Tansy Rayner Roberts

Friday Links is So Jet Lag. Much Napping.

August 22nd, 2014

A woman sleeping on a lounge chair in the observation lounge car.I’m home, but keep regularly (or irregularly) crashing to the ground like a redwood in an endangered forest.

Some things I’ve read in the last day or so, since I’m apparently not good for much except staring blankly at a computer, napping, and cuddling my much-missed daughters:

The full masterlist of links is up on SF Signal for the Australian Spec Fic Snapshot – 189 participants this year! That’s amazing. Katharine interviews me here.

Also at SF Signal: the Hugo winners.

Aliette De Bodard on a subject very dear to my heart: writing novels with a baby.

Big Blue YA News reviews Kaleidoscope.

The lovely and charming John Chu – So I Won a Hugo.

Jamie Rubin: To All The Hugo Award Winners, Thank You, You Saved Science Fiction For Me.

A Loncon3 con report by Ana at Things Mean A Lot – plenty of pics here, including a review of a panel (about writing reviews) featuring me and Alisa!

Renay at Ladybusiness has some really interesting thoughts on Kameron Hurley’s iconic and now Hugo-winning Essay: We Have Always Fought.

Kameron herself on Writing, Editing, Inclusivity: We’re All In This Together.

Musketeer Space Part 14: The Madness of the Duchess of Buckingham

August 20th, 2014

Fleur de lis littleMusketeeeeer Day! Time for a little insight into a character who has only been peripheral until now. and that means going a step or two back in time.

Imagine everything going all wibbly wobbly flashbacky. Yes, just like in Blackadder’s Christmas Carol.


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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana D’Artagnan has accidentally stumbled across a conspiracy involving Alek the Prince Consort, his tailor Conrad Su, the Duchess of Buckingham, and the mysterious former PR minister, Chevreuse. But she only got half of the story…


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ROBOTECH REWATCH 12: Earth Sweet Earth

August 16th, 2014

robotech-the-macross-saga-1-13-blue-wind-spiesRobotech will be rewatched after these messages!

13. Blue Wind

Finally, the SDF1 approaches the Earth. As Claudia is snarky enough to point out, there’s still a massive alien barrier between them and their home planet, but it’s the closest they’ve come in a very long time.

The spies try to figure out how to function in civilian life by watching Sami and her co-workers who I will continue to NOT refer to as the Bridge Bunnies. They stalk them, and figure out that uniforms need to be discarded for more random clothes. Given that they are currently dressed in sacks tied up with string, the spies steal clothes from the locker room.

And of course because they don’t know anything about Micronians or indeed women, they don’t know the difference between male and female clothing. Bron finds a twinset and pearls that fits him and is quite pleased with it.

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Musketeer Space Part 13 – Conspiracy is Bad For the Blood Pressure

August 13th, 2014

Happy Musketeer Day, Musketoons! I am not here. I am not even in Australia. I might not yet be in London yet, either. I am Schroedinger’s Author.

Of course, it would be THIS chapter that would go up while I’m away, wouldn’t it…

The Musketeers themselves are taking most of the next couple of weeks off. There is Other Plot that does not require their presence. But rest assured, they’re off causing trouble somewhere even when we don’t get to see what they’re up to.

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana’s desire to be a Musketeer pilot in service to the Crown has led her to a few dodgy places over the last couple of months, but none dodgier than this – she’s stumbled across a conspiracy on the moon involving Aramis’ secret girlfriend, Aramis’ ex-girlfriend, and Aramis’ ship – not to mention the Prince Consort’s recently-kidnapped tailor, Conrad Su, who is also Dana’s landlady’s much younger husband, and far too hot for his own good. Just go with it. It’s all going to be fine.



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Galactic Suburbia 106 Show Notes

August 11th, 2014

New episode ready for streaming or download!

In which the Galactic Suburbia crew discuss the future and present death of blogs, explore our personal relationships with social media (but mostly Twitter), and stage a memorial ceremony for the death of Livejournal. WE LOVED YOU, LIVEJOURNAL.


! Spoilerifics!! Oh my!

Pet Topic

Future redundancy: The death of blogs?
What blogs do you still read? What blogs are the key places to find out about shiny new things?

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An August of Tansy

August 10th, 2014

KaleidoscopeCover-679x1024Some bits and pieces of news to catch you all up to date before I leave for London.

My short story “Cookie Cutter Superhero” was just released in Kaleidoscope, a YA anthology of diverse teenage stories. I’m really delighted that so many people have been enjoying this story and the world – even if it does mean I am getting daily requests to turn it into a novel! There’s a lovely review of my story here at Brewing Tea and Books, and Eugene Myers wrote a nice review of the whole anthology at League of Extraordinary Writers.

Pozible supporters should have their copy of Kaleidoscope already; if you didn’t support the campaign, you can buy it right now in most countries though the official Australian release date is not until 1 October.

UPDATE: My story “The Raven and her Victory” has just been reprinted in Heiresses of Russ 2014! This is my Edgar Allen Poe story, and I’m very pleased that it’s the final piece in this reprint anthology of lesbian-themed SFF.

Meanwhile, another book release! Tehani at Fablecroft has released an e-collection of my Pratchett’s Women essays, following the development of female characters across the Discworld novels. The book contains all nine Pratchett’s Women essays that have appeared here on the blog, starting with the original “The Boobs, the Bad and the Broomsticks” which remains by far the most viewed page ever published on this blog, at over 13,000 hits. All essays have been revised for this edition.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 11: Single Sex Spaceships Are For Girls Too

August 9th, 2014

escapemiriyaRobotech will be rewatched after these messages. This is the episode where humans (Micronians) figure out how to use this snogging thing strategically.

But more importantly, THE GIRLS ARE BACK IN TOWN!

You know how boring it is when any given alien race in a SF TV show are all played by male actors, not because of some grand statement about gender, but as a lazy default? Up until now it has looked very much as if the Zentraedi were an All Boys Outfit, but this is the episode where it all changes

Zentraedi women kick arse, in case you were wondering.

Episode 12 – The Big Escape

Thank goodness we have the narrator to explain the plot. This is what the aliens plan to do next:

1. Recover the SDF1 intact, with the hidden protoculture factory on board.
2. Destroy the earth
3. Figure out what protoculture is
4. Profit

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Snapshot: Ben McKenzie and John Richards

August 7th, 2014

Ben McKenzie is a Melbourne-based actor, comedian, writer, feminist, improviser, voiceover artist, presenter, game mechanic, scientician, rogue nerd and ginger. He’s also one of the organisers behind the recently crowdfunded Girls On Film Festival 2014. John Richards is writer of the acclaimed ABC1 comedy Outland, and former host of the iconic Melbourne-based TV podcast Boxcutters as well as a filmmaker, media journalist, and presenter. Check out John’s upcoming workshop on podcasting.

Together, they FIGHT CRIME. But more importantly, they make magic. In 2013, The Year of Doctor Who, Ben and John created Splendid Chaps, a Doctor Who live show podcasting event spread over 12 months. In 2014, they spun off from this project to run a successful Kickstarter campaign for Night Terrace, their very own comedy science fiction audio series, starring Susan from Neighbours and a house that travels in time and space.

It seemed appropriate to interview them together…

splendid chaps comedy festival

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Musketeer Space Part 12: An Assignation at the Mecha Graveyard

August 6th, 2014

Fleur de lis littleIt’s Musketeer day again! Conspiracies, mecha, romance and the spaceship equivalent of grand auto theft. Thanks so much for joining me on this wacky adventure. I’ll be away from the computer for the next two Wednesdays, but my trusty silent producer will do his best to keep the show on the road.

I still haven’t quite got over reaching my $200 milestone which means the festive Christmas prequel story is go. Next milestone, at the $300 mark, means I’ll be commissioning artwork, for here on the blog as well as the final ebook. I’m longing to have my Musketeers depicted in art, so that’s where we’re headed next.

And in the mean time…


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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana D’Artagnan is a Mecha cadet who longs to be a real Musketeer like her friends Athos, Aramis and Porthos – and that means getting into as much trouble as possible. Right now she’s tangled up in a Royal conspiracy, having just rescued the Prince Consort’s tailor and teammate Conrad from the Cardinal’s secret agent Rosnay Cho. And she stole a spaceship. Did I mention that Conrad is super pretty? It’s worth saying.


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Snapshot: Foz Meadows

August 5th, 2014

P1000733Foz Meadows is a bipedal mammal with delusions of immortality; she also writes fantasy novels, makes with the geeky criticism, and loiters with intent in the presence of cheese. An Australian expat, she now lives in Scotland with a philosopher and a Smallrus. Surprisingly, this is a good thing.

1. Congratulations on your Hugo nomination for Best Fan Writer! Your blog has formed a core part of your writer identity for so long – which piece of your “fan” critical writing are you most proud of?

Thank you! It’s still a bit weird to me that I have regular readers: in one form or another, I’ve been writing online since my early teens, but it’s only in the past year or two that I’ve actually started to develop an audience. Which inevitably colours how I now perceive my own work, because I can never tell how a given piece is going to be received, and that makes me a bit biased in favour of the stuff that gets less widely circulated. I still don’t have any one thing that I’m most proud of, but generally, if I come away from a post feeling like I managed to articulate something important in amidst all the ranting, then it goes in the win column.

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