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We had a small hiccup in service due to Life Shenanigans, but we're happy to finally reveal the results of our 2016 Q1 Short Fiction survey, featuring stories from January 2016 to March 2016.

Check out the stories below. For some stories the word counts are approximate because not all publishers provide them or it wasn't available; corrections and additions are welcome! Stories that must be purchased to read are marked with an asterisk, but we've linked to their home magazine or anthology page on Goodreads.

Since it's a been awhile, a reminder that we've decided to change things up in 2016 in order to include older short fiction. Also, the submission form will be open all year round and after submitting you'll be able to see the stories others have recced.

We'll be collecting short fiction recs for April through the 30th of September, after which we'll do another formal rec list! Please share your favorite short fiction read so far this year! You can find our form at http://goo.gl/forms/pBnXAYLPM3. We'd appreciate any signal boosts so more folks who read short fiction can find us and participate.

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Happy reccing & reading!

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A Maleficient cosplayer at Flame Con 2.


I've been looking for a con to call home ever since I moved to New York. I cut my teeth on Dragon*Con (pro-tip: um, don't do that? That is not a beginners' con) and gave New York Comic-Con the old college try, but my historic distaste of travel disqualifies returning to Dragon*Con and New York Comic-Con, while delightful and marginally more accessible, is simply not my cuppa. As I mention in the introduction to Hic Sunt Dracones, my 25th anniversary collection of essays about Dragon*Con (oh, gosh, that thing's ancient!), my nerd year used be anchored by the Georgia Renaissance Festival and Dragon*Con.

While I'm still looking for something to replace the Georgia Renaissance Festival in my heart, I have found my home con: Flame Con.

If you're unfamiliar with Flame Con, it bills itself as a "comics, arts, and entertainment expo showcasing creators and celebrities from all corners of LGBTQ geek fandom." It was originally Kickstarted in 2014 and debuted as a one day con in 2015 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. For its second year, Flame Con extended its run time to two days added more guests and panels, and moved to a new location. (With air conditioning. Thank Bowie.) It is, undoubtedly, one of the best cons I’ve ever been to.

Why is Flame Con so great? I'm glad you asked...

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Flame Con 2 has left me so fired up about my community that I spent much of Sunday just buzzing with enthusiasm and joy. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Tickets aren’t on sale for Flame Con 3 yet, but you can sign up for their newsletter here at the very bottom of the page to know when they do.
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag.


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Welcome one and all to our newest feature, Readers of the Lost ARC, a project aimed at recommending under-read books from the past few decades to highlight stories that might interest readers looking for that next great book. We're happy to welcome Courtney Schafer to Lady Business to tell us all about her favorite under-read books from the 1980s. Read on for some cool recommendations.


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At the end of every week, we gather at Lady Business HQ to share media thoughts and chat about the recent happenings in our tiny spheres of human experience. Feel free to join in, but note our comment policy if you're new! :D

As always, puns are welcome.


Half of the Lady Business editors are at WorldCon, so this is totally gonna be a low-key, peaceful Chaturday post. Totally.

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COME BE EXCITED ABOUT CONVENTIONS AND AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS GUYS.

(Comment screening is possibly going to be turned on around 03:00 GMT Sunday morning for a few hours, as the editor who'll be monitoring comments has to sleep sometime. Feel free to keep commenting, they'll be unscreened when she wakes up!)
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Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again. If you find something you love, we encourage you to comment/favorite and let the creator know you enjoyed their work. :D



Recommendations included:

  • Ancillary Justice — vid (1)
  • Avengers Academy — art (1)
  • Babylon 5 — art (1)
  • Devil Wears Prada — fic (1)
  • Disney — art (1)
  • Dragon Age — fic (1)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition — art (1)
  • Ghostbusters — art (1)
  • Hamilton — art (1)
  • Harry Potter — fic (1)
  • Lord of the Rings/Silmarillion — fic (1)
  • MCU — fic (1)
  • Mortal Engines — fic (1)
  • Multifandom — art (1)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — fic (2), playlist (1)
  • Star Wars — art (1)



On to the recs! )

What fanwork have you loved recently?
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We're happy to welcome Elizabeth Fitzgerald to Lady Business today to give us the rundown on all the amazing women writers who helped carve out space in the literary scene of Australia and the women currently writing today. Thanks, Elizabeth!

Australian Women Writers


What makes a good list? On episode #44 of Fangirl Happy Hour, you probably heard special guest Gin Jenny of Reading the End offer her criteria: time period, tone, race, and gender. I have one other that I like to add to that: nationality. Being biased, this usually means I’m looking for Australian authors.

Being an Australian reader and fan is an interesting thing. We have such a strong SFF scene and I find it disappointing how little that gets recognised on an international scope. As a book blogger, I try to counter this by keeping a focus (mostly) on home-grown work, and I always keep an eye on Australian representation in award nominations and recommendation lists.

So when I recently ran across a list of 100 SFF novels written by women, I scanned it eagerly for familiar names. After all, Australia has an excellent tradition when it comes to female SFF writers—particularly in fantasy, as author and critic Tansy Rayner Roberts has noted. I was disappointed to see that in this list of 100 there were just two: Juliet Marillier and KJ Bishop. Both are brilliant authors (and Kirsten is an amazing sculptor to boot), but there were dozens of deserving names that could be added.

I realise no list can be definitive. More than anything, they should serve as a starting point for further exploration of a topic. With that in mind, I offer you my own list.

If you’re a reader looking for a general introduction to Australian women SFF writers, the Twelve Planets series from Twelfth Planet Press is a good place to start. These are short, single-author collections by some of Australia’s finest writers. Each book contains four stories and are a great way to dip in and get a feel for whether this author is for you.Read more... )

20/08/16: Minor corrections have been made to this post since it went up. Trudi Canavan's fantasy is not YA as previously stated, and Lisa Hannet's "Lament For The Afterlife" is a novel not a collection of short stories.
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The cover of The Assignment; two shirtless men whose faces are not visible.


Detective Nicholas Valenti, tall, dark and stoic, has been best friends with his partner, Sean O'Brian for six years. The two men have seen each other through divorce, disaster and danger and saved each other's asses more times than Valenti can count. Exactly when he started seeing his blond, intense partner in another light Valenti isn't really sure. He only knows that he wants O'Brian in a way that has nothing to do with friendship and everything to do with possession. It is a desire that he will have to hide forever because O'Brian is undeniably straight.

Just as Valenti is coming to grips with his new, unacceptable feelings for his partner, their police Captain puts them on a new case that could blow Valenti's cover once and for all. He and O'Brian are going undercover at the country's largest and most infamous gay resort to bust a notorious drug lord and stop the shipments of poison cocaine that are flooding the gay bars all over the city.

Now Valenti will have to make a choice between friendship and desire. He and O'Brian will play the roles of gay men that will push the limits of their relationship to the breaking point. Will their time at the RamJack forge a new bond between them or destroy their partnership forever?


Guys. Guys.

What the fuck did I just read?!

NSFW quotes and screaming behind the cut! )
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There are sixty-two books that have debuted in 2016 so far that I would like to read, but unfortunately I'm not a speed-reader. Sixty-two potentially amazing books...and the best I've ever been able to do book wise in years before is put away 100-120 books in any one 365 day period. In light of that depressing fact, I thought, "Let's go think about all the books I'm looking forward to in the second half of 2016 instead!"

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Okay, so that was a lot of books. I'm sure there are tons I'm missing that I will eventually want to read when I find them. If there's something coming out that you know of that's in my wheelhouse, share immediately, please!
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So, uh, funny story. I decided last week that reading twenty-eight books in a week was a totally doable plan if I stuck to graphic novels, and if I did that I would finish my reading challenge! Which is obviously madness and never to be attempted, and did I mention that I did that?

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READING GOAL COMPLETE!

Part of my brain keeps being like "It's all graphic novels and manga and trade paperbacks, those don't count!" and I keep having to remind myself that yes they do. They are real books and it's still an achievement! ... That said though, oh man, there is so much prose in my future.

This week though, my continuing adventures in BL manga. As a reminder from last time: anything in the list with an asterisk next to it contains actual or attempted non-consensual/dubiously consensual sex, the jump tags SHOULD let you navigate around if you want to avoid those.

Books, Graphic Novels, and Manga read:
  1. Weekend Lovers by Kiriko Fuwa * [Jump]

  2. Oh My God! Volume One by Natsuho Shino [Jump]

  3. You Will Fall In Love by Hinako Takanaga [Jump]

  4. You Will Drown In Love Volume One by Hinako Takanaga * [Jump]

  5. The Moon and the Sandals Volume One by Fumi Yoshinaga [Jump]

  6. The Moon and the Sandals Volume Two by Fumi Yoshinaga [Jump]

  7. Hero Heel Volume One by Makoto Tateno *[Jump]

  8. Our Everlasting Volume One by Touko Kawai [Jump]

  9. Our Everlasting Volume Two by Touko Kawai * [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Books read so far: 86/150 (9 new this post; this number is officially just being the number of things I've talked about now, I think.)
New-to-me female creators: 40/100 (2 new this post.)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 8! Full house!
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag.


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Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D


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Each month, we look back over the media we loved in the previous month, from books to film to video games and more.


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Science fiction and fantasy are booming across multiple types of media these days: television, superhero films with strong SFF elements, and gaming are all enjoying a solid boost from science fiction and fantasy concepts. But what types of stories led us to this excellent time to be a SFF fan? What books inspired and entertained us until we reached this moment? Here are 60 of some important and thought-providing texts from science fiction and fantasy's long history.

These are books which many people loved, that created new fans, entertained old ones, or renewed someone's love of genre. Perhaps they even led some of the authors we love today to write in the very genre that we all enjoy so we can keep moving forward. Check them out below; how many have you read? :D

Note: all blurbs come from Goodreads!

WARNING: super image + text heavy!! )
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Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again. If you find something you love, we encourage you to comment/favorite and let the creator know you enjoyed their work. :D


Recommendations included:
  • DC's Legends of Tomorrow — fic (4)
  • Dragon Age — comic (1)
  • Ghostbusters — art (1), fic (1)
  • Hannibal — vid (1)
  • Madoka Magica — fic (1)
  • Mass Effect — art (1)
  • Sherlock Holmes — fic (1)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens — cosplay (1), vid (1)
  • Wonder Woman — vid (1)


On to the recs! )

What fanwork have you loved recently?
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Come watch a relative comics newb squee her way through some of the trailers from San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Gaze as she uses a month's supply of exclamation marks single post. Marvel as she unleashes an army of CAPS LOCKED characters.

And, y'know, watch the trailers as well.
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At the end of every week, we gather at Lady Business HQ to share media thoughts and chat about the recent happenings in our tiny spheres of human experience. Feel free to join in, but note our comment policy if you're new! :D

As always, puns are welcome.


That sure was a week of emotional ping pong! But wow, what a week it was.

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OKAY, GUYS, WE NEED TO TALK. I mentioned this before, but I accidentally blew a day off doing nothing but reading like twenty volumes of BL manga. And quite frankly, I love all y'all, but I do not have time to review twenty volumes of anything for one post. So, here's what we're doing: for the next month or so, posts are going to keep going until we end up with either eight books or 3000-3500 words, whichever comes second. Does this sound fair?

(This does mean that I'm now running enough books to have a five-post lead on myself, in theory, so hopefully things are gonna be a little more regular from here on out!)

Also, just for the purposes of the Accidental Month of BL, ANYTHING IN THE LIST WITH AN ASTERISK NEXT TO IT COMES WITH A TRIGGER WARNING FOR ATTEMPTED OR ACTUAL NON-CONSENSUAL/DUBIOUSLY CONSENSUAL SEX. I'm sticking navigation links in as well so you can just read the ones that interest you. Let me know if that works for people so I've got a chance to change it up for next time?

Books, graphic novels and manga read:
  1. Hate to Love You by Makoto Tateno * [Jump]

  2. Love Round!! by Hinako Takanaga [Jump]

  3. Liberty Liberty by Hinako Takanaga [Jump]

  4. We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire by Jules Grant [Jump]

  5. White Guardian by Duo Brand * [Jump]

  6. Lover's Flat by Hyouto Fujiyama [Jump]

  7. Your Honest Deceit by Sakufu Ajimne [Jump]

  8. Skyscrapers of Oz by Yoshino Somei and Row Takakura * [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Books read so far: 77/150 (8 new this post -- also it's really weird coming back to this number, because my GR count is like 113 now.)
New-to-me female creators: 38/100 (8 new this post)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub count: 8! YES! THIS IS WHAT I AM AFTER! *does a dance*

(For those wondering, the word count came to about 3700. Apparently I have thoughts on yaoi.)
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It's the start of July. I am trying to review Kameron Hurley's essay collection, The Geek Feminist Revolution. In my wisdom, I have decided an analysis of her essay, "I'll Make The Pancakes: On Opting In And Out of the Writing Game", would make a great entry point for my review. I reread it to remind myself of the piece's fundamental points:

The more women writers I read, from Margaret Atwood and Octavia Butler to Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Toni Morrison, the less alone I felt, and the more I began to see myself as part of something more.

It wasn't about one woman toiling against the universe. It was about all of us moving together, crying out into some black, inhospitable place that we would not be quiet, we would not go silently, we would not stop speaking, we would not give in.


It's hard to see the keyboard when you're trying not to cry.

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