The Young Podawans Ep. 17 – Nebula Short Stories & Award Rantings

We’re baaaaaaaack! This week we’re talking about the Nebula Award short stories! It’s a very diverse and eclectic selection, but the one thing the all have in common is they’re all really great! Plus we wade into the Hugo Awards controversy and discuss inclusivity and acceptance in the SFF community. And two bleeped out F-Bombs! Living on the edge, dear listeners!

Segment 1: What Are You Geeking Out About? (0:55)

Every week in the opening segment we discuss what we’re currently geeking out about! This week Kristin is geeking about Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay (with bonus discussion about Mr. Kay’s many artist main characters), and Brian is geeking out about the art of Darwyn Cooke (with bonus discussion about his iconic Wonder Woman).

Segment 2: What Are We Drinking This Week? (10:55)

Another regular segment where we discuss – you guessed it – what we’re drinking. Kristin’s drinking Great Divide Brewing Claymore Scotch Ale and Brian’s drinking Revival Brewing Night Swim’ah!

Segment 3: Nebula Short Stories & Hugo Awards Discussion (19:53)

  • The Short Stories!
    • “Madeleine” by Amal El-Motar (Lightspeed 6/15)
    • “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld 1/15)
    • “Damage” by David D. Levine ( 1/21/15)
    • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)
  • We talk about all of these stories in no particular order and coming back around to each.
  • We don’t read as much short fiction as we probably should.
  • There’s so much great stuff out there that needs our support.
  • Writing short fiction is hard and requires a TOTALLY different skill set compared to writing novels.
  • We watched more of the movies & TV than read the books that were nominated for a Nebula, so…
  • But all women winners! YAY!
  • Let’s wade into the Hugos Bog.
  • Still a very prestigious award and an honor, but the gaming of the system has tarnished it.
  • The Nebula Short Story winner didn’t even get nominated for a Hugo!
  • How the Hugo and Nebula nomination process differ & the merits of each.
  • Maybe we slagged the Hugos a little too much, but there are a lot of unkind and unwelcoming elements in SFF.
  • Once again – Publishing is frustrating.
  • But we persevere anyway!
  • Baboon Fart Book – The Revengeance!

Segment 4: Outro, Contact Info & Outtakes! (61:10)

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