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Sunday Links is not Friday Links

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

KingJoffreyStatueIt was the Aurealis Awards last night! Congrats to all the winners, and to Nicole Murphy and her team for putting on what sounded like a great night. Here’s a Storify of how it all looked on social media, thanks to Sean the Blogonaut.

The Mary Sue reports on the King Joffrey statue that has been erected in New Zealand, which will be slowly toppled via social media hashtags. Does anyone else think it is SUPER CREEPY to be publicly desecrating the image of a real live teenage boy in public to promote a TV show? I don’t mean Joffrey – like anyone else who has read the books and watched the show up to this point, I am happy to see the kid bumped off as gruesomely as possible. But the statue depicts an ACTUAL teen actor, and surely he has enough trouble walking down the street without having rocks thrown at him without literally being destroyed in effigy in a public square.

Justine Larbalestier and Kate Elliott began their new book club, discussing bestselling fiction by women from other eras. First up: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. (I read it for the first time in my early twenties after finding it in the uni library and was startled to discover it wasn’t an H Rider Haggard style lost world epic but a grim tale of failed glamour and pill-popping in Hollywood.)

Nisi Shawl writes about Reviewing the Other, with some fascinating insights into the ways that reviewers can help promote diversity but also the limitations placed upon them.

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Friday Links will Delete You

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Elite-Elite-Cybermen-TShirtThis is my favourite link of the week, for entirely selfish reasons: Jason Sanford is reading the new issue of the SFWA Bulletin and rather enjoying it.

“This is what we’ve all been wanting from SFWA—a member magazine which actually provides useful information to members.”

Still talking about my crazy projects, Cranky Ladies of History got some serious National press time this week, with an article in the Age as well as a bunch of other newspapers across the country, in print and online. It brought in way fewer pledges than did the ABC article a couple of weeks ago, but hey. We’ve funded, so there’s nothing but smiles over here. (Night Terrace on Kickstarter funded too! Hooray for crowdfunding!)

Over at the Verity Podcast, the hosts who are not me (AGAIN, sob!) discuss the Cybermen as quintessential Doctor Who villains. It’s a great ep, with every era mulled over and defended/championed by one or other of the Verities. Just when I was getting cross none of them had mentioned The Invasion, in came Liz on her white charger to remind everyone what we were missing. I also enjoyed Lynne championing Silver Nemesis, Erika squeeing about The Tenth Planet, and Deb being quite valiant about the New Who Cybermen. Liz then wrote up an almost completely wrong (but occasionally right) list of the best Cybermen stories in order.

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Friday Links are Very Tired (and on Saturday)

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Yesterday was a long day, with one sick little girl in Emergency at the local hospital (all fine now) and… no, that’s basically it for all that happened yesterday.

Still, if I don’t keep doing these posts, my post-it of saved links will fill up and explode!

Liz Myles has added to the Cranky Ladies blog tour with her great post: Ten Great Military Leaders, Probably Cranky Ones that points out several women of history who were better military leaders than Boudicca.

I have a new post up too, over at The History Girls, on the poet Sulpicia.

Did I MENTION that we funded this week? Oh yeah, baby. Night Terrace aren’t doing too badly either.

Over at Book Smugglers, Ana is pondering on History, Fandom and Masters of Science Fiction.

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Friday Links Returns!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Bulletin203_cover_front-e1393306714278And so does the SFWA Bulletin. The official announcement went up this week, as the issue is currently being printed and while this process takes more time than we would like, the e-book should be available by next week. Yes, non members are perfectly allowed to purchase it, though if you want to order a print copy I suggest you get on to that ASAP – the email for the SFWA office is in that article.

I really need to get back to doing these posts every week. So many links, so little time!

Anil Dash writes about The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men, a social experiment that reaped many rewards, and quite a bit of hate mail.

Spec Fic 13 have announced their lineup of authors – this is a reprint of the best SFF blogging of the year, curated this year by the Book Smugglers. And I’m in it!

Already linked to this one via Galactic Suburbia, but it’s VERY important so I’ll put it here too – Juliet McKenna talking about women’s SF books in bookshops and how many of us lose the game before we’re even out of the changing rooms. Liz Bourke also has some thoughts on some bookshops and their lack of representation of female SFF authors.

Following up on this is an equally important piece by the legendary Janny Wurts on The Unrecognized Trajectory of Slow Burn Success (something that is much harder to achieve in the current publishing climate). She particularly notes that while many of us believe that social media is a great leveller in allowing obscure works to find their readers – it doesn’t always work that way. She also provides a whole new perspective (for me) on Tolkien’s success which is fascinating.

Another great essay from the Women Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter Campaign: We are the 50% by Rachel Swirsky.

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Friday Links Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

Friday, February 14th, 2014

photo(26)I seem to have forgotten how to blog. Massive things have been happening – it’s been a hectic fortnight full of editing, guest appearances online, writing, reading all the regency romance novels (yes really), plotting crowdfunding projects, internet snark and oh yes, my youngest daughter starting school.

This post by E. Catherine Tobler, The Women We Don’t See, is about SFF reading habits, especially when people forget to read women, and I meant to write a comment on that post citing some of our immensely positive responses from male listeners to Galactic Suburbia who now go out of their way to track and actively change their reading gender balance, but now it’s two weeks later and possibly the moment is gone. Great post, though.

Marianne De Pierres and I turned up on the Skiffy and Fanty podcast, talking about Australian SFF as part of their World SF Tour. We haven’t chatted for ages, so it was lovely! We did our best to cram as much of our knowledge about the current scene as well as the historical context, though Shaun managed to stump us both by citing some pulp fiction facts that were news to us!

I also appeared on the latest episode of Verity! talking about Time Lords as villains, and in the latest SF Signal MindMeld, talking about when side characters take over a story.

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Friday Links is Not Invisible

Friday, February 7th, 2014

joanna-scanlan-heading-outA fascinating interview with Joanna Scanlan, actress from The Thick of it & Stella among other successful shows – she talks about how hard she had to fight to get an acting career at all, her history of depression, and how hard it is to live a life without creativity when you feel that is your calling. She’s a great example of a woman who carved her own way in her chosen profession (writing roles for herself when they weren’t offered) and whose acting career actually took off in her late 40′s, early 50′s. She’s now playing the wife of Dickens opposite Ralph Fiennes!

Kameron Hurley has been blogging up a storm around the release of God’s War into the UK, and I particularly liked this piece at Kate Elliott’s blog: In Defense of Unlikeable Women.

Becky Chambers at the Mary Sue didn’t think Assassin’s Creed: Liberation was a brilliant game, but she adored the complex female protagonist and takes apart all the elements of what makes this character so special. More of this please!

Again at the Mary Sue, a great interview with Kari Byron of Mythbusters, with particularly fun anecdotes about how she juggled her pregnancy with a job that requires you to blow stuff up.

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Friday Links has redefined the concept of ‘holiday’

Friday, January 24th, 2014

bczLet’s just say I’m not getting in an awful lot of relaxing with the kids…

I have managed to read a few blogs, though. Which is – progress? Of a sort?

Gwenda Bond follows up on the attack-and-defense-of-awards-eligibility-posts conversation with Battle of the Sexists (AKA Let the Self-Promotion Roll, Ladies).

Helena Bell talks about how being self-deprecating about your own work is actually insulting to your editors. So stop it.

DC Women Kicking Ass (still one of my favourite Tumblr accounts) looks at the best and most interesting developments of the year for the women in the DC Universe – characters and creators.

Paul Dini, creator of some of the best screen versions of so many women in the DC Universe, talks about why he wants female readers for his Zatanna/Black Canary graphic novel.

Sarah Rees Brennan has written a delightful parody of the new Hobbit movie. Don’t read it unless you’ve seen the movie, unless you’re me.

Speaking of don’t read it unless you’ve seen the movie, this piece on Frozen about killing a certain fairytale trope is really awesome, but quite a spoiler for what has to be one of the best kids movies of the last decade.

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Friday Links Are Eligible for Awards

Friday, January 10th, 2014

labyrinthJohn Scalzi has made a thread available for writers, artists, fans and professionals to declare their various Hugo-eligible work of the year. It’s a great resource for those who want to be reminded of the good stuff they read last year, or (like me) want to read a bit more widely before the nominations close.

Amal El Mohtar has written a great piece “Of Awards, Eligibility Lists and Unbearable Smugness” about why it’s important to declare your eligible works without embarrassment, and how trying to shame people out of doing so makes you part of the (lack of diversity) problem, not the solution.

It’s that time of year - Labyrinth Nostalgia! Because yes, it remains one of the best fantasy movies for girls. Some great analysis here.

The funny and charming team from The Wife in Space now brings you The Wife and Blake, in which Sue finally discovers the true story behind the names of the family’s cats over the years. Great stuff and makes me want to marathon the show again.

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Post-Christmas Links

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Capture_Upload11The turkey has been dinnered, the Doctor Who Christmas Special and the Call the Midwife Special have competed for the title of Most Depressing Christmas Special that Isn’t Set in Albert Square, and the leftovers picnic managed somehow to create an unholy alliance of leftovers which meant we all left with more food than we arrived with.

I guess that means Christmas is over! That would explain why I was yesterday woken up (at 6am!) by a four year old wailing “I miss Christmas!”

Here are some of my favourite holiday-related snippets of web content from the last week.

The latest holiday-themed installment of the occasionally serialised adventures of Supergirl and Batgirl by Mike Maihack.

A wonderful post at Tor.com about scary lady writers from the Victorian era who penned Christmas horror tales.

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Daughter of Friday Links

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Peacemaker-CR-2-1My annual appearance at Tor.com. I write about how diversity of characters in YA can improve the genre – which frankly I thought was a bit of a cheat, preaching-to-the-converted sort of topic. Heh. Guess how far down the comments someone uses the term ‘politically correct’ as a perjorative. There are also some lovely in-depth comments that support the argument for diversity being a step towards rather than away from equality, and talk about the ethics of book publishing.

I also appear at Aqueduct Press, summing up my favourite things viewed, read and listened to in 2013 (another, only partly overlapping round up can be found in the latest Galactic Suburbia episode), and I appear at The Book Smugglers talking about my favourite Christmas books.

A great article in Lynne M Thomas’s last issue of Apex Magazine: Another World Waits – Towards an Anti-Oppressive SF

This post looks at feminist fantasy (YA and otherwise) read by the author as a teenager with happy brownie points to the parents who made such purchases possible.

A fascinating lecture delivered by Charlotte Church, about the sexual objectification of very young women in the music industry, and the knock on effects of such objectification throughout those women’s careers.

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