Tansy Rayner Roberts

Verity! Extra! – Doctor in a Strange Land

July 10th, 2014

VerityExtraDrStrangeLand-210This week’s Extra! features crossover madness! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy, as we muse over what it would be like to plop the Doctor into other fictional worlds. What makes a good crossover? Which Verity isn’t really comfortable with crossovers? Who coins the term “Capaldi-flicted”? And who observes that Capaldi “gives good cape”? Listen and see!

Then let us know in the comments what fictional worlds you’d like to see the Doctor (and/or his companions) visit. Inquiring Verities want to know!

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Musketeer Space Part 8: The Nesting Habits of Musketeers

July 9th, 2014

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Wednesday is Musketeer Space day! It’s the school holidays here, and I’ve just finished editing a book, so hopefully lots of musketeer writing this week. Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments about Look Good in Leather, the first of my Musketeer Media Monday reviews of the BBC Musketeer series. I’ve been acquiring a whole bunch of other adaptations to review including the Mickey/Goofy one from Disney, the one with Tim Roth, and one that appears to be a gender-swapped Hong Kong action movie. So there’s THAT to look forward to…

I’m SO CLOSE now to the next milestone on Patreon, and really hope we hit that $200 level because I am storing up all kinds of brilliant ideas for a Christmas story. Hello to all new subscribers! Thanks for joining the party.

This chapter is a bit different – the last bit of calm set up and worldbuilding before the first wave of crazy plot antics begins. It’s going to be a fun month!

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana D’Artagnan came to Paris Satellite to become a Musketeer pilot – but closest she got was befriending three of them. The Regent was pleased with her valiant contribution to drunken bar brawls, and rewarded her with a job – but not the job she wants.


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Looks Good in Leather: the BBC Musketeer Edition Part I (2014)

July 7th, 2014

bbc1It’s Musketeer Media Monday again! This month, we have a series instead of a single movie, so I’ll be reviewing it over more than one Monday.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I think The Musketeers (BBC 2014) may have ruined me for all past and future Musketeer adaptations. Which is a hell of a thing to say when you’re partway through writing your own Musketeer story… but I love this show so much. Stating the bias up front, here. I want to eat this show with a spoon. I have literally bought the t-shirt.

The BBC Musketeers is a gorgeously made show, with full commitment to swords, swagger and scenery. The scripts are fun, irreverent and fast-paced. There are also a huge variety of female characters with agency, who make an active contribution to the story, despite the deep and necessary focus on machismo, brotherhood and other blokey things of blokehood that is part of the Musketeer baggage.

I think the proves the case that sometimes it’s the adaptations that take more liberties that can better capture the spirit of original material. This is a thoroughly modern Musketeers, and maybe in 20 years it will look at dated as Kiefer and Co. do to me now, but I don’t care.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 6: Death by Flashback

July 5th, 2014

robotech rewatchWelcome back to the Robotech Rewatch, the blog about the show that put all the wrong people in charge! This weekly rewatch of classic animated space opera Robotech is brought to you as bonus content for the Musketeer Space project. Thanks everyone for your support!

Episode 7. Bye Bye Mars

More months have passed.

Like the Wolf in Red Riding Hood, Breetai and Exedore’s Zendraedi forces drop out of hyperspace and get to Mars ahead of the Micronians, ready to set a trap for them as they bring their basket of goodies to Grandmother’s house. Most of the humans on the Mars outpost have already been wiped out by other Zendraedi forces, so it’s a good place to hide.

Exedore is horrified that Breetai has summoned Khyron’s forces for backup. By all accounts, this young blue-haired captain is too nasty for even the Zentraedi, with rumours he has killed his own men for looking at him funny. As soon as Khryon turns up, he establishes himself quickly as an arrogant little shit, who laughs maniacally at random intervals. Oh yeah, Breetai, no way this could possibly go wrong for you.

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Musketeer Space Part 7: A Royal Reception

July 2nd, 2014

Welcome back to Musketeer Space! This is the first chapter with a non-Dana POV scene, and there are going to be lots more of these from now on, as Dumas started changing things up quite a lot in the original, and I’m going to match chapter for chapter as much as I can.

Also, exciting! New characters are introduced here, my gender-swapped versions of King Louis and Queen Anne of Austria. Still quite a few weeks before any diamonds turn up, though.

This week, I sent out the first newsletter, The Pilot’s Slice, to all Patreon supporters of the $3 level or higher. These will be monthly. If you should have received one and didn’t, please let me know. The spaceship names have started rolling in, too, with at least one featured substantially in this chapter!

Finally, this is a red letter week because it’s the first time I’ve had to make a substantial retroactive change to a story detail so far – Treville is now ranked as an Amiral, not a Commander because I messed up her title before. And yes, the missing ‘d’ is intentional, because I like the French word better. In case you were wondering, our Musketeers remain ‘Captain’ as casual address, because they each have their own ships, but their actual rank is Captain-Lieutenant.

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Dana learned an important lesson about not getting involved in random swordfights in bars when drunk. Well, no, possibly no one learned any lessons. But at least Athos agreed to get rid of his beard, because that was an accident waiting to happen.

Now Read On…
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Galactic Suburbia 103 Show Notes

June 30th, 2014

terri-icon-cropNew episode is available to stream or download.

In which we talk harassment policies, upcoming publishing projects, Hugo reading and more!


Update on the Elise Matthesen harassment case from Wiscon 2013.

Anna Tambour collection – The Finest Ass in the Universe to be published by Twelfth Planet Press in July 2015

Kaleidoscope Table of Contents including Tansy’s story Cookie Cutter Superhero

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alex: finished Fringe; Orphan Black season 2; Europa Report; Hugo reading: finished the novelettes, most of the novellas and shorts. Bikes in Space vol 2

Tansy: The Two-Hearted Numbat, Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina; Romanitas by Sophia McDougall, The Machine; The Musketeers;

Alisa: ON HOLIDAYS AND ONLY KNIT And Orphan Black, random PhD update of sorts

Thanks to Patreon supporters so far – we’ve hit our first milestone! To keep us Going!!! Our next milestone: quarterly spoilerific book/media club episodes become a regular feature.

Please send feedback to us at galacticsuburbia@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter at @galacticsuburbs, check out Galactic Suburbia Podcast on Facebook, support us at Patreon and don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!


June 28th, 2014

robotech rewatchWelcome back to the Robotech Rewatch! The space opera that put the melodrama into shiny shiny mecha…

The humans have a giant ship they don’t understand, are under attack from giant aliens who want their giant ship back, and accidentally teleported themselves to Pluto. Meanwhile, Rick Hunter has manpain and his sort-of-girlfriend Minmei is oblivious.

I know what you’re all thinking. You’re thinking that up until now, the series has been short on reference to ladies’ underwear. Well, worry no longer!

This weekly rewatch of classic animated space opera Robotech is brought to you as bonus content for the Musketeer Space project. Thanks everyone for your support!

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Friday Links is Feeling Neglected…

June 27th, 2014

carriefisherwilliamshatner…largely because Tansy is busy editing a book with one hand, and typing space melodrama about Musketeers with the other. But I have linkses! Some of them have been waiting patiently for far too long.

Natalie Luhrs collected her tweets (including the conversational additions of others) about speaking out and community support, which are well worth reading.

While the media goes into meltdown about the possibility that Harrison Ford’s leg injury might mean Han Solo won’t be in enough of the next Star Wars movie (really, can we not just have Leia doing the same things he was going to do?), I wanted to point to this lovely interview with Carrie Fisher about being a bit melted, and other things. What she has to say about Leia as a character is pretty cool and brings me back to – why AREN’T they just giving Han Solo’s scenes to her, again?

Kari Sperring wrote two really important posts: Living as a Woman in a Science Fictional Future, and the follow up, Collateral Damage. The first is about the narrow types of femininity we usually see in SF (and the joy of finding examples of a woman like yourself in the fiction you love) and the second is a much angrier, fierce and personal piece about how the older women in science fiction (especially the writers) get left behind while their male counterparts only increase their profile and prestige.

What it comes to is this: most women who are now over about 40 have been told their whole lives to be good, to keep their heads down, to keep on working away quietly and to wait their turn. And now, within sff, at the point when their male contemporaries are celebrated, these same women are being told, No, it’s too late for you, you don’t matter enough; that space is needed. Get out of the way.

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Musketeer Space Part 6: The Wrong Sort of Duel

June 25th, 2014

Welcome back to Musketeer Space! I’ve had a wild writing week, getting several more chapters under my belt, which is something of a relief. I’ve also been watching and rewatching the BBC Musketeers series, for an upcoming review. It’s a bit wonderful, just saying. If you ever felt a Musketeer adaptation lacked sufficient leather, this one will make it up to you.

Thanks to SF Signal for linking to the project and bringing new readers along. Hello, new readers! I hope you like swords and spaceships.

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana D’Artagnan is starting to think that Paris Satellite is out to get her. She missed out on her dream job, she failed to catch up with her nemesis Ro, and now three Musketeers are trying to kill her in a computer-generated meadow. With sharp bits of metal! How retro.

Now Read On…


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ROBOTECH REWATCH 4: Welcome to the First Chinese Restaurant in Space

June 21st, 2014

robotech rewatchThis weekly rewatch of classic animated space opera Robotech is brought to you as bonus content for the Musketeer Space project. Thanks everyone for your support!

Previous episodes:
1 – So Much For World Peace
2 – Who Put Pluto There?
3 – To Be In Love

Episode 5. Transformation

Living on a spaceship under siege is hard work! Minmei’s aunt and uncle bemoan the tight rations, and that gives Minmei a bright idea: let’s reopen the restaurant! She points out that there was food rationing during the last war, and her family kept the restaurant open then.

“But even though we’re lost in space, life can still go on as usual, can’t it?”
Minmei, Queen of Denial 2009

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