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Friday Links Has Feelings About Frankenstein

shelleySady Doyle went off on a magnificent Twitter rant aimed at the director who thought the original Frankenstein novel was boring – she lays down some important lit crit and historical context about Mary Shelley and her sister Frances which is pretty damned epic.

I’ve been reviewing Jessica Jones episode by episode over at Tor.com – here are the posts so far:

Jessica Jones Does Not Respect Doors
Jessica Jones Can’t Have Nice Things
The Jessica Jones Paranoid Conspiracy Support Group

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Friday Links is Coming Up Tansy

come homeBecause I’m lazy, this week’s links are all things I should have blogged about this week.

Crowdfunding now! And Then: The Great Big Book Of Awesome is at Indiegogo. I really want this book to go ahead (though it looks like it’s two books now!) because it has my dragon circus novelette in it, about (broken) reformed assassins and trapezes and found family. Here’s a snippet:

Cicero was light in the air – as if a puff of that dry, sand-laced city wind might carry him away. Cato was more solid, moving like a knife through silk. They tossed Inga from one perch to another with a practiced confidence, as if she was a silk ribbon or a painted hoop.

Inga picked up their moves and cues and then developed whole new moves of her own, forcing the Birds of Paradise to follow or be left in her dust.

This was it. Kurt had lost her to the circus. First there were dragons and now they’ve taught her to fly. No coming back from this. She’s found her retirement plan.

I also have an article up in the latest issue of Writing Queensland Online! The topic is ‘Put Some History in Your Worldbuilding.’

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Friday Links Loves The Gallifreyan Shopping Network

Xena_Eternal_Bonds20 years on (wow), the Mary Sue looks at some of the ways that Xena: Warrior Princess changed television. Also, a message from Lucy Lawless. Xena is the definitive best. Thank goodness for my DVD collection! She will never leave me.

A new Uncanny Magazine is out, and the article everyone’s talking about this week is Masculinity Is an Anxiety Disorder: Breaking Down the Nerd Box by David J Schwartz. There isn’t nearly enough intelligent discussion about toxic masculinity and its cultural influence, so this piece is definitely worth a look.

I’ve subscribed to Tremontaine, an upcoming fiction serial based in Ellen Kushner’s beautiful swashbuckling, queer-friendly Riverside, incorporating art by Kathleen Jennings and writing by Malinda Lo, Alaya Dawn Johnson and others. Come and join me, this is going to be fun! Here’s Kathleen talking about her artistic process.

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Friday Links Can Temper Steel

grandmaI was fascinated by this article about a trans woman’s history with the art of blacksmithing – how she originally used it as a kind of ‘free masculinity points card’ to make herself seem like a less “girly/queer” teen male, but then after her transition found that it worked against her because the idea of a woman blacksmith was perceived as socially radical. Despite history. BECAUSE HISTORY, PEOPLE!

Seriously, there is a reason we don’t crowd-source history (except on Wikipedia, sigh). People always think the olden times were more gender essentialist than they actually were. And I say this having spent a year at college in a blacksmithing club with my three best (female) friends.

Octavia Butler’s book Dawn is being developed for TV – the interview with the producer covers issues to do with diversity and how badly it has often been handled in film & TV. His attitude sounds very promising, with quotes like “I think that perception in Hollywood that we have to enter from a white male perspective has been proven wrong, especially recently.”

Another vaguely promising Hollywood interview comes from Paul Weitz, writer-director of new Lily Tomlin vehicle Grandma about how he realised he was only telling stories about dudes, and is now all about telling stories about interesting women. Mostly if it means he gets to work with Lily Tomlin, who is amazing. Grandma, which is Tomlin’s first lead role in a film since 1988, is about a cranky bohemian lesbian grandmother on a road trip with her granddaughter to help her raise money for an abortion.

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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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