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While Alisa is away, Alex & Tansy play... in ANCIENT GREECE!  We talk awards, the end of publishing as we know it, stressful feminist debates, Vonda McIntyre, Twitter fiction, Stargate, and whether there's enough Greek & Roman mythology in modern fantasy.

News Tansy wins WSFA Small Press Award for Siren Beat http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/wsfa-spsfa-awesome/

Last Drink Bird Head Award Winners http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/2010/10/24/2010-last-drink-bird-head-award-winners/

John Joseph Adams takes over from Cat Rambo & Sean Wallace as editor of Fantasy Magazine http://www.locusmag.com/News/2010/10/john-joseph-adams-to-edit-fantasy-magazine/

Realms of Fantasy dies http://www.rofmag.com/2010/10/18/farewell/ (from Shawna McCarthy) http://www.rofmag.com/2010/10/18/a-note-from-the-publisher

Wiscon committee disappoints through inaction... http://nojojojo.livejournal.com/223115.html http://tempest.fluidartist.com/wiscon-developments-and-my-breaking-heart/ and then finally moves to disinvite Elizabeth Moon as GoH http://sf3.org/2010/10/elizabeth-moon/ (warning, many of the comments on that one are pretty awful to wade through) http://www.cheryl-morgan.com/?p=9663 http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/613791.html

Paul Collins on how the ebook revolution isn't working so well http://louisewise.blogspot.com/2010/10/pods-e-books-nuts-and-bolts.html

Cat Valente on tedium, evil, and why the term 'PC' is only used these days to hurt and silence people. http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/614239.html Peter M Ball explaining how white male privilege uses requests for civility to silence the legitimate anger of others: http://www.petermball.com/2010/10/21/this-post-contains-swearing

on Vonda McIntyre's "Dreamsnake", a controversial Hugo winning novel from 1979 which has been out of print for 10 years: http://io9.com/5670359/dreamsnake-the-quietly-controversial-hugo-winner-thats-no-longer-in-print & interview with Vonda McIntyre about the book: http://io9.com/5670273/feminism-astronauts-and-riding-sidesaddle-talking-to-dreamsnake-author-vonda-mcintyre

What have we been reading/listening to? Tansy - Death Most Definite, Trent Jamieson; Blameless, Gail Carriger, Bleed by Peter M Ball, "Twittering the Universe" by Mari Ness, Shine & "Clockwork Fairies" by Cat Rambo, Tor.com. Alex - Silver Screen, Justina Robson; Sprawl; Deep Navigation, Alastair Reynolds; The Beginning Place, Ursula le Guin. abandoned Gwyneth Jones' Escape Plans listening to The 5th Race, ep 1 (Stargate SG1 fan podcast).

Pet Subject Classical mythology in modern fantasy. Can it still work? Do you have to get it 'right'?

Book mentioned: The Firebrand, Marion Zimmer Bradley Medea, Cassandra, Electra by Kerry Greenwood Olympic Games, Leslie What Dan Simmons' Ilium and Olympos Gods Behaving Badly, Marie Phillips Troy, Simon Brown Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad and Jeanette Winterson's Weight, also David Malouf's Ransom - along the same lines as Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin Robert Holdstock's Celtika, Iron Grail, Broken Kings

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In which we discuss translated awards, constructive feminist discourse on the internet, make a special Swancon announcement, and dissect our complex relationship with the horror genre.

News Geffen Awards (Israel) http://www.locusmag.com/News/2010/09/2010-geffen-awards-winners/

Torque Control discussion on women & the Clarke & the dire state of women in British SF, with list of all British releases of SF or SFnal books by women in 2010. http://vectoreditors.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/women-and-the-clarke/

inspired by interview with Tricia Sullivan http://geeksyndicate.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/women-in-genre-fiction-tricia-sullivan/

Torque Control announces they will be blogging about 2010 British SF releases by women in December and ask for readers to join them.  Also call for contributions of top 10 female authored SF books in the last decade for a theoretical “future classics’ list. https://vectoreditors.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/planning-and-polling

Super Special Swancon Announcement!

What have we been reading/listening to? TANSY: The Wiscon Chronicles IV edited by Sylvia Kelso http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/the-wiscon-chronicles-vol-4-edited-by-sylvia-kelso/; Azu Manga Daioh by Kiyohiko Azuma; Asimovs & F&SF, Salon Futura ALISA: secret projects & another Book I Am Not Reading

Pet Subject: while Alex is away, let’s talk about HORROR   - we’re both pretty selective about the horror/dark fiction we read.  What does it have to do to catch our eye? - favourite horror/dark writers - where do we draw the line on what we like/can appreciate in horror? - does our feminism get in the way of reading/enjoying horror fiction?

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