Tansy Rayner Roberts

“Fake Geek Girl” & Review of Australian Fiction

May 28th, 2015

Holly Hallow is the lead singer of a band called Fake Geek Girl. You might have heard of them – at the very least, you’ve probably seen the vid of “Witches Roll Dice, Bitches,” which went viral last summer, and there are quotes from their classic song “Someone Is Wrong On the Internet” all over Tumblr and Mirrorweb.

If you go to Belladonna University, there’s no question that you’ve heard of the band. They play every Friday night down at Medea’s Cauldron, and whether you’re in the College of the Real or the College of the Unreal, you’ve seen my sister screaming out at you from one of the flyers posted around campus.

“Fake Geek Girl,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts, Review of Australian Fiction Vol 14 – Issue 4

RAF_VOL14_iss_4So this is exciting! I was invited to contribute a story to Review of Australian Fiction this year, and I took the opportunity to write a novelette that has been burning a hole in my brain for ages – a story about share houses, university life, magic, fandom and friendship. I’m really proud of “Fake Geek Girl,” and very attached to the characters – I plan to be writing more in this world, because I can’t possibly be done with Hebe, Holly, Sage, Juniper and the rest of them.

Even better, I was given the opportunity to choose the emerging writer whose story would be paired with mine in the issue! No pressure, right?

I asked Stephanie Lai, one of the contributors to Cranky Ladies of history. I was delighted that she agreed, and wrote a story that I am entirely in love with.

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Musketeer Space Part 53: The Many Deaths of Milord

May 27th, 2015

capHappy Musketeer Morning to you all!

I had a very festive birthday weekend, including a Gold Class viewing of Mad Max: Fury Road (ahh always nice to watch the apocalypse from a comfy chair), a self-inflicted Much Ado About Nothing marathon, and finally managing to perfect the coffee cake made from actual coffee.

If you’re coming to Continuum next week (eeee!) make sure to come up and say hi.

Also, I am launching an author newsletter shortly, for TansyRR and Livia Day. Sign up here!

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Mad Max as Feminist Ally

May 26th, 2015


It’s a few days since I saw Mad Max: Fury Road, and I’m still rolling it around in my head.

This movie.

I can’t even.

[The following contains much necessary swearing and also pretty much all the SPOILERS. Do like Margo did and watch the damn movie first.]

Other people have written and will continue to write about this movie as feminist science fiction, and its do-or-die Fuck the Patriarchy attitude. Furiosa is, let’s face it, the action heroine we’re all still going to be talking about in twenty years time, because men and women are like are punching the air about her. She’s our new Ripley, our 21st Century Sarah Connor.

Watch Furiosa load a shotgun. Watch Furiosa punch Max in the face, with her nubbins. Watch Furiosa drive a semi tractor trailer. Watch Furiosa fire a long shot, using Max’s shoulder to stabilize the gun barrel, as an alternative to using two hands! Watch Furiosa do anything you can do, but better, and with half the number of fingers.

I want to write about my personal reaction to the movie, because I’m taking this one personally, it’s got under my skin in a way almost nothing in a cinema has in a long, long time.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH INTERLUDE: Dana’s Confusingly Vague Super Dimensional (Non-)Ending.

May 23rd, 2015

Okay something a bit different in the Robotech Rewatch this week – I had FEELINGS to express once I got to the end of my Southern Cross rewatch, so I’ve written an essay about it.

Normal transmissions will resume next week!

southern 3 fillesI was a Teenage Hovertank Racer: or, Dana’s Confusingly Vague Super Dimensional (Non-)Ending.

Watching serialised television was an emotional minefield in the days before the internet. If you missed an episode, THAT WAS IT. It was gone, into the ether until such a time as a repeat showing flitted past your screens.

You just got used to the idea that there were bits you had missed. For a lot of shows, this didn’t matter, but it’s amazing how many kids shows in the 80’s actually did have a strong serialised thread running through them.

In some cases (like the ever-repeated Astro Boy) you could watch every single episode on a high repeat turnover and still miss stuff – I only discovered as an adult that the crucial ‘this explains Atlas and Livian’ episode was never actually screened in the English language dub.

When I discovered Robotech in my early teens, and fell in love with it, the current showing was about a third of the way through the Rick-Lisa-Minmei era, and it wasn’t long before I decided that I – Could – Not – Miss – Another – Episode. I don’t remember if it was screening before school, after school or on Saturdays, but I do know that I was hooked.

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Friday Links is a Prime Number!

May 22nd, 2015

Super-Cupcake1-221x30037 is a prime number, right?

It’s my birthday which makes it very easy to remember that a year ago, I launched the Musketeer Space project. Since then I’ve written and published 52 chapters of the novel, posted 15 Musketeer Media Monday essays, and rewatched 60 episodes of Robotech.

It’s not too late to start supporting the project via Patreon if you want ebooks of the finished novel and essays!

Also, I’m going to be eating a lot of cake this weekend, just saying.

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Musketeer Space Part 52: Five Days of Captivity

May 20th, 2015

shower curtainHappy Musketeer Day! It’s actually my birthday later this week, which means it’s a year since I started posting chapters of this epic banterfest. I guess the ’52 chapters’ thing gives that away, too. I totally meant to restrict my posting to 4 chapters a month instead of going entirely weekly, but apart from December (when I also posted the 7 part Joyeux novella) I couldn’t bring myself to slack off.

So 52 chapters in a year! Less than ten to go, I THINK – still have five to write and there’s a lot of plot and character to get through in that space. Thanks so much to everyone who has come on this ride with me, as a reader of my spaceships and sword serial – or as a supporter who plans to catch up at an end.

There’s a new Musketeer Media Monday essay up, this one about the first episode in the amazing and fabulawesome (if bonkers) K-Drama series of The Three Musketeers, which combines the original Dumas characters with the backdrop of Joseon dynasty Korean history. The horse acting deserves an Emmy, even Korean D’Artagnan has no hat (a reader had to point this out to me, I am ashamed I didn’t notice for myself) and the romantic entanglements are even more complicated than usual! Check out K-Drama Musketeers Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

If you’re not a Patreon supporter yet but you want the ebook when Musketeer Space winds up, there is still time to hop on board for as little as $1 a month ($2 if you want the essays too). Feed a book, and an author!

(oh and if the sudden focus on the villain’s POV for a couple of chapters is jarring to you, I want you to know that in Dumas’ original, this chapter was actually FIVE, one for each day of captivity. This one is, therefore, a model of restraint…)

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K-Drama Musketeers Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (2014)

May 18th, 2015

The-Three-MusketeersI will admit that I know very little about K-drama (Korean soaps?) except that they are apparently awesome and often terrible and possibly an acquired taste.

Many people feel the same way about The Three Musketeers, so I heard there was a K-drama adaptation from 2014 I knew I had to check it out.

Set in the Joseon dynasty during the reign of King Injo (1623-1649), I’m pretty sure the story takes about as many liberties with Korean history as Dumas did with French. Notably, one of our main characters is Crown Prince Sohyeon, who was apparently (possibly) murdered by his father for bringing western innovations to the country including science and Catholicism.

There’s also a narrative framing story about scholars arguing whether or not General Park Dal Hyang (our D’Artagnan) was a real historical person or not – which nicely acknowledges the original novel, where Dumas claims this whole thing is a genuine reflection of the historical shenanigans of the Comte de La Fere and his friends.

But let’s start at the beginning, with D’Artagnan Park Dal Hyang and his horse. His horse is unnamed but you know I’m gonna call her Buttercup.

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Robotech Rewatch 50: Damn it, Zor

May 16th, 2015

invidAttention, Micronians! Robotech is back.

Episode 59:
The Invid Connection

It’s a bad season for hay fever, with the Invid Flower of Life exploding pollen kisses all over the cave.

Nova can’t reason with Bowie, and Dana attacks her on the grounds that this is a love story she is interfering with here, just because of stupid old intergalactic military security.

Bowie uses the low blow of questioning Nova’s friendship.

Zor makes the bizarre revelation that Musica’s job was actually placating the clones with her music, and with her taken out of the flagship, the clone communities will be running rampant and causing all manner of chaos. That’s… actually slightly helpful?

Nova decides to be a good friend instead of competent at her job. Why are any of these people in the military?

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Musketeer Space Part 51: The Comte De La Fere is a Ghost Story

May 13th, 2015

sp_fleur-de_lisIt’s Musketeer Day again!

Winter has closed in around Hobart, with rain and snow looming down over us. And yes, it’s still May. At least the cold front came in (for once) early enough for new winter coats to be bought before they disappear from the shops.

I bought two! Now I just need to get ugg boots for the children.

The wintry weather is very appropriate for the part of Musketeer Space I’m writing at the moment, because of the ice and wind and snow of the Castellion chapters. It’s all very symbolic.

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Robotech Rewatch 49: Weepfleeing Justice

May 9th, 2015

novaAt ease, troopers, Robotech is back.

Episode 57: Day Dreamer

Supreme Commander Leonard throws a strop about Emerson calling a withdrawal after merely damaging one of the enemy ships.

The 15th, meanwhile, are worried about what the Global Military Police (with their weirdly broad remit) are going to do to Musica given their dubious history with prisoners of war. They decide to keep her out of their hands.

Nova arrives to greet the 15th Squadron back on base and starts asking the difficult questions, like who is that mysteriously armoured trooper they are trying to sneak off the ship on a stretcher?

It turns out to be a grinning Sean inside the armour, insisting that he has shrapnel in his big toe, and Nova is so flustered and confused by his nonsense that she fails to notice Musica in plain sight, as one of the stretcher bearers.

Given that Dana is the only woman in the 15th, it’s highly ridiculous that they get away with this!

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