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Episode 35: 23 June 2011

In which “best” becomes “superior,” Pottermore is Pottermeh, one of us wins all the awards, and we visit/revisit classic non-hard works of SF and Fantasy by Bujold, Willis and Pratchett (with bonus Russian fairytales by Valente).


Pottermore announcement to be made during our podcast... http://www.youtube.com/JKRowlingAnnounces

Theodore Sturgeon finalists: http://www.sfawardswatch.com/?p=4340

David Gemmell Awards... http://www.sfawardswatch.com/?p=4358    

NatCon professional guests for next year are Kelly Link and Alison Goodman.

Chronos Awards  :D  http://continuum.org.au/c7/2011-chronos-award-winners/

Sidewise Awards finalists: http://www.sfawardswatch.com/?p=4349

Translation Awards winners: http://www.sfawardswatch.com/?p=4354

Stoker Awards http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2011/06/winners-2010-bram-stoker-awards/

Coode Street Horror Special with Stoker winners Datlow & Straub http://www.jonathanstrahan.com.au/wp/2011/06/18/episode-56-live-with-gary-k-wolfe-ellen-datlow-and-peter-straub/

Gender Spotting Tool - http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20581-genderspotting-tool-could-have-rumbled-fake-blogger.html Naff.

What Culture Have we Consumed? Alisa: Connie Willis’ Passage in progress, the next 3 Twelve Planets. Alex: so much Bujold (Cordelia’s Honor and Young Miles omnibuses... omnibi... whatever http://wp.me/p11HLi-L1, http://wp.me/p11HLi-Ll, http://wp.me/s11HLi-2947), Fly by Night, Frances Hardinge (http://wp.me/p11HLi-Lh), Red Glove, Holly Black. Series 2 of V (reboot) Tansy: Deathless, Catherynne Valente; I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett; Wyrd Sisters audiobook, Terry Pratchett/Celia Imrie.

Next Fortnight: Galactic Suburbia’s Spoilerific Book Club Presents: Joanna Russ.  Reading How to Suppress Women’s Writing, The Female Man, “When It Changed.”

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Episode 34: 8 June 2011

In which we surf the wave of feminist SF news that has deluged the internet this fortnight, plus Margaret Brundage, why YA books are allowed to be as dark as they want to be, the Tiptree Award, Connie Willis, were-thylacines, Ted Chiang and Alex finally discovers Bujold...


Nicola Griffith on the m/f imbalance in an informal SF favourites poll in the Guardian http://asknicola.blogspot.com/2011/05/shocking-uk-sf-favourites-score-men-500.html The Guardian: Damien Walter, author of the poll & followup articles revises his comments in response to Griffith http://damiengwalter.com/2011/05/28/thoughts-on-500-sf-novels/ Niall Harrison follows up on Strange Horizons: http://www.strangehorizons.com/blog/2011/05/in_search_of_data.shtml Cheryl Morgan on invisibility of women (some really interesting discussion in the comments, too) http://www.cheryl-morgan.com/?p=10805 The Guardian again, asking with wide innocent eyes if SF is inherently sexist http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/may/31/women-science-fiction-writers Ian Sales announces the SF Mistressworks blog project http://sfmistressworks.wordpress.com/ Nicola Griffith asks you to take the Joanna Russ pledge http://asknicola.blogspot.com/2011/06/taking-russ-pledge.html

Gwyneth Jones, Karen Traviss & Farah Mendlesohn talk on radio about the perception of women in British SF http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011c220 Transcript here: http://vectoreditors.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/womans-hour-women-and-sf/

MK Hobson on the term ‘bustlepunk’ and why there is a place for a domestic sub-genre of steampunk http://www.demimonde.com/2011/05/26/bustlepunk-revisited/ MK Hobson’s follow up post on the assumptions made about works coded ‘female’ http://mkhobson.livejournal.com/723255.html

2011 Chesley Award Finalists http://www.asfa-art.org/pages/06-currentawardspage.html Cheryl Morgan on female & trans artists http://www.cheryl-morgan.com/?p=10850

Nine Reasons Women Don’t Edit Wikipedia http://suegardner.org/2011/02/19/nine-reasons-why-women-dont-edit-wikipedia-in-their-own-words/ (interesting, I think, in light of the recent spout of incidents we’ve watched, notably the one with Nick Mamatas where winning World Fantasy Award was considered too regional to be significant)

Wall Street Journal on YA fiction: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576357622592697038.html?mod=wsj_share_twitter

Change to the Norma eligibility guidelines

Why Galactic Suburbia T-shirts are no longer available through RedBubble.

Con Quilt http://continuum.org.au/conquilt/

What Culture Have we Consumed? Tansy: Thyla, Kate Gordon; Will Supervillains Be on the Final? Naomi Novik Alisa: Coode St Podcast with Ellen Klages, Eileen Gunn and Geoff Ryman; Connie Willis - Even the Queen; Octavia Butler - Bloodchild Alex: Chill (http://randomalex.net/2011/06/01/chill-by-elizabeth-bear/), and Grail, Elizabeth Bear; The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang (http://randomalex.net/2011/05/28/the-lifecycle-of-software-objects/); Welcome to the Greenhouse, Gordon van Gelder (http://lastshortstory.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/welcome-to-the-greenhouse/); Steampunk! Kelly Link and Gavin Grant (http://lastshortstory.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/wild-about-steampunk/).

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