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Friday Links is Watching July Disappear into the Distance

Friday, July 25th, 2014

batgirlnewHey July! You and I had a lot of stuff to get done, didn’t we? How are we going with that, then? July? JULY DON’T LEAVE ME, IT’S TOO SOON!

Ahem. It’s been a busy month. Yesterday was Alexandre Dumas’ birthday, and I spent a good chunk of it writing 1000 words of sports commentary for an imaginary sport I made up for Musketeer Space. It allowed me to channel some deeply held misery that has been lurking in my heart since Cesc Fabregas signed with Chelsea. LET US NEVER SPEAK OF IT. Part of the commentary will appear in Chapter 16 (yes I’m that far ahead!), and the rest will be published in a future issue of the Musketeer Space newsletter of extra content that I send out for Patreon supporters of the $3 per month level and above.

In the mean time, links! I haven’t been as linky lately, and I’m sorry for those of you who miss it as a regular feature of the blog. It may be a phase. Anyway, I have several weeks to catch up on, so here we go!

I appeared on the SF Signal podcast talking about Space Opera – it was super fun!

An interesting post was doing the rounds on my various social media spots today, explaining exactly why Australia Post is suffering so badly at a time when Australians are using online shopping so much more than ever before (and the effect this is having on our book industry).

I’m a bit excited about the upcoming Batgirl relaunch, mostly because it looks like DC are finally trying to aim the comic at young women, and moving it away from the grimdark sensibility that is an unfortunate factor in ALL Bat-related books these days. But no one is more excited about Batgirl’s cool new outfit than Supergirl!


Friday Links is Feeling Neglected…

Friday, June 27th, 2014

carriefisherwilliamshatner…largely because Tansy is busy editing a book with one hand, and typing space melodrama about Musketeers with the other. But I have linkses! Some of them have been waiting patiently for far too long.

Natalie Luhrs collected her tweets (including the conversational additions of others) about speaking out and community support, which are well worth reading.

While the media goes into meltdown about the possibility that Harrison Ford’s leg injury might mean Han Solo won’t be in enough of the next Star Wars movie (really, can we not just have Leia doing the same things he was going to do?), I wanted to point to this lovely interview with Carrie Fisher about being a bit melted, and other things. What she has to say about Leia as a character is pretty cool and brings me back to – why AREN’T they just giving Han Solo’s scenes to her, again?

Kari Sperring wrote two really important posts: Living as a Woman in a Science Fictional Future, and the follow up, Collateral Damage. The first is about the narrow types of femininity we usually see in SF (and the joy of finding examples of a woman like yourself in the fiction you love) and the second is a much angrier, fierce and personal piece about how the older women in science fiction (especially the writers) get left behind while their male counterparts only increase their profile and prestige.

What it comes to is this: most women who are now over about 40 have been told their whole lives to be good, to keep their heads down, to keep on working away quietly and to wait their turn. And now, within sff, at the point when their male contemporaries are celebrated, these same women are being told, No, it’s too late for you, you don’t matter enough; that space is needed. Get out of the way.


Friday Links Destroys Science Fiction

Friday, June 13th, 2014

header-zoe-saldana-on-her-role-as-gamora-in-guardians-of-the-galaxyThis lovely piece by Amal El Mohtar places Women Destroy Science Fiction editor Christie Yant in conversation with other important women of SF’s history.

The Toast on How Not To Review Women’s Writing

Charles A Tan wrote a great piece on When Diversity Is Not Enough for Skiffy and Fanty.

Ben Peek is doing the publicity rounds with his new epic fantasy novel The Godless (which sounds amazing) including this interview.


Friday Links are Team Peppa Pig

Friday, May 30th, 2014

dangerous feminist ideologyTwo days after the bombshell that Peppa Pig might be in danger from the budget cuts to the ABC, she’s still trending. I think we’ve found our figurehead, people! Particularly interesting was the revelation that Peppa might be in the firing line because of her “dangerous feminist ideology.” Is this because she rolls in the mud with her family and laughs at the end of each episode, or just because she is smart and articulate?

Funnily enough, I’m interested in gender-swapping as a literary technique at the moment. Jenny Crusie wrote a thoughtful piece this week on why she thinks it’s not realistic to keep the same story if the genders of the main characters have been swapped. As is often the case for me with posts about writing, I think she is both right and wrong.

Hollywood Reporter “reveals” that thing about Game of Thrones that many fans and bloggers have been talking about for years – there’s a code in them thar embroidery. I find it particularly interesting that the women’s costumes are being used in this way, both in and out of the show’s narrative (Doyleist and Sherlockian perspectives ahoy!). And it makes me want to write another fantasy novel about dressmaking.


Friday Links is Sensational (Featuring Wonder Woman)

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

wonder woman movieWelcome to a bumper edition of Friday Links!

The August solicits for DC Comics had a delicious (one might say SENSATIONAL) announcement to make: a new digital-first comic for Women, bringing back the old school title of Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman. (Sensation Comics was the anthology comic in which Wonder Woman made her first few appearances before getting her own title – it is to her what Action Comics is to Superman, and Detective Comics is to Batman)

I’ve really been impressed with DC’s range of digital comics, which have been far more interesting, experimental, female-friendly, modern and shareable with kids than just about anything coming out of the main range since the New 52 began. Even better, this new Wonder Woman will be an outside-continuity anthology, allowing for multiple stories (hopefully none involving hooking up with Superman) and a jumping on point for casual readers. All this AND the list of creators involved is really exciting, including Lauren Beukes, Cecil Castellucci and Cat Staggs. With an opening story by Gail Simone. Sensational!

Courtney Milan blogs about being at the Romantic Times Giant Bookfair, and addresses the recent controversy about the separation of indie (or “aspiring” authors, heh) and traditionally published authors in signing halls at that event. I’ve seen a lot of responses to this event and I think Milan’s seems the most even-handed especially because she is firmly refusing to use civil rights vocabulary to describe a bureaucratic bungle. (having to sit in a separate room to authors you perceive as being your peers is not the same as racism or segregation, FFS)

At The Radish: the value of the backlist for authors. This one spins off the Bookfair topic, as “being stuck in the backlist” has been equated to “the back seat of the bus” YES REALLY. Actually, argues this guest post, the backlist is an awesome place to be. Hell yes, books written by past me, you are the least trouble of all the books in my life.


Friday Links Wants A Dalek and a Novel Contract for Mother’s Day

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Belle_posterAh, Mother’s Day, that time when our media and shopping spaces fill up with the assumption that “What Mum Wants” is a universal concept. Just once I’d love to see a ‘last minute gifts for Mum’ suggestion list that includes a kabuki sword, a new modem, and a chemistry set. Or maybe noise-cancelling earphones, and a new podcasting microphone. And a butler.

New historical film Belle about a wealthy, privileged woman of colour in Regency England (starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, AKA Martha’s sister Tish from Doctor Who) sounds really interesting. And look, it’s made by women of colour too! Bitch Magazine talks about how Belle takes on sexism, racism and class issues of the Regency, and the Mary Sue talks about why this movie is so important.

Terri is chronicling her latest Twelfth Planet Press macaron adventure. I’m biased, of course, but her Love and Romanpunk fig and port wine macarons are the best.

I don’t link to Buzzfeed a lot, but I love this piece where women have rewritten misogynist, mocking headlines about female celebrities, to reflect the actual non-gossip-magazine reality that most of us live in. I think I love “Woman runs in appropriate clothing” best, but you’ll have your own favourites.


Friday Links is Out of Touch

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

So, we’ve just come back from a family holiday in a fake Swiss village with very limited wifi, which means I’ve been completely out of touch about some of the more essential news this week. Still playing catch up, thanks to my friends.

Like for instance, I didn’t know that Bob Hoskins had died. So sad! I’ve always been terribly fond of him as an actor, and while I know he did a bunch of great stuff, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was the first movie I ever saw multiple times in a cinema and I love it to bits. (I still remember the lovely little cinema near the flat where I was living in York at the age of 10, which only charged £1 entry) Grant Watson wrote a great piece about his favourite Bob Hoskins films over at The Angriest.

I also didn’t realise (until I got an email from Tehani talking about it in conjunction with something else) that the Stella Prize had been awarded. I KNOW, RIGHT? Congratulations to Clare Wright for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka.

And of course I also missed the post-Stellas controversy, but Sean the Blogonaut writes very well here about why Nicole Flint’s article in the Advertiser completely missed the mark.

Tehani, meanwhile, wrote a fantastic piece about the current state of SF and Fantasy in Australia right now – very sharp and comprehensive!


Friday Links Starts Robbing Banks.

Friday, April 25th, 2014

sexcrimThe Wired talks about Matt Fraction and writing realistic sex into comics with the new title Sex Criminals.

“They do what any young, fun, sex-having sexy persons would do after discovering their sex-having freezes time and space,” says Fraction. “They start robbing banks.”

Kat Mayo at The Drum writes about the way that romance novels (and the women who read them) get sneered at regularly (often in the name of “feminism”) by journalists who actually don’t know anything about the genre with Dear Columnists, Romance Fiction Is Not Your Bitch. The comments made me cranky.


Friday Links Wants a Touch Screen TV

Friday, April 18th, 2014

lego_article_story_mainTobias Buckell talks about a topic very dear to my heart: Tech and Five Year Olds

Karen Gillan’s Hair will Appear in Star Wars V. Not Karen, just her hair.

The issue of clothes and women in politics is a sticky one – on the one hand, it was frustrating as hell to see former Prime Minister Gillard constantly having her fashion discussed ahead of her policies, and that Prime Minister Abbott’s clothing choices were never policed as closely as those of his daughters. But as this post on departing Governor General Quentin Bryce notes, fashion choices can be a vital political tool for women. And frankly I have also taken quiet pleasure from the sight of her bright and undeniably feminine outfits in a sea of black business suits. What I wasn’t aware of was the degree to which Bryce’s feminism informed her time in office. If we have to have dames in Australia again, she’s a pretty good choice. As long as she also gets a white charger and a lance as part of the ceremonial bumpf. The lady would look good in jousting armour.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, is now the Baileys Prize. Smooth. Very excited to see an Australian crime novel on the list – Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, which the universe keeps telling me I have to read.


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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