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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Fangirls Around the Web: August 17, 2014

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Catch up time on Fangirls Around the Web. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting weekly to get back up to speed after a busy month. Not that anyone is complaining that there are so many awesome examples of fangirls and their real and fictional heroines spotted around the web. Where to start?

FANgirl contributor Priya Chhaya sent along the link to a Washington Post op-ed by former deputy White House chief of staff for operations Alyssa Mastromonaco, “Being informed and fashionable is natural for women.” The Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego proved this point. Have you checked out the profiles on the designers over at Her Universe? Or how about these real life sisters Christie and Robyn cosplaying/Disney-bounding Frozen‘s Elsa and Anna that were spotted at Neatorama?

At Coffee With Kenobi Melinda Wolf interviewed Star Wars Insider editor Jonathan Wilkins. They discuss the Lego Yoda Chronicles, Episode VII, Celebration, and more.

From this conversation started by Gail Z. Martin on Facebook, I saw a link to this great blog post pointing out many of the problems with the allegation that character is “Mary Sue” and with online “litmus tests” for such traits in particular.

Rob Bricken at io9 writes about the movie deal for Kelly Thompson’s novel The Girl Who Would Be King.

Three cheers for Frozen:

'Frozen' finally ended its domestic run yesterday with $400,738,009 (#19 all-time): http://t.co/x9nu79XXCs pic.twitter.com/Y2rWxRkctZ

— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) July 18, 2014

At TheMarySue, Zoe Chevat wrote a fantastic two-part series, . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around the Web: August 17, 2014

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!

Ryan Hurley Visits Assembly of Geeks

This week’s Assembly of Geeks episode “The New Thor, Captain America & Turtles That Are Also Ninja” is posted. Ryan Hurley from the Turtle Power Podcast joins the Assembly. I met Ryan at the RebelForce Radio meet-up at Star Wars Weekends. (That’s him dressed as Indiana Jones.) He talks about how RebelForce Radio inspired him to podcast. What I loved about this episode was his insight into the transformation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle script. He offers some great insights for Star Wars fans as we venture into the Disney movie age.

From the show notes:

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is just weeks away from coming out. We thought it was a good time to check our enthusiasm levels and figure out what we will/won’t see in the film. Ryan Hurley from the Turtle Power Podcast presents his thoughts to the geek assembly.

We also examine the news and responses to the announcements of a new Thor and a new Captain America. Other topics include the voice of the Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor, the idea of a Frozen/Once Upon A Time stand-alone show, extra Wampas in The Empire Strikes Back, details on the Agent Carter TV series and Screenrant’s top 10 good movies that were ruined by bad endings.

We manage to cover all of this as we try to get ready for Batman Day.

You can also subscribe to the show on iTunes.

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WYNDE Around The Web: July 13, 2014

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Wynde Around The Web for July 13, 2014. . . . → Read More: WYNDE Around The Web: July 13, 2014

Dave Filoni on Star Wars Storytelling

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Dave Filoni explains Star Wars storytelling. . . . → Read More: Dave Filoni on Star Wars Storytelling

How Indie Directors Have Changed Hollywood

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The statistics of female directors working in Hollywood are pretty grim. It’s a combination of sexism and risk-aversion (not really, just sexism) that keeps them out of the top spots in film-making. . . . → Read More: How Indie Directors Have Changed Hollywood

Assembly of Geeks Avoids Transformers

This week’s Assembly of Geeks episode “Avoiding Transformers and 250 Great Geek Moments” is posted. . . . → Read More: Assembly of Geeks Avoids Transformers