Not if You Were the Last Short Story on Earth: April 2016

heart-bigEvery Heart a Doorway is a gorgeous, perfect novella from the twisted mind of Seanan McGuire, published by Tor.com. Part love letter (and suspicious side-eye) to the popular trope of children’s literature about accidental doorways into magical worlds, part slasher movie.

Seriously, it’s like all of my favourite fantasy novels of all time ganged up on each other for a game of murder that got a little too real.

Nancy is a wonderful, sad, thoroughly complex heroine, still mourning that she was made to leave the Land of the Dead (and still, like many other children at Eleanor West’s Home For Wayward Children, waiting and hoping to be invited back to her beloved magical land). Her new friends at the school are equally layered and fascinating, from Kade, the trans boy who was rejected from his magical land for not being the princess they thought he was (SO SAD) to bleak, former-assistant-to-mad-scientist Jack, and her pale, vampire groupie sister, Jill. Each of these children are shaped by the magical land they visited, and have been sent away from parents who can’t accept the change in them since their return.

Every Heart a Doorway is so sad and beautiful and clever and I can’t recommend this novella enough.

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Sheep Might Fly: Glass Slipper Scandal Part 4

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew Sheep Might Fly episode update! Listen now on iTunes (or your own favourite podcast app). You can stream, download & follow Sheep Might Fly on Podbean.

GLASS SLIPPER SCANDAL

Charming is a kingdom where fairy tales come true, which has been bad news for its troubled royal family, but good news for the gutter press that thrives on the scandals and gossip provided by their teenage Princes Gone Wild. Kai is a rookie reporter at the Charming Herald. Dennis is a new Royal Hound, charged with protecting the self-destructive princes from disaster.

Disaster arrives in a pumpkin coach… The story of the century is wearing glass slippers… and Castle Charming will never be the same again.

PART 4: WHO IS THE MIDNIGHT PRINCESS? Your most popular guesses, inside!

In which gossip is better than coffee, and the first rule of glass slippers is that you don’t talk about glass slippers. Amira introduces Kai to the wonders of investigative journalism, while the king throws a tantrum about uppity princesses.

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River Song: in the Hero Seat

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river-songRiver Song: in the Hero Seat (finally)

I have felt more and more defensive of my love of Professor River Song over the last couple of years. This wasn’t always the case – while she has always had something of a controversial/’problematic fave’ status in Doctor Who fandom, on the whole the pro-River voices were loud enough that I didn’t mind so much that there were so many fans who didn’t like what she represented – either the idea of the Doctor having a future romantic history at all, or there being a woman in his life who is better at stuff than he is.

River and her relationship with the TARDIS is an absolute gift, and I refuse to see it otherwise. Ditto: her dress sense, her attitude, almost all of her dialogue, the splendid actress who plays her, the rare occurrence of a confident female action hero who is over 40, and, well. I just really like River, okay?

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Glass Slipper Scandal Part 3

New Sheep Might Fly episode update! Listen now on iTunes (or your own favourite podcast app). You can stream, download & follow Sheep Might Fly on Podbean.

GLASS SLIPPER SCANDAL

Charming is a kingdom where fairy tales come true, which has been bad news for its troubled royal family, but good news for the gutter press that thrives on the scandals and gossip provided by their teenage Princes Gone Wild. Kai is a rookie reporter at the Charming Herald. Dennis is a new Royal Hound, charged with protecting the self-destructive princes from disaster.

Disaster arrives in a pumpkin coach… The story of the century is wearing glass slippers… and Castle Charming will never be the same again.

PART 3: DRUNK PRINCE IN GAZEBO SHOCK

In which Dennis loses a prince, Kai finds a scandal, and Ziyi struggles with unsatisfactory hairdressing. Corporal Jack is judging you all very hard right now.

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Galactic Suburbia Episode 141

In which we stack up months of Culture Consumed into a glorious spiral tower of dubious structural integrity

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Alisa: Lois McMaster Bujold: Modern Master of Science Fiction, Edward James (and a bunch of Lois McMaster Bujold!)
Alex: Radiance, Catherynne M Valente
Tansy: The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar (reviewed in the latest Cascadia Subduction Zone)
Alisa: Bitch Magazine & Popoganda podcast
Alex: Extra(ordinary) People, Joanna Russ
Tansy: Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire IT’S A NOVELLA
Alex: Once Upon a Time season 1 & Alan Alda at the Press Club
Tansy: Agent Carter; yes all right, Orphan Black

(Tansy is now watching Orphan Black, alert the media! In other news, the silent producer has spoiled himself via the Galactic Suburbia Orphan Black Spoilerifics – you can too! Season One, Season Two)

Skype number: 03 90164171 (within Australia) +613 90164171 (from overseas)

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!

Sheep Might Fly: Glass Slipper Scandal Part 2

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew Sheep Might Fly episode update! Listen now on iTunes (or your own favourite podcast app). You can stream, download & follow Sheep Might Fly on Podbean.

GLASS SLIPPER SCANDAL

Charming is a kingdom where fairy tales come true, which has been bad news for its troubled royal family, but good news for the gutter press that thrives on the scandals and gossip provided by their teenage Princes Gone Wild. Kai is a rookie reporter at the Charming Herald. Dennis is a new Royal Hound, charged with protecting the self-destructive princes from disaster.

Disaster arrives in a pumpkin coach… The story of the century is wearing glass slippers… and Castle Charming will never be the same again.

PART 2: SMASHING PRINCESSES PARADE IN PUMPKINS!

The princesses start rolling in (literally) for the first event of the Season – and the quills report Live From Castle Charming. Who is the Princess Most Likely To Stab You In Your Sleep?

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Sheep Might Fly: Glass Slipper Scandal Part 1

Flying Sheep Show NotesWe’re starting a brand new serial on Sheep Might Fly! This is the first of a planned series of several “Castle Charming” stories with these characters.

GLASS SLIPPER SCANDAL

Charming is a kingdom where fairy tales come true, which has been bad news for its troubled royal family, but good news for the gutter press that thrives on the scandals and gossip provided by their teenage Princes Gone Wild. Kai is a rookie reporter at the Charming Herald. Dennis is a new Royal Hound, charged with protecting the self-destructive princes from disaster.

Disaster arrives in a pumpkin coach… The story of the century is wearing glass slippers… and Castle Charming will never be the same again.

Part 1: CASTLE CHARMING AFLUTTER FOR AUTUMNAL FLING! (WHO WILL MARRY OUR PRINCES GONE WILD?)

It’s the first day of the Season! Kai and Dennis start new jobs, as the Charming Herald and the Doghouse batten their hatches for the annual invasion of eligible princesses.

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The Secret Lives of Friday Links

rapunzelTwo amazing and thought-provoking essays about the changing face of technology:

The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens chronicles the rise and fall of teen entrepreneurs who built effective Tumblr networks and monetised them. Yep, this is what the new generation is doing when you think they’re just ‘spending all their time on the internet:’ dominating their own realms of social media.

At the Toast, a love letter to the era that was Livejournal, a time when we wrote intensely personal diaries for public performance.

Kate Elliott’s tour-de-force essay on Writing Women Characters into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas

Deb Biancotti on the Appeal of Icy, Remote Research Stations. Buy her new book!

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This Month on the Blog: March 2016

mocklore-omnibusFriday Links Provides the Recipe

Coming Home To a Pirate Near You! (cover reveal & announcement that my debut novel Splashdance Silver & its sequel Liquid Gold will be published as an omnibus by Fablecroft) Update: the books are now available in the wild, Tehani was selling them at Contact last weekend!

Speaking of the weekend, I was delighted that Cranky Ladies of History and Galactic Suburbia both won Ditmars! Actually I was delighted with all the wins – with an extra shout out to the fabulous Glenda Larke who took out the inaugural Sara Douglass Series Award. Congrats to all finalists and winners!

Random Act of Fiction! The Egyptian Androsphinx

Margaret Brundage & Weird Tales [SF Women of the 20th Century #17] (the sexy pastel covers by a bohemian female artist in the 1930’s that defined the visual style of pulp SF for a generation)

Review: Black Widow #1 by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee

Review: Mockingbird #1 by Chelsea Cain & Kate Niemczyk

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Sheep Might Fly: Fake Geek Girl Part 10

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode of Sheep Might Fly!

You can listen now to Episode 10 on iTunes (or your own favourite podcast app, I hope), and also stream, download & follow Sheep Might Fly here on the Podbean site.

“Fake Geek Girl,” was originally published in Review of Australian Fiction Volume 14, Issue 4. You can buy the issue containing the story (along with a fantastic piece from Stephanie Lai) directly from their website.

Meet Fake Geek Girl, the band that plays nerdy songs at the university bar every Friday night, to a mixture of magical and non-magical students: lead singer Holly writes songs based on her twin sister Hebe’s love of geek culture though she doesn’t really understand it; drummer Sage is an explosive sorcerous genius obsessing over whether Holly’s about to quit the band to go mainstream; shy Juniper only just worked up the nerve to sing her own song in public and keeps a Jane Austen themed diary chronicling the lives and loves of her friends. When the mysterious, privileged Ferd joins their share house, everything starts to unravel…

In Part 10: Hebe and the Library Resource Cupboard of Doom, the sisters are forced to talk about their feelings, Sage is forced to witness the results and admit a few truth bombs of his own, and Holly defends her status as Fake Geek Girl with benefit. (also, she writes a song about it)

This is the last part, the story is now COMPLETE! Thanks so much for listening and tune in next week for a brand new serial, original to the podcast – Glass Slipper Scandal, which is about newspaper hacks, trashy pretty princes, gold-diggers and long-suffering bodyguards in a fairy tale kingdom.

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