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Where Have All The Friday Links Gone

poster2My Fridays are so much more jam-packed than they used to be so Friday Links have fallen by the wayside. Whoops! I have so many juicy bits and pieces saved up, though, I had to do one today.

Judith Tarr visited Charlie Stross’s blog to ask the question Where Have All The Women Gone – or, more precisely, to talk about why that question is so damaging.

Also on Charlie’s Diary, Nicola Griffith brought the stats to the party with her post Data, books and bias looking at the gender breakdown of awards versus how seriously those awards are taken. Stirring stuff that will be super useful for Alisa’s thesis.

Some Australian SF Year’s Best Tables of Content! Fablecroft’s Focus 2014 collects an elite selection of work which has received acclaim via national and international Awards recognition. Over at Ticonderoga, Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have compiled the TOC for The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror. I’m honoured to be in both books, with two different stories – Focus is taking “Cookie Cutter Superhero” and Ticonderoga are taking “The Love Letters of Swans.”

My thoughts are on women’s role in the history of science fiction right now, so I was delighted to read Vonda McIntyre’s post at the Women in Science Fiction website, talking about “Starfarers,” the best long-lost SF TV show of all time. A diverse cast, an original premise (university faculty steal a starship when their travel funding is cut) and unusual aliens… oh and it was totally a hoax she made up in order to get through a dull panel topic at a convention. It has its own fandom. Oh, SF community, this is why we still love you.

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Friday Links Rides With Lady Justice

cooler batmanIt’s been a week full of rainbows. Thanks to the US Supreme Court bringing in equal marriage, Australian politicians are finally acknowledging that it might be worth asking if that’s what our country wants too. (Spoilers: yes, for the majority it totally is)

One article doing the rounds on Facebook looks at the idea that equal marriage threatens “traditional marriage” quite seriously: because it challenges traditional gender roles. The people who are against same sex marriage are often the same people out there talking about how single mothers are terrible, or working mothers shouldn’t be putting their kids in childcare, or men shouldn’t be taking their share of domestic responsibilities. Equality: it’s for everybody.

As Alisa said on Facebook about the idea of “traditional marriage”: the current version was tweaked in 2004, it’s barely got cobwebs on it. Yep, that would be the 2004 Marriage Act Amendment which defined marriage in Australian law as being between a man and a woman. I predict a lot of inverted commas around the word traditional for the foreseeable future. And a whole lot more equality rainbows.


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Friday Links Directed Twilight & All She Got Was This Cupcake

janeway-facepalmIt’s Friday! This week, I’m excited about my new short story publication “Fake Geek Girl” in the Australian Review of Fiction, and also my new author newsletter which you can sign up for here.

Next week I will be in MELBOURNE where I am Guest of Honour at Continuum! Eeeee!

This interview with successful women in the film industry about the terrible statistics about how many women directors get to work in film and television is fascinating, depressing and oh, so relevant. It’s not the sexism to your face that kills your career, it’s what happens behind your back, and what is actually built into the system… gah.

I really loved this essay about Real Genius, and why it’s still such an important (and beloved) film about geekery, 30 years later. I have a soft spot for Real Genius largely out of nostalgia – it’s one of my partner’s favourites and he basically courted me with 80’s movies until I moved in with him – but this essay reminded me of all the reasons why it’s not just funny and cute, but genuinely great. And not just because of Val Kilmer’s hair!

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Friday Links is a Prime Number!

Super-Cupcake1-221x30037 is a prime number, right?

It’s my birthday which makes it very easy to remember that a year ago, I launched the Musketeer Space project. Since then I’ve written and published 52 chapters of the novel, posted 15 Musketeer Media Monday essays, and rewatched 60 episodes of Robotech.

It’s not too late to start supporting the project via Patreon if you want ebooks of the finished novel and essays!

Also, I’m going to be eating a lot of cake this weekend, just saying.

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Friday Links is a Secret Princess Story

mockingbirdI haven’t watched Jupiter Ascending, but I have been fascinated by the meta commentary around about whether it’s a bad film or not, and whether it’s an anti-feminist film or not, and so on.

The Fangirl Happy Hour reviewed it very positively and got into some fantastic meta about what the film does well, while still (and this is crucial) not necessarily being a good film. Renay’s rant on agency and how a perceived lack of it is used too often to dismiss female-centred stories is a masterwork of criticism that she’s obviously been building up to for some time and everyone should listen to it.

I’d like to add this Tumblr post which explains how Jupiter Ascending is being criticised for failing to meet the requirements for a Chosen Hero narrative, when in fact it is a Secret Princess story, and that has different narrative beats.

Then we have Kate Elliott at Tor.com, being brilliant about Writing Female Characters as Human Beings – with an articulate, point by point exploration of how writers can do better at this particular skill, should they aspire to do so. She also talks about agency, and how there are different kinds of agency in real life as in stories. The article is full of practical advice and while some of the comments are frustrating, many of them add thoughtful layers to the conversation as a whole.

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Friday Links Don’t Own Me

The Cat PhoneOur family has been Batman-obsessed since my honey received the entire Batman 1966-68 box set on DVD for Christmas. My five year old is deeply attached to Julie Newmar to the point that she howls with delight when a cliffhanger ends on ‘Tune in Same Cat Time, Same Cat Channel’ instead of Bat Channel.

My ten year old has had a crash course on what sexism used to look like, simply by observing the gender dynamics in the show. We’ve been learning more about 60’s celebrities than I ever thought possible. Oh, and we’ve been counting down the episodes until we get to Season 3, because Yvonne Craig as Batgirl! (Ms 5 sneakily found montages on YouTube and watched ahead, I’m oddly proud of this)

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Friday Links is Batty About You

batty about youIs Valentines Day even a thing in Australia? My 5 year old is weirdly obsessed with it. Me, I love the geeky Valentines that pop up at this time of year (Pinterest and Tumblr, what did we do before you?)

Chirravutever presented some cute Flash & Arrow chibi Valentines for each of the characters. I don’t know why Picnic with the Sisko is my favourite, don’t judge me.

I also wanted to point readers towards Check Please! an adorable webcomic about a college hockey team with a tiny, gay social-media-obsessed protagonist. Here are the Check Please! Valentines which probably make no sense unless you’ve read the comic. Read the comic, it’s all sports and pie-baking, I love it.

Though of course when it comes to funny, weird fandom valentines, the classic is always Gingerhaze. Can’t be beat. (prove me wrong in the comments, send other links!)


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Friday Links Are Hiding in Plain Sight

I love that people send me links to articles about Roman women turning out to be extraordinary! In this case, a scholar of Trajan’s Column is talking about the relevance of female figures on the relief sculpture, suggesting that women were more involved in military forts than previously thought.

colleen mcculloughColleen McCullough, one of Australia’s bestselling authors, has died. Rather than link you to the meme that did the rounds after the shameful obituary that did the rounds, I’ll send you over to Hoyden About Town who wrote respectfully about McCullough’s life, work and attitude. She was basically awesome. And oh, thanks to those Masters of Rome books which I read at a critical point in my teens, she basically shaped my life.

Kameron Hurley has done that rare thing of publicly discussing her book advances, comparing them to actual day job income and also showing how her Hugo wins affected her financial bottom line: What I Get Paid For My Novels: Or, Why I’m Not Quitting My Day Job I also want to point writers (especially writers who have dayjobs) to her Life on 10,000 Words a Day: How I’m Hacking My Writing Process post, which shows that not all writing methods work for all writers, and one amazing writing day per week can be more effective than seven steady sensible days. I’m pretty sure Kameron’s current system would kill me, but I appreciated her showing it as an alternative to the accepted wisdom (ha) of ‘write every day’.

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Friday Links Has Many Companions

Companion-Piece-cover-web-200x300 (1)Companion Piece, the new ‘Chicks Dig’ essay collection from Mad Norwegian Press, has just announced its official Table of Contents. Edited by a wonderful assortment of Lizes (L.M. Myles of the Verity! Podcast, AKA Scottish Liz, and Liz Barr of No Award, chair of Continuum 11), this book is packed full of essays about Doctor Who companions, and the women who are fascinated by them.)

I’m in the book, talking about Sara Kingdom! And Tehani is in it, talking about Tegan! And I am so excited to read all the essays, I can’t even tell you. Mags L Halliday writes here about the personal side of her own essay about Barbara and Ian.

L.M. Myles, meanwhile, wrote a great ‘My Two Cents’ piece in response to recent Verity! episode, Companions Who Never Were. Because yes, Verity!’s theme for this year is Doctor Who companions too. Liz’s piece is called The Companions Who Should’ve Been.

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Friday Links is Going Retro

fffsssSince Christmas we’ve been embracing the joys of the 1966 Batman series, with its stately Wayne Manor and Bruce’s obsession with Dick’s education, and Aunt Harriet sneaking off to find out nightclub trends, and DID YOU KNOW THAT LIBERACE WAS A BATMAN VILLAIN?

Ahem. It’s been pretty awesome. I’ve also introduced Raeli to the Batman ’66 digital comic, which she has delighted in, at least partly because it has given her a taste of some of the later seasons’ treats we are yet to reach in our viewing, like Eartha Kitt as Catwoman and Batgirl on her purple motorbike. The comic captures the camp, family-friendly tone of the TV series perfectly, with retro fashions and a whole lot of fun.

wonder woman 77Given my ongoing quest to find comics suitable for an advanced reading but occasionally sensitive pre-teen girl to read, I was delighted to hear the news that after the success of Batman ’66, the next digital comic to be launched will be Wonder Woman ’77, based on the Lynda Carter TV show. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – the most interesting and innovative DC Comics material right now is happening in their digital comics.


Paste Magazine on why 2014 was the Year of the Female Comic Fan.

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