Ridley Roundup: August 2014

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Not much news about Daisy Ridley during the filming hiatus, which leads to some FANgirl ramblings on the possibility of a female lead in Episode VII. . . . → Read More: Ridley Roundup: August 2014

Diversity Wins At The 2014 Hugo Awards

This weekend, science fiction’s prestigious Hugo Awards were presented at Loncon 3. From Charlie Jane Anders’ recap at io9:

This was really a year that underscored that a younger generation of diverse writers are becoming central to the genre and helping to redefine and expand it. In particular, Leckie beating The Wheel of Time, Chu’s inspirational speech and Hurley’s double victory felt like a sea change.

Ancillary Justice by 48-year-old American Ann Leckie won Best Novel. This debut novel also has won the Nebula Award and Arthur C. Clarke Award. It is a space opera with a female protagonist that relies on in media res to unfold the narrative. This storytelling technique of learning as the reader goes along is utilized in the Star Wars movies, but became underutilized in Star Wars prose when the novels began to rely heavily on existing knowledge of the galaxy far far away and its lore.

Other notable wins were Sofia Samatar for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer; Sarah Webb for Best Fan Artist; “The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com) for Best Short Story; “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor.com) for Best Novellete; the movie Gravity for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form; Ginjer Buchanan for Best Editor, Long Form; and Ellen Datlow for Best Editor, Short Form.

Winner of the Best Semiprozine, Lightspeed Magazine, ran the highly successful Kickstarter for Issue #49: Women Destroy Science Fiction, which was featured here at FANgirl.

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Carrie Fisher Talks To THR About Robin Williams

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Carrie Fisher shares memories of Robin Williams. . . . → Read More: Carrie Fisher Talks To THR About Robin Williams

Fangirl Chat 17: An Oral History of Fandom with Maggie Nowakowska

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Fangirl Chat takes a trip down memory lane to find out what it was like to be a Star Wars fangirl in 1977. . . . → Read More: Fangirl Chat 17: An Oral History of Fandom with Maggie Nowakowska

Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo Join RebelForce Radio

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Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo join Jason and Jimmy Mac on a special episode of RebelForce Radio. . . . → Read More: Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo Join RebelForce Radio

Assembly of Geeks Gab Guardians!

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Assembly of Geeks discusses Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars rumors, and shares an interview with cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty . . . → Read More: Assembly of Geeks Gab Guardians!

Assembly of Geeks: SDCC and More

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Assembly of Geeks recaps highlights from San Diego Comic-Con coverage. . . . → Read More: Assembly of Geeks: SDCC and More

Legions of Leia Fans

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Princess Leia inspires legions of fans to create and speak out. . . . → Read More: Legions of Leia Fans

Mellody Hobson Encourages Women To Speak Up

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Mellody Hobson talks about sexism and discrimination in July’s Cosmopolitan. . . . → Read More: Mellody Hobson Encourages Women To Speak Up

Fangirls Going Rogue July 2014: Star Wars Slumber Party!

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Fangirls Going Rogue July 2014 show notes are up! Guests include Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe and Consetta Parker of Rancho Obi-Wan. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Going Rogue July 2014: Star Wars Slumber Party!