Galactic Suburbia 94!

insectarmyIn which we get excited about awards, and sexism in SF. In other words, it’s Galactic Suburbia! You can get us at iTunes or over at Galactic Suburbia.

Aurealis Award Shortlist

Tiptree Award Winner & Shortlist – first Australian Tiptree winner! Congrats to N.A. Sulway!

Culture Consumed:

Alex: All Harry Potter movies; Project Bond; Supurbia
Tansy: Regency romance novels, Minister of Chance
Alisa: Supurbia

Pet Subject: the not-SFWA “debate”, the pervasive dismissal of women in SF

Note: this episode was recorded several days before broadcast, before Sean Fodera made his apology to Mary Robinette Kowal, who accepted it gracefully. Please look at her post about why she accepted, and the role of apologies in general.

Some other relevant articles we discuss or allude to, or which Alisa found after recording and wanted us to include – keep following the Galactic Suburbia Facebook Page as she’s been updating it with interesting links daily:


The Radish hosted early discussion on the Bulletin anti-censorship petition.

The Daily Dot coverage of the petition & responses in the community.

Steven Gould on why the petition was based on a false premise.

SL Huang writes Can We Please Not Rewrite History, Folks?, and worth checking in on SL’s original Timeline of 2013 SFWA Controversies, now updated. [my apologies for stumbling over pronouns on the podcast]


Silvia Moreno-Garcia outlines the invective against Mary Robinette Kowal on and the politics of “plunging necklines,” “diaphanous white outfits” and ankles.

Mary Robinette Kowal’s post on Being a Representational Example

Scalzi presents the Insect Army t-shirt design courtesty of Ursula Vernon’s awesome artwork.

N.K. Jemisin makes her own comments on the current shenanigans. Some really important words here. Alex also mentions Nora’s important tweet from 5 days ago:

N. K. Jemisin @nkjemisin
The loss of privilege is not oppression. The loss of privilege is not oppression. THE LOSS OF PRIVILEGE IS. NOT. OPPRESSION.

The post we possibly discuss in most detail on the podcast today: Juliet McKenna’s Why The SFWA Shoutback Matters

A really important message from James Patrick Kelly on age, and generations, and making a difference.

and don’t forget the…

Galactic Suburbia Award!! for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction. There’s still time to send us your suggestions – only work from 2013, please, but start saving the 2014 links to send us next year.

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