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Elsewhere on the Internet: interviews, reviews & pinteresting

Quite a lot of these, because I kept forgetting to blog all the me-centric links – first the recent ones:

Rowena Cory Daniells interviews the Galactic Suburbia team, including our silent producer.

A lovely review of Love and Romanpunk at Goodreads that made me smile.

And a few older ones:

The Australian Spec Fic Snapshot roundup of links – amazing work we managed this year, thanks largely to a much bigger pool of volunteers, who donated massive amounts of time and energy to pull it off. Hooray, especially to Tehani & Kathryn for organisation.

I reviewed Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan over at Last Short Story.

For those who missed it, Kirstyn McDermott of the Writer and the Critic produced this brilliant Twelve Planets podcast at Embiggen Books during the Continuum 8 convention weekend.

Far more likely to have been missed is this article on gender & genre in Australian publishing – a bunch of us female writers & editors in the Australian spec fic scene contributed to the article, which then appeared right when most of us were at the convention and thus forgot to link to it or plug it to our readers.

Meanwhile, on Pinterest, I’ve been curating up a storm, and am particularly proud of these recent boards:

Rogues Gallery (Villains Galore)
Because Blake’s 7
and many more

Snapshot 2012: John Richards

John Richards is a television writer, Doctor Who fan and a regular co-host on the popular TV podcast Boxcutters. With Josh Kinal, he won a Chronos Award for their Aussiecon IV presentation: a live recorded interview with Doctor Who writers Paul Cornell and Robert Shearman. You can find John (occasionally) at The Outland Institute. His 2012 ABC TV sitcom, “Outland,” about five gay science fiction fans (and packed with Dalek jokes) is available now on DVD.

1. Outland, your long awaited TV series about Australian gay SF fans, finally screened this year. What was the reception to the show like, from a mainstream audience, from the queer community, and from science fiction fans? Is there going to be a Season 2?

The reception was both amazing and bewildering. I thought we would have a general ABC comedy reaction, a “well-that-was-nice” sort of thing, but we polarised audiences and press. Reviews were about 80% raves and 20% hated us; audiences broke down into either hardcore groups that watched every week or people who had never heard of us. Non-mainstream gay groups loved it, the Commercial Road mainstream gays didn’t; we had amazing reception from comedy nerds, teenage girls, writers, SF fans and mums. But it was like a heat-seeking missile. Of comedy! Either everyone you knew was watching, or no-one was. The main feedback was of gratitude – so many people were thrilled to finally see themselves on Australian TV. And by themselves I don’t mean gay, or even fans, but people who could see themselves more in Max or Rae than they could in Packed To The Rafters, for example. TV Week had us as pick of the week for episode 4, which was something I never would’ve expected.

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Elsewhere on the Internet: Twas the Night Before Craftonomicon

It’s hard to imagine that there’s anything on the internet except the Aussie Spec Fic Snapshot right now – I’m so proud of the team for being prepared for once (more than a month’s solid work has gone into this year’s effort) and for providing space for so many different voices (all screaming out at once… no wait, that was a different movie). Hooray to Tehani & Kathryn for the organising, and all of our new interviewers. A special big HOORAY for the kind and thoughtful Ben Payne who twigged early on what element was missing from the Snapshot, and provided several-times-daily summaries of the 2012 Snapshot AS – IT – HAPPENED.

My own snapshot appears here on Random Alex’s blog. And incidentally a blast from the past turned up in my RSS feed, which threw up this old post of Alex’s talking about OMG OUR FIRST PODCAST. I haven’t dared follow the link to find the artefact itself. Dare you?

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Snapshot 2012: Foz Meadows

Foz Meadows is a bipedal mammal with delusions of immortality. Author of Solace & Grief and The Key of Starveldt (Ford Street Publishing) Foz currently lives in St Andrews, Scotland, with not enough books and her very own philosopher. You can find her at her blog, on Tumblr and on Twitter as @fozmeadows

1. Your recent release, The Key of Starveldt, is the second book in your young adult series ‘The Rare.’ What new challenges did you come across with writing a ‘book 2’?

The main issue I had to deal with in Key was my own enthusiasm: I was so excited to introduce a particular character that I literally raced to their scene without any real plans as to what would happen next, with the result that the first two drafts were mired in narrative dead ends and superfluous detail. The ability to return to existing characters was also very distracting: I had multiple, often contradictory ideas about how I wanted this person or that to develop or what aspects of their backstory would be relevant, so it was quite difficult to pare back their stories to a place where they fit with the existing plot, and didn’t just distract from what was happening.

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Snapshot 2012: Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon is a Tasmanian YA author and a very VERY new mum. Check out her blog at www.kategordon.com.au/

1. Vulpi, sequel to Thyla, your paranormal-YA-with-weretigers-and-devils has just been released, and I hear that you have switched protagonists for this one. Why is this Cat’s story and not Tessa’s?

Much as I loved writing Tessa, there were so many characters in Thyla whose heads I wanted to delve into. I wanted to give every character their own story and, in fact, when I was writing Thyla, I did create back-stories for each of the characters. Cat fascinated me right from the beginning and I wanted to explore her more. I also thought it would be interesting to see the world of the Thylas from the point of view of several different “people”. The next two books will each have a different protagonist. I have read a couple of series that do this really well – Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series being one example. I think it’s an interesting twist on the way series are usually approached. I understand some people will miss Tessa as a narrator, but hopefully there’s enough of her in Vulpi to satisfy them!

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Snapshot 2012: Claire Corbett

Claire Corbett crewed on films before becoming a policy advisor in the NSW Cabinet Office. She worked on water and genetically modified organisms for the Environment Protection Authority and child and family health for NSW Health.

Claire has had stories broadcast on Radio National and published in Splash (Penguin), Picador New Writing and The Sydney Morning Herald, among others. She completed a Varuna Mentorship in 2000.

When We Have Wings, a novel about humans genetically engineered to fly, was published by Allen & Unwin in July 2011 and shortlisted for the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award. It is also being published in the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Russia.

1. Your recent debut novel, When We Have Wings, is about a world where society is divided sharply into those who can fly and those who cannot. What is it about flight that caught your imagination so strongly? Given the choice, is this something you would want for yourself?

I used to have powerful flying dreams; it was as if I knew how it felt to fly. I wanted to escape aspects of my life. The desire to fly was a yearning for freedom, which I imagine it is for most people. As a child I lived in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where there were many hawks and eagles. I was transfixed by, and so jealous of, they way they could just launch themselves off cliffs and soar effortlessly. I don’t know if I’d go through the trouble and effort of becoming a flier now but at age five, twelve, seventeen, twenty-five? You bet I would! There are always people eager to push the envelope in any way they can. At a CSIRO tweetup for the launch of the Mars Rover Curiosity, we were asked how many of us would volunteer to travel to Mars if we knew we wouldn’t come back. Many people, perhaps the majority, put up their hands.

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Snapshot 2012: Kirstyn McDermott

Kirstyn McDermott’s short fiction has been published in various journals, magazines and anthologies in Australia and overseas. Her debut novel, Madigan Mine, received an Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel, and her second, Perfections, is due out later this year. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and fellow scribbler, Jason Nahrung, and can be found online at www.kirstynmcdermott.com

1. The Writer and the Critic has become an integral part of the Aussie spec fic scene very fast – and you don’t even talk about spec fic books all the time! What does podcasting offer you, as a social medium or a creative one?

For one thing, it gives me a chance to review and talk about books. It sounds simplistic but somehow I never find the time to actually sit down and write reviews these days, let alone the sort of substantial, in depth critiques that The Writer and the Critic affords me. Of course, it does mean that “reading” for me has now been shifted across into the “work/obligation” box, but I’m learning to live with that. And I’ve realised what a highly critical reader I am … now when I read a book, my filter is generally, “Can I talk about this for half an hour on the podcast?” If the answer is, “No,” as it very often is, I’m afraid I find myself resenting that book rather a lot more than I might have a couple of years ago. Maybe that’s not really fair, but it does remind me that life is way too short to read anything less than brilliant books.

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Snapshot 2012: Kylie Chan

Kylie Chan married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in Eastern China, lived in Australia for ten years, then moved to Hong Kong for ten years and during that time learnt a great deal about Chinese culture and came to appreciate the customs and way of life.

In 2003 she closed down her successful IT consultancy company in Hong Kong and moved back to Australia. She used her knowledge of Chinese mythology, culture, and martial arts to weave a story that would appeal to a wide audience.

Since returning to Australia, Kylie has studied Kung Fu (Wing Chun and Southern Chow Clan styles) as well as Tai Chi and is now a senior belt in both forms. She has also made an intensive study of Buddhist and Taoist philosophy and has brought all of these together into her storytelling. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Queensland on Research for Writing. Kylie is a mother of two who lives in Brisbane, and her website is at www.kyliechan.com.

Check out Kylie’s previous snapshots in 2007 and 2010.

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Snapshot 2012: Ian Mond

Ian Mond is notable for being one of the last of the great Jewish podcasters (cf Josh Kinal, Alisa Krasnostein). His solo podcasts Writer and the Critic and Shooting The Poo not only demonstrate a breadth of knowledge on a vast array of subjects, but also an astonishing vocal flexibility – who knew that Kirstyn McDermott, Mitch and Dave Hoskin were just facets of Mond’s personality.

pictured on the right with unknown crazy person

He also wrote a couple of Doctor Who and Bernice Summerfield short stories, but no-one talks about them much.

1. The Writer and the Critic has become an integral part of the Aussie spec fic scene very fast – and you don’t even talk about spec fic books all the time! What does podcasting offer you, as a social medium or a creative one?

Thanks, it’s nice to feel integral.

As a social medium podcasting provides me with an excuse to catch up with Kirstyn every month. Which I know sounds like I don’t make enough time for my friends – but, well, that’s actually the truth.

I’ve also enjoyed the twitter exchanges directly following a podcast, usually involving Cheryl Morgan, Charles Tan and Jonathan Strahan (in the case of Jonathan it’s usually bemoaning how long the podcast is). The chat on the twitters makes the podcast feel alive and organic and part of a real time dialogue between us and the people who listen.

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Snapshot 2012: Rhonda Roberts

Rhonda Roberts has a PhD and worked as an academic studying the formation of knowledge systems in different cultures and historical periods, especially in Japan, the USA and Australia. She trained in Akido in Japan and now learns Chinese sword near her home in the Illawarra.

Check out Rhonda’s interview in the 2010 Snapshot.

1. The second book in your Kannon Dupree series, Hoodwink, was released earlier this year, and takes your time travelling detective to 1930’s Hollywood and specifically to the set of Gone With the Wind. What is it about this particular place and time that appealed to you?

Multiple reasons. Firstly, I wanted to write about a murder on a film set and 1939 is the most glamorous year in the Golden Years of Hollywood. And, of course, I had to choose Gone With The Wind. For sheer breadth of drama, scandal and controversy, it’s a writer’s dream. After doing my research I had no idea why there weren’t several murders on the film set. (If I’d been forced to work there, there probably would’ve been!)

The producer, David O Selznick, was said to be a slave driver addicted to Benzedrine, who went through multiple directors to make the film – one of whom was driven to the brink of suicide. Most of the cast was hiding outrageous secrets, ranging from simple old adultery through to operating as a spy in pre-war America. And that’s just for starters…

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