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Episode 5: 27 April 2010

News Shirley Jackson nominees http://www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/sja_2009_nominees.php

New Aqueduct Line to be released at Wiscon http://aqueductpress.blogspot.com/2010/04/heirloom-books-to-launch-at-wiscon.html

Locus shortlist - http://www.locusmag.com/News/2010/04/locus-awards-finalists.html

http://oldcharliebrown.livejournal.com/321727.html People of the Book (Am ha-Sefer) A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy Edited by Rachel Swirsky and Sean Wallace
Introduction by Ann VanderMeer

Twelfth Planet Press Mother's Day Sale - and watch this space for the upcoming TPP fiction podcast, on alternating weeks to Galactic Suburbia http://www.twelfthplanetpress.com/web-store

Feedback http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc54x2Bacxw _ Gene's feedback on fanzines, e-readers, and Galactic Suburbia in general.

What have we been reading? Alex: Octavia Butler, Adulthood Rites; Libba Bray, Going Bovine; David Eddings, The Diamond Throne; Terry Pratchett, Making Money; China Mieville, The City and The City Alisa: Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer; Fables. Tansy: The Tale of the Imaginary Detective by Karen Joy Fowler, Gladiatrix by Rhonda Roberts, The Guild comic #1

What have we been listening to? Tansy: Blake's 7 audio plays - http://www.blakes7.com/ Terry Frost's PaleoCinema - http://paleo-cinema.blogspot.com/

Pet Subject: Gender disparity in Aust SF single author collections http://girliejones.livejournal.com/1580113.html

Haven't heard of as many as the female authors, males seem far more likely to self publish, no female flash collections. Publisher more likely to take a risk on a male author's collection?

Been really hard to gather information to complete this research - even had Peter Cobcroft do a search for me at NLA and all i have discovered is that the meta data is not entered well enough to do this easily.

Listeners, please comment to the above blog post to add more works from either gender to the current list because I know it can't be complete.

Also interesting comment by Rob Hood about early Australian writers and the idea that Henry Lawson et al is where Aus specfic has grown from - the Australian Gothic - do we agree?

Are female writers more likely to get YA collections published, or have collections labelled as YA. And are they less likely to be considered as part of the "zeitgeist"

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Episode 4: 15 April 2010


Tin Duck results: http://www.writingwa.org/articles/Tin Australian Shadows Award 2009 - http://australianhorror.com/index.php?view=196 Hugo Shortlist - http://www.thehugoawards.org/2010/04/2010-hugo-award-nominees-details/ Yonmei's post on feminist response to Hugo list http://blogs.feministsf.net/?p=1340

Alisa debriefs from Swancon 2010 and the launch of 2011 (Natcon 50) and provides a homework reading list for 2011, as discussed on a recent Swancon panel:

Sean Williams: The Resurrected Man & Metal Fatigue if people like SF, The Change series if they like fantasy, would be a good place to start. Sean also has a YA series (The Changeling), and has written several Star Wars tie-in novels.

Justina Robson: Silver Screen is a standalone, but hard to get hold of, or start the first of the Quantum Gravity series: Keeping it Real.  (Alex recommends Natural Gravity)

Ellen Datlow: Many many many anthologies. The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, and The Green Man, and we mentioned the fairytale-style anthos and the year's best anthos.

Ethel Turner shortlist features several fantasy works http://www.pla.nsw.gov.au/awards-shortlists/ethel-turner-prize-for-young-peoples-literature

Press Release: ORBIT TO PUBLISH DIGITAL SHORT FICTION - http://www.orbitbooks.net/press-release-orbit-to-publish-digital-short-fiction/ Nick Namatas's reasoning: http://nihilistic-kid.livejournal.com/1459071.html Cat Valente on the devaluing of short fiction http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/578362.html

Tansy's new book cover released from HarperCollins: http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/power-and-majesty-the-cover/

Also we had an actual fan letter from Neal!  We like Neal.

What have we been reading? Alex: Why Women Can't Write (Joanna Russ); Justina Robson's Natural History; Echoes of Earth by Sean Williams and Shane Dix, Octavia Butler's Adulthood Rites Alisa: Fables, Wil Wheaton's Happiest Days of our Lives, Breaking Dawn Tansy: Ardeur, ed by Laurell K Hamilton; Heist Society by Ally Carter

Pet Subject: E-reading & the iPad, how do we read online and what do we want from an e-reader?

How to decide - flow chart. http://maniachi.com/2010/04/09/should-i-buy-an-ipad/

And will there be more apps like this rather than ibooks?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gew68Qj5kxw

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Episode 3: 2 April 2010


Alisa's live report from Swancon!

Tiptree winners & Honours List including Wives Wives Wives http://www.sfawardswatch.com/?p=3052

Arthur C Clarke shortlist http://www.locusmag.com/News/2010/03/2010-arthur-c-clarke-award-shortlist.html

Hugos - largest number of votes ever received. Shortlist out Easter Sunday, UK time: http://www.thehugoawards.org/2010/03/nominations-announcement-schedule/

Launch of new Asif website - http://aussiespecficinfocus.wordpress.com/

Stephenie Meyer to release a novella for free to fans online followed by the hard copy version - http://www.breetanner.com/ from June 5.

Shaun Tan's Eric http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=397&book=9781742372921

k9 to screen on Australian tv tomorrow on Channel 10!

Garth Nix and Sean Williams, teaming up with Troubletwisters: http://ladnews.livejournal.com/136540.html#cutid1

What have we been reading?

Tansy - Lifelode, by Jo Walton & Chicks Dig Time Lords

Alisa - The Women Men Don't See/ What I Didn't see and commentary, Alice Sheldon's Biography

Alex - Lord of the Rings, also "To Write like a Woman," collected essays by Joanna Russ.

Pet Subject: Media Tie-Ins

Kristine Kathryn Rusch, talking about Star Wars: http://www.asimovs.com/_issue_0612/thoughtexperiments.shtml - initially in Star Wars on Trial, a BenBella collection (http://www.smartpopbooks.com/)

See also http://theswivet.blogspot.com/2010/03/guest-blogger-ari-marmell-on-writing.html


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