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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. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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I always go into Hugo voting with the best of intentions. I'm going to read all the things, view all the things, and not just get bogged down in the Novel category. 2017 is going to be different!

Yes. Well.

Appropriately for the Hugo Awards this optimistic view proved to be, as usual, pure fantasy. Still, I did pretty well for a lady with a long commute and limited data; particularly when it came to the Best Short Story category. I read four of the six stories nominated in this category for 2017. And what better way to get back into writing than to share all my thoughts with you?

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Cover of The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley


Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution. As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion. Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation - the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan's new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion's gravity well to the very belly of the world. Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion's destruction - and its possible salvation. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it?


I picked this up as part of my transcription duties for Fangirl Happy Hour – it's a lot easier to follow a discussion about a book if you've read it – and it turns out that I have more thoughts on it than I expected!

The plot that can be described without spoiling the book is this: Zan wakes up with few memories of who she is, and a mission to take over a living planet/ship called the Mokshi on behalf of women who claim to be her family. The women are part of the Katazyrna, the ruling family of their own living planet/ship, one bound into a network of other planets/ships known as the Legion; they want the Mokshi because it is a planet not bound into orbit with the rest of the Legion. And from there, things get... Complicated.

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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 o/


Recommendations included:
  • Batman — fic (1)

  • Dream Daddy — art (1)

  • The Left Hand of Darkness — art (1)

  • The Legend of Zelda — art (1)

  • Pokémon — art (1)

  • Star Wars — art (2)

  • Wonder Woman — cosplay (1)

  • Yuri!!! On Ice — vid (1)


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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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Update on my goals-making update: so apparently I had character development, and managed to prise fifty library books that I knew I wouldn't have time to read out of my house and back to the library where they belong. This feels weird. I think this is what character development feels like and it's awful.

But yes, this week wasn't supposed to be All Manga All The Time, but I was having a reading slump, and there is nothing like a stack of manga to solve it. Even if some of that manga is not very good. ... Possibly especially if some of that manga's not very good! Let's get started.


  1. One Piece Omnibus One by Eiichiro Oda [Jump]

  2. The Ancient Magus' Bride Volume One by Kore Yamazaki [Jump]

  3. Until Death Do Us Part Volume Thirteen by Hiroshi Takashige and DOUBLE-S [Jump]

  4. Tale of the Waning Moon Volume One by Hyouta Fujiyama [Jump] *

  5. Pandora Hearts Volume Seven by Jun Mochizuki [Jump]

  6. Pluto Volume Four by Naoki Urasawa [Jump]

  7. Tale of the Waning Moon Volume Two by Hyouta Fujiyama [Jump] *

  8. Pluto Volume Five by Naoki Urasawa [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Reading goal: 40/150 (8 new this post) Prose: 13/50 (No new books this post)
New-to-me female authors: 6/75 (No new books this post)
#getouttamydamnhouse: 23/90 (5 gone this post)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 11/40 (2 new this post: Tale of the Waning Moon Volumes 1 & 2)
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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. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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This week, we launch a brand new feature: culture round tables! We discuss the announced adaptation of N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth series and Hollywood's adaptations of SF properties in general. This chat has been lightly edited.




Renay (Lady Business, Editor): Item for discussion! This article: N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season Book To Be Developed As TV Series At TNT. I wanted to talk about this in particular because a) the Broken Earth series is amazing and definitely deserves an adaptation, b) we see hyped adaptation news about properties created by men pretty often, but rarely see women get the same treatment, and c) do we think we may be seeing a shift in women getting their stories adapted now that TV has scooped up some of the prestige that film used to carry? I'm thinking about this in the context of the recent Who Fears Death news and Ava DuVernay adapting Octavia Butler.

KJ (Lady Business, Editor): I think that's a great point, about the focus of prestige projects shifting to TV. It's my impression that TV executives are more willing to take chances on projects than movie execs.

Renay: Why has it taken so long for them to get with it? (Spoiler I know the answer to this, it's racism.) But it's also a problem with stories by white women, too. For example, if you look up a list of announced adaptations, you can scroll multiple times before you hit property by a woman.

Bridget (SF Bluestocking, Editor): I always watch for the big lists at Tor.com every few months and WITHOUT FAIL they are 95% adaptations of work by white men. I know because I count. Every time. I'm somewhat concerned about what a Broken Earth adaptation will look like, though. Read more... )
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Kate Elliott's new novel, Buried Heart, is the conclusion to her latest YA fantasy trilogy that begins with Court of Fives. Elliott's fiction is sweeping and rich. The worlds she builds are created from the questions she asks about how people form cultures, societies, and relationships. Buried Heart is in the same vein, the closure to a story of colonization from the perspective of a young girl with a native mother and a colonial father who is torn between parts of herself.

Elliott has been writing, especially epic fantasy, since the late 1980s, but has never seen the massive success and popularity of contemporaries like George R. R. Martin. Her 2010 Spiritwalker series, that begins with Cold Magic, brought many readers, myself included, to her work, and was the first time many of us had heard of her. Elliott describes Cold Magic as "an Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency novel with airships, Phoenician spies, and the intelligent descendants of troodons". It's unfortunate the Spiritwalker series, published and these days barely promoted by Orbit Books, suffers from white-washed covers, misrepresenting the fact that the majority of the characters in the world are people of color. Elliott often grapples with issues of racism, sexism, and classism in her writing at all levels, from slave to monarch, and has included people of color and women in prominent roles from her earliest works. Additionally, Elliott is a master of using the arc of history to enrich her novels. Her worlds have cultures that grow and change in explicit, perceivable ways.

She's created a lot of worlds, too. Buried Heart goes atop a back list more then twenty books deep, full of multiple fascinating epic fantasy and science fiction series. Elliott writes long books that reward the time spent inside their worlds and is doing some of the most cutting-edge world building and characterization in the whole genre.

I was lucky enough to get to interview Elliott about her writing, her career, Buried Heart, as well as about some books and writers she enjoys. Read more... )
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Last month I decided to read a bunch of the graphic novels I had been collecting. I didn't read all of them, but I did make some headway! Read more... )

My 2017 reading goals so far:
  • Read 110 items
  • Read 30 new women writers — 21/30
  • Read 10 nonfiction titles
  • Space Opera Challenge: read 15 titles — 5/15
  • Read 10 books I own purchased before January 1, 2017 — 2/10
  • Read 5% of my anticipated 2017 titles — 10/56
  • Read some graphic novels — 6/16

September Reading Goals

Now that my main reading goal is finished, I'm focusing on the other goals I have perhaps ignored a little too much. Like the goal that tells me to READ THE BOOKS I HAVE IN MY HOUSE STOP GOING TO THE LIBRARY BUYING BOOKS BORROWING FRIENDS BOOKS LOOKING AT REC LISTS FOR NEW BOOKS. I have a problem, but everyone who reads this has the same problem and can't help. Read more... )
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In this third book in the epic Court of Fives series, Jessamy is the crux of a revolution forged by the Commoner class hoping to overthrow their longtime Patron overlords. But enemies from foreign lands have attacked the kingdom, and Jes must find a way to unite the Commoners and Patrons to defend their home and all the people she loves. Will her status as a prominent champion athlete be enough to bring together those who have despised one another since long before her birth? Will she be able to keep her family out of the clutches of the evil Lord Gargaron? And will her relationship with Prince Kalliarkos remain strong when they find themselves on opposite sides of a war? Find all the answers in this beautifully written and exciting conclusion to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's debut New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy!


I am so full of love for this book and the whole series that I don't really know where to start. Read more... )
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cover for Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live

Fiction has been a place of solace for me this year, but in the last two months I haven't had much energy for it. But at my darkest points or times when I feel the worst, I will pick up something that gives me a boost, that makes me think more deeply and snaps me out of a funk, or is just so charming and has just the right tone that it leaves me feeling like I can keep pushing on through the misery of 2017. The most recent story to provide that for me is "Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live" by Sacha Lamb. Read more... )
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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 o/


Recommendations included:
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine — fancast (1)

  • Captain America — cosplay (1)

  • Critical Role — art (1)

  • Dragon Age — art (1)

  • DC Comics — art (7)

  • Dream Daddy — art (1)

  • Final Fantasy X-2 — fic (1)

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — cosplay (1)

  • Marvel — art (1)

  • Multiple fandoms — vid (1)

  • Overwatch — art (1)

  • Pacific Rim — vid (1)

  • Persuasion — fancast (1)

  • Psych — vid (1)

  • RPF — vid (1)

  • Sailor Moon — art (1)

  • Sherlock Holmes — vid (1)

  • Sorcerer to the Crown — art (1)

  • The Wizard of Oz — Vid (1)

  • Wonder Woman — art (1), vid (1)

  • Yuri!!! On Ice — vid (2)


On to the recs! )

What fanwork have you loved recently?
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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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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. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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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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[admin post] Admin Post: Holy moly, Hugo Awards!

Aug. 12th, 2017 03:43 pm
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We won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine!

Ira and Susan on stage giving a speech with text overlaid reading This was a triumph. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS


Ira and Susan attended Worldcon 75 on our behalf (we can't even with our jealousy over Ira getting to meet Daveed Diggs). We're so grateful to everyone who nominated and voted for us this year. Thanks also to our fellow finalists, too. It was lovely being a part of a robust ballot featuring commentary and criticism from a wide range of voices. The full list of finalists and winners can be read at thehugoawards.org.

We're still reeling a bit, but we wanted to at least reach out and say THANK YOU and OMG and WHAT and THANK YOU OMG, etc. We are super honored and so excited! Congrats to US, congrats to the other winners, and thanks for liking our work! ♥ You can find the text of our speech below.

Thanks so much for this amazing award. We accept on behalf of ourselves and the four Lady Business editors who couldn't be here tonight: Clare, Jodie, KJ, and Renay.

We also want to thank everyone who has supported Lady Business throughout the years in ways large and small, including our readers, commenters, and guest columnists. Special thanks go out to John Scalzi, whose work welcomed Renay back to science fiction. Without his books Renay wouldn't have been in the SF community to start this project with our co-founders, Ana and Jodie. Thanks to Ana Grilo of The Book Smugglers for consistent support and writing opportunities, Kate Elliott and Justin Landon for believing in our work and being the best cheerleaders, and Zachariah Carlson for being our personal Shadow Broker all these years.

When Lady Business was founded, the goal was to create a safer space for discussions in a community that was still struggling to recognize white women, much less any other marginalized identities. There's still work to be done, and change has been slow, but we are thrilled our project has been a voice within this cultural shift. We are incredibly honored that the Hugo voters find our intersectional feminist work valuable, and we will keep working to remain worthy of your recognition as we move forward.

We dedicate this award to Jodie Baker and Ana Silva. Thank you very much.
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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. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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We're thrilled to share the first post in the Short & Sweet column written by [personal profile] forestofglory. Short & Sweet is an ongoing short fiction column full of recs and short fiction goodness, and [personal profile] forestofglory will drop in each quarter to share what she's been reading and what short fiction she's excited about. We're so happy to have her; please give her a warm welcome (and read her recs!).


Animal Brides


Here are six stories featuring animal brides, a trope about animals who turn into women and marry humans. Sometimes they have choice about this and sometimes the human forces them. This trope can take a lot different forms and the worlds in these stories are varied. Animal brides allow authors to explore ways women are viewed and desired. The trope lets the authors examine a variety of animals and animal archetypes.These stories deal with entitlement and freedom. They frequently draw on fairy tales and myths. This collection hits a lot different themes and moods from cute to creepy. Overall this list a bit darker then what I really generally rec but I love all of these stories.

"The Contemporary Foxwife" by Yoon Ha Lee (4,763 words) — So this is probably one of my favorite stories ever, it's so cute and sweet. It's a bit of an outlier here being the happiest story and also the only story to feature a male animal bride, and the only story with science fictional elements – it’s set on a space station.

"The Animal Women" by Alix E. Harrow (8,534 words) — Content note: race in America, violence, attempted sexual assault. I got really sucked into this story set in the US south about how women’s voices are repressed. It is pretty dark in places but had an ending I found hopeful. While the women in this story aren’t brides, their animal affinities are important, and the story shares many themes with other animal bride stories.

"The Fox Bride" by Mari Ness (1,308 words) — This one really plays on the animal nature of the animal bride and also the way stories have of taking over reality. It's extremely unromantic about animals and what they are like.

"Dragon Brides" by Nghi Vo (3,620 words) — Rather than a story about dragons who marry men, this a story about women who marry dragons. Or rather about a princess who was once captured by a dragon. But it feels thematically of a piece with the rest.

"Jackalope Wives" by Ursula Vernon (5,000 words) — I love how the author uses the desert myths and legends here. Between that and her depiction of desert fauna and flora she really brings the desert to life. I also really enjoy Grandma Harken–it’s nice to see an old woman be the hero of a story and I enjoy her no nonsense attitude.

"Foxwife" by Hiromi Goto in The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm ed. Ellen Datlow and Terrie Windling — This story gives us a glimpse of such an interesting world I always wish the author would write something else set there. I also really like how Goto uses aspects of Japanese myths.

These stories are about many types of animals and multiple genders, but they've all stuck with me, and changed how I think about women and desire. Looking at women and marriage through the lens of animals let me understand some of the ways women are objectified and treated as less than human. Particularity the way the fox (and the prince) are treated in Mari Ness' story where they aren't given a choice about their marriage. Though other stories have aspects of this too: for example, the careless way Grandma Harken's grandson treats the Jackalope wife. But the trope can also explore the ways women have power even in situations where they seem powerless. "Animal women" makes this point especially well. Ultimately, animal brides is a varied trope which is why there are so many great, but very different, stories featuring them. I hope you will take time to read some of these.
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I love it when I pick up exactly the right book at exactly the right time.

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop — Anchor Points was 100% the comic I needed to read. It was everything I wanted after the nightmare of U.S. Senate Funhouse — Encroaching Death Week: a fun, woman-led adventure that pokes fun at pop culture, critiques toxic masculinity, centers female friendships and mentorships, and ties realistic struggles that women face into supernatural shenanigans in non-didactic ways. Kate is adorable, confident, competent, and she gets the best sidekicks. If you're looking for a fun romp with a former Avenger-turned-private investigator, this will be your jam. Read more... )

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