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KFAI's Fresh Fruit (longest running weekly Queer radio show in the country) did a feature on the Pride Month Queer Voices reading at the Central Library. Featured are co-curators Andrea Jenkins and John Medeiros, and two south Minneapolis writers: Anthony Ceballos and myself. Queer Voices is also the longest running Queer reading series in the country, so it's a pretty cool way to celebrate! 
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Witches, Werewolves and Starship Captains: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy hosted by Rachel Gold and me and featuring guest author Rachel Pollack is now available for listening and downloading at the KFAI website through 3/25 -

See my last 2 posts for related materials.
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Or at least the first round, since I'm doing this from memory. Rachel Gold got her list completed after it broadcast, so it's a tad more thorough.
A partial list of things we talked about on the show:

We interviewed World Fantasy Award-winning author Rachel Pollack, who is also a world-renowned tarot expert. She writes what she calls "shamanic noir" and what others have called "suburban fantasy" where magic works, people control their surroundings via rituals and the protagonists are transfolk, lesbians, bisexuals and queers. You should immediately go out and read her work because it is awesome.
Books we referenced of hers:
Unquenchable Fire, Temporary Agency, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot

We talked about the TV shows
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica  and Lost Girl.

Rachel talked about
Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Witch and Jacqueline Carey's Santa Olivia and Saints Astray and Tate Hallaway's Precinct 13 in the context of urban fantasy.
I talked about Emma Bull's
War for the Oaks.
Other authors we mentioned, apart from ourselves:
Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, Kay Kenyon, D. Jordan Redhawk

Gaming: Rachel's list, plus a more detail bibliography.

Comics: I plugged Ursula Vernon's DIgger, Colleen Doran's A Distant Soil, Gail Simone's Birds of Prey and Women in Refrigerators, CLAMP - Legend of Chun Hyang is a personal favorite.

(Con't from yesterday). My recommended reads included P.C. Hodgell's
God Stalker series, also known as the Kencyrath.  The covers have been horribly "Baenized" so you need to close your eyes and buy it. The contents are totally worth it - the first three being among my all time favorite fantasies. And at no point does the protagonist, who can present as male, ever bare huge mammaries at the world and threaten to pop out of her shirts, just so you know.

Under the heading of cyberpunk, I plugged Melissa Scott's marvelous lesbian cyberpunk novel
Trouble and Her Friends
and Lauren Beukes' Zoo City as well as the works of Pat Cadigan.

Rachel recommended Marge Piercy's He, She and It, as well as Joan Slonczewski's Brain Plague as excellent women in sf titles to check out. She also plugged Eleanor Arnason's Ring of Swords, about an alien society drastically divided along (dual) gender lines.

In the sfnal women through space and time section, I mentioned Margaret Cavendish's The Blazing World, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Roquia Sakhawat Hussein, Swastika Night by Katharine Burdekin and Leigh Brackett. Moving along: Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Jr., Ursula Le Guin, Kit Reed, Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton all got name checked. Rachel plugged the works of Sylvia Engdahl and Suzette Haden Elgin, particularly Native Tongue, which is an excellent series about alien linguists, women and language. We then touched on the works of Elizabeth Lynn, J.F. Rivkin, Ellen Galford and Sally Gearhart, among others, before veering off into slash and the influence of Xena fanfic on contemporary lesbian publishing. I also plugged Jewelle Gomez and The Gilda Stories and Rachel plugged Nicola Griffith.

Rounding things out, Rachel recommended Ellen Kushner's The Privilege of the Sword and Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman as excellent fantasies. The latter are part of a YA series about a young woman of great magical power disguised as a boy who is mentored by a transwoman.

I also recommended Broad Universe, an organization which promotes women writers of sf/f/h and the reading thereof and does many great things toward that end (I'm on the board and somewhat, but not entirely biased). I also plugged Diversicon 21, at which I am a guest.

And there was more but I'll have to listen to the show to remember all of it.
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Tune in (or webstream) this Friday, March 8th, to KFAI's 24 hours of International Women's Day programming (89.3/106.7 FM in the Twin Cities). Author Rachel Gold and I are closing out the day's programming with "Witches, Werewolves and Starship Captains: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy," geeking about our favorite books, TV and games, and interviewing award-winning author Rachel Pollack. 10:30 PM to midnight CST, archived on the web thereafter.
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Con or Bust Auction closes today at 11:59 EST - last chance to bid on signed copies of these books!

Yesterday's recording session went well. Rachel Gold and I taped our show on ""Werewolves, Witches and Starship Captains: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy." Rachel and I had a blast geeking out about books, tv, gaming and comics...and interview the awesome Rachel Pollack. The show will play at 10:30 PM on March 8th. It will be available in the radio station site for 2 weeks, and on our sites after that (I'll post updates accordingly). Check the whole schedule - it's a pretty amazing lineup

I also spent an hour and a half on the phone with Jim Freund, host of the Hour of the Wolf radio show and the NY Review of Science Fiction Reading Series. We had a grand conversation about Joanna Russ, Samuel Delany, WBAI, fandom, politics, IT and, oh yeah, my writing and Broad Universe as prep for our show taping next month. I'm looking forward to this one. :-)

In other news, got a new short story done last night so I get to do final cleanup and submission today before we head out to our whirlwind of local theater (see previous post). I'm hoping to get one more story dine this month, along with a con and book club talk (next weekend), a reading at the U. of MN (3/16) a trip to NYC and a radio show, and my 50th birthday at the end of the month. Plus, that pesky day job thing.
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Author Rachel Gold and I will be doing a radio show on KFAI for International Women's Day (3/8/13). The topic is "Witches, Werewolves and Starship Captains: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy." The show will be broadcast from 10:30 PM to 12 AM, closing out an amazing 24 hours of women's voices and music from around the world. We're planning on having a special guest (to be announced), and to talk about favorite books and games, as well as urban fantasy, a quick historical overview of women in sff and recommendations for things you should check out.

All the shows will be webcast from KFAI's website ( and archived there for 2 weeks afterwards. We're going to look at ways to create a download of our show since KFAI can't do downloads.

That said, we're looking for questions about women in science fiction and fantasy that we can cover in a short Q&A session. What questions would you like us to answer? We'll try to work in a selection.


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