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Justice League America 32: Breaking Point (Nov 1989)

THE PACKAGING: JLI Vol 6.

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Adam Hughes (Pencils), Joe Rubenstein (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor) Kevin Dooley (Assistant Editor)

CROSSOVER ALERT: The Teasdale Imperative 3/4

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, sometimes Batman, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner,) Fire, Ice, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle (Scott Free), Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) & Dr Fate (Linda Strauss) with no sign of Maxwell Lord & Oberon in civilian support.

GUEST STARS: From the JLE: Power Girl, Captain Atom, Metamorpho, Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), The Flash (Wally West), Animal Man, Rocket Red (Dmitri Pushkin). Also: Teasdale, Simon Stagg, the Gray Man, The Spectre.

THE STORY: So we get a lot of Teasdale explaining his motivations in this issue which — yawn. He’s a mad scientist pure and simple, and while there’s some meta commentary about the nature of mad scientists, that isn’t really enough to justify quite so many pages dedicated to this bozo.

The twist is that the experiments Teasdale did which led to him creating an army of zombies (yep they’re zombies now apparently not vampires, though still quite bite-y) were funded and encouraged heartily by Simon Stagg, AKA Metamorpho’s Dad-in-law. Teasdale is now rampaging his way through the Balkans, apparently out of revenge for Stagg… doing something.

It’s all very rampagey.

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Sheep Might Fly: Did We Break The End of the World Part 2

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“Did We Break the End of the World” was first published in the excellent anthology of disability & apocalypse: Defying Doomsday, edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench. This story was nominated for two Aurealis Awards, and won the Ditmar for Best Novella/ Novelette.

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Check out the Sheep Might Fly Master List: we’re up to 9 complete story serials on this podcast!

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Did We Break The End of the World Part 1

The Fictional Mother

This was first published in an essay collection, also called The Fictional Mother, which I released as a bonus reward for my patrons in May 2017. You can access this collection and a whole bundle of other e-books, along with other rewards, by pledging $1 or more to my Patreon every month.

Spoilers for Season 5 of Buffy, Seasons 3 & 4 of Once Upon a Time.

Potentially triggering discussion of cancer diagnosis & treatment as well as maternal deaths in fiction & real life. Take care of yourselves.

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(Don’t panic)

In 2016, I was diagnosed with a low-grade skin lymphoma, after a biopsy on my forehead. It was surgically removed.

(Seriously, don’t panic)

One year and a second positive biopsy later, my cancer was officially graded as ‘recurring’ though this was also matched with more comforting words such as ‘indolent.’ After a second round of invasive tests and scans during which I learned that my body finds contrast dye physically repellent (literally) I am now facing down a month of radiotherapy. This, I have been assured, is very boring and has a high success rate for curing specific cancers. Over the last year, I have lurched between times of extreme anxiety about my health and my future, moments of cautious relief, and even twinges of guilt that this is such a small health crisis compared to those of others.

(Everything’s gonna be OK)

Yep, I actually feel guilty that my cancer is so discrete and treatable. How’s that for imposter syndrome? This time around, though, it feels a lot more real than it did last year. And every time I explain to people how extremely small and treatable and really no big deal my cancer is, it feels like I am thumbing my nose at fate. So. There are a lot of feelings.

(On a related note, hey, if you have the chance to get regular check ups at your local skin clinic, why not go do that? Tell your friends!)

Back when we were waiting for the original diagnosis, I thought a lot about my daughters, and my mind kept being drawn to Disney movies. The possibility of dying (it’s horribly easy to leap from ‘cancer’ to ‘dying’ in a single panicked second, especially if you’ve been Googling all the words your doctor uses without context) becomes a whole different kind of scary when you are a parent.

(Spoiler: I’m not currently dying except in the sense that I am, apparently, mortal.)

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Justice League Europe #7: Teasedale Unbound

THE PACKAGING: Volume Six of the JLI trades

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Bart Sears (Pencils), Pablos Marcos (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

CROSSOVER ALERT: The Teasdale Imperative. Remember when crossover events happened just between 2 sympathetic titles, and were written by the same team so you had consistency? Sigh.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Captain Atom, Metamorpho, Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), The Flash (Wally West), Power Girl, Animal Man, Rocket Red (Dmitri Pushkin), with Catherine Cobert and Sue Dibny in civilian support.

GUEST STARS: From the JLA: J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, sometimes Batman, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner,) Fire, Ice, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle (Scott Free) & Dr Fate. Also: The Spectre, the GREY Man & that Teasdale dude.

THE STORY: The JLA arrive to find the JLE in the middle of a pitched battle against crazed, violent villagers who… well, not to roll out the ‘v’ word but, they’re kinda acting like vampires, right? With the biting?

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The Bromancers: it’s a book!

My new novella The Bromancers is available to download this month, only to patrons. You can become a patron at any time for as little as $1 a month – at $2+ you get exclusive stories and access to the Galactic Suburbia Slack!

The Bromancers will go on general sale later in the year. It’s part of the Belladonna University series of stories which also includes “Fake Geek Girl” and “Unmagical Boy Story.”

Featuring: epic BFFs, obsessive fans, camping is the worst, basilisks make terrible parents, smooches, snark, geeky music, obsessive coffee (and not coffee) drinkers, even magical camping is the worst, broomsticks, cauldrons, silk shirts, tragic backstories unlocked, and a brand new Fake Geek Girl song (eventually).

Sheep Might Fly: Q&A with Tansy

In this week’s special episode, I answer questions about the podcast and my recent stories from listeners.

Thanks to Mieneke, Sidsel, Mel, Ju & Faith for your questions!

Come back next week for the beginning of a new story, Did We Break The End of the World from Defying Doomsday, which won the Ditmar this year for Best Novella.

You can sign up to my author newsletter for updates, follow me on Twitter at @tansyrr or @sheepmightfly, find me on Facebook at TansyRRBooks, and if you like this podcast consider supporting me at Patreon where you can receive all kinds of cool rewards and exclusive stories.

Check out the Sheep Might Fly Master List: we’re up to 9 complete story serials on this podcast!

You can also comment on this podcast! Let me know what you thought, or if you have a better answer than I do for the Fake Geek Girl casting couch question. (it wouldn’t be hard to answer this one better than I did) Send questions my way if you want more Q & A podcasts in the future.

Galactic Suburbia Episode 174

In which Alisa & Tansy talk #ownvoices, the nuance of diversity and the current trend for “authenticity” at the expense of author privacy.

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WHAT’S NEW ON THE INTERNET?

Yoon Ha Lee on #ownvoices & being outed as a trans author

Follow up from D Franklin on how authors of marginalised identities aren’t beyond criticism when writing about toxic or damaging tropes.

Corinne Duyvis & the origins of #ownvoices and its original intentions.

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alisa: the news, the weather & PhD stuff
Tansy: In Other Worlds, Sarah Rees Brennan; A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson

Check out Tansy moonlighting on the Fangirl Happy Hour podcast!

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 – which now includes access to the ever so exclusive GS Slack – and don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!

Sheep Might Fly: The Bromancers Episode 15

EPISODE 15: Sage & the Bro Trip
It’s the end… but Sage still has a song to write, a band to unite, and some bromantic goals to unlock.
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Yes, this is the final episode of the epic witchy rock band music festival bromance adventure podcast extravaganza. The Bromancers is COMPLETE. There will be more Fake Geek Girl shenanigans next year. Next week, you have questions! Ask me anything and I will reply in a special Tansy Writing Q&A episode of Sheep Might Fly.

My patrons will receive The Bromancers ebook in early September, and the general public will be able to purchase it in October. Thanks for listening.

If you missed them:
EPISODE ONE: Hebe Plans For Failure
EPISODE TWO: Sage Says 10 out of 10, Would Break Up With Again
EPISODE THREE: True Bromance, Mei-Style
EPISODE FOUR: Hebe Is Unexpectedly House Proud
EPISODE FIVE: Whatever Happened To Miss Juniper Cresswell, gentlewoman and cellist?
EPISODE SIX: Sage To The Rescue!
EPISODE SEVEN: Mei Makes a List!
EPISODE EIGHT: Hebe and the Very Big, Completely Fine No Big Deal
EPISODE NINE: The Secret Diary of Miss Juniper Cresswell, Under New Management
EPISODE TEN: Sage Can’t Solve All His Problems With Coffee
EPISODE ELEVEN: Holly’s Resting Witch Face
EPISODE TWELVE: Sage Has Never Taken A Boy Home Before, But Don’t Start Thinking This Means Anything, OK?
EPISODE THIRTEEN: Hebe & the Fangirls
EPISODE FOURTEEN: The Intimate Thoughts of Miss Juniper Cresswell, cellist and committed Bromancers fangirl.

You can listen to the first two Belladonna University stories, Fake Geek Girl & Unmagical Boy Story, on the Sheep Might Fly podcast.

Fake Geek Girl (Belladonna University #1) is also available as a free ebook.
Unmagical Boy Story (Belladonna University #2) is available for sale from Kindle, Kobo, iBooks & more.

You can sign up to my author newsletter for updates, follow me on Twitter at @tansyrr or @sheepmightfly, find me on Facebook at TansyRRBooks, and if you like this podcast consider supporting me at Patreon where you can receive all kinds of cool rewards and exclusive stories.

In July, all Patreon supporters at $2+ per month received a download of an exclusive Fake Geek Girl prequel story, The Alchemy of Fine! New supporters can download this story at any time.

Comment on this post with any questions you want Tansy to answer in an upcoming Q&A episode of Sheep Might Fly!

Sheep Might Fly: The Bromancers Episode 14

EPISODE FOURTEEN: The Intimate Thoughts of Miss Juniper Cresswell, cellist and committed Bromancers fangirl.

Finally it’s time for the housemates & the band to take a break and watch the finale of their favourite geeky show. Will shirts come off? Will ships be sunk? Who’s getting kissed?

Our favourite witchy rock band, Fake Geek Girl, are road-tripping to a magical music festival in a wi-fi free zone on the same weekend that the season finale of their favourite TV show drops. Can they avoid spoilers? Can Hebe, Holly, Juniper & Sage camp in tents for three days without murdering each other? Can coffee really fix EVERYTHING including missing band members, messy relationship drama and obsessive fan shenanigans?

Friendship is magic, but if you pile too much friendship on top of too much magic over one weekend, the results are bound to be explosive.

If you missed them:
EPISODE ONE: Hebe Plans For Failure
EPISODE TWO: Sage Says 10 out of 10, Would Break Up With Again
EPISODE THREE: True Bromance, Mei-Style
EPISODE FOUR: Hebe Is Unexpectedly House Proud
EPISODE FIVE: Whatever Happened To Miss Juniper Cresswell, gentlewoman and cellist?
EPISODE SIX: Sage To The Rescue!
EPISODE SEVEN: Mei Makes a List!
EPISODE EIGHT: Hebe and the Very Big, Completely Fine No Big Deal
EPISODE NINE: The Secret Diary of Miss Juniper Cresswell, Under New Management
EPISODE TEN: Sage Can’t Solve All His Problems With Coffee
EPISODE ELEVEN: Holly’s Resting Witch Face
EPISODE TWELVE – Sage Has Never Taken A Boy Home Before, But Don’t Start Thinking This Means Anything, OK?
EPISODE THIRTEEN: Hebe & the Fangirls

You can listen to the first two Belladonna University stories, Fake Geek Girl & Unmagical Boy Story, right here on Sheep Might Fly.

Fake Geek Girl (Belladonna University #1) is also available as a free ebook.
Unmagical Boy Story (Belladonna University #2) is available for sale from Kindle, Kobo, iBooks & more.

Thanks for listening to Sheep Might Fly. You can sign up to my author newsletter for updates, follow me on Twitter at @tansyrr or @sheepmightfly, find me on Facebook at TansyRRBooks, and if you like this podcast consider supporting me at Patreon where you can receive all kinds of cool rewards and exclusive stories.

In July, all Patreon supporters at $2+ per month received a download of an exclusive Fake Geek Girl prequel story, The Alchemy of Fine! New supporters can download this story at any time.

Comment on this post with any questions you want Tansy to answer in an upcoming Q&A episode of Sheep Might Fly!

Galactic Suburbia Ep 173: Show Notes

In which Alisa & Tansy keep the home fires burning for Alex with Hugo chat, Aussie politics and more.

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WHAT’S NEW ON THE INTERNET/WHAT DO WE CARE ABOUT THIS WEEK?

Huuuuuugoos!
For the stat badgers among you: The Nomination Stats & The Winner Stats

Patterns Around Octavia Butler (Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler)

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alisa: Politics abroad & at home; The Wanderers
Tansy: Torchwood The Aliens Among Us (Big Finish Audio); The Worst Witch (Netflix)

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 – which now includes access to the ever so exclusive GS Slack – and don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!