Tansy Rayner Roberts

ROBOTECH REWATCH 28: Love is a Weapon (featuring: Babies are Adorable)

December 6th, 2014

Robotech will be Rewatched After These Messages

A couple of episodes ago, I mentioned that I remembered the novelisation of Robotech by Jack McKinney as adding a sexual aspect to Rick and Lisa’s relationship during this time – and no, I wasn’t imagining it, thanks Chip for confirming that I was right! (of course I could have gone and just taken the books off the shelf but you know, that requires effort)

Unfortunately, if you do take the reading that Rick and Lisa are currently sleeping together but not actually talking, dating and he’s still acting all lovesick about Minmei then.. yeah, it makes him look like even more of a jerk than usual and her look like a complete doormat. So possibly not recommended.

Miriya_VivaEpisode 30 – Viva Miriya

So what have Max and Miriya been up to apart from having their adorable baby? Turns out they’re both still working as pilots, in this case on a mission under the command of Breetai.

The mission also includes Lisa, Claudia, Exedore and Rick, who don’t know why they’re here when they arrive.

Breetai, who is still giant-sized, is an awkward but affable host as he welcomes them to his old ship. They still don’t know why they’re here – and it turns out that Breetai has requested not only Max and Miriya, but their baby Dana.

Wonder what the occupational health and safety forms for THAT look like.

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Musketeer Space Part 29 – The Husband of Athos

December 3rd, 2014

bottles3It’s Musketeer Day!

I won’t deny I’m excited we’re at this part. The creative use and withholding of backstory is such an important part of the Musketeer story and, you know, it makes me sad when D’Artagnan and the Musketeers are apart from each other.

I kind of feel guilty about how often my characters get stupidly drunk, but it’s kind of impossible to tell the story of the Musketeers – and Athos in particular – without getting a whole lot of booze involved.

Don’t be like Athos, kids. Drink responsibly over the silly season, or you might end up spilling all your tragic secrets in a cellar. This has been a public service announcement.

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PREVIOUSLY ON MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana wants to be a Musketeer pilot, but instead she’s managed to acquire three of them as her new best friends. After losing them all during a mission, she’s trying to collect the set all over again: with Porthos and Aramis back in action, there’s only Athos still to find. Unfortunately he was last seen on a planet he hates, in the wreckage of his crashed spaceship.


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What I Did in November

December 1st, 2014


Musketeer Space Updates:
25 – Love Letter to Absent Friends
26 – Rendezvous at the Fountain of Tranquility
27 – Paying for Porthos
28 – For Love of Aramis

Robotech Rewatch Updates:
23: Fastest Wedding Plot Twist Ever
24: Provocative Pairing Rituals
25: Ships Fall, Everyone Dies
26: Whole New World
27: Who the Hell Are The Robotech Masters?

Musketeer Media Monday: Musketeers Break My Heart Seventies Style (1974)

“Here is a thing that many people who only know the characters from modern movies do not know about book canon D’Artagnan: he’s a bit slutty.”

Watching New Who: The Doctor’s Wife

“That blew my mind when I saw this episode – it’s pretty rare to watch a Doctor Who story that completely changes the way you view the stories that came before it, all the way back to 1963.”

Skiffy and Fanty: Squeeing about Superheroines

“There’s a lot to critique about the role of women in superhero comics and associated media — and I spend a lot of time and energy doing exactly that. But today, I’m here to talk about a bunch of reasons to be super excited about female superheroes, and what’s being written, drawn and performed either right now or in the future.”

Galactic Suburbia:
Episode 110: In which culture, we consume it.
Episode 111: In which we try to fix the world and don’t even fix ourselves, but progress is being made (we hope)

Episode 59 - Dark Waterdeep
Episode 61 – Permission to Squeeeeeee! (About Series 8]
Verity! Extra! – Pleasant, Unpusillanimous Peri [interview with Nicola Bryant, w/ Big Finish recs from me & Liz]

UPDATE: Forgot to add this fabulous review on Kirkus of Love and Romanpunk.

ROBOTECH REWATCH 27: Who the Hell Are The Robotech Masters?

November 29th, 2014

ep30_robotech_masters_resurrect_zorRobotech will be rewatched after these messages.

Minmei is sad, the Zentraedi are cranky and oh look, mysterious clones in another galaxy! I wonder if they’ll turn out to be significant at all?

Episode 29 – The Robotech Masters

Unexpected Robotech Masters! Three mysterious men talking about Zor and the Invid suddenly turn up, talking about the missing protoculture factory and the secrets of Robotech. To some extent, they are explaining the plot so far, as far as what’s been going on with the humans and the Zentraedi, though it’s mostly lucky guesswork on their part.

They seem quite skeptical that humans might have been able to destroy Dolza’s fleet because, 1 ship against 4 million? So unlikely, though it does lead to the charming quote:

“The destruction of 4 million Robotech ships doesn’t happen every day…”

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Musketeer Space Part 28 – For Love of Aramis

November 26th, 2014

41501 / 50000 words. 83% done with Nanowrimo!

Musketeer Day!

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PREVIOUSLY ON MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana lost her friends somewhere in the Solar System, during the mission for the Prince Consort. Now she’s picking up the pieces – and that means locating and rescuing each of them from whatever mayhem they’ve got themselves into. Porthos was drunk, wounded and in debt on Chantilly Station, and now they’re out to find Aramis, before she gives up the Musketeer life altogether.



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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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