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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2 thoughts on “Episode 5 – 10 October 2016

  1. Recognising series I think is important, but agree that details need to be ironed out. The wordcount in particular like you say – also is it worth making it specific to series that are finished? Should it run every year or should it be every 3 years or something?

    I also think that it’s not just fantasy though – science fiction also involves series, like the Ancillary Justice, Sword, Mercy – they say *more* as a series than each individual book does. They build on something and that’s what I really want from an award for series. I want it to recognise that stories in a series come together to make something greater than the whole.

    I think the idea is modelled off what was done in Australia with the Aurealis Awards for the first time in 2016, with the Sara Douglass Award. It’s only going to be run every 2-3 years because this is a juried award and the reading load is high. Also it’s for completed series. So there are some key differences that don’t readily translate to the Hugos. I would rather an award for a series be juried honestly, I think that would bring out a better result and recognition that would defeat some of the populism surrounding some of the authors that I think you’re right – if they’re on the ballot they’ll win.

    I read predominantly series – across several speculative fiction sub-genres and I love them, I’m sad never to see them on awards ballots either because they’re not considered literary enough or because you need the series background to appreciate the book – it doesn’t standalone. So I really like the idea that series could get more love – like Seanan McGuire’s ‘October Daye’ series, or Juliet Marilliar’s any series. Marianne de Pierres’ ‘Sentients of Orion’ should have been acclaimed the way Leckie’s work was but it hasn’t gotten nearly the recognition it deserves.

    I’m really interested in seeing how they refine the award specs for the series award – I’m invested in the idea, but I want to see it done well. I don’t want to see Sanderson win it year after year – I haven’t actually read any of this work, because I’m just mostly not reading fiction by guys atm, with some occasional exceptions – eitehr I already read them and love the author’s work, or there’s an impetus that pushes me to take it on.

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