Tansy Rayner Roberts

ROBOTECH REWATCH 26: Whole New World

November 22nd, 2014

Picture 2Robotech Will Be Rewatched After These Messages.

We’ve entered a new phase of the story – and the one that I really think of as mine. I was a sporadic watcher of Robotech when I first discovered the show. Hey, remember the days when if you missed an episode you couldn’t just jump online for a catchup? It was years before I saw a lot of the early parts of the saga. But the New New Macross era (no it’s not called that) marks the stage where I was watching religiously and, let’s face it, obsessively.

Later when I got into the novelisations, the first one I owned was a collection of books 4, 5 and 6, which is the second half of the Macross-Rick-Lisa-Minmei story, and gave me an even more intense familiarity with these particular scenes and storylines.

So it’s this world-weary Lisa and shellshocked Rick who first made a strong impression on me, not to mention drunk and abusive Kyle, and the older, sadder version of Minmei.

Jack McKinney’s novelisations, by the way, are some of my favourite space opera novels of all time. They’re based on a cartoon, and yet he invests them with a great deal of gravitas, building up the storylines into something that feels tailored for an adult audience. I particularly love the chapter headings which are matched with snippets from “historical” documents, giving a larger sense of the history that these characters are making, and the story still to come. This includes academic texts, pop culture essays, and snippets from Lisa’s memoir.

The fact that she’s gonna be an Admiral someday doesn’t make the thing where she does Rick’s dishes any less weird.

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Musketeer Space Part 27 – Paying for Porthos

November 19th, 2014

30134 / 50000 words. 60% done!

glassIt’s Drowned Vanilla week, but Musketeer Day stops for no one.

If you’re in Hobart, please drop by the Hobart Bookshop tomorrow evening for the launch of my second Culinary Crime murder mystery, written under the name Livia Day. If you can’t make the launch, you will be able to purchase Drowned Vanilla at various bookshops around Australia or directly from the publisher, Twelfth Planet Press. There is an ebook edition coming soon.

Other exciting things happening this week include me finally clawing my way back to ‘par’ with Nanowrimo, and putting up a Musketeer Media Monday post about the second of the Richard Lester Musketeer films: Musketeers Break My Heart Seventies Style (1974). Oh, and the Robotech Rewatch, another Musketeer Space meta series sponsored by my Patreon supporters, reached that episode where the Earth is basically destroyed.

All this, and Ms9 got to the end of the Harry Potter books. I’m ridiculously proud of her, it was one hell of a reading effort, and it’s pretty clear that she is now in love with the whole book reading process. She also had to suffer that terrible experience of ‘I’ve been reading this series I adore for months WTF do I do now’ and of course solved it by starting again at the beginning.

But you’re not here for all that, you’re here for space hijinks and Musketeer BFFs! I’m excited because after separating my sweeties for too long, we’re finally heading into the ‘get the band back together’ arc, which is up there with the Musketeer Meet-Cute and the epic four way duel with the Englishmen as my favourite bits of the original story. Okay, those aren’t my only favourite bits.

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Dana D’Artagnan set out on a quest to the planet Valour, to protect the Prince Consort’s reputation – and along the way, all three of her best friends, the Musketeers, were wounded or lost. Now she’s determined to get them back – assuming they’re still alive…


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Watching New Who: The Doctor’s Wife

November 18th, 2014

David is coming to New Who for the first time, having loved Classic Who as a kid. Tehani is a recent convert, and ploughed through Seasons 1 to 6 (so far) in just a few weeks after becoming addicted thanks to Matt Smith – she’s rewatching to keep up with David! Tansy is the expert in the team, with a history in Doctor Who fandom that goes WAY back, and a passion for Doctor Who that inspires us all.

We are working our way through New Who, using season openers and closers, and Hugo shortlisted episodes, and sometimes a couple of extra episodes we love as our blogging points. Just for fun!

Find Tehani’s post here, and David’s post here.

wife2“The Doctor’s Wife”

Series 6, Episode 4

The Doctor – Matt Smith

Amy Pond – Karen Gillan

Rory Williams – Arthur Darvill

Suranne Jones – Idris/The TARDIS

So, much as we could happily talk all day about different episodes, we’re going back to our original remit of Hugo Award nominees, season openers and closers and specials. That means we’re skipping “Curse of the Black Spot”, which most conventional fandom wisdom will have you believe is a really rubbish episode, a condemnation I actually quite disagree with, but we’re not TALKING about that one, so that’s okay! :)

Pirates and swords and sirens, what more can you ask for? I quite liked “Curse of the Black Spot”, which just goes to show I continue to be completely out of touch with conventional fan wisdom!

Say it with me: “Conventional fan wisdom can bite me”!

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Musketeers Break My Heart Seventies Style (1974)

November 17th, 2014

Spoiler warning: sure the essay spoils the entire film, that’s pretty much how these Musketeer Media Monday posts go. But if you’ve been enjoying Musketeer Space without any knowledge of how the second half of the book turns out, this review might reveal a little too much simply because the Richard Lester films represent the most comprehensive adaptation of the original book in all its many fractured glories.



So the first half of The Three Musketeers was adapted by Richard Lester into the film I like to call Musketeers Crack me Up Seventies Style (1973), and the second half screened a year later as The Four Musketeers (1974).

Famously, the actors did not find out that their gruelling marathon shoot was intended for two movies instead of one, and were very unhappy when they found out! It didn’t stop many of them (including at least one whose character dies in this film) signing on for a sequel in 1989, but that’s long in the future.

Things that happened in Musketeers Crack me Up Seventies Style (1973): pretty much everything that usually happens in Musketeer movies, up to and including the matter of the Queen’s diamonds, Buckingham being a fancy clothes horse who can’t keep his lips to himself, D’Artagnan being a D’ork, the Musketeer meet-cute, and a happy ending. If you’ve never seen it and the words ‘Spike Milligan as Bonancieux’ don’t convince you to do something about that, I just don’t know what to do with you.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 25: Ships Fall, Everyone Dies

November 15th, 2014

EPS_40_4_9928Robotech will be rewatched after these messages.

Try not to cry as the world is destroyed.

Even my hardboiled, steel-coated nine-year-old was slightly distressed by the death toll in this episode.

Episode 27 – Force of Arms

So this is it, the big battle is about to happen. Space is “literally stuffed” (thanks, narrator) with Dolza’s ships. After Rick sends lovebirds Max and Miriya off to their ships, he catches sight of Kyle and Minmei. On the grounds that he’s probably about to die, he confesses to Minmei that he loves her, salutes and leaves.

Minmei runs after him after shaking off that jerk Kyle, who tries to stop her.

Gloval is still wrapping his head around the fact that he is fighting alongside Zentraedi now. It’s a headspin.

Minmei catches up with Rick during his important pre-battle glove-putting-on ritual and they do the awkward pause thing a lot despite time being distinctly of the essence. She tries to apologise about the whole Kyle thing but is basically having a panic attack about feelings while Rick is noble and self-sacrificing. Nothing is resolved.

Before Rick can even get in his ship to make a smooth exit, Dolza’s forces open fire on the Earth, razing it across the entire surface. Everyone, like EVERYONE on the Earth is killed (with only a few exceptions to be revealed). Minmei mourns her parents, and Rick whispers Lisa’s name. He pulls himself together quickly, asking Minmei to sing. He has a plan.

Because yet another rendition of Stage Fright is going to put a bandaid on this apocalypse? Okay, then.

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BOOK LAUNCH: Drowned Vanilla

November 12th, 2014

drowned vanilla cover

WHERE: Hobart Bookshop, Salamanca Place, Hobart Tasmania.
WHEN: 5:30-7pm, Thursday 20 November

Kate Gordon, author of Thyla and Writing Clementine, will be launching Drowned Vanilla by Livia Day at the Hobart Bookshop. Please come and join us! There will be wine, and books, and THIS BOOK IN PARTICULAR WHICH FEATURES MURDER AND ICE CREAM.

We’d love to see you there. No RSVP required, just bring yourselves.

It’s the beginning of a hot, hot summer in Hobart. Tabitha Darling is in love with the wrong man, and determined to perfect the art of ice cream. Playing amateur detective again is definitely not on the cards—not even when her friends try to lure her into an arty film noir project in the historical town of Flynn.

But when a young woman goes missing from a house full of live webcams, and is found drowned in the lake outside Flynn, Tabitha is dragged into the whole mess— film crew, murder victim, love life and all.

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Musketeer Space Part 26: Rendezvous at the Fountain of Tranquility

November 12th, 2014


18453 / 50000 words. 37% done!

Wednesday is Musketeer Day! I feel like it should come with a special hat.

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PREVIOUSLY ON MUSKETEER SPACE: Rosnay Cho beat Dana at a psychedelic computer game, made fun of her spaceship, and sabotaged her attempts to become a Musketeer. Since then, whenever Dana has seen her and her candy-coloured flight suits around Paris Satellite, Cho has been causing trouble, usually on behalf of the sinister and mysterious Cardinal. They are not friends. They will never be friends. Also, Dana was kind of hoping to hook up with Conrad Su tonight, but apparently that’s not happening either.


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The Contents are on the Table

November 10th, 2014

Uncanny_Issue1_FINAL_large1-340x510Several exciting Tables of Contents were released in the last week, that I’m invested in one way or another.

Uncanny Magazine #1 is available for purchase now! Some free content has been released on the blog this week and some will go up in December. But you can read the whole thing now as a complete ebook.

Featuring new fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Max Gladstone, Amelia Beamer, Ken Liu, and Christopher Barzak, classic fiction by Jay Lake, essays by Sarah Kuhn, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Christopher J Garcia, plus a Worldcon Roundtable featuring Emma England, Michael Lee, Helen Montgomery, Steven H Silver, and Pablo Vazquez, poetry by Neil Gaiman, Amal El-Mohtar, and Sonya Taaffe, interviews with Maria Dahvana Headley, Deborah Stanish, Beth Meacham on Jay Lake, and Christopher Barzak, and a cover by Galen Dara.

All of that plus two podcasts!

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 24: Provocative Pairing Rituals.

November 8th, 2014

orange juiceIt’s all kicking off in Robotech – within an episode or two, the entire premise of the show is about to change. This one’s all about a meeting of the minds, and military secrets.

Episode 26 – The Messenger

The Zendraedi are approaching again, and so the humans on the SDF1 get their big gun ready, same as always. To their surprise, they get a message that the Zentraedi want a ceasefire and to actually… talk. Peacefully.

Naturally, Khyron takes this opportunity to try to attack, but Breetai’s Zentraedi fire on him until he behaves himself.

Rick is seriously weirded out at having to escort a Zentraedi pod ship directly to the SDF1.

On the podship, Exedore has been Micronised and is ready to visit the SDF1, though his guard is still super big.

Exedore introduces himself as Minister of Affairs upon arrival. His giant-sized pilot is asked to remain at the ship, and to their horror, a couple of human soldiers are asked to bring him a snack. They’re left trying to figure out how to acquire the world’ biggest sandwich.

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Musketeer Space Part 25: A Love Letter To Absent Friends

November 5th, 2014

letterIt’s Musketeer Day, and also Nanowrimo!

8126 / 50000 words. 16% done!

Musketeer Space is of course my Nano project – so once again I am totally doing a non authentic version of the challenge – ah, one day I will have the leisure to write a novel out of nowhere, but this is not that day. This is never that day.

I’m hoping by the end of it to have a zillion more chapters written. Well, ten or so, plus the Christmas story that apparently wants to be a novel in its own right. But a zillion would be nice. A big milestone this week – I finished drafting Chapter 31 which will appear in December and marks the halfway point of the story! Musketeer fist bumps for everyone!

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: The first time Dana saw Milord De Winter, he was meeting Special Agent Rosnay Cho in a seedy bar on Meung Station. She later heard his name in association with Conrad Su’s kidnapping, and again with the Matter of the Diamonds. The Duchess of Buckingham warned her that ‘Winter’ was an extremely dangerous enemy. The second time Dana saw Milord De Winter, she didn’t recognise him at all… until it was too late. It’s complicated, okay?


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