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Episode 12: 22 July 2010

In which we talk about publishers behaving badly, authors self-publishing, the future of reading and the price of a short story.  Also we talk about books. Shocking, isn’t it?

News Night Shade apologises for any problems they’ve caused any of their authors: http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/genreville/?p=559

SFWA puts Night Shade Books on probation as a qualified SFWA market for a period of one year, effective immediately: http://www.sfwa.org/2010/07/a-note-to-sfwa-members-regarding-night-shade-books/

The Weird Revival: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/966713798/the-weird-revival

Aqueduct publish their 50th book in 6 years of publishing: http://www.omnivoracious.com/2010/07/l-timmel-duchamp-and-her-excellent-aqueduct-press-celebrate-reaching-the-50book-mark.html

Shirley Jackson awards winners: http://www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/sja_2009_winners.php

Mythopoeic Awards announced: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/07/2010-mythopoeic-fantasy-awards-announced

Don’t forget to vote in the Hugos (by July 31) and nominate for the Ditmars (um... today, July 23)

What have we been reading/listening to?

Alex: The Walled Orchard, Tom Holt (abandoned); Soulless, Gail Carriger; Secret Feminist Cabal, Helen Merrick; Pattern Recognition, William Gibson. Listening to: Coode St podcast; AstronomyCast; SGCast (definitely abandoned); Bad Film Diaries. Tansy: Moonshine, Alaya Johnson.  Palimpsest, Catherynne Valente on the iPad!  Kraken by China Mieville (abandoned).   Listening to: the Ood Cast. Bad Film Diaries Alisa: Power and Majesty

Pet Subject: self publishing in the changing face of the publishing industry

The Omikuji Cyberfunded Art Project - http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/omikuji/ Apple opens iBookstore to self-publishers - http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/05/ibooks-opened-to-self-publishers.ars

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Episode 11: 7 July 2010

In which the paradigm keeps shifting, Jasper Fforde writes dystopia, Alisa still hates pirate stories, George Lucus ruined it for the rest of us, and we wonder whether there are still readers who think you shouldn’t have SF with kissing in it.

News Locus Award Winners: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2010/06/2010-locus-awards-winners/

Liz Williams selling her own short fiction: http://mevennen.livejournal.com/789295.html

Open calls for subs for Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror by Paula Guran: http://oldcharliebrown.livejournal.com/328106.html

Amazing, thoughtful article about one woman’s history as a gamer and the way cyberspace still drops the ball in catering to its female audience: http://salomesays.com/blog/2010/07/the-incidental-misogeny-of-cyberspace/

What have we been reading/listening to? Alisa: Bleed, The Company Articles of Edward Teach, Breaking Dawn Listening to Clarkesworld Podcast Alex: Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde; Secret Feminist Cabal, Helen Merrick Tansy: The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan; Moonshine by Alaya Dawn Johnson; listening to Boxcutters

Pet Subject: The Romantic Side of Science Fiction

Are there still readers who think SF and romance shouldn’t mix? [http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/2010/05/why-sf-fandom-is-full-of-romance-haterz.html]   Is the lack of romance the reason that fantasy & urban fantasy are leaving science fiction in the dust commercially?  What are the best and worst examples of SF colliding with a love story? Does having a love interest make it count as a romance? Where’s the line? Does having a plot, even just a subplot, related to characters and feelings make it not science fiction?  

Alex provides this vintage quote from a letter written in 1938, from The Secret Feminist Cabal: “...females have been dragged into the narratives and as a result the stories have become those of love which have no place in science-fiction... I believe, and I think many others are with me, that sentimentality and sex should be disregarded in scientific stories.”

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