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PACIFIC RIM 2!!! for the -500 people who haven't heard. EVERYONE'S HEARD, I'M JUST EXCITED.

Popular Ratification, a proposal to give people like me (who will probably not be able to afford to attend Worldcon for another 5-10 years) a chance to be more involved in approving changes to the WSFS constitution via popular vote (read the whole commentary section, which lays everything out). This is a really positive move and I'm happy that someone deeply involved in the organization is introducing this. Everyone going to the business meeting in London support this!

Double Standard of Content Work. Great commentary from Jenny about some recent gender issues in SF fandom.

Why 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' is a radical feminist triumph. Aja writes a really great piece in response to We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome. Definitely recommend these two articles side by side for a great example of how context matters in film.

➝ It's almost time for everyone to start releasing mid-year recommendation lists!

I love lists! GIVE ME ALL OF THEM.

Collateral damage by Kari Sperring.

➝ After some recent conversations, I revisited Lest We Forget: In the Wake of This Year’s Nebula Awards by Athena Andreadis. We're doing really well in recent years, but we still have a long way to go.

➝ It's really hard/brave to stand up and admit that you might be taking part in problematic systems, so I was really happy to see Gender, and what I read from Adventures in Reading. He really got what I've been attempting to say the last few years, and thought he deserved a public fistbump for being awesome. *fistbump*

Nominations for Speculative Fiction 2014, with several links I'd overlooked. The anthology really relies on crowdsourcing, so I really appreciate this signal boost. Submissions are open until December 31, 2014, there's no limit on how many links you can submit, so if you come across something awesome, we definitely want it! :D ~Tell your friends~ Here is a post you can reblog or one you can retweet. Shaun, my co-editor, will be at CONvergence this year, so feel free to track him down and give him links written on napkins if you're there! >D

Diversity in Geekdom Part 1: Fantasy & Sci-Fi — really great interview with N.K. Jemisin, Daniel José Older, and Nalo Hopkinson.

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats — interesting perspective, although I'm cynical about any pitchfork wielding.

This has all happened before.... — Fun entry from [personal profile] morgandawn, comparing the ways fans have talked about platform changes in the past.

Friday Five: 5 (Family Friendly) FanfictionsJared's still out luring fans into his cave of literary debauchery. :D

Slut Shaming and Concern Trolling in Geek Culture is great, but this bit in particular was the one I saw on tumblr. Perfect.

Unfortunately, the default assumption of convention space is “male space” The really annoying thing about this whole discussion? Convention space has never been a space that was solely the domain of men. From the very beginning of the fandom that I chose to represent at Balticon — Star Trek — conventions had women. Women creating costumes, dressing as Klingons. Women discussing gender and racial politics in the series. Women participating in collaborative remixing of the canon. There have always been women objecting to “warrior women” on the covers of books and magazines and protesting the misogynistic habits of male writers who enjoy pinching and groping. There have always been women using science fiction to rewrite gender assumptions. They were there. They are there. They’ve always been there. The history of geekdom is not a history of men, it’s a history of invisible women.


Sebastian Stan has taken a role in an indie SF movie. Will he cry in this one? WILL HE LOOK TORTURED? Signs point to yes.

Is Ann Leckie the Next Big Thing in Science Fiction? Good article about Ann Leckie and the success of her book, as well as going's-on in SF fandom, as long as you disregard the out of nowhere sexism at the beginning??

Date: 2014-07-01 07:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] owlmoose
Oh that morgandawn post. Absolutely yes.

Date: 2014-07-01 08:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
I loved it! :D

Date: 2014-07-01 03:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] forestofglory
Thanks -- the number of tabs I have open has just gone up by a lot.

I posted a short fiction rec list for 2014 so far Here

Date: 2014-07-01 09:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
Awesome - I'm looking for new short fic to read :D

Date: 2014-07-02 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
Thank you! I'll check this out, too. I'm behind on short fiction AGAIN even after promising myself I would improve. /o\

Date: 2014-07-01 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanhatedliterature.net
There's a discussion going on over on Metafilter (http://www.metafilter.com/140240/Im-not-a-sexbot-Im-just-written-that-way#5604477) about Wallace, his book, and the way Christopher Priest reviewed it.

Date: 2014-07-02 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
Thanks! Most of the commentary I saw was on Twitter, which is hard to follow once the conversation goes on too long.

Date: 2014-08-10 11:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
Seen How to Train Your Dragon 2 now and love Aja's analysis, but can't agree about the narrative's treatment of Roughnut. I like that the film never makes her realise that Erin is not into her and appears disgusted by her, and that she just keeps on being very clear about her feelings. However, I hated that they made re-curring joke about a guy being disgusted by a woman who is very clear about wanting to get with them. It could have been sorted at the end a bit if she'd got the two guys she comes around to wanting (or if she'd punched Erin out), but she doesn't. And anyway, she ends up wanting those guys because they save her which is... a sketchy way to write.

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