Galactic Suburbia Episode 130 Show Notes

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In Which We Have High Expectations Of What Lies Beyond Equality, but in the meantime there’s Party Down.

We apologise for the sound quality of this episode, which had a few glitches that even the Silent Producer could not magic away, notably Alisa’s emergency phone call which the mike occasionally picks up. (Everything’s fine now)

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Mind Meld w/ Tansy & Tehani – Books That Made Me Love SFF

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Scandal S1 and S2; Party Down S1 and S2; Coode St Podcast Ep 251: Kristine Kathryn Rusch and women in SF; The Serial Dynasty podcast

Tansy: House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard; Alias by Brian Michael Bendis ( reread leading up to the show on Nov 20), SHIELD 50th Anniversary comics – Mockingbird [woo since we recorded this they announced it was going to series with the same writer!], [Don’t call her] The Cavalry, Agent Carter, Fury, Quake

Alex: Aurora: Beyond Equality; Up the Walls of the World, James Tiptree Jr; Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, Samuel Delany

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Issue #1 – 50 Years of SHIELD: Quake

Quake - S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary 001-000Title: Quake: SHIELD 50th Anniversary #1

Writers: Patrick Kindlon & Matthew Rosenberg

Artists: Daniel Warren Johnson, Jason Keith (color), David Nakayama (cover)

The Buzz: SHIELD is 50 years old! To celebrate, Marvel have put out a series of one-shot comics in honour of five iconic SHIELD agents, combining mythos from the Agents of SHIELD & Agent Carter TV shows, and from the comics themselves. The characters in question are Mockingbird, Melinda May, Quake, Peggy Carter and Nick Fury – though there are also cameos and guest appearances from many others.

All You Need To Know: In the comics, Daisy Johnson (Quake) is the daughter of a super-villain, and one of (old, original) Nick Fury’s protegees. She is a top-level SHIELD agent who, despite her young age, took over from Fury as Director of SHIELD. In the TV series Agents of SHIELD, cheerful hacker Skye (no last name) appeared to be an original character with no ties to Marvel continuity until the middle of Season 2, in which her exposure to alien technology gave her earthquake-like powers, marking her as an Inhuman, and her long-lost supervillain father revealed that her real name was Daisy…

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Issue #1 – 50 Years of SHIELD: (Don’t Call Her…) The Cavalry

cavalryTitle: (Don’t Call Her…) The Cavalry: SHIELD 50th Anniversary #1

Writer: Jody Houser

Artist: Luke Ross (art), Rachelle Rosenberg (color)

The Buzz: SHIELD is 50 years old! To celebrate, Marvel have put out a series of lovely one-shot comics in honour of five iconic SHIELD agents, combining mythos from the Agents of SHIELD TV show and from the comics themselves. The characters in question are Mockingbird, Melinda May, Quake, Peggy Carter and Nick Fury – though there are also cameos and guest appearances from many others. The writer of this one, Jody Houser, is making her Marvel debut – after appearing in indie projects such as Womanthology, she has been writing the Orphan Black comic for IDW since early this year.

All You Need To Know: Melinda May is one of the best things about the Agents of SHIELD TV show – a sharp, competent pilot and kickass lethal weapon of an action hero, played by 50+ actor Ming-Na Wen. She has recently been included in the Marvel comics universe via the ongoing SHIELD anthology series.

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Friday Links Loves The Gallifreyan Shopping Network

Xena_Eternal_Bonds20 years on (wow), the Mary Sue looks at some of the ways that Xena: Warrior Princess changed television. Also, a message from Lucy Lawless. Xena is the definitive best. Thank goodness for my DVD collection! She will never leave me.

A new Uncanny Magazine is out, and the article everyone’s talking about this week is Masculinity Is an Anxiety Disorder: Breaking Down the Nerd Box by David J Schwartz. There isn’t nearly enough intelligent discussion about toxic masculinity and its cultural influence, so this piece is definitely worth a look.

I’ve subscribed to Tremontaine, an upcoming fiction serial based in Ellen Kushner’s beautiful swashbuckling, queer-friendly Riverside, incorporating art by Kathleen Jennings and writing by Malinda Lo, Alaya Dawn Johnson and others. Come and join me, this is going to be fun! Here’s Kathleen talking about her artistic process.

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Issue #1 – 50 Years of SHIELD: Mockingbird

mockingbirdTitle: Mockingbird: SHIELD 50th Anniversary #1

Writer: Chelsea Cain

Artist: Joelle Jones

The Buzz: SHIELD is 50 years old! To celebrate, Marvel have put out a series of lovely one-shot comics in honour of five iconic SHIELD agents, combining mythos from the Agents of SHIELD TV show and from the comics themselves. The characters in question are Mockingbird, Melinda May, Quake, Peggy Carter and Nick Fury – though there are also cameos and guest appearances from many others. Yes, Hawkeye and Black Widow are adorable, but they already have their own books in which to be great. A lot of the media enthusiasm about this mini-series came from the focus on female characters, many of whom have never helmed their own solo titles – and introducing some new female writers to the Marvel stable too, in this case Chelsea Cain, a New York Times bestselling thriller novelist. Her interview about how she got the gig is kind of amazing, especially when she laughs at the idea of coming into comics by traditional means and squees about the joy of getting to give Bobbi her own story.

joelle mockingbirdAll You Need To Know: In the comics, Barbara “Bobbi” Morse AKA Mockingbird AKA Agent 19 is a biochemist turned spy and occasional Avenger/Secret Avenger, known for her professional/personal partnership with ex-husband Clint Barton (Hawkeye), for fighting with a bo-staff (which separates into 2 batons) and for coming back from the dead – most recently, thanks to the Super Soldier Serum. In the Agents of SHIELD TV show, Bobbi Morse is a SHIELD agent who joined Coulson’s indie team in Season 2 after a long term undercover operation at the heart of Hydra. She is the ex-wife of British mercenary and SHIELD recruit Lance Hunter, presumably because they couldn’t afford to include Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye in the show. She’s played by Adrianne Palicki, and so far the show has not debunked my personal headcanon that Bobbi is the new identity that Tyra from Friday Night Lights constructed for herself after she graduated college.

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7. C.L. Moore & “No Woman Born” [SF Women of the 20th Century]

Catherine_Lucille_MooreCatherine Lucille (“C.L.”) Moore is one of the most prolific female writers of the pulp magazine era of science fiction – her most active period being from the 1930’s through to the late 50’s. She was married to Henry Kuttner, another active writer of the period, and the two often collaborated on their work which was published under a wide variety of male pseudonyms (including Lewis Padgett and Laurence O’Donnell in Astounding Science Fiction) as well as their own names. (Indeed, they first met after Kuttner wrote a fan letter to Moore in appreciation of her work – the ultimate writerly romance connection!)

Moore’s first story “Shambleau,” is a vampire planetary romance set on Mars published in Weird Tales (1933). Its protagonist, the hero Northwest Smith, was a central figure of many of her stories. Perhaps her most iconic work, the Jirel of Joiry stories, helped to shape the sword-and-sorcery subgenre and are credited as the first fantasy series with a female hero as protagonist.

In 1944, Moore’s story “No Woman Born” was published in Astounding. Often cited as the first cyborg story, it has a great deal to say about perceptions of beauty and femininity which are still all too relevant today.

Deirdre, a beautiful and successful performer, dies tragically in a theatre fire and is brought back within an exquisite body of golden metal by a robotics specialist, Maltzer, at the behest her manager, Harris. These two men obsess over Deirdre’s body and her existence in minute detail, greatly concerned that she intends to relaunch her career as an actress, dancer and singer.

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The Epic Robotech Rewatch!

ep31_kamjin_celebratesIt’s finally finished! 85 episodes, 67 posts of mecha world-ending alien romancey goodness. The Zentraedi, the Robotech Masters, the Invid, oh my! Come and re-experience the cheesy glee of Minmei’s music, Rick’s failtastic lovelife, Max and Miriya’s crazy courtship, Admiral Gloval’s accent, Dana Sterling’s hovertank, and a whole mess of dirtbikes.

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6. Wendy Froud & Yoda [SF Women of the 20th Century]

Froud, Brian, Wendy's dollsWendy Froud is a celebrated dollmaker, puppeteer and artist. She’s primarily known and recognised for her fantasy work, including puppetry created for several Henson productions, including The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Her work has been featured in several books by Terri Windling, and her solo book The Art of Wendy Froud was published by Imaginosis in 2006.

Wendy came to mind when I first thought about writing these posts, because she’s an artist who works in three dimensions, and also because being married to a famous artist, Brian Froud, often means that she gets mentioned in the field as an ‘and’ instead of as a creator in her own right.

Hmm, I thought, I’d love to write about her work in Labyrinth, but that’s fantasy. Should I include her anyway, given that I’ve just been listening to a podcast talking about how women who write fantasy get excluded from conversations about science fiction, and men who write fantasy don’t?
Sure, or I could do a bit of research and see if she’s contributed to any science fictional art project…


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Robotech Rewatch 67: Where In The Universe Is Admiral Hunter?

Okay everybody up. Robotech is back! (one last time)

dark finaleChapter 84: Dark Finale

The penultimate episode of classic Robotech presents the shadow fighters of the Robotech Expeditionary Force, preparing to launch an attack on Reflex Point. But the really exciting thing is that everyone has totally been telegraphing the imminent return of Rick Hunter. Any minute now.

“Any sign of Admiral Hunter yet?”
“No sir, no indication at all.”

It turns out that Admiral Hunter’s group failed to come through space fold in time, so they’re going to launch the invasion without him. Oh no! They must be saving his cameo until the very final episode, to maximise its impact.

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Issue #1: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps

carol corpTitle: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #1

Writer: Kelly Sue Deconnick & Kelly Thompson

Artist: David Lopez

The Buzz: This was one of the Secret War/Battleworld original comics that I saw most excitement about, largely because of the massive cultural mileage that Kelly Sue Deconnick and Captain Marvel have with the comics-reading community right now. We were promised 1940’s retro shenanigans, and a diverse, all-female flying squad! Co-writer Kelly Thompson brings her own cool cred thanks to the general amazingness of Jem and the Holograms.

All You Need To Know: Ugh, Battleworld. You know the drill by now. All the Marvel universes have been destroyed, only Battleworld remains, each barony represents a fragment of the multi-verse, Doom is in charge of everything and oh yes, it’s all policed by the Thors.

Story: This reads like really great Captain Marvel fanfic! The team are a fun bunch, the language and dialogue comes off well, and Carol is at the heart of it all, solving the mystery and kicking the butt. As with A-Force, I can’t help feeling wistful that this doesn’t get to be a fully original not-tied-to-weird-continuity story (like the old DC Elseworlds which were completely independent alternate worlds), but I like the questions that the characters are asking about the whole Battleworld scenario. The tie-in with Thors is particularly intriguing, with little Kit, Carol’s fangirl from the original series, all grown up and Thorred. I hope very much that some of these characters are integrated back into whatever we get when Battleworld is over!

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