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Seven Days of Joyeux Part 3

December 21st, 2014

Seven Days of Joyeux

“Seven Days of Joyeux” is a Musketeer Space prequel novella by Tansy Rayner Roberts. For more Musketeer hijinks, check out the Musketeer Space Table of Contents. This festive novella is brought to you by my generous Patreon supporters.

Go back to Day 1.
Go back to Day 2.
Go back to Joyeux Table of Contents.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 30 – Dating Tips for the Apocalypse

December 20th, 2014

rainyRobotech will be Rewatched after these messages.

This one is all about the Rick and Lisa and Minmei thing. Oh, the angst. They are all so bad at this, possibly because they’ve been fighting a war instead of going to college, sleeping with all the wrong people, and building social skills.

But even in the apocalypse, there’s always someone worse off than yourself.

Episode 33 – A Rainy Night

The narrator informs us that the love triangle between Rick, Minmei and Lisa has reached a critical impasse, despite the fact that this has been obvious to everyone else for MONTHS.

Claudia plays the role of sassy friend, giving a heartbroken Lisa some tea and the helpful advice that maybe she should mention to Rick how she feels about him.

As we all know, telepathy is not his strong suit. Sadly, conversations about feelings are also not his strong suit.

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Seven Days of Joyeux Part 2

December 20th, 2014

Seven Days of Joyeux

“Seven Days of Joyeux” is a Musketeer Space prequel novella by Tansy Rayner Roberts. For more Musketeer hijinks, check out the Musketeer Space Table of Contents. This festive novella is brought to you by my generous Patreon supporters.

Go back to Day 1.
Go back to Joyeux Table of Contents.

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Seven Days of Joyeux Part 1

December 19th, 2014

Seven Days of Joyeux

“Seven Days of Joyeux” is a Musketeer Space prequel novella by Tansy Rayner Roberts. For more Musketeer hijinks, check out the Musketeer Space Table of Contents. This festive novella is brought to you by my generous Patreon supporters.

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Seven Days of Joyeux: a Musketeer Space novella

December 19th, 2014

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It’s festival time on Paris Satellite: that means a seven day whirl of drunken bets, poor decision-making, religious contemplation and tinsel. But mostly, poor decision-making.

Porthos and Athos aren’t going to sleep together, no matter what Aramis says. Aramis isn’t going to marry her girlfriend, Minister Chevreuse, which probably means they’re breaking up. Athos is not prepared to be visited by the ghost of his dead husband. Oh, and the Duchess of Buckingham is totally not going to hook up with the Prince Consort thereby causing an interplanetary diplomatic disaster… right?

When a group of “festive terrorists” start inflicting traditions from a very different midwinter festival on the space station via nano-virus, the Musketeers and the Red Guard are expected to work together to protect Paris Satellite. This isn’t going to end well.

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Musketeer Space Part 31: Musketeers at War

December 17th, 2014

Fleur_Dis_Lee_startled_S2E09It’s Musketeer day again! A bit of a milestone today, because we’re officially halfway through the story. If you haven’t been reading along each week, this is a great time to get started from the beginning. Later this week, I’ll be launching daily posts of the “Christmas” prequel novella: Seven Days of Joyeux, finishing up on Christmas Day. In extra exciting news, the story will be illustrated with a fantastic piece of art by Katy Shuttleworth.

If you’re not planning to start reading Musketeer Space until there’s a finished novel for you to read (valid life choice!) then you can absolutely read Seven Days of Joyeux anyway – apart from a few details of backstory that have slow reveal in the novel, there are no spoilers for the main narrative. Sadly there’s no D’Artagnan either, as the Three Musketeers haven’t met her yet, but hopefully there will be enough Joyeux festivities, sinister happenings, banter and snogging to make up for that.

Thanks to those who have been reading along every week! Sometimes the stats are what keep me going. Special extra thanks & kisses to my regular Patreon supporters – I appreciate you so very much. Taking a monthly wage for this story helps me to justify all the time I spend on it. If you’ve enjoyed the story so far, please consider signing up as a Patreon supporter, for as little as $1 a month. You can sign up at any time – and all supporters will receive the complete ebook of Musketeer Space at the end, plus other rewards depending on the tier you choose.

Check out this week’s Musketeer Media Monday post, Musketeers in Technicolor (1948) in which Gene Kelly does not sing or dance, but still manages to throw in some fancy footwork, and Lana Turner’s beauty spot deserves an Oscar.

In the mean time, let’s throw some interplanetary politics and Dana angst at you! I’ll be back in two weeks to kick off the second half of Musketeer Space – 31 weeks down, 31 to go!

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PREVIOUSLY ON MUSKETEER SPACE: Since leaving her home of Gascon Station to find a new life for herself as a (maybe future) Musketeer on Paris Satellite, Dana D’Artagnan has tripped over a conspiracy, been robbed, sold her ship, failed to get the job of her dreams, learned to pilot a mecha, acquired an engie, foiled a secret agent, mostly rescued Conrad Su when he was kidnapped that time, rented a room from a suspicious landlady, prevented an interplanetary sex scandal, flirted with a politically obsessed possible criminal mastermind, crashed a spaceship, failed to rescue Conrad Su when he was kidnapped that other time, embraced the Duchess of Buckingham, been rewarded by the Prince Consort Alek of Auster, and most importantly of all: found and lost and found again the Three Musketeers, three of the dearest friends she has ever had in her life. Also there’s been quite a bit of drinking and sword-fighting.

NOW READ ON.

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Musketeers in Technicolor (1948)

December 15th, 2014

This is my tenth Musketeer Media Monday post!

SPOILER WARNING: As with Musketeers Break My Heart Seventies Style, The Three Musketeers (1948) is a surprisingly comprehensive adaptation of the original novel, so if you’re enjoying reading Musketeer Space without knowing the narrative beats of the book, this might reveal some revealy things. Also, this essay spoils the hell out of the movie, but that’s what Musketeer Media Monday is all about!

Poster - Three Musketeers, The (1948)_02Did you know there was a Technicolor Three Musketeers movie starring Lana Turner and Gene Kelly, with Angela Lansbury and Vincent Price and a bunch of other fairly famous people of the era?

I DID NOT KNOW THIS THING ABOUT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.

The first thing you need to know about this film, after its mere existence, is that Gene Kelly, in his late thirties, is far too old to play D’Artagnan.

The second thing you need to know is that his performance is basically everything that Kathy Seldon ever said about Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain.

The third thing you need to know is that this D’Artagnan has a hat, though it’s an odd sort of beret with a feather in it.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 29 – Azonia is a Sex Kitten Now

December 13th, 2014

Robotech will be rewatched after these messages.

They’re using the word ‘protoculture’ a lot these days. Anyone would think that’s going to turn out to be important. Stay tuned.

This is just embarrassing for everyone, Azonia.

This is just embarrassing for everyone, Azonia.

31 – Khyron’s Revenge

The Earth Forces have scored themselves a Robotech Factory, which means they should be able to build themselves a bunch of Battlepods, plus they have an excuse to talk about protoculture around the protoculture water cooler when not making things out of protoculture because protoculture.

Sadly the factory was damaged in the fight, so that was a slight waste of everyone’s time.

Turns out the Robotech Masters, light years away, have co-workers to argue with. These co-workers are also a matching trio, with different shades of hair, and as my daughter points out, they look a bit like David Bowie (AKA androgynous and dressed like glam rockers). They still aren’t totally relevant to the main plot, but maybe someday.

Back on Earth, Rick is called to deal with a disturbance at New Detroit City, where they find rebel Zentraedi stealing a protoculture chamber – i.e. a sizing chamber, the essential tool that Khyron needs to keep his people happy, and whatever size they like.

Rick prevents the theft with a side order of judginess at their poor life choices.

Azonia and Khyron chew out the officer who failed to prevent the theft. Weirdly, close contact with Khyron has turned her into a flirtatious sex kitten, which he finds vaguely embarrassing (you’re not the only one, Khyron) and is serving as his second-in-command despite the fact that I’m pretty sure she outranked him before.

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Friday Links is Kissing Under the Mistletoe

December 12th, 2014

sharkIt’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! That means some of the links aren’t terribly recent but they are all things that caught my attention.

No Award has put up their Holiday Gift Giving Guide. It involves sharks, as well as a great range of mostly Australian themed awesomeness.

The Female Factory has just been released! This boutique collection by Angela Slatter and Lisa Hannett is Vol 11 of the epic Twelve Planets series.

A great essay at the Mary Sue on why the New 52 reboot of Wonder Woman’s origin is not the one that should be used for the DC Movieverse.

Daniel José Older at the Guardian: Move over HP Lovecraft, fantasy writers of colour are coming through

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Musketeer Space Part 30 – In the Cellar of the Gilded Lily

December 10th, 2014

ironHappy Musketeer Day!

I’ve been home sick with grumpy children for the last several days, which is a whole lot of no fun. But still feeling better than Athos, so there’s that.

Also a big shout out to the Web Fiction Guide, which has listed Musketeer Space. This site is a great way to find free original fiction, if you’ve developed a taste for serials. While I’m at it, I really appreciate Regan Wolfrom’s regular Free Fiction links pages at SF Signal which have brought me a bunch of new readers. Hi, new readers!

Another public service announcement: Don’t drink like Athos. Athos’ liver is not your liver. No one knows why he is still alive.

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PREVIOUSLY ON MUSKETEER SPACE: All Dana D’Artagnan wants to do is rescue her three Musketeer pilot friends and take them home to Paris Satellite – but a drunken Athos is proving hard to budge. They need to get him off Valour quickly, because he and that planet are no good for each other.

NOW READ ON!

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