Tansy Rayner Roberts


July 4th, 2015

annie dinosaurI’m pretty sure I never saw this one back in the day, even though I was still watching obsessively in the hope of catching some snippets of news about the Admirals Hunter, or whatever happened to Dana Sterling.

I would have remembered the dinosaurs, right?

Episode 69: The Genesis Pit

The narrator explains the complex relationship between the Invid and protoculture. It sounds a lot like they travel from planet to planet, eating stuff and talking about how it advances science, like intergalactic stoners with pretentions to academia.

Scott, Rand and Annie park the Veritech and hunt the woods for a good camping spot while waiting for the others to catch up. Within two seconds, they fall into a massive pit, Alice in Wonderland style, and fall through an energy field into some kind of distant underground lake. Honestly, you can’t take them anywhere.

At this point I was idly musing thoughts like: Are there gonna be dinosaurs? They fell pretty far under the Earth. I’m hoping for some Lost World business. Oooh there is a horde of giant dragonflies and some alien-looking plants…


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Issue #1 – X-Men ’92

July 3rd, 2015

XM92_HIRES.0Title: X-Men ‘92

Writers: Chris Sims & Chad Bowers

Artists: Scott Koblish (art), Matt Millev (colour)

The Buzz: It’s a comic loosely based on what the X-Men looked like in the early 90’s, both in the animated series (which taught me everything I knew about the X-Men for years) AND the comics which were weirdly similar in many ways. The writers recently appeared on the Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men podcast and it sounded like they were having a whale of a time writing this super fun comic. But really, you put 90’s Jubilee and her bubblegum pink accents on a comic cover, I’m gonna buy it.

All You Need To Know: It’s still the whole Battleworld schtick: all of the Marvel universes have been destroyed, various versions of the characters are living in distinct isolated territories, whatever. Don’t worry about it. You might get an extra layer of in-jokes if your concept of X-Men was forged in the 90’s (everything happens at the mall!) but basically, it’s all explained – Magneto’s dead, Senator Kelly is the ruling Baron, and the X-Men are happily protecting mankind from giant robots on a regular basis, mostly at the mall.

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Friday Links Rides With Lady Justice

July 3rd, 2015

cooler batmanIt’s been a week full of rainbows. Thanks to the US Supreme Court bringing in equal marriage, Australian politicians are finally acknowledging that it might be worth asking if that’s what our country wants too. (Spoilers: yes, for the majority it totally is)

One article doing the rounds on Facebook looks at the idea that equal marriage threatens “traditional marriage” quite seriously: because it challenges traditional gender roles. The people who are against same sex marriage are often the same people out there talking about how single mothers are terrible, or working mothers shouldn’t be putting their kids in childcare, or men shouldn’t be taking their share of domestic responsibilities. Equality: it’s for everybody.

As Alisa said on Facebook about the idea of “traditional marriage”: the current version was tweaked in 2004, it’s barely got cobwebs on it. Yep, that would be the 2004 Marriage Act Amendment which defined marriage in Australian law as being between a man and a woman. I predict a lot of inverted commas around the word traditional for the foreseeable future. And a whole lot more equality rainbows.


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Musketeer Space Part 58: Cold Hands, Red Cloak

July 1st, 2015

FleurDeLis_Swatch_Red_ZoomIt’s Musketeer Day!

When I was writing this, I thought there were only three chapters to go, but an unexpected house got in the way. You will meet him next week.

Soooo close to finishing.

Remember that if you want to receive an ebook of the entire book (slightly revised), you will need to sign up to be a Patreon supporter before the end of this month. If you sign up at the $2 level you will also receive a collection of the essays and supporting material I’ve been working on while writing this, not all of which has appeared on the blog.


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Missed the last installment? Track back to Part 57
Read a festive Musketeer Space prequel, “Seven Days of Joyeux.”
Main Page & Table of Contents

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Robotech Rewatch 55: All Roads Lead to Jonathan Wolff

June 27th, 2015

Death once had a near-Jonathan Wolff experience.

Death once had a near-Jonathan Wolff experience.

Stand by for more Robotech Rewatch.

Episode 68: Eulogy

The narrator, our only source of continuity in the midst of narrative chaos, gives us a sneak peek into the Invid’s stronghold, Reflex Point, which is the same place that Scott Barnard has been so keen on taking his crew to. You know, eventually.

Speaking of Scott, he and the dirt bike roadies arrive in a military town where everyone is super happy because the Invid never come here. Seems… suspicious, but okay. Nice to know someone’s having a good time in the post-apocalyptic wasteland.

They decide to grab a drink, and Annie reminds us all of how creepy and inappropriate she is by hitting on the bartender. Let us not forget: she’s a kid. A kid with the sex drive of a cougar in a late night sitcom. Oh Annie, you distress me.

Everyone in the bar gets super excited because Colonel Jonathan Wolff is back.

Not only is he basically a green-haired Errol Flynn-moustached rocking shocking goddamned superhero but apparently he was active in Admiral Hunter’s fleet, then was sent home with his ‘Wolff pack’ to save the Earth.

Jonathan Wolff is so tough, he dulls chainsaws… when he shaves.

When Jonathan Wolff crosses the road, cars look both ways.

Jonathan Wolff likes his meat so rare he only eats unicorns.

You get the idea.

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Issue #1 – Battleworld Special: Lady Kate, Ms America & Inferno

June 25th, 2015

Marvel, you’re making me cry.

I mean sure, throw your whole mess of universes in a blender. Give your writers the freedom to write some batshit crazy tales that aren’t defined by previous continuity. I’m all for that. I was all for that when DC did it a little while ago, because for all the crazy I was promised a chance to hang out with some of my favourites and I love a bit of universe-bending creativity.

But the but.

I have no idea WTF is going on.

The premise is that all the Marvel universes have collided, and different universe versions of our characters are all on a fake planet called Battleworld, and all the awesome interesting titles suddenly exploding out of Marvel are based on various “baronies” in which our characters are playing out odd scenarios, in odd combinations.

But the but.

I get that, I do, but I don’t know what to READ. There are so many different titles, and Convergence taught me that I’m going to hate the main storyline & resent it for being super expensive and not giving me anything I want so I didn’t even try to pick up Secret Wars or Battleworld or Beyond (this is the thing, there isn’t just one main event to avoid, there seem to be about twelve) and stuck instead to the tempting individual issues, not knowing if they’re like permanent series or mini-series like Convergence gave us, or…


It doesn’t help that the comics all have banners to tell you which series they’re part of and some of them say Secret Wars and some say Battleworld and some say both and there doesn’t seem to be any actual logic behind which is which.

Here is what I’ve read so far:

A-ForceTitle: A-Force

Writer: Marguerite Bennett & G.Willow Wilson

Artist: Jorge Molina

The Buzz: All female Avengers! You had me at She-Hulk. Marvel have been buzzing about Secret Wars all year – we know this is a massive comics event and A-Force has been one of the highest buzzed of the new titles, because an all female Avengers comic has been a long time coming, and G. Willow Wilson is definitely one of comics’ It Writers thanks to her kickass run on Ms Marvel.

All You Need To Know: Battleworld is a ridiculous patchwork planet on which all the Marvel superheroes from all the universes have been gathered in various baronies to fight and stuff. It’s all Doctor Doom’s fault, whatever.

Story: This barony is an island called Arcadia, peopled only with female Avengers. She-Hulk is their Baroness which is pretty great.

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Musketeer Space Part 57: A Drop of Water

June 24th, 2015

waterBook Achieved! As of this week, I officially reached the end of Musketeer Space. You, dear readers, still have a month or so to go. Five more chapters, to be exact.

I know, I’m sad it’s finishing too. On the bright side, those of you who have been waiting for it to be complete so you can read it in one go don’t have much longer to wait!

If you want to be able to read Musketeer Space in complete assembled ebook form, you will need to be a Patreon supporter before the project winds up at the end of July. Otherwise I will be keeping the individual chapters up on my blog for the forseeable future, unless my agent or an interested publisher suggests otherwise.


Start reading Musketeer Space from Part 1
Missed the last installment? Track back to Part 56
Read a festive Musketeer Space prequel, “Seven Days of Joyeux.”
Main Page & Table of Contents


Milord hates Athos because of that whole tried to execute him back when they were married thing; he hates Dana D’Artagnan because she has thwarted him at every turn and told the world his secret identity; he doesn’t especially hate Conrad Su, but he’ll take his revenge where he can. They’re all on Valour, the prettiest and worst planet in the Solar System.


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Robotech Rewatch 54: Lost in Translation

June 20th, 2015

lunkKeep your scanner tuned to this station. Robotech is back!

I’m going to give the show the benefit of the doubt and agree that something must have been lost in translation, because this is the weirdest and most disposable episode of Robotech I’ve ever watched.

Episode 67: Paper Hero

I’ll admit that I was kind of hoping this would be the episode where Hugh Jackman is a truck who writes romance novels and falls in love with his best friend, Claudia Karvan. That would have SO been a better Robotech episode than this one.

Apparently the dirtbike riding Robotech gang have a date with destiny. I have to say, chatty narrator, making statements like that does rather raise the expectations that this is going to be an episode in which something actually happens.

The gang’s current Invid fighting style involves most of them riding bikes furiously at the enemy, Scott shooting from above in his Veritech (AKA the Invid magnet), and Lunk driving up with Annie afterwards “just in time to celebrate.” Way to contribute to the teamwork there, Lunk and Annie.

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Musketeer Space Part 56: Two Kinds of Winter

June 17th, 2015

sterling-silver-hammer-finish-fleur-de-lis-dog-tag-3It’s Musketeer Day again!

SF Signal have published my GOH speech from Continuum XI on Fantasy, Female Authors and the Politics of Influence. I amended it and updated it based on my ad libs during the presentation including the imaginary crowns representing the various women I was quoting on the topic.

We’ve also put up the Galactic Suburbia episode recorded live at Continuum (with a great audience!) including sketches by Kathleen Jennings of what our hands look like when we’re podcasting.

I’m soooo close to finishing Musketeer Space! This month’s Musketeer Media Monday concerns Dogtanian’s War on Moustaches (1981) and the unexpected revelations of a Robotech nature.

The end-of-project complete assembled ebook of Musketeer Space will beexclusive to Patreon backers for at least a year so if you want one, head on over the the Patreon page – you can support the project for as little as $1 per month.


Start reading Musketeer Space from Part 1
Missed the last installment? Track back to Part 55
Read a festive Musketeer Space prequel, “Seven Days of Joyeux.”
Main Page & Table of Contents


Athos hates rain, all weather, planets in general, and Valour in particular. Dana has lost track of Conrad Su, who went to ground after witnessing an assassination at his last safehouse. The Countess of Clarick has arrested her brother-in-law, Milord De Winter, to hand him over to Royal/Church custody. Rosnay Cho, as the Cardinal’s Special Agent, leads the Musketeer-Sabre mission to reclaim Milord.


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Galactic Suburbia 121: Live From Melbourne (Show Notes)

June 16th, 2015

The Tea Salon edition in which we drink the Tabitha Blend in front of a live studio audience at Continuum XI and chat about feminist hashtags and vampire college girl romance.


Kathleen Jennings drew us while we talked!

Tehani storified some of the tweets from Writing While Female.

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alisa: Emerging Writers’ Festival: Writing while Female (How To Be A Woman in Any Boys Club); Bitch Planet, Issues 1-2; Twelve Monkeys

Alex: Cranky Ladies of History; Carmilla (based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu Novella); Veronica Mars; Radio Lab podcast catch up

Tansy: Sons of Anarchy; A-Force by Marguerite Bennett & G.Willow Wilson – AND Carmilla!

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