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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Sheep Might Fly: Fake Geek Girl Part 8 Show Notes

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode of Sheep Might Fly!

You can listen now to Episode 8 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 8, Hurt/Comfort and Holly, the lead singer of Fake Geek Girl writes a revealing email to their former bandmate and Tansy learns that it’s very hard to convey crossed-out words in a spoken word podcast. Fun times!

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Galactic Suburbia Spoilerific: The Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan Edition

gentleman jole  red queenNew Episode available for streaming and download! In which Tansy & Alex take apart the joyous wonder that is the latest Lois McMaster Bujold novel: Gentleman Jole & the Red Queen.

Discussed:
The Terrible Title
The Vorkosigan Saga So Far (with particular reference to Shards of Honour & Barrayar, with plenty of spoilers for All The Key Moments involving the Vorkosigan family)
Uterine Replicators and Their Social Implications
Older Women in Space (send us your Space Grannies story recs!)
Space Opera as Social History
Triad Marriages and Alternative Parenting Models
The Changing Roles of Mothers and Grandmothers with an extended lifespan
Oliver Jole as unusual male hero: how often do we see books about men choosing between career advancement and having children?
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17. Margaret Brundage & Weird Tales [SF Women of the 20th Century]

sheller brundage 5-thumb-305x467-112372A trained fashion designer and illustrator who studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, bohemian artist Brundage brought her portfolio to Weird Tales, “the magazine of the bizarre and the unusual” in the hope of finding something more interesting – and colourful – to work on than black and white fashion sketches. After trying her hand at a couple of covers for their publication Oriental Stories, she went on to become the most prolific cover artist of Weird Tales in the 1930’s. She produced 66 original covers for the magazine in total, with a period between 1933 and 1936 when she was the sole cover art for an uninterrupted run of 36 covers.

Brundage specialised in the popular SF artistic trope damsel in distress: the majority of her covers feature a glamorous, swooning maiden in skimpy, sensual attire, often clinging to a ‘hero’ while under attack from an alien, or otherworldly monster – or, just as often, tussling seductively with another woman. Brundage’s content often inspired complaints for its sexual nature; these complaints only increased when it was revealed in 1934 that “M. Brundage” was a woman.

There is a soft, dreamlike quality to Brundage’s work, which often dips into the surreal (as is entirely appropriate for the ‘weird’ nature of the stories in the magazine). She worked in pastels, which provided a lovely range of gentle colours and textures, and were very much responsible for the “look” of the magazine, still strongly remembered today for its memorable covers.

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Random Act of Fiction! The Egyptian Androsphinx

One of my high-end Patreon rewards is the Random Act of Fiction, where I will write a micro-story featuring your name and the mythological beast of your choice.

This month, I posted (snail mail!) the first of these out to Marina (Min) Anderson, who is one of the marvellous people who supports my Patreon at the Deluxe Super Special Queen-Emperor of Glorious Patronage Level, the very best of levels, including all the rewards of various other levels combined.

Min nominated the sphinx – particularly the Egyptian Androsphinx, for her pet story!

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Sheep Might Fly: Fake Geek Girl Part 7 Show Notes

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode of Sheep Might Fly!

You can listen now to Episode 7 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 7, Sage’s Coffee Shop AU, it’s Sage vs the Skinny Goth Waiter, and Hebe, and the rest of the band. He’s got some life-changing wisdom to share, but drummer heal thyself!

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Coming Soon to a Pirate Ship Near You!

Fablecroft are repackaging my first 2 novels, Splashdance Silver and Liquid Gold, with a gorgeous omnibus cover by Tania Walker, who also provided the art for the release of Ink Black Magic, the third in the series. Yes, Splashdance Silver and Liquid Gold will be available again in print as well as e-book format!

This is particularly good news for Tansy completionists who have struggled to find copies of the ‘yes the print run was a lot shorter’ Liquid Gold paperback. And also good news for me, because PRETTY COVER.

The Mocklore Chronicles are funny, fast-paced fantasy adventure novels about Kassa Daggersharp, daughter of a pirate captain and a legendary witch, and her crew of scoundrels and traitors. The books contain magical environmental concerns, a flying pirate ship (and, completely separately, a flying pirate sheep), a bunch of ancient history jokes and some really great frocks. Oh, and killer canaries.

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Friday Links Provides the Recipe

bittyI’ve been mildly obsessed with pie-baking over the last few months (thanks largely to watching far too many seasons of Supernatural in a very short time frame, good thing I’m not also going around shooting ghosts with rock salt) – and fans of the Livia Day books will be pleased to know that Tabitha has been likewise engaged! Mmm, pie.

Our friend Alexis had a Game of Thrones Murder themed party for his 40th a few weeks ago, and I happily dived into the Game of Thrones themed cooking blog. I went looking for Sansa Stark’s lemon cakes and came out clutching a strawberry pie recipe to die for! I especially love the thyme in the pastry. For the party, I made these as mini pies with pastry hearts on top (it was Valentine’s Day!) and I think they worked even better than the full sized pie I tried a few days later – the combination of strawberries and lemon curd is VERY sweet, so little mouthfuls work better. But oh! *dreamy sigh*

Speaking of pie and emotions, there were some major developments in Check! Please this week, one of my favourite current webcomics. Year Two of the story of Bitty, a tiny gay pie-baking, vlogging-and-tweeting hockey player navigating the weird world of bros and frathouse living at a very LGBT-friendly college, finished up with three updates and Major Boy Kissing. Fansquee was probably heard from Mars. If you haven’t been reading this comic, now is a great time to get started!

Jim C Hines wrote a great article for Uncanny Magazine, Men of Their Times, which addresses the common refrain we hear when trying to point out the extreme racism (or other problematic behaviour) of historical figures such as Lovecraft who are held up as icons of our field. I love articles like this, which mean you no longer have to argue certain points when the topic comes up on the internet (in this case: that you can’t judge people from the past for their racism, or how they expressed it, because history is super racist), you can just post a link, drop the mic and get on with your day.

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This Month On The Blog: February 2016

Mary_Wollstonecraft_by_John_Opie_1797The two big Australian SF Awards released their shortlists this month! Thank you to everyone who nominated me for the Ditmars – I’m up for several categories, continuing my ongoing deep and meaningful relationship with the William Atheling in particular. I’m also delighted have “Fake Geek Girl” nominated in the novelette category. Over at the Aurealis Awards, they’ve put in some new short fiction categories, and launched the brand new Sara Douglass Book Series Award – which has my Creature Court trilogy on the shortlist!

Congrats to all the nominees, it’s always fun when award season comes around.

Friday Links has Fearless Optimism

SF Women of the 20th Century:
16. Anne McCaffrey & The Rowan

Great Ladies of History:
Mary Vindicated: The Life & Politics of Mary Wollstonecraft

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