Chicks Unravel Time news

Chicks Unravel Time cover

I’m delighted to let you know that Chicks Unravel Time is set for release on November 13th and its full table of contents is now out. So you can see all of our essayists and the marvellous titles of their essays at the Mad Norwegian website.

Or here, since I’m going to write them in just below this paragraph (it’s a long list – 34 essays in all, folks! One for each season of classic Doctor Who, one for the TV movie, each season of New Who and one of for the year of specials) Here we go:

Regeneration – Shaping the Road Ahead by Barbara Hambly

The Doctor’s Balls by Diana Gabaldon

A Dance With Drashigs by Emma Nichols

No Competition by Una McCormack

Identity Crisis by L.M. Myles

The Still Point by Anna Bratton

For the Love of Tom by Sarah Lotz

Donna Noble Saves the Universe by Martha Wells

I’m From the TARDIS, and I’m Here to Help You: Barbara Wright and the Limits of Intervention by Joan Frances Turner

I Robot, You Sarah Jane: Sexual Politics in Robot by Kaite Welsh

Between Now and Now by Juliet E. McKenna

What Would Romana Do? by Lara J. Scott

The Women We Don’t See by K. Tempest Bradford

The Ultimate Sixth by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Maids and Masters: The Distribution of Power in Doctor Who Series Three by Courtney Stoker

Robots, Orientalism and Yellowface: Minorities in the Fourteenth Season of Doctor Who by Aliette de Bodard

David Tennant’s Bum by Laura Mead

Superficial Depth?: Spirituality in Season Eleven by Caroline Symcox

The Problem With Peri by Jennifer Pelland

All of Gallifrey’s a Stage: The Doctor in Adolescence by Teresa Jusino

All the Way Out to the Stars by Iona Sharma

Build High for Happiness! by Lynne M. Thomas

Nimons are Forever by Liz Barr

Ace Through the Looking Glass by Elisabeth Bolton-Gabrielsen

Hey, You Got Science in My Fiction! by Laura McCullough

Seven to Doomsday: The Non-Domestication of Earthbound Doctor Who in Season Seven by Mags L. Halliday

The Sound’s the Star by Emily Kausalik

Harking Back and Moving On by Jenni Hughes

Anything Goes by Deborah Stanish

How the Cold War Killed the Fifth Doctor by Erica McGillivray

Waiting for the Doctor: The Women of Series Five by Seanan McGuire

Timing Malfunction: Television Movie + the BBC Eighth Doctor Novels = A Respectable Series by Kelly Hale

Guten Tag, Hitler by Rachel Swirsky

Reversing Polarities: The Doctor, the Master and False Binaries in Season Eight by Amal El-Mohtar

And that’s the lot! And, yes, they are just as smart, witty, insightful and cool as they sound. It’s possible I might be slightly biased, but I love this book, and I hope that you will too.

Some of our essayists have blogged briefly about their contribution: Mags L. Halliday talks about why she took on Season Seven, Liz Barr shares her feelings on Season Seventeen, and Tansy Rayner Roberts talks about what her essay covers. And here’s my smashing co-editor, Deborah Stanish.

And, rather excitingly, I’m going to be a guest at this year’s ChicagoTARDIS convention (November 23rd-25th). Which I am given to understand does *not* mean free fizzy wine and cake all weekend, but that I shall be on some panels talking about Doctor Who and have the opportunity to deface copies of Chicks Unravel Time with my delightful spider scrawl of a signature, should you wish to have it so defaced.

Also, while Chicks Unravel Time is available for pre-order at and, there’s a special offer on at the Mad Norwegian website where you can pre-order Chicks Unravel Time along with the three other Geek Girls Chronicles books (including the Hugo-award winning Chicks Dig Time Lords) for 40% off the cover price.


Chicon 7

I made it home yesterday from Chicon 7 in very sunny, very humid Chicago. Then I promptly collapsed into bed and slept for an unreasonable amount of time. Thus am feeling not entirely zombie-like, though I do have the remnants of whatever spiffy illness left me stuck in bed for most of Saturday.


Some thoughts, as they occur:


1 – Thumbs up for the Hugo ceremonies! Very nicely hosted by John Scalzi and taking a not ridiculous amount of time, which I strongly approve of. Alas there was, I believe, only as single category where I actually voted for the eventual winner – Game of Thrones in Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form – but I don’t think anything won where my reaction was “omg, wtf? why *that*?!” so that was cool. Lots of amazing dresses. And delighted at the SF Squeecast win for Best Fancast, even though I voted Galactic Suburbia. :p Awesome to see friends collecting their first or second Hugos there.


2 – Excellent main bar. I spent a lot of time there. There was table service! That made me happy, as did the open plan and the ability to look over the top of the stairs so you could see the whole bar and who was in it in a couple of glances, thus saving much wandering around.


3 – I didn’t get lost nearly as often as I thought I would, thank goodness. Merely twice! And both of those on the first night, so really they hardly count. I did fear getting lost in the dealers’ room though, being so vast and slightly confusing, at least to me, but though there were whole seconds of “arg, which way is up?” again, I don’t think that really counts.


4 – At some point, I’m sure I offered my opinions on various whiskies. This is because I’m Scottish and therefore know everything there is to know about whisky. Which is bollocks. If you ask me about whisky and I say anything other than “umm…” I am totally making stuff up. Sorry about that.


5 – There were a lot of people. And I talked to many, and most of them I didn’t know and that was pretty scary but I didn’t run away too much. I did decide after the first day that I was going to need a break in the afternoon just to go lie down in my room and have quiet time, in the manner of an introvert really needing to recharge, and that meant rather less frazzled evenings, hurrah. Twas awesome to see friends again, and to be introduced to so many writers I admire and just generally spend a lot of time around cool and interesting people.


6 – Nobody told me Chicago got all hot and humid in summer. Now, granted, I might’ve been able to remember this from last month, but nooooo. Again, I was all surprised at the heat. But it did make walking around the city at night a lot more pleasant, and Chicago is an absolutely gorgeous city to walk around. And I got to see other people’s faces when going to the Signature Lounge in the John Hancock Building for the first time (tis a bar in the sky! 96 floors up!).


7 – And those spinny tables they have in the restaurant at the start of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? I’d never had dinner at one of them in real life before. Now I have. And I did not abuse the spinniness of the table.


8 – London in 2014 officially won the 2014 bid, which means No International Flight, wahey! Also, they had an excellent party which served much Pimm’s, and I don’t think they had any cucumber in it. There was fruit, but no cucumber. No, I don’t care that it’s supposed to have cucumber. Cucumber is a *vegetable* and the only vegetable with any place near a drink is a cocktail onion.


9 – The very best thing about these sort of conventions, for me, is after I get home and caught up on my sleep, I’m all enthused and wanting to write All The Things in the World for, ooh, at least a week, before it all goes a bit arg again.


10 – Orlando for 2015! …yes of course I have better reasons for wanting this than my love of Disney theme parks. Pfft.