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Galactic Suburbia Episode 24

There’s a new episode up! Grab it from iTunes or stream it on the site. You will be able to direct download it tomorrow.


In which we flit over the first shortlist of the year and some charitable links, sweep though a fortnight of culture consumed, and then leap with both feet into the pet subject of Inside Indie Press.


BSFA Awards Shortlists

QLD Flood fundraisers for writers & readers:
After the Rain
Authors for Queensland auction
QWC appeal launches Saturday, on Twitter at @writersonrafts

What Culture Have we Consumed?
Tansy: no books for me, shockingly! More Big Finish audio plays.
Alex: Agatha H and the Airship City, Phil and Kaja Foglio; Transformation Space, Marianne de Pierres; Dust, Elizabeth Bear; two stories from James Tiptree’s Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (spoilery discussion); The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss. Also begun a rewatch of BSG…
Alisa: No Ordinary Family, Dexter season 5

(diversion on the subject of Whether Alisa Should Watch Doctor Who)

Pet Subject: Inside Indie Press
Big news in TPP space is the closure of Speakeasy.
Is there an obvious point at which a project becomes a non-viable project?
How do you know that you’re not ditching a project just because the stories don’t fit your particular idea/viewpoint?
The older books are harder to use as examples because lots of things about them were learning.
Horn – first to break even BUT got caught on the selling to bookstores.
Pay scales, writing contracts, competing with the US indies…

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( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 19th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
I think if you haven't ever really tried Doctor Who, you definitely should. It's the best television show ever made anywhere in the universe absolutely ever.

If, however, you've tried it a bit and don't like it, then why watch more?
Jan. 20th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
I've watched a lot of the old series. I didn't really fancy new Who.
Jan. 20th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
I think it's worth checking out last year's Who if you haven't already, just because it's a new producer and Doctor, and that often brings about fairly bold changes in style and tone. You might like that more than the Russell T Davies stuff of 2005-09.
Jan. 23rd, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
I think it's absolutely fair to dismiss New Who as not for you if you've tried it and don't like it, HOWEVER despite our difference of opinion on the Shearman Dalek episode, I do think that if you haven't seen any New Who written by Moffat then you haven't really seen a wide enough range to make an informed decision.

He's written 1-2 episodes per season before the most recent season 5 in which he took over as showrunner, and they are generally regarded as some of the best ever. I certainly think that they are (along with Human Nature/Family of Stone by Paul Cornell, and Midnight by RTD) the best of the David Tennant episodes. I really think you'd enjoy The Girl in the Fireplace. Though if you're going to watch Blink, don't do so when it's dark and you're alone.
Jan. 23rd, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
I think I've seen Blink? But will need to check.

For me, not a diehard Who fan, I watched enough that made me disinterested in the show. I find it funny that people defend different writers as though the entire thing is entirely a different show if someone else is writing it - is it that lacking in cohesion?

BUT I will try the Moffat episodes and reserve further judgement til then.
Jan. 23rd, 2011 11:21 am (UTC)
It's not that it's lacking in cohesion, but Doctor Who is far more of an anthology series and one with a wider variety of styles and story types than most SF. I think we credit the writers far more than in any other SF series I know of - Joss Whedon is celebrated for his showrunner shows but often I know I don't actually pay attention to which episodes he writes versus those written by others.

The payoff of course is that it is for the most part not a show that needs to be watched in strict chronological order.

It is definitely a show that reinvents itself regularly - the new season 5 is effectively a stylistic reboot and may be more to your tastes in that it is more of a boxset kind of show, and it has a lot of differences, as Grant said, to the RTD era. There's certainly a lot more character development in it that I really enjoyed, and it captures a lot of what I love about the classic series, but in a very different way.

And if you don't love it, I'm sure there will be another Doctor Who along in a few years!

Jan. 23rd, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)
LOL. Well stay tuned. I guess
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