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Galactic Suburbia Episode 42

New episode up! Grab it from iTunes, by direct download or stream it on the site.

In which we discuss Orson Scott Card’s Hamlet, the agent who said no way to gay YA, Tansy’s Blake’s 7 dolls, the superhero who fights with her hair, and Alisa works through her issues with Doctor Who.



Subterranean Press address email complaints about Hamlet’s Father by Orson Scott Card
And Rain Taxi review that started it

The other big Internet Thing – agent says no gay in YA dystopia please & authors speak out

New podcast – Live and Sassy
Twelfth Planet Press opening for novel submissions

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alex: Retribution Falls, Chris Wooding; Blake’s 7; Hyperion, Dan Simmons.

Tansy: Torchwood (non spoilery), Justice League comics (the new 52), The Business of Death by Trent Jamieson

Alisa: Podcasts: Locus Roundtable (Gail Carriger and Francesca Myman; Kathleen Goonan, Eileen Gunn and Gary K Wolfe); Eurocon 2011 Gender in SF&F Panel; The Outer Alliance Podcast Episode 11, Season 3 Doctor Who
[Book calling for papers on the topic of race and Doctor Who]

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Servalan and her two best men

Galactic Suburbia Episode 21

New Episode now available for streaming, direct download or from iTunes!

In which we work, play, shake up our format a little (gasp!) and cover the life & death of magazines, the changing face of the industry, respect for non fiction, sexual harassment, rants, reboots and as usual, books, books and more books. Also a few sneaky clues about what Twelfth Planet Press is publishing next year!


Realms of Fantasy is back, again…

Escape Pod Expands:
“We have been pushing to expand what Escape Pod does, adding an SF blog and distributing our stories via magazine format. We’re also becoming a pro market, and hope to keep paying our authors pro rates well into 2011 if the donations make it possible.”

Cheryl Morgan talks about paying for reviews as semipro

On the Cooks Source scandal and seeing stuff on the internet as ‘public domain’

Jim C Hines on reporting sexual harassment in SF/F

Old men complaining?
When you get older, do you by consequence lose your sense of wonder? Just simply because you’ve read everything? And is/should all SF be aimed/written for the 60 year old man?
Jason Sanford responds

New Buffy Reboot

New Friend of the Podcast: The Writer & the Critic (Mondy & Kirstyn)

Rambly Discussion
Books that aren’t marketed as being a part of a series…
Publishing, deadlines, and attitudes thereto…
Chat, rants and backpedalling…

What Culture have we Consumed?
Alex: Blameless, Gail Carriger; The Devil in Mr Pussy, Paul Haines; Women of Other Worlds, ed. Helen Merrick and Tess Williams; Bold as Love, Gwyneth Jones; Day of the Triffids (2009 BBC production)
Alisa: works too hard, and also FRINGE
Tansy: To Write Like a Woman, Joanna Russ; Marianne, the Magus & the Manticore by Sheri S Tepper; Sourdough & Other Stories, Angela Slatter; China Mountain Zhang, Maureen McHugh, Mists of Avalon movie

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Galactic Suburbia #19 The Greco Roman Edition Show Notes

New episode is up on iTunes! You can also download it directly, or stream it from our Galactic Suburbia site.

While Alisa is away, Alex & Tansy play… in ANCIENT GREECE! We talk awards, the end of publishing as we know it, stressful feminist debates, Vonda McIntyre, Twitter fiction, Stargate, and whether there’s enough Greek & Roman mythology in modern fantasy.

Tansy wins WSFA Small Press Award for Siren Beat

Last Drink Bird Head Award Winners

John Joseph Adams takes over from Cat Rambo & Sean Wallace as editor of Fantasy Magazine

Realms of Fantasy dies – farewell notes from the publisher and editor Shawna McCarthy

Wiscon committee disappoints through inaction
and then finally moves to disinvite Elizabeth Moon as GoH
(warning, many of the comments on that one are pretty awful to wade through)
Reaction posts from Cheryl Morgan and Catherynne M Valente.

Paul Collins on how the ebook revolution isn’t working so well

Cat Valente on tedium, evil, and why the term ‘PC’ is only used these days to hurt and silence
Peter M Ball on how white male privilege uses requests for civility to silence the legitimate anger of others.

on Vonda McIntyre’s “Dreamsnake”, a controversial Hugo winning novel from 1979 which has been out of print for 10 years and an interview with Vonda McIntyre about the book.

What have we been reading/listening to?

Tansy – Death Most Definite, Trent Jamieson; Blameless, Gail Carriger, Bleed by Peter M Ball, “Twittering the Universe” by Mari Ness, Shine & “Clockwork Fairies” by Cat Rambo, Tor.com.

Alex – Silver Screen, Justina Robson; Sprawl; Deep Navigation, Alastair Reynolds; The Beginning Place, Ursula le Guin.
abandoned Gwyneth Jones’ Escape Plans
listening to The 5th Race, ep 1 (Stargate SG1 fan podcast).

Pet Subject
Classical mythology in modern fantasy. Can it still work? Do you have to get it ‘right’?

Book mentioned:
The Firebrand, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Medea, Cassandra, Electra by Kerry Greenwood
Olympic Games, Leslie What
Dan Simmons’ Ilium and Olympos
Gods Behaving Badly, Marie Phillips
Troy, Simon Brown
Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad and Jeanette Winterson’s Weight, also David Malouf’s Ransom – along the same lines as Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin
Robert Holdstock’s Celtika, Iron Grail, Broken Kings

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Galactic Suburbia Episode 12 Show Notes

Episode 12 is available for streaming here, downloading here, and can also be found on iTunes by searching for ‘Galactic Suburbia’

In which we talk about publishers behaving badly, authors self-publishing, the future of reading and the price of a short story. Also we talk about books. Shocking, isn’t it?


Night Shade apologises for any problems they’ve caused any of their authors

SFWA puts Night Shade Books on probation as a qualified SFWA market for a period of one year, effective immediately.

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Galactic Suburbia Episode 9 Show Notes

Another episode of Galactic Suburbia! We talk about magazines, books, authors and conventions, as well as delving into the Hugo Packet. It’s on iTunes too!
EDIT: Mp3 download now available at the site.


The Realms of Fantasy Letter
And discussion on this as well as some less savoury comments on multicultural fantasy: http://nihilistic-kid.livejournal.com/1481350.html

Top 20 under 40
– a list of hot young literary authors with excellent gender & cultural balance

The Periodic Table of Women in Science Fiction

Tracy & Laura Hickman releasing a new novel by subscription format, with book provided at the end, to launch a new publishing venture.

Tansy’s Podcast for her new book


Alex: Hugo packet, graphic story: Girl Genius vol 9 (also vol 1-4); Fables vol 12: the Dark Ages; Schlock Mercenary; Batman: Whatever happened to the Caped Crusader; Captain Britain and MI13: vol 3, Vampire State.
Hugo packet, novellas: The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker; The God Engines, John Scalzi; Shambling towards Hiroshima, James Morrow; Vishnu at the Cat Circus, Ian McDonald.
Also: Blonde Bombshell, Tom Holt;
The Wind-up Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi; Steam Engine Time #11 and #12, ed. Bruce Gillespie and Jan Stinson.

Alisa: White Cat, Holly Black; listening to Bad Film Diaries – Grant Watson

Tansy: Hugo Packet: Girl Genius 09/Fables: The Dark Ages/Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader; also Changeless, by Gail Carriger; Perchance to Dream, Lisa Mantchev

Pet Topic
Worldcon and conventions – why we go and what to expect?
How is it different for work/industry/fan
What are panels all about? Any best/worst that we can talk about?
Book launches – like em? hate em? go for the free champagne?
What are room parties? how do you get invited?
Why does everything happen at the bar?
What’s the dealer’s room deal?
Art show?

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Changeless, by Gail Carriger

Yes, I grabbed this one as soon as I saw it (spotted in an actual bookshop no less!) and gobbled it up pretty damn fast. While Changeless didn’t feel quite so intense as its predecessor Soulless, I was impressed at how comfortably the world set up in the first book continues. While there is a fairly enormous gap between the world of the Parasol Protectorate and actual Victorian London, I would take Carriger and her Alexia over Charles Dickens any day of the week.

It’s hard to discuss this one without spoiling the end of Book 1 for readers, so all I can say cagily is that Alexia’s situation has changed greatly, and she has settled into her new roles rather well, and we get to spend plenty of time with all the good characters from the first book, and get to know some great new ones.

The plot revolves around a new mystery – there is a plague appearing in patches across London and in other places across Britain, which robs the supernatural of their powers. Ghosts are being exorcised, vampires are losing their teeth, and werewolves can’t change – naturally since this is also the effect that Alexia has on the supernatural, being soulless, she is blamed for the situation. But there is a much more sinister plot afoot, and as the representative of Queen Victoria, it is up to Alexia to get to the bottom of it. Even if it means travelling to the darkest corners of civilisation – that is, Scotland.

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New Books For Old

I can tell the end of The Creature Court is on the horizon, because I’ve spent the day being hit in the head by other books. Important, exciting future books which are not yet. The trouble is, now I’ve answered the last questions about Book 3, my brain is telling me that the job is all done, which is patently not true.

Also both the books smacking me over the head today are the Wrong Books and in no way the one I planned to write next. For which I have sensibly been applying for grants, and planning to use to put a proposal together for Voyager in the second half of the year.

Damn it. Work’s not done. Work’s not done. Could someone inform my brain of this important fact? I don’t have time to construct a lavish Shakespearian alternate universe right this second.

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On Re-Reading

I’m struggling to read as many real books as I used to, before a) the blogverse sucked me into its delicious tempting web and b) I had children.

Seriously, it’s hard to finish a novel when you have a 5 year old or a 9 month old physically lying/sitting on you, which pretty much describes my weekends. I used to be able to read while feeding Raeli when she was little, but Jem started looking around and trying to check out the book pretty early, so I usually plug in the iPod instead (though she also has a good line in yanking earbuds directly out of my ears, but that’s another story).

The thing which has really gone the way of the dodo in the last 5 years since motherhood struck is re-reading. I used to be a champion re-reader. I’m a super fast reader, and there were some books I would just re-read every year or two, since I discovered them. When I was pregnant with Raeli, I encountered a weird kind of ‘booksickness’ where I felt physically unable to read anything new or unknown. I descended instead into a deep reread cycle, making it through all my comfort essentials: the entire oeuvre of Tamora Pierce, Diana Wynne Jones, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, Dorothy Sayers, Lindsey Davis, Janet Evanovich, and a few precious standalones: Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, Lee Tulloch’s Fabulous Nobodies.

And then, apparently, I was done. Because apart from the occasional Enid Blyton, I have pretty much stopped rereading books since Raeli was born.

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Soulless, by Gail Carriger

As I mentioned in a previous post, this is a book that has been calling out to me for some time. It’s Victorian urban fantasy! (or urbane fantasy, according to the author’s website, which is all kinds of awesome) The main character wields a parasol against vampires and werewolves! Mannerpunk! Oh yes. Completely my cup of tea. (did I mention the near-constant tea drinking?)

After resisting the purchase of this tempting morsel for so long, I snatched it up pretty instantly upon finally acquiring it, and read it over a couple of days. Considering how little book reading time I usually have, this is saying something. The story runs along at great pace, and with great humour. It really is like a cross between Jane Austen and PG Wodehouse, with added vampires, werewolves and steampunk.

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Why Do You Read What You Read?

Jonathan Strahan and Gary K Wolfe chat about reading, reviewing and short fiction over at the Coode Street Review podcast.

So much interesting stuff to unpack in there! I really enjoyed their discussion about the best short story writers in the field who don’t write novels, and how that affects their careers as well as readers. Also there’s the big question of – why do you read the books you read, how do you choose what to read (and what not to read) and how can you tell whether a book is going to be important before you read it?

Those questions are particularly cool because there is no single answer, every reader and reviewer would have a different one.

I’m reading Soulless by Gail Carriger, which I have spent the last seven months or so not reading, despite the fact that I liked the cover, I saw it raved about all over the net, it seemed like the sort of thing I would love, the later books have also been all over the net, and I even saw it once on a shelf in a bookshop where I felt positively obliged to buy something. Then Gail was nominated for the John W Campbell in the Hugo list, and Soulless turned up in the Locus Recommended Reading list, and it was pretty damn clear that the universe was telling me to READ THIS BOOK. So finally, finally, I ordered it, and started reading it the second it turned up, which is a good sign of a good book buy.

I guess my answer is, I just know if I’m going to like a book. My filters are so tight that it’s rare that a book gets through wrongly. There are an awful lot that I would love that never make it through those filters, because I’m always looking ahead to the new ones. Sometimes it’s important to listen to the universe, to make sure the right ones get an extra chance to get through!

More of the podcasty goodness includes Glen Cook & the changing face of sword and sorcery, how literary movements work, genre boundaries and reinventions, China Mieville, Jasper Fforde and how some readers read (and writers write) for sameness, and others for newness.

I recommend you give it a listen!