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Speculative Fiction 2014 Submissions are still open. :) I'm still on the look out for fannish meta and essays!

Justin interviewed KJ Parker, whose books I haven't read but will be reading as soon as my library gets them.

7 Reasons to pre-order The Mirror Empire.

Abigail tackles the Hugo Voter packet drama, started when Orbit decided to only provide samples rather than full versions of the nominated books. I'm probably in the minority who would rather have non-DRM samples than DRM-full versions. Seriously, last year was a nightmare for me — I ended up buying one of the books, anyway, because the DRM was so annoying. There might be a longer post about this in my head somewhere, but the packet for me was less about the novel category (arguably one of the most accessible categories, along with BDP-Long Form, which often will have items available via public libraries) and more about the benefit of curation for the smaller categories, especially short fiction. Although even that's fading as more and more of the nominated fiction is coming from online sources. It's complicated.

Everyone needs to watch the adorable love story immediately! IT'S THE CUTEST SHORT FILM I'VE SEEN IN AGES.

Clare reviews Maleficent. I liked it a bit more than she did; I could have used less of the awkward narration and more trust in the audience at the beginning so we could've moved more quickly through the set up, but oh well. I thought Jolie and Fanning were brilliant, and was surprised at how much I liked Diaval.

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"A Complexity of Desires: Expectations of Sex & Sexuality in Science Fiction" by Kameron Hurley may rival my love for her fantastic essay "We Have Always Fought". Definitely read her books too - they're amazing.

➝ I made a playlist for Wiscon's 2014 vidparty and now you can watch it, along with all the other playlists from the party. There are some really cool playlists and I'm looking forward to diving into lots of them, but Ana and Renay I want to particularly draw your attention to the "A Vid for Any Source" playlist. It includes a "Welcome to Nightvale" vid and a "Codename Verity" vid.

➝ Yo, Ana I really enjoyed your a review of "We Were Liars" by the way :)

"What We Talk About When We Talk About Trigger Warnings" shows how mainstream conversation about trigger warnings reveals a deep seated contempt for pain. It also offers a really smart explanation of the difference between a warning and censorship. Throw it at anyone you need to.

➝ In "Diversity is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing" Daniel José Older takes apart how the publishing industry makes it difficult for chromatic authors to get published and ends by saying:

We’re right to push for diversity, we have to, but it is only step one of a long journey. Lack of racial diversity is a symptom. The underlying illness is institutional racism. It walks hand in hand with sexism, cissexism, homophobia, and classism. To go beyond this same conversation we keep having, again and again, beyond tokens and quick fixes, requires us to look the illness in the face and destroy it. This is work for white people and people of color to do, sometimes together, sometimes apart. It’s work for writers, agents, editors, artists, fans, executives, interns, directors, and publicists. It’s work for reviewers, educators, administrators. It means taking courageous, real-world steps, not just changing mission statements or submissions guidelines.

➝ And at Tor Rose Fox and Older talk about their joint project, "Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History". I really want to read this one.

➝ Foz Meadows talks about "Gender, Orphan Black and the Meta of Meta". Amy, I kind of feel like this is our cue to finish our hella long discussion post (I'm sorry I've been so terrible at finishing it).

➝ Maggie Stievfater explains that the characters from the Raven cycle exist to answer questions in her head. Favourite quote — 'NOAH: Asks the question of why glitter and kittens are so great.'.

Eeep, Noah! I'm so afraid of what will happen to him at the end of the series.

PS. Amy, you totally won — I got "Linger" and "Forever" last week just so I could get to the Cole & Isabel parts.

Here Is How the Internship Scam Works tripped me off into an angry spiral about the professional world.

"The Nine of Cups" is Jessa Crispin's most recent tarot column. It's all well worth a read if you are a long term singleton, but this part particularly resonated with me:

Using someone’s affections against them, to secure yourself into a relationship, simply because you are afraid of being alone, is an act of abuse. Everyone deserves, at the very least, a shot at finding someone who loves them back. And to steal away that possibility, to close off their entryway when you know you can’t provide it yourself, is cruelty.

As I get older I find the single guys I meet are afraid of being alone. Being on the receiving end of these kind of 'any girl will do' hunts sucks. Be stronger than these guys.

Date: 2014-06-03 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanhatedliterature.net
I'm in the middle of The Mirror Empire, it took me a couple of chapters to get into but its certainly taken off now.

Date: 2014-06-03 09:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
It feels like the entire internet has the ARC of this book. Is there going to be anyone left to buy it? XD

Date: 2014-06-04 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanhatedliterature.net
Oh I'll make sure and buy a copy for the library :) Have to share the awesome

Date: 2014-06-07 12:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
I've preordered my copy, but will definitely recommend it to the library. My poor library, I recommend so much to them. Their budget can't be THAT large...

Date: 2014-06-04 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theliteraryomnivore.wordpress.com
Renay, that short film is too cute for words. I love it.

And, while I didn't touch on it in my review (I was so blindsided by its politics), I really did love Diaval and how easily he and Maleficent fit together. He offered his service up freely and followed her into near-certain doom because they're family, by this point.

Jodie, "The Nine of Cups" is genius, especially the bit where she talks about learning to enjoy being alone. I learned how to do that in college, after getting over the earthrattling sensation that my mother didn't know where I was every second of every day. It's served me very well ever since.

Date: 2014-06-07 12:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
I read a review of Maleficent that wanted less Maleficent/Aurora development and more development between Maleficent and Diavel, because it was "more interesting" than the relationship between ladies. I WAS SUPPOSED TO QUIT PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS, CLARE. Why do I keep going back?! #weeping

Date: 2014-06-08 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theliteraryomnivore.wordpress.com
??? Tropes exist as narrative shorthand for a reason. We don't need to explore Maleficent and Diaval's relationship, because it's a pretty straight forward master/servant relationship with some chivalrous overtones—she saves his life, he gives his service in return. (After all, she's a fairy and he's a literal animal.) That's the way it works in the Moors. Why does Diaval stay with Maleficent? Because she saved his life and they get along. I think it's sweet and fun, but it is not more interesting than Maleficent and Aurora's relationship, which is full of betrayal and nuance and lady power.


Date: 2014-06-04 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.pip.verisignlabs.com
Great article about Orphan Black. I love Sarah too (although I was annoyed with her recently for doing a spoiler thing that I guess I won't talk about here), and I think it's interesting that the male character who plays the Skylar role in her life (Felix, calling her on her bullshit) is so beloved. If the genders were swapped, I bet that it wouldn't be that way.

Date: 2014-06-07 12:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
As someone who managed to get behind on Orphan Black, thank you for you spoiler consideration. ;)

Also, I would never take that bet, and I don't even know what happens beyond 2x01. If we genderswapped the show, Felix would NEVER be as popular as he is. I'll just be over here sobbing into my hands.

Date: 2014-06-04 01:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pretty_panther
Another fab post :)

Date: 2014-06-07 12:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
Thanks! :D <3


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