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Episode 7: 25 May 2010

Tansy, Alisa and Alex welcome Jonathan Strahan as our special guest for this episode. Jonathan is the Locus Reviews Editor and blogs & podcasts at http://www.jonathanstrahan.com.au/wp. He is a three time Hugo Award nominee and Locus, Aurealis, Ditmar, Peter McNamara, and William J Atheling Jr award winning editor of nearly fifty books. His most recent books include Legends of Australian Fantasy and Swords and Dark Magic. Coming up are Godlike Machines and Engineering Infinity.

News Nebula Awards winners: www.sfwa.org http://www.sfawardswatch.com/?p=3274

Asimov's and Analong Reader Poll Results http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2010/05/winners-2010-analogs-and-asimovs-reader-poll-awards/

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction releases table of contents: http://www.upne.com/TOC/TOC_0819569547.html

Also there was controversy & discussion on the web recently about the table of contents of Before They Were Giants. http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/giants-and-superstars/ http://girliejones.livejournal.com/1590125.html

Aurealis Awards lives again: http://www.aurealis.com.au/

Will Online Magazines End the Eternal Slugfest Between Genre and Literary Fiction? -- Jason Sanford @ Sf Signal (http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2010/05/will-online-fiction-end-the-eternal-slugfest-between-genre-and-literary-fiction/)

Angry Robot announces new podcast series hosted by Mur Lafferty and featuring our own Kaaron Warren in August: http://angryrobotbooks.com/?p=4192

What have we been reading/listening to? Alex: Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett; The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1, from 2003 (my picks: Geoff Ryman's "Birth Days;" Carol Emshwiller's "Boys", Ursula le Guin on "Genre," Ruth Nestvold's "Looking through lace"); David Eddings, Pawn of Prophecy... Jonathan: Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay; Kraken, China Mieville, Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi Alisa: Liar, Buffy Vols 1 -4 Tansy: The White Cat, Holly Black; A Book of Endings, Deborah Biancotti,  Girl Genius Vol 9; listening to Fablecroft reviewing podcast (http://fablecroft.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=616997)

Pet Subject - Anthologies!

*everyone says anthologies don't sell but they're still on the shelves, if in smaller numbers than the olden days.  What makes an anthology marketable in 2010?  *What makes us pick up an anthology to read, or choose one from the stack? *What is the purpose of the Best Of?  Is there a competitiveness between the different Best Of editors/books? *What's your dream anthology?

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Episode 6: 12 May 2010

News China Mieville becomes first 3-time Arthur C Clarke winner: http://io9.com/5526775/china-mieville-becomes-the-first-three+time-arthur-c-clarke-award-winner

Hugo Voting pack now available for download by Aussiecon4 members: http://www.aussiecon4.org.au/index.php?page=66

Matthew Cheney has an intriguing column, "Patriarchy Studies," up at Strange Horizons: http://www.strangehorizons.com/2010/20100426/cheney-c.shtml

Asimov's is (finally) accepting online submissions: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2010/04/exclusive-interview-sheila-williams

Google to opening an online bookstore by July: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/google-to-open-bookstore-in-july-20100505-u7x2.html

Diana Gabaldon attacks fanfiction [posts have been removed by the author but have been archived by others: eg http://kate-nepveu.livejournal.com/483239.html] Charlie Stross weighs in: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/05/faq-fanfic.html Kate Nepveu on the legalities of fanfic: http://kate-nepveu.livejournal.com/481047.html A post from Sarah Rees Brennan, novelist & former fanfic writer: http://sarahtales.livejournal.com/165135.html Nick Mamatas responds to George RR Martin's claims that Lovecraftian fanfic sent Lovecraft to an early grave: http://nihilistic-kid.livejournal.com/1470621.html Catherynne Valente being sensible: http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/582169.html

New editor at Escape Pod, Mur Lafferty: http://murverse.com/2010/05/07/new-escape-pod-editor-announced/

Angry Robot sold to Osprey Publishing: http://angryrobotbooks.com/?p=4086

Storm in a teacup over Neil Gaiman's appearance fee: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2010/05/political-football-in-teacup.html

"Men Don't Read," by Jason Pinter, in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-pinter/why-men-dont-read-how-pub_b_549491.html.  Response: http://www.salon.com/books/laura_miller/2010/05/04/men_don_t_read/index.html 

What SF should be in every fan's library: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2010/05/mind-meld-what-science-fiction-books-should-be-in-every-fans-library-1/ If we remove Ursula leGuin as the outlier, none of the men here mention women in their lists.

What have we been reading? Alex: Sean Williams, Orphans of Earth and Heirs of Earth; Octavia Butler, Imago; Sean Williams, The Resurrected Man Alisa: Borderline by Leanne Frahm Listening to: Sofanauts, Memories of the FutureCast, The Outland Institute (where I discovered I WANT this http://www.palgrave.com/products/Title.aspx?PID=410115), Radio Free Burrito Tansy: Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, Soulless by Gail Carriger Listening to: Shada (Big Finish)

Pet Subject: book reviews Do we read them, and why? Do we write them, and why?  What's the use for publishers? What's the use for authors? What's the use for readers?

Mary Beard's on women writing reviews (there's not that many in prominent publications etc): http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2010/04/can-women-write-reviews.html (also the fact that lots of UK and US broadsheets have stopped literary reviews completely) An article that has outraged female book bloggers this week: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-mccarry/faking-nice-in-the-blogos_b_551217.html

This ties into last episode's comments about reader expectations; getting books to the right audience, or explaining why you might want to read a particular book.

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