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Galactic Suburbia Episode 167 Show Notes

In which we launch new projects and Discover a new/old love for Star Trek. Bet you didn’t know how much we love Star Trek.

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What’s new on the internet?

Nebula Weekend means awards and other announcements!

Tansy announces the impending Kickstarter for Mother of Invention: A speculative fiction anthology of diverse, challenging stories about gender & artificial intelligence.

Alex reveals the cover of Luminescent Threads, the new book about Octavia Butler coming soon from Twelfth Planet Press.

Continuum Preview! Check out the program, because we’re all over it. The whole GalSub team will be at Melbourne for this year’s Continuum — if you’re planning to be there, block off three hours for our Galactic Suburbia-and-Twelfth Planet Press extravaganza including a fundraising bake sale and a pre-launch party for Luminescent Threads. (It’s like a baby shower but for a book, and you don’t have to bring gifts)

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alisa: Santa Clarita Diet S1; Anne with an E; Luminescent Threads edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal, Twin Peaks.

Alex: Moana; Doctor Strange; Arrow; For the Love of Spock; Silent Invasion, James Bradley

Tansy: Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief; The Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells; The Sarah Jane Adventures (check out Tansy’s appearance on the Sarah Jane themed Splendid Chaps here)

All of us: Star Trek Discovery Trailer! We have a lot of feels.

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June is Coming.

Things I am doing in June:

1. Kickstarting Mother of Invention with Rivqa Rafael & Twelfth Planet Press
This one is such a passion project for me, I can’t wait to get stuck into all those stories about robots and hyper-intelligent computers and gender and feelings. It’s the most ambitious crowdfunding project I’ve ever been even tangentially involved with, so. Excitement.

2. New Product Line at Alice & Austen
I’ve been building up inventory for my new literary gift shop over this year. May brought the new Shakespeare line, including a William Shakespeare Deepings Doll, finger puppets and hand-stitched bookmarks among other things. June is all about Alice — specifically this one gorgeous Alice in Wonderland design by Kathleen Jennings. Pre-orders are underway now for silk scarves and art pouches featuring these beautiful illustrations. I really hope this line is a success because I want to be able to produce MORE Kathleen art as pretty gifts. We all know that she would happily draw Jane Austen characters all the live-long day, so it would be cool to make that happen. Pre-order discounts for The Alice Scarf & The Alice Art Pouch apply until 16 June. Those ordering the Alice Bundle before 31 May get a free gift.

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Justice League America 27: Mindsnap (June 1989)

THE PACKAGING: JLI trade vol 4

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Mike McKone (Pencils), Dick Giordiano (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor) Kevin Dooley (Assistant Editor)

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, Batman, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner,) Fire, Ice, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle (Scott Free), with Maxwell Lord & Oberon in civilian support.

GUEST STARS: Amanda Waller of the Suicide Squad. Nabu AKA Kent Nelson AKA sometimes Dr Fate. A teeny bit of Big Barda.

THE STORY: A still-wounded Oberon visits Amanda Waller, convincing her to break the mind-conditioning on Blue Beetle. Batman is suspicious of Waller and this proves to be correct — she makes two crucial errors which serve to reactivate Beetle’s “possession” so that he physically attacks her and then triggers an Azrael block, which knocks him into a full coma.

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Sheep Might Fly: The Bromancers Episode 1

We’re starting a brand new fiction serial on the Sheep Might Fly podcast this week! The Bromancers (Belladonna University #3) continues the adventures of Hebe & Holly Hallow, Sage, Juniper and the rest of the Fake Geek Girl extended share house family.

THE BROMANCERS
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.

EPISODE ONE: Hebe Plans For Failure

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.

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Justice League Europe #2: Somebody Up There Hates Us

THE PACKAGING: Justice League International trade Vol Five

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Captain Atom, Power Girl, Metamorpho, the Flash (Wally West), Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), Animal Man (Buddy Baker), Rocket Red (Dmitri Pushkin), with Catherine Cobert and Sue Dibny in civilian support. Wonder Woman is mysteriously missing already! She was gonna be “part-time”, remember?

GUEST STARS: Wild Huntsman, Rising Sun, Tuatara, Owl Woman, Jack O’Lantern

THE STORY: Captain Atom sums up the plot so far (dead Nazi, mob uprising), and the team splits into groups to cover more ground.

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Sheep Might Fly: Death at the Dragon Circus Part 6

New episode is up!

Final episode of Death at the Dragon Circus: Part 6, In Which Kurt Already Has A Job.
This serial is now complete! Those of you who hate waiting between cliffhangers may listen at your leisure.

They used to be the Hammer and the Dove, a ruthless pair of living weapons for hire. Now they have reinvented themselves as Kurt and Inga Frostad, searching for all the key ingredients of a fresh start: a home, a community, a job that doesn’t require them to kill people. The Dragon Circus may be exactly what they need, as long as their old life doesn’t catch up with them…

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Podcastmania & Big Announcements

I’m everywhere this week!

First, I guested on Terry Frost’s long-running Paleo Cinema Podcast, talking about my love of musicals. We looked at Calamity Jane AKA Doris Day Sings In A Lesbian Rom-Com, and Cabaret AKA Oh Shit The Political Situation Looks Very Familiar But At Least Liza Minelli is Luminous.

We had so much fun, we talked for nearly 2 hours.

Today, I appear on a brand new Australian podcast, Comics Watchtower, in which Jeremy chats to Australian authors about their love of comics and how comics have influenced their work. Jeremy is a fun interviewer and we had a great talk about Batgirl, superheroes in YA novels and diversity in comics.

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Justice League America #26: Slice & Dice or: There’s Something Very Wrong With Blue Beetle (May 1989)

THE PACKAGING: Volume 4 of the JLI trade, but take another look at that issue title — we’re not Justice League International any more! Or rather, JLI has become an umbrella brand, covering Justice League America (the continuing main title) and Justice League Europe. There will be more spin-offs to come! This is the first time that we have had a Justice League America title without a tiny ‘of’ popped in there, which helps distinguish this iteration from the Silver Age years.

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Guy Gardner, Fire, Oberon, Blue Beetle, Maxwell Lord, J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter and to everyone’s surprise, Batman. Is he still a member, or a guest star? He’s certainly acting like he owns the place…

GUEST STARS: Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), and a mysterious voice on the phone.

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Sheep Might Fly: Death at the Dragon Circus Part 5

New episode is up! Death at the Dragon Circus: Part 5, In Which Kurt Has A Type

They used to be the Hammer and the Dove, a ruthless pair of living weapons for hire. Now they have reinvented themselves as Kurt and Inga Frostad, searching for all the key ingredients of a fresh start: a home, a community, a job that doesn’t require them to kill people. The Dragon Circus may be exactly what they need, as long as their old life doesn’t catch up with them…


PREVIOUS EPISODES:

Part 1: In Which Inga Was Not Expecting Dragons
Part 2: In Which Inga Learns To Fly
Part 3: In Which Brennan is Not a Civilian
Part 4, In Which Fin Needs A Friend

This novella was recently published in the ClanDestine anthology And Then: The Great Big Book Of Awesome Adventure Tales.

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Galactic Suburbia 166

New Episode!

In which we debate the all important question, how much zombie vomit is too much zombie vomit?

WHAT’S NEW ON THE INTERNET

Clarke Award Shortlist

The End of Tropes Vs Women

Sleeping With Monsters Book coming soon!

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alisa: Rogue One, Santa Clarita Diet

Tansy: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Beauty & the Beast, Legion Ep 1, “Making the Magic Lightning Strike Me,” John Chu in Uncanny Magazine

Alex: The Dark Forest, Cixin Liu; Gemina, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff; The Glass Universe, Dava Sobel; other people’s culture consumed (Asher, Kathryn, Meredith)

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!