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In which the world is on fire but we're still reading...

WHAT'S NEW ON THE INTERNET

Teen Vogue as tool of the revolution - why we shouldn't be surprised.

Problem Daughters: check out this fantastic crowdfunding project for intersectional feminist stories.

GUFF race (until 1 April)

DUFF race (until 10 March)

Help support these fan funds! Alisa & Alex are hoping to go to Helsinki this year, while friend of the podcast Paul Weimer is hoping to come to Melbourne.

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alisa: Nora Roberts (Bride Quartet); Fangirl Happy Hour; Please Like Me; Travelers; Frequency; Designated Survivor; Younger

Alex: Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Talents, Fledgling, and Dawn, Octavia Butler; River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey; Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities, Bettany Hughes

Tansy: Acts of Kitchen; Wicked (local performance); Heroine Complex, Sarah Kuhn; Ladycastle, Deliah S Dawson (writing) & Ashley A Woods (art); Unstoppable Wasp; Hawkeye; Moana (film & soundtrack), Buffy rewatch check in. Tansy's new literary gift shop business: Alice & Austen Also, Tansy has a story in the latest issue of Uncanny Magazine: Some Cupids Kill With Arrows.

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class-cast Alex and Tansy pull apart the recent school-set Doctor Who spin off TV show Class, with its YA tropes, teen diversity, squicky alien creatures and fascinating parent-kid dynamics. But mostly we rave about the awesomeness of Quill. Because she is the best.

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Happy New Year edition!

One last episode before we squeak into 2017. In which we sum up a year of culture consumed and other interests, and mourn the recently departed.

WHAT'S NEW ON THE INTERNET?

Carrie Fisher

George Michael

Richard Adams

Vera Rubin

(note: we recorded this ep before the death of Debbie Reynolds was reported)

CULTURE CONSUMED IN 2016:

Tansy: Rogue One

Alisa: Operation Apocalypse Plan (books mentioned: Will McIntosh’s Soft Apocalypse as a guide to the probable future, Defying Doomsday)

Alex: The Arrival

Tansy: Hurricane Heels by Isabel Yap (& Buffy rewatch with daughter, because this is what 11 yr olds are for)

Alisa: PhD & Jamberry

Alex: The Expanse

Tansy: Check Please fandom & Yuri on Ice

Alisa: Paleo Cinema Podcast

Alex: Octavia Butler Link to call for Letters to Butler

Tansy -- 2016 culture round ups in Smugglivus & Ambling Down the Aqueduct

 

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isaac-asimovs-science-fiction-magazine-june-1984-aIn which parasites are creepy, pregnancy is body horror, and consent is important!

Get comfy and listen to Alex & Tansy's discussion of Octavia Butler's "Bloodchild" and her essay "Positive Obsessions," both available in the Bloodchild & Other Stories collection (plus Bloodchild is available as a single story digitally).

Don’t forget: submissions for the Octavia Butler tribute anthology are due on Jan 8! See Submissions for details.

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In which Tansy and Alex share a culturepalooza -- witches, spies, hockey romance and magical secret agents!

New on the internet?

@GailSimone asking for recommendations of books/comics by POC, LBGTQ or other marginalised creative teams.

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alex: The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett;

Tansy: Her Every Wish, Courtney Milan;

Alex: The Song From Somewhere Else, AF Harrold;

Tansy: Mockingbird;

Alex: Long Hidden anthology, Rose Fox and Daniel Jose Older;

Tansy: Sarina Bowen The Ivy Years: The Year We Fell Down, The Year We Hid Away, The Understatement of the Year;

Alex: Agents of Dreamland, Caitlin R Kiernan;

Tansy: The Hamilton Mixtape;

Alex: Imprudence, Gail Carriger;

Tansy: The Miraculous Ladybug

 

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Our post-Halloween episode, featuring vampire college students, spider-infested children's birthday parties, and tiny adorable skeletons. This isn't even the culture consumed part, it's our real life!

(sorry for the sound quality of this one, we're blaming the weather or possibly DEMONS)

The Halloween Update From birthday parties to Trick or Treating, yes, Halloween is a thing in Australia now.

What's new on the internet? World Fantasy Awards winners announced.

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alisa: Frequency Season 1 ep 1-4, Jessica Jones

Tansy: Hocus Pocus; Octavia Cade: The Convergence of Fairy Tales, Tremontaine 1 & 2, Kelly Robson's Tremontaine story, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho translated by Anne Carson; Hold Me, Courtney Milan

Alex: Carmilla season 2 and season 0; Jericho rewatch; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; The Congress

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In which Wonder Woman and Hillary Clinton both come under fire for being in public while female...

WHAT'S NEW ON THE INTERNET?

Wonder Woman turns 75 and becomes a UN Ambassador

Analysis of the protest against Wonder Woman as honorary ambassador on the Mary Sue Twitter: #wonderwoman75

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alisa: Crosstalk, Connie Willis; Bloodchild Octavia Butler

Alex: Saga vol 6; Bridging Infinity, ed. Jonathan Strahan; The Martian, Andy Weir; Swarm, Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti.

Tansy: Verity Down Under, Supergirl, Luke Cage, Class Eps 1 & 2

Don’t forget: Letters to Octavia Butler open for submissions

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In which letters are written to Octavia Butler. What's New on the Internet?

British Fantasy Awards: Letters to Tiptree won one!

No Award on Conflux & Asian Flavours in SFF fandom.

Octavia project: Octavia Estelle Butler was born on 22 June, 1947, and died in 2006. In celebration of what would have been her 70th birthday in 2017, and in recognition of Butler’s enormous influence on speculative fiction, and African-American literature more generally, Twelfth Planet Press is publishing a selection of letters and essays written by science fiction and fantasy's writers, editors, critics and fans. We are looking for letters addressed to Butler, which should be between 1000 and 1500 words. We are paying 5cpw up to $USD75 for letters, to be paid on publication. We are looking for World First Publication Rights in English, and exclusivity for the first twelve months of publication.

Submissions: octaviaproject@twelfthplanetpress.com

More Butler stuff: Radio Imagination

Tansy’s new releases: Bounty (the final Fablecroft book) & Unmagical Boy Story

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alisa: Jamberry & business training.

Alex: so much culture. In particular: just finished Once Upon A Time season 2; the Patternmaster series, Octavia Butler; The Starry Rift, James Tiptree Jr; Goldenhand, Garth Nix.

Tansy: The Life & Times of Angel Evans, by Meredith Debonnaire; DC Superhero Girls: Hero of the Year; Revolutionary Art: Writing For Social Justice webinar series; Hex - How to Be a Fan on iView; Labyrinth Board Game Facebook page; Dracula’s Feast on Kickstarter.

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In which Alisa & Tansy are left unsupervised to read feedback, give you the lowdown on the Brangelina break up and discuss how Hillary Clinton and Harley Quinn both have to put up with the same ridiculous gender double standards.

Relevant links:

Garth Nix on Aboriginal stories

The Cost of Building the Death Star

Brangelina is Dead, Long Live Angelina (on Jolie’s handling of the media narrative built around her and her family)

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In which we consume culture and take names!

WHAT'S NEW ON THE INTERNET?

Tansy's novel Musketeer Space is half price this week on Kindle (and in other ebook stores)! Price goes back to normal on Wednesday.

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alisa: Vaginal Fantasy; Crosstalk, Connie Willis

Alex: Revenger, Alastair Reynolds; Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer; Stealing Snow, Danielle Paige - abandoned!; The Silk Roads, a New History of the World, Peter Frankopan

Tansy: Superior, Jessica Lack; Fangirl Happy Hour on Ghostbusters: Eps 49, 50 & 52

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In which we celebrate our 150th episode via cake and Hugo stats, the top two sources of podcaster fuel in the known world. Read the Hugo Stats along with us by downloading the pdf.

Or just check out the winners.

The Uncanny Magazine acceptance speech: (Love wins!)

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cakeIn which we compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in chatting.

WHAT'S NEW ON THE INTERNET?

WSFA Small Press Award shortlist released.

Aussie SF Snapshot 2016 - 150+ short interviews with active members of our community. What's everyone up to? Find out in a snap!

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alisa: Star Trek Beyond, Olympics

Alex: Deadpool and Batman v Superman; Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, Seanan McGuire (out next January from Tor.com; Strange Matings, ed Rebecca J Holden and Nisi Shawl; The Godless, Ben Peek

Tansy: Shadowhunters (Netflix), Masks & Shadows by Stephanie Burgis; Damaged Goods by Russell T Davies adapted by Big Finish Audio

Independent Olympians at the Olympics

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Ghostbusters (2016) Spoilerific!ghostbusters-2016-trailers-tv-spots-posters1Was it better than the original? Did we love it or hate it? Was it appropriate for a 6 year old? If you want the new Ghostbusters movie thoroughly Spoiled, who are you gonna call?Some links to other think pieces/reviews:Ghostbusters is Still Haunted by Negative Racial Tropes (Polygon)The Clothes of Ghostbusters (Women Write About Comics)Ghostbusters 1984 vs Ghostbusters 2006 (Book Smugglers)Not discussed but interesting: the clothes of Ghostbusters: Please send feedback to us at galacticsuburbia@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter at @galacticsuburbs, check out Galactic Suburbia Podcast on Facebook, support us at Patreon and don't forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!

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In which Letters To Tiptree is still turning heads, and it's winter in Australia. Much winter. So coldness. WHAT'S NEW ON THE INTERNET?

World Fantasy Award finalists

Locus Awards winners

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alisa: Undisclosed - Vacated; 4 hideous romcoms (Remember Sunday, Thanks for Sharing, Life Happens and Something Borrowed)

Alex: Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones; Beggars in Spain, Nancy Kress; Fifth Season, NK Jemisin; The Hollow Crown

Tansy: Person of Interest Season 5, Book Smugglers Quarterly Almanac (especially John Chu's "How to Piss off a Failed Super-Soldier"), Batman v Superman; Hamilton, Rocket Talk podcast - Amal El-Mohtar on Does Hamilton Count as Genre.

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Alisa and Alex in Melbourne discuss the SF miniseries Trepalium.

WARNING: Spoilers!

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