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Galactic Suburbia Spoilerific Book Club! 

Consider yourself warned.  This is an incredibly spoilery discussion of LIAR by Justine Larbalestier.  It's not a little bit spoilery.  It's a LOT spoilery.  And if you don't believe us that this is the kind of book that you really truly don't want to be spoiled for, consider the facts: 1) We invented the Galactic Suburbia Spoilerific Book Club purely to discuss this book 2) We actually feel a bit uncomfortable even mentioning how much you don't want to be spoiled for this book, because that in itself might mess with your reading experience 3) You trust us, right? If on the other hand you have read LIAR by Justine Larbalestier, come on by and listen to us flap our hands as we try to articulate just what's going on in this book.

Also, stretching back into the mists of time before Galactic Suburbia existed (hard to imagine, I know) check out Alex, Alisa and Tansy podcasting back in 2008 with our friend Kathryn, on the (then) entire bibliography of works by Justine.  Yes, it's a Larbalestpalooza! http://asif_podcasts.podomatic.com/entry/2008-12-22T02_58_34-08_00

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Episode 17: 29 September 2010

In which we talk about awesome women, excellent short stories, and make Alisa throw away a book!  Our pet topic is film-to-book, book-to-film and why you'd want to move a story from format to format.

News The Winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2010 http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/index.php/british-fantasy-awards

FemSpec: announcement of new feminist press - http://aqueductpress.blogspot.com/2010/09/new-feminist-press.html

365 Days of Women Writers blog: http://365daysofwomen.wordpress.com/

New podcast: Helen Merrick and Tama Leaver http://pangalacticinterwebs.posterous.com/episode-1-shownotes

What have we been reading/listening to? Tansy: Diana Comet, Zombies v. Unicorns Alisa: Watching: Moon. Listening: Bad Film Diaries (discussion on "identify") also first ep of Pangalactic Interwebs (livejournal...). Embargoed Reading :( sigh. For Aurealis Awards and TPP 2011 Toss out for the week: Succubus in the City Alex: Subterranean (spring and summer), Is Anybody out There? (ed. Nick Gevers and Marty Halpern), Glitter Rose, Marianne de Pierres.

Pet Subject

book --> film --> book - why make films of books? - what makes a good film adaptation? - conversely, why make books of films, why do they get less attention, can they be as good as the film?

Please send feedback to galacticsuburbia@gmail.com

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Episode 16: 15 September 2010

In which we have apparently learned the art of conversational restraint! Clocking in at a miraculously tidy 45 minutes, the Galactic Suburbia crew discuss publishing news, a bunch of great new books, and read some feedback.

News Strange Horizons Fundraising Drive http://www.strangehorizons.com/fund_drives/2010/main.shtml

Tehani's post on open short story markets in Australia http://editormum.livejournal.com/254641.html

Aqueduct Press now releasing several of their titles as ebooks http://aqueductpress.blogspot.com/2010/09/ebooks-from-aqueduct-press.html

Ticonderoga to publish Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror.  Editors Liz Gryzb & Talie Helene http://punkrocker1991.livejournal.com/258997.html

MindMeld best female characters http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2010/09/mind-meld-the-best-female-characters-in-science-fictionfantasyhorror/

Alisa and Tansy on Coode Street podcast http://www.jonathanstrahan.com.au/wp/2010/09/12/episode-17-live-with-alisa-krasnostein-and-tansy-rayner-roberts/

What have we been reading/listening to? Alex: Liar, Justine Larbalestier; White Cat, Holly Black;  Tansy: Cryoburn, Lois McMaster Bujold; Kiss Me Deadly, Tricia Telep (ed) Alisa: Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical; Tomorrow when the War began; new segment (which i will start next ep)

Pet Subject: Feedback

from Jason Fischer & Thoraiya Dyer, plus a shout out to Celia from Worldcon!

Please send feedback to galacticsuburbia@gmail.com or follow @galacticsuburbs on Twitter

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In the last of the all-in-the-same-room Galactic Suburbia special episodes, Alex, Alisa and Tansy look back on Aussiecon4 and discuss their Worldcon highlights before finally bidding a fond farewell.

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Alex, Alisa and Tansy discuss the results of the 2010 Hugo Awards from Aussiecon4.


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Alex, Alisa and Tansy discuss the results of the 2010 Ditmar Awards and other Australian awards including the Norma K Hemming, the Peter McNamara and the William J Atheling.

http://www.locusmag.com/News/2010/09/2010-ditmar-awards/ http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/09/ditmar-awards-2010 http://home.vicnet.net.au/~asff/hemming.htm

Alex also interviews Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of Girl Genius, before they won the Hugo for Best Graphic Story. http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/

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Live from Aussiecon4, speaking from the entirely unsuburban wasteland of downtown Melbourne, Alisa, Alex and Tansy faced an audience of real people, and managed to keep their chatter to a 50 minute podcast.  SHOCK.  Some awards news, Worldcon gossip, what we are reading and our pet topic: female heroes in SF & Fantasy.

News World Fantasy Nominations: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2010/08/2009-world-fantasy-awards-nominees/

Sir Julius Vogel Awards: http://www.sfawardswatch.com/?p=3539

European SF Society Awards: http://www.sfawardswatch.com/?p=3547

Fave bits of Aussiecon4 so far.

What have we been reading/listening to? Alex: Beastly Bride, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling; Legends of Australian Fantasy, ed. Jonathan Strahan and Jack Dann; Secret Feminist Cabal, Helen Merrick; Tansy: Shades of Milk & Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal; The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins; Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor Alisa: Death Most Definite, Trent Jamieson.

Pet Subject: Female heroes in SF/F

As ever, please send feedback to galacticsuburbia@gmail.com or to our Twitter account @galacticsuburbs.  We’d especially love to hear your response to our “live” episode, or your highlights from Aussiecon.

Over the next week we’ll be putting up a series of mini-eps from the convention, including our post-Ditmars round up, our post-Hugos round up, a omg-the-convention-is-over round up, and an interview between Alex and Phil & Kaja Foglio of Girl Genius fame.  Was Jake Flinthart correct to accuse her of giggling?  Find out!

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