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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.


Clare


Longtime fanzine editor Dovya Blacque is seeking submissions for her Steve/Bucky fanzine Bruckelen! The submission deadline is September 15th.

Here’s our first look at the logo for Bryan Fuller’s Star Trek series.

Warner Bros. hopes that Geoff Johns can clean up the mess Zack Snyder made. Good luck, fellas!

There might be a Harley Quinn movie… featuring other ladies from DC’s stable of superheroines and villainesses? This feels like a trap. I will definitely take that bait, though.

The always amazing Jess Plummer tackles the whole "Steve Rogers is a Nazi now!" thing.

This look at video game voice actors is really fascinating, even if it’s a little Fandom 101 for my tastes.

Ira


➝ Here are a bunch of fascinating cloud formations! I especially like #3-5.

➝ Photographer Francois Brunelle has put together a series of photogrpahs of people with their doppelgangers. They're not twins, even though they look it! It's absolutely fascinating.

Jodie


➝ Just a reminder that Kameron Hurley's essay collection, The Geek Feminist Revolution, is out now. The fact that this book exists is really important to me. Hurley is an author who has often kept me going when times were tough. Just, yeah, I am going to be one emotional Brit when my copy arrives.

➝ Related; I enjoyed Hurley's recent essay The Establishment Has Always Hated the New Kids:

In fact, what history has shown, and what we see on looking back, is that – if anything – the New Wave saved science fiction. It saved it from obscurity, from the endless circle-jerk, from the literary and social margins where it seemed content to argue with itself, and wither, and die. These talented and passionate new writers forced established writers to up their game. They raised the bar.


➝ Last month, Daniel José Older's Shadowshaper was nominated for the Locus award for YA SFF. The list for that category is entirely taken up by books written by men which, when you consider the way YA is often positioned and the wealth of female writers publishing YA science fiction and fantasy, looks pretty weird. In response, Older made a video about the Great Women of YA SFF in a bid to highlight female writers/make your TBR explode.

➝ I am currently obsessed with this Vine of the female characters from Peaky Blinders walking in slow motion. Polly's coat and sunglasses and cigarette! Lizzie's inscrutable face shaded by her hat! Esme's everything!

➝ Monica Byrne, author of The Girl in the Road, discusses art, labour and her own career in How do artists make A living? An ongoing, almost impossible quest:

Literature, like almost all creative fields spooked by the 2008 economic crash and the rise of new technologies, has increasingly built a model that centers on Big Things. The breakout album, the solo exhibition, the feature film, the debut novel. They’re one-time gambles for both the artist and the producer. If the gamble pays off, the artist gets another chance. If it doesn’t, the producer often looks for another artist.


The Unhealthy Truth Behind 'Wellness' and 'Clean Eating' is an interesting analysis of recent food vlogger trends from Ruby Tandoh, who has experience of eating disorders.

➝ Finally, I have to share Amelia Earhart's letter to her fiance with you because I love it so much.


KJ


Teenage Girls Are Playing Video Games, You Just Might Not Hear Them: Simultaneously encouraging and sad August 2015 news about a Pew Research Center report on teenagers and videogames. The good news is that lots of teen girls play games, almost 60% — not just the stereotypical casual games and RPGs, but hardcore shooters and sandbox games. The sad part is that these girls tend not to play online, and most of those who do keep the microphone off, for fear of harassment. 27% of girls in the study won't even play games when someone else is in the room. How awful is game culture that it's driving such a huge percentage of its members that far underground?

➝ Confused about this whole business with prolific erotica writer Chuck Tingle and the Hugo Awards? This Vox article explains all, with facts and good humor (although its history of the various Puppy movements is a bit off — Larry Correia started his campaign at least a couple of years before Ann Leckie's win; thanks to an SP slate, one of his novels was up against Ancillary Justice in 2014).

➝ According to J.J. Abrams, Paramount will be dropping its lawsuit against the fan-made film Star Trek: Axnar. He's frank that this is a move is, at least in part, meant to recover some of the goodwill Paramount has squandered with Trekkies over the last few years. Whatever the reason, it's excellent news, and I hope it's true.

➝ The New York Times launched a new crowdsourcing project: indexing its advertising archive. Websurfers with a few minutes to spare can visit Madison and help out by identifying content as advertising, tagging it as to content, or even transcribing the text. A pretty cool project, and making the archive searchable will be super useful.

Renay


➝ Voting for The Gemmell Awards is open. This is the fantasy award that inevitably decides maybe one woman is writing award-winning fantasy every year. Maybe. Probably it's just demographics of the voters. But both The Fifth Season and Black Wolves are on the novel list. LET THERE BE JUSTICE.

➝ There's an actual petition in progress to tell Marvel to end the recent Captain America plot twist. My first thought upon seeing this: I hope these people, if they read in floppy, took this comic off their pull list and also sent an email to the company. I am now cynical and jaded because I doubt it.

➝ That said, Captain America Steve Rogers #2 comes out on June 29, 2016 just in case anyone needs a reminder to boot this crap off their pull lists after the behavior of its writer in the media/toward marginalized fans (watching him misrepresent and then basically invite a Twitter mob to attack a comics editor due to specious info in real time was...something).

Code Switch is now a podcast!

➝ But sadly, slashreport is ending. :(

➝ Ira and I regularly get in FIGHTS about HET ROMANCE, where I am the Old Moderate and they are the Young Revolutionary. I have accepted most of the traditional publishers are like, "Yeah, queers are good when they're shaped like corpses!". I know it's out there, though, and want Ira to like books they read, so I asked for recs and got a ton in that thread. So if you're looking for possibilities check it out, or drop books not mentioned over there or in the comments.


Susan


➝ I couldn't pick out the original if you played it for me, but I really love 2cellos's cover of AC/DC's Thunderstruck. (Just look at their bows disintegrate as they play! That's amazing!)

Up Against the Centerfold: What it was like to report on feminism for Playboy in 1969Playboy of all magazines attempted to commission articles on feminism?! (I think we all knew how that was gonna go from the subtitle, didn't we?) But on the other hand: "Holy shit, second wave feminism sounds like a fucking warzone. But the main thing I enjoyed about this article was all of the people in the Playboy offices (mainly the women, what a shock) supporting the author in the face of the men around her being utter shits.

This collection of photos of wounded vets is awesome, not just because it's a lot of photos of attractive badasses, but also because the photographer is really up front about what is and isn't going on here:

Some people will say to me "Oh this is really helpful to their self-esteem" or "You're making them feel like men again". ... I hear all these types of comments and the response I have is that these guys have come to me very healed and ready to take the world on. I'm not giving them back their confidence. They already have it.
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