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Galactic Suburbia Show Notes - Episode 6

Hey! We're 6 of one and half a dozen of the other!!! We made it to our 6th show. It's the longest so far, coming in at one hour and a half and my house was very grumpy at me last night for taking so long.

Visit us at www.galacticsuburbia.com or find us on iTunes.

So ... what did we talk about? Here are the notes:

Show Notes

China Mieville becomes first 3-time Arthur C Clarke winner
Hugo Voting pack now available for download by Aussiecon4 members
Matthew Cheney has an intriguing column, Patriarchy Studies up at Strange Horizons
Asimov's is (finally) accepting online submissions
Google to open an online bookstore by July
Diana Gabaldon attacks fanfiction [posts have been removed by the author but have been archived by others: eg http://kate-nepveu.livejournal.com/483239.html]
Charlie Stross weighed in; Kate Nepveu blogged on the legalities of fanfic; Sarah Rees Brennan, novelist and former fanfic writer wrote a post; Nick Mamatas responded to George RR Martin's claims that Lovecraftian fanfic sent Lovecraft to an early grave; Catherynne Valente was sensible on the topic
New editor announced at Escape Pod - Mur Lafferty
Angry Robot has moved to Osprey Publishing
Storm in a teacup over Neil Gaiman's appearance fee
"Men Don't Read" by Jason Pinter, in the Huffington Post. And a Response in Salon
What SF should be in every fan's library SF Mind Meld - if we remove Ursula Le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness as the outlier, none of the men here mention women in their lists

What have we been reading?
Alex: Sean Williams, Orphans of Earth and Heirs of Earth; Octavia Butler, Imago; Sean Williams, The Resurrected Man
Alisa: Borderline by Leanne Frahm
Listening to: Sofanauts, Memories of the FutureCast, The Outland Institute, Radio Free Burrito
Tansy: Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, Soulless by Gail Carriger
Listening to: Shada (Big Finish)

Pet Subject: book reviews
Do we read them, and why?
Do we write them, and why?
What's the use for publishers?
What's the use for authors?
What's the use for readers?

Mary Beard on women writing reviews (there's not that many in prominent publications etc, also the fact that lots of UK and US broadsheets have stopped literary reviews completely)
An article that has outraged female book bloggers this week

This ties into last episode's comments about reader expectations; getting books to the right audience, or explaining why you might want to read a particular book.


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May. 13th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
This might sound hypocritical because I love the City and the City.

However, I am going to go on a crazy rampage soon about literary writers being allowed to write spec fic and call it literary, but spec fic writers write the same thing and it's BOO HISS genre fiction.

That is, I was going to do it until I discovered someone else has already had the rant:



May. 16th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
Really interesting article, thanks!
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