Episode 9 – Foreigner by CJ Cherryh

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Welcome back to the very delayed Episode 9 of Magical Space Pussycats!We’re a speculative fiction book club, news, and chat show and we’re delighted you’re here.

We recorded this AGES ago but due to life getting very busy for all of us we managed to let it slip by without actually uploaded – sorry! So here for your delayed listening pleasure is our discussion about Foreigner by CJ Cherryh.

Links

News and updates

The book

Foreigner by CJ Cherryh.

What’s the next book from the Lady Vaults?

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper. (Book 1 in the Dark is Rising sequence). 

 

Episode 8 – Favourites of 2016

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Welcome back to episode eight of Magical Space Pussycats! Welcome back to all of you – new and returning! We’re a speculative fiction book club, news, and chat show and we’re delighted you’re here.

In this episode we’ve put aside the book club reads and are talking about our top books (and other media) of 2016!

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Chelsea’s favourites: 

  1. Beyond Jealousy (Beyond #4) by Kit Rocha. 
  2. I Hate Fairyland Vol.1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young.
  3. Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley. 
  4. Bonus round – Star Trek: The Next Generation

Elizabeth’s favourites:

  1. The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor. 
  2.  A Natural History of Dragons (Lady Trent #1) by Marie Brennan.
  3. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. 
  4. Bonus round The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson.

Kaitlin’s favourites:

  1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin. 
  2. Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson. 
  3. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu. / Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang. (Kaitlin is naughty cheater. )
  4. Bonus round Caraval by Stephanie Garber. 

What We’re Reading Now (Other Than the Lady Vaults):

 

betweentwothorns

The beautiful cover of Between Two Thorns. 

Kaitlin – The Adversaries by David Hair (Ravana #2) AND Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman (Split Worlds #1).

 

Chelsea – Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies (And Why We Don’t Learn Them From Movies Any More) by Hadley Freeman. Also we encourage everyone to watch Point Break (1991) because it is epic.

Elizabeth – Vigil by Angela Slatter.

Next book club pick:

Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh.

Episode Seven – 11 December 2016

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Welcome back to episode seven of Magical Space Pussycats! Welcome back to all of you – new and returning! We’re a speculative fiction book club, news, and chat show and we’re delighted you’re here.

In this episode, we discuss new jobs, the Kingkiller Chronicle adaptation, literature of the Dark Web, and our book of the month: How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ.

Links:

How to Suppress Women’s Writing on Goodreads

One of our dear hosts, Kaitlin, finally landed a job in publishing!

Literature on the Dark Web article

The Torist Literary Magazine

What We’re Reading Now (Other Than the Lady Vaults):

Chelsea
The Beyond series by Kit Rocha

Kaitlin
Ruin by John Gwynne

Elizabeth
Hurricane Heels by Isabell Yap

The Convergence of Fairytales by Octavia Cade

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Episode Six – 3 November 2016

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Welcome to our episode six of Magical Space Pussycats! Welcome back to all of you – new and returning! We’re a speculative fiction book club, news, and chat show and we’re delighted you’re here. In this episode, we discuss naming the new Young Adult (Not a) Hugo Award, the charm of local cons, and one Pussycat’s newfound love for one of our favorite podcasts! We then dive into discussing Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling.

Links:

Luck in the Shadows on Goodreads

Voting on naming the new Young Adult (Not a) Hugo Award

Kaitlin has finally fallen in love with a podcast Elizabeth and Chelsea have been obsessed with for ages: Fangirl Happy Hour!

What We’re Reading Now (Other Than the Lady Vaults):

Chelsea
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

“this one goes out to” by knight_tracer

Kaitlin
Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Elizabeth
After Atlas by Emma Newman

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

“The Mirror of Maybe” by Midnight Blue

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Episode 5 – 10 October 2016

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Welcome to our episode five of Magical Space Pussycats! Thank you so much, returning listeners, for coming back to us, and for new listeners – welcome! We’re a speculative fiction book club, news, and chat show and we’re delighted you’re here. In this episode, we go in-depth on our read of Octavia Butler’s Kindred, debate the Best New Series category at the Hugos, and wrap-up the 2016 British Fantasy Awards!

Links:

Kindred on Goodreads

The proposed new Best Series award at the Hugos

Winners of the 2016 British Fantasy Awards

What We’re Reading Now (Other Than the Lady Vaults):

Chelsea
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Kaitlin
Revelation Space by Allistair Reynolds

Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh

Elizabeth

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Imprudence by Gail Carriger

Own Voices Recommendations:

Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson

Nightmare Magazine, October 2016: People of Color Destroy Horror by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Xuya universe by Aliette de Bodard

Anything Nnedi Okorafor

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Episode 4 – 9 September 2016

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Welcome to our episode four of Magical Space Pussycats! Thank you so much, returning listeners, for coming back to us, and for new listeners – welcome! We’re a speculative fiction book club, news, and chat show and we’re delighted you’re here. In this episode, we go in-depth on our read of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight, do some convention recapping, and give you guys a bit of insight on what’s to come for your favorite pussycats!

Links:

Dragonflight on Goodreads

Nine Worlds Convention

Worldcon 74 (Midamericon II)

Worldcon 75 (Helsinki)

What We’re Reading Now (Other Than the Lady Vaults):

Chelsea

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Chris Taylor

Kaitlin

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (out 31 January 2017)

Frostblood by Elly Blake (out 17 January 2017)

Elizabeth

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

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Episode Three – 5 August 2016

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Welcome to our episode three of Magical Space Pussycats! Thank you so much, returning listeners, for coming back to us, and for new listeners – welcome! We’re a speculative fiction book club, news, and chat show and we’re delighted you’re here. In this episode, we go in-depth on our read of Pat Cadigan’s Synners, talk about how terrifying robot personhood could be, and finish it up (as always!) by telling you what we’re currently reading!

Links:

Synners on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/304806.Synners

Tor.com’s “Great Sci-Fi and Fantasy Booktubers to Follow”: http://www.tor.com/2016/07/26/booktube-sci-fi-fantasy-sff-channels-to-follow

Uncanny Magazine’s Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lynnemthomas/uncanny-magazine-year-three-the-space-unicorn-flie

“Why Are the Worlds of Fantasy Romance so Grim” from FantasyFaction: http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/why-are-the-worlds-of-fantasy-romances-so-grim#utm_source=feed&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=feed

Electronic Personhood discussion on AFutureWorthThinkingAbout: http://www.afutureworththinkingabout.com/?p=5030

Electronic Personhood proposal: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-robotics-lawmaking-idUSKCN0Z72AY

“Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem”: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/opinion/sunday/artificial-intelligences-white-guy-problem.html?smid=tw-share&referer

Encoding Bias discussion at the MIT Technology Review: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602025/how-vector-space-mathematics-reveals-the-hidden-sexism-in-language/

What We’re Reading Now (Other Than the Lady Vaults):

Chelsea

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/887877.Red_Seas_Under_Red_Skies

 

Imprudence by Gail Carriger: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12799435-imprudence?ac=1&from_search=true

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10874177-etiquette-espionage?ac=1&from_search=true

Kaitlin

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114463-nevernight?ac=1&from_search=true

The Fox by Sherwood Smith: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/222838.The_Fox?ac=1&from_search=true

Elizabeth:

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23281789-the-book-of-phoenix?from_search=true

Way Down Dark by J.P. Smythe: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25202767-way-down-dark?ac=1&from_search=true

 

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Episode Two – 21 July 2016

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Welcome to episode two of Magical Space Pussycats! Thank you so much, returning listeners, for coming back to us, and for new listeners – welcome! We’re a speculative fiction book club, news, and chat show and we’re delighted you’re here. In this episode, we talk about our initial thoughts on Pat Cadigan’s Synners, discuss everything from women in coding to Pokemon Go to ALL THE AWARDS, and finish it up (as always!) by telling you what we’re currently reading!

Links:

Synners on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/304806.Synners

Women in Coding article: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computer-programming-used-to-be-womens-work-718061/?no-ist

Booktubeathon 2016 announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98afk8wZEmI

“Diversity: More than White Women” by Foz Meadows from Uncanny Magazine, Issue 10: http://uncannymagazine.com/article/diversity-white-women/

2016 Gemmell Awards Shortlist: http://www.sffworld.com/2016/07/the-gemmell-award-shortlist/

2016 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist: http://www.sffworld.com/2016/06/2016-british-fantasy-award-nominees/

2016 World Fantasy Awards Shortlist: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2016/07/11044/

What We’re Reading Now (Other Than the Lady Vaults):

Chelsea

Nightmare Magazine, Issue 37: Queers Destroy Horror: http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/ebooks/october-2015-issue-37-queers-destroy-horror/

The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan by Laurence Leamer: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27161226-the-lynching?from_search=true

Danse Macabre by Stephen King: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11563.Danse_Macabre?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Kaitlin

Countenance Divine by Michael Hughes: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29748029-the-countenance-divine?ac=1&from_search=true

Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hern: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25944812-the-emperor-of-the-eight-islands?ac=1&from_search=true

Among Others by Jo Walton: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8706185-among-others?from_search=true

 

Elizabeth:

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/68494.Perdido_Street_Station?ac=1&from_search=true

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23281789-the-book-of-phoenix?from_search=true

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Episode 1 – 06 July 2016

Episode 1 of Magical Space Pussycats

In which we say hello, take our first look into The Lady Vaults, and discuss why Brexit is a YA dystopia waiting to happen! Also discussed: the badass ladies of Game of Thrones, Outlander’s reversal of our expectations, and making Lemonade Awards out of SFF’s proverbial lemons.

Magical Space Pussycats is a podcast for readalongs of speculative fiction books from the Lady Vaults along with general chit-chat and bookish goodness.

OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH
Synners by Pat Cadigan – http://bit.ly/29oIjq4

LINKS
Lemonade Awards Info: http://bit.ly/29hutmU
Lemonade Awards Twitter (for picture we mention): http://bit.ly/29itUJ9
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Sputnik Awards Info: http://bit.ly/29oumHM
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SFRA Award for Service to Community: http://bit.ly/29l3p8m

Farah Mendlesohn’s acceptance speech will be printed in an upcoming issue of the SFRA review. Once published these are made available on the SFRA website. http://bit.ly/29AJ2DX
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Europe in Autumn Book: http://bit.ly/29Mn67C
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xkcd Terry Pratchett Quote and Comic: https://xkcd.com/1498/
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Outlander Article: http://huff.to/29wRm7P

BOOKS WE’RE READING
Among Others by Jo Walton: http://bit.ly/29wT8Wu
Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman: http://bit.ly/29wTqfU
Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley: http://bit.ly/29oJPJ6
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: http://bit.ly/29oJsy3
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: http://bit.ly/29lULbe
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger: http://bit.ly/29MpICy

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