Galactic Suburbia Episode 176 Show Notes

In which we read books, make books and regender books. Get the episode here!

WHAT’S NEW ON THE INTERNET?

The D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award

Luminescent Threads shout-out in Den of Geek’s Holiday Book Guide

Tansy’s regendered Frankenstein podcast: Frankentastic!

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alisa: makes the books for Twelfth Planet Press
Alex: Nexus; Blacklist on netflix; Provenance, Ann Leckie; Terra Nullius, Claire G Coleman
Tansy: Send your recs for farm/small town family themed romance novels to @tansyrr on Twitter. Fandom for Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad on Uncanny Magazine, the great rereading/regendering of Frankenstein, the Creature Court project

GENERAL CHATTER:
Patreon! How it works for authors, and what they do differently.

… Patreon discussion…
Sandstone @quartzen discussed why she supports an author’s Patreon and what she likes to get in return.

Check out Tansy’s Patreon!
We also recommend the Patreon pages of Seanan McGuire & Kameron Hurley

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: Did We Break The End of the World Part 5

It’s the penultimate episode!

“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.

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

Also check out my new podcast, Frankentastic, a regendered reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

If you missed it:

Did We Break The End of the World Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

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.

Favourite Read: Tam Lin (and The Piper)

Over and over I tell people that one of my favourite books to read and reread is Tam Lin by Pamela Dean. This gorgeous story of book reading, faerie lore, haunted buildings and crunchy autumn leaves, is the book that basically ruined university for me before I even got there, because the real experience could never compete with the haze of nostalgic Shakespeare-adoration.

[Reader: I became a Classics student. I regret nothing.]

Tam Lin is a historical novel about being a liberal arts student in the 1970’s, falling in love with your university, first boyfriends, best friends, theatre, birth control, and oh, fairies. The magical elements of this novel is such a slow boil that the you get past the middle of the story before the frog is even warmed up, but oh it’s worth the wait.

I read it in my teens and over and over through adulthood. It must be a good 13 years since I read it last (my big rereading binge when I was pregnant with my eldest) but I’m starting to feel that it’s time again… even if I basically know every word and scene and character by heart.

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Sheep Might Fly: Did We Break The End of the World Part 4

Get the new episode here!

“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.

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

Also check out my new podcast, Frankentastic, a regendered reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

If you missed it:

Did We Break The End of the World Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

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.

Sheep Might Fly: Did We Break The End of the World Part 3

Stream or download the new episode here!

“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.

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!

Also check out my new podcast, Frankentastic, a regendered reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

If you missed it:

Did We Break The End of the World Part 1
Part 2

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

Stream or download this episode now!
“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.

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!

If you missed it:

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).