Posted by dolorosa12 in linkpost.
Tags: accessibility, aliette de bodard, ana grilo, cindy pon, daria, filipina poets, isabel yap, isobelle carmody, jane the virgin, jessica jones, kate elliott, mary robinette kowal, me elsewhere, michelle vider, phoebe robinson, renay, rose lemberg, sophia mcdougall, station eleven, tell them stories
This week’s post is a day early, as I’m going to be in London tomorrow and away from a computer. It’s also going to be fairly Jessica Jones heavy, but I will separate those links off from everything else.
Building on the ongoing conversation about conventions’ failure to provide a safe and accessible experience for disabled attendees, Mary Robinette Kowal has started a SFF convention accessibility pledge, which I encourage everyone who’s likely to attend a convention to sign.
These two posts by Rose Lemberg on the experiences of disabled fans, and the dismissal of their concerns and requests for accommodations and accessibility, are really important, and I encourage you to read them.
Michelle Vider writes: Station Eleven is a love letter to technology, one I never could have written myself.
Isabel Yap put together a fantastic collection of recommendations of Filipina poets, many of whom were new to me. I highly recommend reading their work.
Here’s Kate Elliott on ’10 Fantasy Novels Whose Depiction of Women Did Not Make Me Want to Smash Things’.
Kate Elliott also dropped by the Fangirl Happy Hour podcast.
This recent Galactic Suburbia podcast was also great.
More Isobelle Carmody:
Of the many readers Carmody has met, some have made lasting impressions. The young woman who established the fan site obernewtyn.net has become a close friend. Another has proved a sharp-eyed editor for Carmody’s unpublished books. Many have said they feel that the conclusion of The Obernewtyn Chronicles marks the end of their childhood.
Sophia McDougall’s post on trigger/content warnings said a lot of things that I’ve been trying to say on the matter for a while. Needless to say, content warning for discussion of abuse.
I loved this article about the depiction of early motherhood on Jane the Virgin
Phoebe Robinson talks about ‘How Daria Shaped A Generation of Women (Particularly This Black One)’.
I loved this photoshoot, in which five authors dressed up as their favourite fictional characters.
There are new reviews up on Those Who Run With Wolves. Aliette de Bodard reviewed Black Wolves by Kate Elliott. I reviewed Serpentine by Cindy Pon.
Jessica Jones links
I’m somewhat astonished by the intensity of my reaction to, and identification with, this show, but it’s clear that I’m not alone in this.
‘Marvel’s Newest Show Makes Surviving Trauma A Superpower’ goes a long way toward explaining the strength of my feelings about this show.
Jessica Jones is a primer on gaslighting, and how to protect yourself against it. Oh, my heart.
Renay of Ladybusiness and Ana of Booksmugglers discussed it on Twitter, and Charles Tan made a Storify of their conversation.
Posted by dolorosa12 in linkpost.
Tags: activism, alana piper, angela slatter, ghostwords, hackers, kai cheng thom, kari sperring, kate elliott, kindness not fear, me elsewhere, of sorrow and such, rasheedah phillips, rochita loenen-ruiz, shannon hale, sofia samatar, sophia mcdougall, space hostages, tell them stories, the toast, those who run with wolves, vida cruz, zen cho
That title doesn’t quite scan, but it will have to do.
Via Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, probably the best thing I’ve read all week: Nine Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible, by Kai Cheng Thom. Really important stuff.
Read this essay by Sofia Samatar about being a black academic.
On a related note, Black Sci-fi Creators Assemble at Princeton and Imagine Better Worlds than This One, by Rasheedah Phillips.
Kari Sperring talks about justice, socialism, fantasy utopias, and Terry Pratchett.
Here’s Alana Piper on the myth that ‘women secretly hate each other’. Nothing throws me out of a story faster than female characters with no female friends, so this post was right up my alley.
Kate Elliott needs your help in a workshop on gender defaults in fantasy.
Shannon Hale writes about writing outside her culture. Note that at least one of the recommendations of books ‘by Asian-American authors’ is not by an Asian-American author, but rather, a Palestinian/Egyptian-Australian. It’s still a good list.
Rochita Loenen-Ruiz interviews Zen Cho. I wait impatiently for my copy of Sorcerer To The Crown to arrive.
As always, the new posts at Ghostwords are a delight.
Two new reviews are up on Those Who Run With Wolves:
Vida Cruz reviews Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter.
I review Space Hostages by Sophia McDougall.
It has been twenty years since two formative works of my teenage years, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and the film Hackers, were released. Here’s an interview with the Hackers director.
The Toast remains amazing. Two of my favourite recent posts: Dirtbag Milton (I remember studying him in uni and being furious about how badly he treated his daughters), and How To Tell If You Are In a Lai of Marie de France.
I hope your weekends are glorious.
Posted by dolorosa12 in linkpost.
Tags: australiana, best young australian novelists 2015, catherine lundoff, emily st. john mandel, eurovision, game of thrones, irish politics, keri phillips, me elsewhere, naomi novik, natalie luhrs, representation matters, rochita loenen-ruiz, romanitas, sarah masle, sophia mcdougall, station eleven, tade thompson, the toast, zen cho
So. Lots of stuff to get through this week, as my corner of the internet has been particularly full of people doing wonderful, clever and awesome things.
Rochita Loenen-Ruiz had a busy week. Here’s Rochita on the uses of anger, her new short story, and being interviewed for Lightspeed magazine’s author spotlight.
Catherine Lundoff has had so many submissions to her ‘Older Women in SFF’ recommendations post that she’s had to split it into two. Part one, part two.
I really liked this review of Zen Cho’s writing by Naomi Novik.
This review by Sarah Mesle of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones made a lot of points I’ve been struggling to articulate. Content note for discussion of violence, abuse and rape.
I really appreciated this thoughtful post by Tade Thompson on safety, community and dissent.
Natalie Luhrs makes some really important points here:
This is part of the ongoing conversation about the importance of different voices in our community. About making space for people who have been told–explicitly and implicitly–that what they have to say isn’t worthwhile and that they need to sit down and listen and that someday, maybe, they’ll be allowed to speak.
This list of Best Young Australian novelists looks great, and reflects the Australia that I grew up in. Congratulations to all the winners!
I have to admit that the #hometovote hashtag has been making me cry.
I wrote two longish posts this week. One is here at the Geata: a review of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The other is over on LJ/Dreamwidth, and is a primer to Sophia McDougall’s Romanitas trilogy.
My mother is a radio journalist. Her programme this week is on Eurovision, and you can listen to it here (not geoblocked). There are additional features here. I am an unashamed Eurovision fan, and as you can see, it runs in the family.
Texts from Hieronymous Bosch made me laugh and laugh.
Happy Friday, everyone.
Posted by dolorosa12 in blogging, fandom, linkpost.
Tags: a c wise, aliette de bodard, charles tan, fannish history, forestofglory, jim c hines, kate elliott, ladybusiness, linkpost, me elsewhere, representation matters, rochita loenen-ruiz, tell them stories, the book smugglers, vika ogannesyan
It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s high time for your weekly links. Most of these were gathered via Twitter, because I follow some fabulous people over there, and they keep finding and doing wonderful things.
A.C. Wise’s monthly post for SF Signal on women to read in SFF is filled with some great recommendations. This post is part of a series, so if you want more recommendations, you’ll be able to find them in the related posts links under the article.
Jim C. Hines is calling for guest posters to write on representation in SFF, so if you think you fit the criteria, you should definitely try and submit something. He’s already run a previous series of posts on this subject, which were collected as an ebook, the sales of which have gone to support the Carl Brandon Society’s Con or Bust programme. The call for guest posts runs until tomorrow, so get in now if you want to be included.
I’m really looking forward to Aliette de Bodard’s new Xuya short story. She’s posted an excerpt on her blog.
This post by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz about the struggles people face when trying to speak up (or even speak at all) is powerful and important.
Kate Elliott’s short-story collection The Very Best of Kate Elliott is out on the 10th February. She’s been blogging up a storm recently. I particularly appreciated her guest post at The Book Smugglers on self-rejection and the courage to say yes.
Also from Kate Elliott, ‘An Illustrated Love Letter to Smart Bitches and Trashy Books’, which does exactly what it says on the tin. I’m not a regular reader of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (which recently celebrated its tenth birthday), but I am a firm believer in unapoletically loving the things you love, and not shaming other people for their fannish choices, so this resonated with me a lot.
This guest post on Ladybusiness by forestofglory is full of great short-fiction recommendations that I will definitely be checking out.
Finally, I went on a bit of a Twitter spree about cultish behaviour and abuse dynamics in fandom. These tweets should be considered the preliminary stage of a more detailed post that I’ve been thinking about for a while. Charles Tan was kind enough to collect my tweets together on Storify.
Happy Friday, everyone! Enjoy Armenian teenager Vika Ogannesyan singing ‘Plava Laguna’ (the opera song from The Fifth Element).