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In which we chat about branding and female inclusion in the SF Hall of Fame, discuss our childhood genre loves, and keep derailing ourselves with excitement about the Australian leadership spill & the possibility that we might get a female prime minister tomorrow... GO JULIA!

News 10th episode!

Maureen Johnson's Manifesto, on branding: http://www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com/2010/06/08/manifesto/ & Tansy's blog post on the same topic: http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/anti-branding-and-the-gentle-art-of-author-promotion/

Small Beer Press announce upcoming publication of a collection by Karen Joy Fowler, What I Didn't See & Other Stories: http://smallbeerpress.com/not-a-journal/2010/06/22/did-you-know-we-are-publishing-karen-joy-fowlers-next-book/

BFA nominees: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=727:british-fantasy-awards-2010-the-nominees&catid=34:bfas&Itemid=35

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER’S HALL OF FAME INDUCTION: http://www.empsfm.org/exhibitions/index.asp?categoryID=203 2010's inductees: Octavia E. Butler, Richard Matheson, Douglas Trumbull and Roger Zelazny Each year since 1996, the Hall of Fame has inducted four individuals on the basis of their continued excellence and long-time contribution to the science fiction field. its mission through annual inductions of individuals who have made outstanding and significant contributions to Science Fiction. One woman out of 4 this time; 9 women in total out of 61, since 1996. Just less than 15% Females are: Betty Ballantine, Ursula Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, C L Moore, Andre Norton, Mary Shelley, Kate Wilhelm and Connie Willis. NO JOANNA RUSS - and Octavia Butler only just now?  Wow.  I think they mentioned this in the periodic table vid.  Seriously I haven't heard of a lot of these men - what makes them so fucking important?

Ditmar nominations open - http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2010/nominations.html

Peter Watts - campaign to bring him to Australia

Reading. Tansy: Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner (sadly not finished yet) Alisa: manuscripts only, including new work by Ben Peek & Stephanie Campisi Alex: so much Girl Genius; Power and Majesty by TRR (http://aussiespecficinfocus.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/power-and-majesty/); Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (abandoned); Julian Comstock, Robert Charles Wilson (close to abandonment)

Pet Topic Our early years of SF/fantasy     - what did we read?     - would we re-read it?     - would we recommend it?     - why did we like it?

Alex: Riddle of the Trumpalar (Judy Bernard-Waite); everything by Victor Kelleher (Taronga, Red King, Del-Del especially); Lord of the Rings; My Sister Sif (Ruth Park); Playing Beatie Bow; David Eddings and Anne McCaffrey in teens. John Wyndham; Brian Caswell. Tansy: David Eddings, Gillian Rubenstein, Robin Klein, Enid Blyton; Jennifer Roberson, Sword & Sorceress, Feist & Wurtz, Terry Pratchett... NOT Lord of the Rings. Also Doctor Who! Picnic at Hanging Rock, Nan Chauncy, Stephen King... Alisa: Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce, Playing Beattie Bow, Terry Pratchett, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, Empty World by John Christophe, Z for Zachariah, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, then a detour for a while to other genres, a little bit of Star Trek novelisations, The Stand by Stephen King

Feedback etc: galacticsuburbia@gmail.com - tell us what you read as a child! When did you get into genre? Also, it'd be great if you could rate us on iTunes! (yes! add a review so others can find us)

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