Galactic Suburbia Episode 141

In which we stack up months of Culture Consumed into a glorious spiral tower of dubious structural integrity

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Alisa: Lois McMaster Bujold: Modern Master of Science Fiction, Edward James (and a bunch of Lois McMaster Bujold!)
Alex: Radiance, Catherynne M Valente
Tansy: The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar (reviewed in the latest Cascadia Subduction Zone)
Alisa: Bitch Magazine & Popoganda podcast
Alex: Extra(ordinary) People, Joanna Russ
Tansy: Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire IT’S A NOVELLA
Alex: Once Upon a Time season 1 & Alan Alda at the Press Club
Tansy: Agent Carter; yes all right, Orphan Black

(Tansy is now watching Orphan Black, alert the media! In other news, the silent producer has spoiled himself via the Galactic Suburbia Orphan Black Spoilerifics – you can too! Season One, Season Two)

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Sheep Might Fly: Glass Slipper Scandal Part 2

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew Sheep Might Fly episode update! Listen now on iTunes (or your own favourite podcast app). You can stream, download & follow Sheep Might Fly on Podbean.

GLASS SLIPPER SCANDAL

Charming is a kingdom where fairy tales come true, which has been bad news for its troubled royal family, but good news for the gutter press that thrives on the scandals and gossip provided by their teenage Princes Gone Wild. Kai is a rookie reporter at the Charming Herald. Dennis is a new Royal Hound, charged with protecting the self-destructive princes from disaster.

Disaster arrives in a pumpkin coach… The story of the century is wearing glass slippers… and Castle Charming will never be the same again.

PART 2: SMASHING PRINCESSES PARADE IN PUMPKINS!

The princesses start rolling in (literally) for the first event of the Season – and the quills report Live From Castle Charming. Who is the Princess Most Likely To Stab You In Your Sleep?

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Sheep Might Fly: Glass Slipper Scandal Part 1

Flying Sheep Show NotesWe’re starting a brand new serial on Sheep Might Fly! This is the first of a planned series of several “Castle Charming” stories with these characters.

GLASS SLIPPER SCANDAL

Charming is a kingdom where fairy tales come true, which has been bad news for its troubled royal family, but good news for the gutter press that thrives on the scandals and gossip provided by their teenage Princes Gone Wild. Kai is a rookie reporter at the Charming Herald. Dennis is a new Royal Hound, charged with protecting the self-destructive princes from disaster.

Disaster arrives in a pumpkin coach… The story of the century is wearing glass slippers… and Castle Charming will never be the same again.

Part 1: CASTLE CHARMING AFLUTTER FOR AUTUMNAL FLING! (WHO WILL MARRY OUR PRINCES GONE WILD?)

It’s the first day of the Season! Kai and Dennis start new jobs, as the Charming Herald and the Doghouse batten their hatches for the annual invasion of eligible princesses.

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The Secret Lives of Friday Links

rapunzelTwo amazing and thought-provoking essays about the changing face of technology:

The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens chronicles the rise and fall of teen entrepreneurs who built effective Tumblr networks and monetised them. Yep, this is what the new generation is doing when you think they’re just ‘spending all their time on the internet:’ dominating their own realms of social media.

At the Toast, a love letter to the era that was Livejournal, a time when we wrote intensely personal diaries for public performance.

Kate Elliott’s tour-de-force essay on Writing Women Characters into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas

Deb Biancotti on the Appeal of Icy, Remote Research Stations. Buy her new book!

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This Month on the Blog: March 2016

mocklore-omnibusFriday Links Provides the Recipe

Coming Home To a Pirate Near You! (cover reveal & announcement that my debut novel Splashdance Silver & its sequel Liquid Gold will be published as an omnibus by Fablecroft) Update: the books are now available in the wild, Tehani was selling them at Contact last weekend!

Speaking of the weekend, I was delighted that Cranky Ladies of History and Galactic Suburbia both won Ditmars! Actually I was delighted with all the wins – with an extra shout out to the fabulous Glenda Larke who took out the inaugural Sara Douglass Series Award. Congrats to all finalists and winners!

Random Act of Fiction! The Egyptian Androsphinx

Margaret Brundage & Weird Tales [SF Women of the 20th Century #17] (the sexy pastel covers by a bohemian female artist in the 1930’s that defined the visual style of pulp SF for a generation)

Review: Black Widow #1 by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee

Review: Mockingbird #1 by Chelsea Cain & Kate Niemczyk

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Sheep Might Fly: Fake Geek Girl Part 10

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode of Sheep Might Fly!

You can listen now to Episode 10 on iTunes (or your own favourite podcast app, I hope), and also stream, download & follow Sheep Might Fly here on the Podbean site.

“Fake Geek Girl,” was originally published in Review of Australian Fiction Volume 14, Issue 4. You can buy the issue containing the story (along with a fantastic piece from Stephanie Lai) directly from their website.

Meet Fake Geek Girl, the band that plays nerdy songs at the university bar every Friday night, to a mixture of magical and non-magical students: lead singer Holly writes songs based on her twin sister Hebe’s love of geek culture though she doesn’t really understand it; drummer Sage is an explosive sorcerous genius obsessing over whether Holly’s about to quit the band to go mainstream; shy Juniper only just worked up the nerve to sing her own song in public and keeps a Jane Austen themed diary chronicling the lives and loves of her friends. When the mysterious, privileged Ferd joins their share house, everything starts to unravel…

In Part 10: Hebe and the Library Resource Cupboard of Doom, the sisters are forced to talk about their feelings, Sage is forced to witness the results and admit a few truth bombs of his own, and Holly defends her status as Fake Geek Girl with benefit. (also, she writes a song about it)

This is the last part, the story is now COMPLETE! Thanks so much for listening and tune in next week for a brand new serial, original to the podcast – Glass Slipper Scandal, which is about newspaper hacks, trashy pretty princes, gold-diggers and long-suffering bodyguards in a fairy tale kingdom.

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Issue #1: Mockingbird

Mockingbird_1_CoverTitle: Mockingbird #1 (2016)

Writer: Chelsea Cain

Artist: Kate Niemczyk

The Buzz: Last year, I raved about Chelsea Cain’s Mockingbird one-shot as part of the SHIELD anniversary – and I wasn’t the only one. Mockingbird/Agent 19/Bobbi Morse is a fantastic character with so much potential: scientist, secret agent, martial artist, Avenger. It doesn’t hurt that she is played with great dynamism by Adrienne Palicki on the Agents of SHIELD TV show. Until the recent one-shot, she has never had her own solo series, and I am so glad that Chelsea Cain has snatched Mockingbird to her bosom.

“I’m drawn to Bobbi because she’s a terrific character—she’s brainy and cool and confident, and quick with a quip,” she enthuses. “In fact it turns out we have a few traits in common. We’re not big sharers. We’re control freaks. And we’ve both been married to Clint Barton.  I mean, what are the odds?”

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Sheep Might Fly: Fake Geek Girl Part 9 Show Notes

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode of Sheep Might Fly!

You can listen now to Episode 9 on iTunes (or your own favourite podcast app, I hope), and also stream, download & follow Sheep Might Fly here on the Podbean site.

“Fake Geek Girl,” was originally published in Review of Australian Fiction Volume 14, Issue 4. You can buy the issue containing the story (along with a fantastic piece from Stephanie Lai) directly from their website.

Meet Fake Geek Girl, the band that plays nerdy songs at the university bar every Friday night, to a mixture of magical and non-magical students: lead singer Holly writes songs based on her twin sister Hebe’s love of geek culture though she doesn’t really understand it; drummer Sage is an explosive sorcerous genius obsessing over whether Holly’s about to quit the band to go mainstream; shy Juniper only just worked up the nerve to sing her own song in public and keeps a Jane Austen themed diary chronicling the lives and loves of her friends. When the mysterious, privileged Ferd joins their share house, everything starts to unravel…

In Part 9, A Gentlewitch’s guide to Saving the World, by Miss Juniper Cresswell, Esquire, our girl Juniper outlines her 13 step plan to prevent the band and its internal friendships from a messy implosion. Her secret weapon? Ferdinand Chauvelin. Her other secret weapons? Costume drama and cake.

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Galactic Suburbia Episode 139 Show notes

Rapunzel-CoverNew episode available for streaming or download.

In which all 3 of us celebrate 6 years of Galactic Suburbia with an excellent baby and variable cake. ALISA IS BACK THIS IS NOT A DRILL!

What’s new on the internet?

JK Rowling, Native American “magic” and cultural appropriation.
National Geographic outlines the issues.
An open letter to Jo Rowling on the Native Appropriations blog – why indigenous people are not magical creatures.

Nisi Shawl’s crash course in the history of black science fiction

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Issue #1: Black Widow

Black_Widow_1_CoverTitle: Black Widow #1 (2016)

Writer: Mark Waid & Chris Samnee

Artist: Chris Samnee

The Buzz: This creative team have just come off a highly celebrated run on Daredevil, and the previews for this run emphasised the commitment that the team have to working on Black Widow (who has herself just finished up a highly praised run by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto) as an old school spy adventure story.

All You Need To Know: Natasha Romanova/Romanoff is a former Soviet assassin, spy, Agent of SHIELD and Avenger, with a hint of ballerina and a drop or two of Super Soldier serum in her veins. She’s badass.

Story: This first issue is more of a statement of intent than a story: Natasha is on the run from her former allies at SHIELD, having stolen something important from them, and the entire first issue is dedicated to her getaway. It does for Black Widow what the pre-credits sequence of a Bond film is supposed to do, and it does it exceptionally well.

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