Galactic Suburbia 79

Alex & Tansy discuss the Stella, the Shadows, behaving badly on the internet, criticising criticism of the Hugo criticism, and whether the suck fairy has visited Farscape, the Star Wars Thrawn trilogy, or The Mists of Avalon.

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The Stella Prize announced its winner last night at a glittery ceremony. Carrie Tiffany won the $50,000 prize for her second novel Mateship with Birds and promptly gave back $10,000 to be awarded to her fellow shortlistees. Classy!

Australian Shadows Award – and the skulls go to…

Seanan McGuire talks about perceptions about self-promotion and the Hugos
We also wanted to draw attention to the post Seanan linked to, “Language Myth #6 – Women Talk Too Much.” Particularly this quote by Dale Spender:

“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”

Hugh Howey – The Bitch from Worldcon post

In response: Tobias Buckell – Don’t Punch Down

Chronos Awards – for SF & Fantasy professional & fan works coming out of the state of Victoria.

Eisner Award shortlists
– nice to see Saga & Hawkeye nominated, but Tansy particularly wants to draw people’s attention to the categories for comics & graphic novels aimed at children.

Mind Meld – favourite women writers in genre

(Also – books you savour vs books you devour)

Culture Consumed

ALEX: Farscape season 1; Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command, Timothy Zahn; Rapture, by Kameron Hurley; Sky is Calling, The Impossible Girl (Kickstarted album)

TANSY: Game of Thrones Season 2; Swordspoint the audiobook, The Mists of Avalon, Coode Street Podcast episode 140 featuring Nalo Hopkinson.

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One reply

  1. Another great episode. I had read the Hugh Howey post, someone linked to a cached copy. The woman he was talking about was young, rude and socially inept but he also showed a remarkable lack of foresight in choosing to add a gender based slur to that mix. I think her behavior spoke for itself, no need to embellish it.

    Still waiting for Season 2 of GOT to turn up at my library.

    I concur with Alisa on the why punch at all.

    I wanted to ask your (the collective you) opinion on the use of Social capital – this is tied in with the Seanan McGuire point.

    At what point are authors with big followings obligated to spread the love specifically in relation to promoting other authors in relation to events like the hugos, and on a related tangent can we really quantify someone’s influence, and do you think that there are different expectations of men and women with this social capital.

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