We talked a bit about the LadyLike Book Club review of Black Blade Blues.
If he could cast the Sarah Beauhall movies, he'd pick Katee Sackhoff to play Sarah.
If you are a neo-pro level writer and interested in learning from John, he'll be teaching at Paradise Lost in 2014.
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Traci Castleberry, Elka Cloke, Jeff Mann, and Bill Coleman talk to me about their stories in Suffered from the Night: Queering Bram Stoker's Dracula. At the end of the podcast, I also have a conversation with Alisa Krasnostein about the project we're crowdfunding right now, Kaleidoscope!
Traci Castleberry also writes as Nica Berry and Evey Brett. You can find out all about her work on her website.
Elka Cloke is active on both Tumblr and Twitter.
Jeff Mann has a website with lots of info about his work.
Bill Coleman also has a website with lots of info.
Bill and Elka both had stories in A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes.
Kaleidoscope is fundraising until the end of the month. Click here to back the project! When we hit the $7,000 mark, we'll post our submissions guidelines on the Kaleidoscope Blog.
Lee Martindale moderates the Gay SF panel at WorldCon. I (Julia Rios) am on it along with Scott Bobo, Matthew Johnson, Paul J. Salamoff, and Paige Ewing.
After the panel there's a mini interview with Kyell Gold, who talks about the audiobook version of Green Fairy.
We also had a great OA lunch meetup at WorldCon, and here's a picture of the group (minus a couple of people who had to dash before we could get our picture taken):
Recommended in the panel:
*The Ladies of Trade Town
*Heiresses of Russ
*Yard Dog Press
*Ann McCaffrey (Pern)
*Marion Zimmer Bradley
*Kiini Ibura Salaam
*Lambda Literary Awards
*Gaylactic Spectrum Awards
*Breaking Bad (for disability, not QUILTBAG content)
Michael Damian Thomas and Shira Lipkin join me to talk about Flying Higher, an anthology of superhero poetry, which you can get for free on Smashwords. Michael is @michaeldthomas on Twitter and Shira is @shadesong. Shira has also recently had a poem in Apex Magazine and a story in Clockwork Phoenix 4. Michael is also the co-editor of Queers Dig Time Lords and Glitter and Mayhem.
Recent conventions with awesome looking program items included Diversicon and Nine Worlds. Catherine Lundoff has two different Diversicon posts! I don't have any Nine Worlds posts to share, but if you were there and want to write in about your experience, I'd love to hear all about it.
I also wanted to say congratulations to all the World Fantasy Award nominees! Awesome to see N.K. Jemisin, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Karin Tidbeck, Charles Tan, Kaaron Warren, Meghan McCarron, and L. Timmel Duchamp on the ballot.
Finally, Circlet Press is having a Summer Reading Sale!
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The Untragic Trans* Panel from WisCon 37! Moderated by Rhea Ewing, with Autumn Nicole Bradley, Rose Hayes, Brit Mandelo, and Elliott Mason. The panel runs an hour and fifteen minutes, and then I give a little Readercon report after it's over.
Things the panelists recommended:
*We Happy Trans* is a website specifically for sharing positive trans* experiences.
*What Makes a Baby is a book that talks about how babies are made in very inclusive terms for all kinds of families.
*Choir Boy by Charlie Anders is a novel about a trans* teen.
*Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman is a book about exploring gender in multiple ways.
*Being Emily by Rachel Gold is another trans* teen novel, and one which Autumn recommends as really speaking to her experience.
*FINE is Rhea's comic about gender.
Readercon was great! Big thanks to he concom for working hard to make the space as safe and inclusive as possible. I loved getting to catch up with so many OA members, though I utterly failed to get a lot pictures. I do have two, though! Both from the From Page to Stage workshop run by C.S.E. Cooney and Caitlyn Paxson. At the end, all the participants read from their work, and I caught Kyell Gold and Brad Parks in the act!
Thanks to everyone who made Readercon weekend great!
The Queers Dig Time Lords panel from WisCon! This panel was moderated by Sigrid Ellis, and the other panelists were Michael Damian Thomas, Amal El-Mohtar, Na'amen Tilahun, Brit Mandelo, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and me, Julia Rios. Even though this panel happened at 10am, it still gets the explicit tag (and how!), so consider yourself forewarned!
Congratulations to award winners! The last month saw both the Bisexual Book Awards and the Lambda Literary Awards announced, as well as the Chronos Awards in Australia, and Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint won best Audio Drama at the Audies! Congratulations, all!
If you want to see pictures from WisCon 37, you can check out my photo set on Flickr.
Finally, if you were not able to attend WisCon, and would like to with the OA WisCon Prize Package (signed copies of Queers Dig Time Lords and Amal El-Mohtar's The Honey Month, plus a souvenir Queers Dig Time Lords test tube), e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org any time during the month of June. I'll draw a winner in early July.
Eight OA members answer the same four questions (about SF awards, what "metrosexual" means, identity politics and the term QUILTBAG, and recommended media from 2013), so we can see a bit of the wide variety of opinions on each topic.
Stuff We Mentioned
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Christopher Barzak joins me to talk about all his latest projects!
Before the interview, a brief correction: last time I failed to mention Kay Holt as co-editor of The Other Half of the Sky. Oops! That anthology of feminist SF stories is co-edited by Athena Andreadis and Kay Holt. In this podcast, I say pick it up if you haven't already. I meant to say check it out! It's forthcoming, so you can't pick it up yet.
*Before and Afterlives is Christopher's short story collection out through Lethe Press.
*One for Sorrow, and The Love We Share Without Knowing are his novels.
*Birds and Birthdays is a recent collection of three stories and an essay about surrealist art. You can hear an interview all about that with Shaun Duke over on The Skiffy and Fanty Show.
*Jamie Marks is Dead is the movie (currently in production) based on One for Sorrow.
*Christopher teaches at Youngstown State University, and the literary magazine he helped students start is called Jenny.
*He co-edited Interfictions 2 with Delia Sherman, and is no co-editing the fiction portions of the forthcoming Interfictions Online with Meghan McCarron.
*The first issue of Interfictions Online will launch at WisCon at the end of May.
*Christopher will also be at Readercon in July, and he'll have a reading at the KGB Bar in New York later in 2013.
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Joan Slonczewski is a professor at Kenyon College. She specializes in microbiology, a topic which also appears in her SF novels. She's also going to be one of the guests of honor at WisCon this year. In the podcast we talked specifically about her books, Brain Plague, and The Highest Frontier.
Things we discussed:
- The term "Metrosexual" as either a pop culture word for men who care about appearance, or as a term for men who want to experiment with same sex relationships. We had some confusion/disagreement about what this word means. Please share your thoughts!
- An unfortunately named, but interesting article from Cracked.com: "6 Insane Stereotypes That Movies Can't Seem to Get Over"
- Brokeback Mountain is an example of a popular movie where a QUILTBAG character dies. Silence of the Lambs features a QUILTBAG murderer as the villain.
- Gillian is not a big fan of Captain Jack Harkness. We agree that he seems like a dangerous fellow to spend time with.
Examples of SF with good portrayals of QUILTBAG characters:
- The Highest Frontier and Brain Plague by Joan Slonczewski
- Carnival by Elizabeth Bear
- Scheherazade's Facade, edited by Michael M. Jones
- The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner
- "Recognizing Gabe" by Alberto Yáñez
- Beyond Binary, edited by Brit Mandelo
- Wilde Stories (ongoing Year's Best series), edited by Steve Berman
- The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan (one of this year's Tiptree winners!)
- Machine by Jennifer Pelland
- Don't Bite the Sun and Drinking Sapphire Wine by Tanith Lee
- The Other Half of the Sky, edited by Athena Andreadis and Kay Holt
Audience member points:
- Queer is a reclaimed slur, and only people who have been called it should be able to use it.
- Troubled by SFnal worlds in which only QUILTBAG characters are gay white men.
- Recommendations for Samuel R. Delany and Caitlin R. Kiernan
- Nebula nominees are announced, and include lots of awesome people, several of whom are OA members and/or come highly recommended for excellent QUILTBAG conten (N.K. Jemisin, Rachel Swirsky, Brit Mandelo, Catherynne M. Valente, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jay Lake, Cat Rambo...)
- Tiptree Awards time is here! Caitlin R. Kiernan's The Drowning Girl and Kiini Ibura Salaam's Ancient, Ancient are the winners! The shortlist also has some great stuff including work by OA members Roz Kaveney and Elizabeth Bear.
- The Galactic Suburbia Award for activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction in 2012 came out last month. I'm extremely honored to be on the shortlist for the second year in a row.
- The Lambda nominees are announced, and again with the OA members out in force! Congratulations to all, including Malinda Lo, Roz Kaveney, Steve Berman, Connie Wilkins, Brit Mandelo, and Sean Eads!
- Hugo nominations are open for a couple more days! If you haven't yet nominated, there's still time, and you could even nominate this very podcast if you wanted to!
Next episode will be an interview with Christopher Barzak. In the meantime, send feedback to email@example.com, leave a comment here, or tweet to @outeralliance on Twitter. Thanks for listening!
The Queer SF&F Panel from Arisia, with Julia Rios, Don Sakers, and Connie Wilkins
Don Sakers writes reviews for Analog, and has written several books. His website is Meerkat Meade.
Connie Wilkins writes and edits speculative fiction , and has an erotica alter ego named Sacchi Green. She co-edited Heiresses of Russ 2012 with Steve Berman, edited Time Well Bent: Queer Alternate Histories, and most recently, has a story in The Mystical Cat.
Things we discussed: Lethe Press -- Steve Berman publishes works by a number of authors including Tanith Lee and Melissa Scott.
Queers Dig Time Lords -- a book of essays about Doctor Who by QUILTBAG fans. This book will come out in June.
Examples of good, complex characters: *Lesbian werewolves from Silver Moon (recommended by Connie) *Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who (recommended by Don) *Helen Magnus from Sanctuary (recommended by Don)
Examples of how stereotypes can be used well: *Promises, Promises by L-J Baker (recommended by Julia) *Xena: Warrior Princess (recommended by audience *Not QUILTBAG, but for SFnal/geek stereotypes: Galaxy Quest and The Big Bang Theory (recommended by Don) *Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment (recommended by Connie) *"The Women Men Don't See", "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?", and "The Girl Who was Plugged In" by James Tiptree Jr. (recommended by audience)
Audience recommends Ellen Kushner (Swordspoint and The Privilege of the Sword)
Julie Andrews recommends Beyond Binary, anthology of genderqueer and sexually fluid speculative fiction edited by Brit Mandelo
Connie Recommends Scheherazade's Facade, fantastic tales of Gender Bending, Cross-Dressing, and Transformation edited by Michael M. Jones
Julia Recommends Machine by Jennifer Pelland (trans audience member seconds the rec)
Jennifer Pelland recommends Lyda Morehouse's Archangel Protocol books
Gillian Daniels recommends Kissing the Witch, collection of nested fairy tales by Emma Donoghue
Audience recommends SteamPowered Lesbian Steampunk Stories edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft (Connie seconds the rec)
Connie recs Hellebore and Rue, anthology of lesbian magic users edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft and Catherine Lundoff
Audience recommends Laurie Marks and Diane Duane. Same audience member has Problem/Rec for Lois McMaster Bujold because she writes interesting QUILTBAG characters, but they don't read like people audience member knows in real life. Looks at gender in really interesting ways, but, for instance, bisexual characters let audience member down.
Connie recs Bordertown
Audience recommends S.M. Stirling's Nantucket series and Dies the Fire
Audience asks for YA QUILTBAG non-issue books. Recs for Malinda Lo, and Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand.
News (after the panel)
Panel Notes from three other Arisia Panels (Trans* and gender variant SF, Asexuality in SF, and Beyond Binary)
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Crossed Genres submissions call fro QUILTBAG anthology, Fierce Family.
Call for papers for special Feminist SF issue of ADA journal.
House of Commons passed first vote for same sex marriage in the UK. Not done yet, but an encouraging sign.