and come up rather short... (ha!)

Convention Highlights

Alex’s blog & con report roundup

Embiggen Podcast (hang around after we stop talking to hear it!)

Chronos, Ditmar, etc: the Aussie winners

Other news

Locus Awards: more winners

Women in SF & Fantasy in Australian media - check out the article quoting several Australian spec fic writers & editors

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alex: Prometheus; Ishtar (Kaaron Warren, Deb Biancotti, Cat Sparks).

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[Photo Credit: Cat Sparx - Kirstyn and Mondy enjoying the convention!]

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In collaboration with Writer and the Critic, we are delighted to present a special podcast dedicated to the critically acclaimed Twelve Planets series of short story collections and recorded live at the beautiful Embiggen Books in Melbourne.

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In which we report live and punchy (not enough sleep to be sassy) from Day 2 of Continuum 8: Craftonomicon, Natcon 2012 in Melbourne Australia.

NEWS The Con so far: panels, parties, yarn and cupcakes...

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Deadline by Mira Grant

Alex: Game of Thrones s1; Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; The Courier’s New Bicycle, Kim Westwood (YES ALRIGHT AT LAST)

Tansy: Timeless by Gail Carriger, Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan

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[Photo credit: Cat Sparks]

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In which we celebrate our 60th episode and Peter MacNamara Award for Excellence win with cake, yarn and superheroes. For best results, consume this podcast with fabulous cake and/or sock yarn.

News

Nebula Awards

Aurealis Awards: Sturgeon shortlist

2012 Mythopoeic Awards

Women, Men and Social Media

50% female speakers at a tech conference and how it was done

The Hugo Packet is released

Kirstyn examines her 23 year old self through the lens of her current feminist self.

Marvel Comics follows Archie’s lead with a gay marriage between Northstar and Kyle: the news was launched by Whoopi Goldberg on The View.

Chicks Unravel Time announced from Mad Norwegian Press and Tansy is in it

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alex: The Monster, Garth Nix and Sean Williams (Troubletwisters #2); Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess, Phil and Kaia Foglio; Birds of Prey: Dead of Winter; Wonder Woman: Rise of the Olympian

Tansy: Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire, Made in Dagenham

Alisa: Black Heart by Holly Black; The Avengers movie

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