Postcards from Worldcon

Postcards from Worldcon is the title of this episode of The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast with Heather Rose Jones

Episode 37d

A collection of micro-interviews recorded live at Worldcon in Dublin, Ireland.

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[Music] this is Heather Rose Jones with a lesbian historic motif podcast this weekly podcast looks at lesbian themes in history and literature and historic research into gender and sexuality we talk about current historical fiction with queer female characters including fantastic versions of the past and have interviews with authors who write those stories and in months when we have a fifth show we’re proud to present new original lesbian historical fiction for your enjoyment I just spent the last two weeks in Ireland for the world science fiction and fantasy convention popularly known as world con it’s an annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans authors artists and industry professionals the convention travels every year and in recent years has been making good on the claim that it truly represents the world this year it was in Dublin Ireland last year in San Jose California the year before in Helsinki Finland and next year it will be in Wellington New Zealand some podcasters attending Worldcon made plans to record live shows as panel discussions ie wasn’t that organized but I decided to send my listeners a set of audio postcards from a few of the attendees some of these were recorded with more ambient background noise than is ideal for which I apologize I asked people to introduce themselves maybe talk about what they were enjoying about Worldcon and give out a shout to something they currently love that involves queer women in science fiction fantasy or history first up we have Audrey joy from London hi this is a dreary reporting from Dublin welcome 2019 I’m from London in the UK I’m also a writer for the fanzine nerds of a feather flock together I’m having my first Worldcon at the moment I’m having the most amazing time I’ve met so many wonderful people I’ve had lots of experiences and learning about when to turn up to panels and what’s going to be full and what’s going to be busy and queues and all of those adventures that I’m sure anyone else who’s been to a whelk on will also recognize but what I found is that whatever I end up doing even if it’s not what I expected has been really really wonderful and I have a book recommendation for you for the lesbian historic motif project podcast I recently read the ascent to godhood by jy Young who is a queer author based in Singapore this is the fourth in their 10 turrets series and it focuses on a relationship between two women one of whom happens to be the empress of the Protectorate in her rise to power and one of whom is kind of her handmaid in turn spite and lover who finds out that the relationship is not really what they expected and who ends up praying quite a dramatic role in the sort of later historic events that happened it’s really inspired by Southeast Asia and Singapore and Malaysian culture it’s super queer in all forms and it’s got two amazing women at the center so thank you I was delighted to meet the three podcasters who host the Hugo finalists show be the serpent although I only got postcards from two of them here is Freya Mars with from Australia with some favorite books hello my name is Framus I’m a writer and Picasa from Australia in terms of books that I have enjoyed recently that are about queer women I want to shout out Jenelle Ferrara’s the covert captain which was one of my favorite historical romances recently and in terms of upcoming books I am very very excited for Thames and mouaz Gideon the ninth there’s currently something of an explosion of SFF featuring queer characters and author ever inna Maxwell is excited about that her novel winter’s orbit will be coming out from tour in 2021 my name is marina Maxwell I’m a science fiction author and I think a really interesting thing about women in science fiction in particular if you make a world where people are free to choose which of any gender identity they are attracted to maybe that choice means more maybe that choice means less but it gives a whole new perspective on it Irish SFF reviewer and classical historian Liz Burke was featured in a book appreciation show on this podcast a while ago she has a few new book recommendations I was delighted to be able to attend her wedding during the week before the convention hello my name is Liz Burke I review books for and locus I am a queer woman I just got married and my wife is wonderful you don’t have to put that in your podcast and I read an awful lot of queer queer science fiction fantasy and the really really great thing about the last couple of years is how much more of it there is and Heather herself writes really good stuff but I mean the Mona that was recently read and that’s right really blowing up in a sort of big way is this is how you lose the time war by a male LaMotta and a max Gladstone and it is the it is novella and it is the most fantastic dramatic over-the-top time-traveling epistolary romance queer romance that you never knew you needed and what I’m looking forward to all I’m looking forward to are Katie Martinez a desolation called peace I am promised that that there is queer kissing in it and queer kissing and politics and you know interrogation of colonialism those are the quickest things so you know I’m there member of the serpent podcast team jennifer maze provided some cheerleading for a favorite historical figure hi my name is Jennifer mace and I am a podcaster and fantasy author currently working on an FF book involving Naples and an interesting thing about FF in science fiction and fantasy is let’s talk a little bit about the French spy Julie who broke into a nunnery made out with all of the nuns and set it on fire on the way back out who is frankly a role model for us all and more people should read at least her Wikipedia exotica because it is excellent and I wish to be her when I grow up Worldcon is a great place for meeting up with online friends in far-flung lands this next postcard is from someone I’ve known a long time and see in person too rarely I first met Sarah Coleman when she was a teenager and we were both in the Society for Creative anachronism now she’s a university professor in England and has plunged enthusiastically into writing and reviewing SFF hello I’m Sarah uh Coleman this is my first world con so greetings from world con from a world con newbie it has been a fabulous convention because I’ve gotten so many recommendations for books for authors for blogs for podcasts for peep to follow on Twitter what I have really enjoyed is seeing the diversity of queer women that are showing up in SFF because it gives me a chance to see people that maybe I didn’t know that they were women like me because I didn’t know that there were that women like me were a thing and to see them reflected in literature and media is a really neat and exciting and kind of scary thing but scary in a good way two years ago Worldcon was in Finland and the Finns had so much fun they are highly represented among the fans at Dublin I met Khatri when she came to my reading and she was kind enough to contribute a postcard hi I’m Catherine I’m from Finland this is my second welcome I really like like the best there’s more and more queer women in SFF and like lots of different different times and places also I just really was really happy when there’s women interacting with each other and having a relationship with one another whether it’s romantic or not some of my favorite books where I’m really fond of the Albania books and one that I read Greece another that recently I was at least pain arrived which is time-traveling lesbian and all kinds of adventure I still need to read the second part but it was really good one of the things I really love about my online community is being able to introduce people to each other and see new friendships develop I met from ancyra through Twitter several years ago finally met her in person when Worldcon was in Helsinki and have been delighted to introduce her to other SFF fans who have now become fast friends hi I’m from Ankara and I am a fan and a fan of heifers books I love just over queer women but we’ve been having in SF lately and just how they’ve been in so many different places the thing that comes to mind is with Sal you lose time war but also well flood-tide which is coming out there in November it feels like we’re putting the queer woman back from the places they’ve been erased back into those areas and it just feels so comforting I’ve strayed a bit from my historical mandate for this show but in the realm of genre fiction featuring queer women there’s a lot of overlap between historical fantasy and science fiction as I hope the recommendations have shown conventions are also a great place for me to pick up new interview subjects and I have a couple of people tentatively scheduled to do shows in the next year that I think you’ll find as interesting as I do these have been your Dublin Worldcon audio postcards having a great time wish you were here you I hope you’ve 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