Tansy Rayner Roberts

Musketeer Space Part 47: Athos in the Walls

April 15th, 2015

cushionIt’s Musketeer Day! I can’t believe this is all going to be over by August – but Wednesday will always be Musketeer Day.

Speaking of Musketeers (when am I not??) don’t forget to check out the latest Musketeer Media Monday essay, All the Musketeer Ladies (2015) which is mostly about how the latest season of Musketeers treated the female characters, while the boys were looking pretty in leather.

I am a little dismissive about the boys in that essay. Athos had at least one and half good episodes, and there was that bit where D’Artagnan took his bandanna off which made Tumblr collectively swoon for at least a fortnight, but the most interesting thing I have to say about the men in this season is: not enough Treville, not enough Porthos, and I want to throw things at Aramis, like all the time. The serial killing astrologer episode was pretty amazing, though, and the finale was great.

Never mind those Musketeers, get yourself into space to play with my Musketeers!

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Missed the last installment? Track back to Part 46
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All the Musketeer Ladies (2015)

April 13th, 2015

tamla maimieSo, last year I launched my Musketeer Media Monday series, writing happy snarky essays about Musketeer movies and other media properties (but mostly movies) and then the BBC TV series came out, and blew my mind.

Part of what I love about the BBC series is that it’s not a straight adaptation at all, nor does it try to be – it works with the spirit of the swashbuckling original text, and the essence of the characters, to create a wild alternate universe in which the historical French Court and the Wild West come together to make beautiful leather-clad babies.

That sounded less weird before I typed the actual words.

So now the second season is done, and I have so many feelings about it, but instead of doing an episode-by-episode breakdown like last time (which turned into THREE essays) I wanted to talk about the characters who were really the centrepiece of this particular season of television: Queen Anne, Constance Bonacieux and Milady De Winter.

You might have been watching a show about four handsome fellows in leather and three hats (D’Artagnan still doesn’t have a hat), but I was watching a show about interesting, complex women who will probably stab you.

You can read my previous BBC Musketeers reviews here:

Looks Good in Leather: BBC Musketeer Edition Part I (2014)
You Can Leave Your Hat On: BBC Musketeer Edition Part II (2014)
It’s Raining Musketeers: BBC Musketeer Edition Part III (2014)

This essay will completely spoil Season 1 & 2. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Watch it first if that stuff matters to your brain.

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Robotech Rewatch 45 – Clone Emotion

April 11th, 2015

hqdefaultHold your position, Robotech transmissions will now resume.

Episode 51 – Clone Chamber

We’d be lost without the narrator, who lets us know that the mysterious flower we found last time is actually the Invid Flower of Life. Dude. Spoilers.

Marie Crystal reports home on the mass casualties they suffered in the assault. They have managed to find shelter in an abandoned research station, and she requests to ship the injured home.

Leonard hears ‘hey we have a military base up here now, let’s use it to launch another assault.’ Emerson despairs.

LEONARD: This is war, man, not an exercise in intergalactic diplomacy.
EMERSON: We haven’t even TRIED negotiations.

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Musketeer Space Part 46: Dovecote Red

April 8th, 2015

red dovecoteIt’s Musketeer Day!

Never mind the war, it’s time for nightclub shenanigans because the Musketeers are nothing if not party animals.

Thanks to all my Patreon supporters, who have made this project viable. If you haven’t sponsored Musketeer Space yet, please consider doing so for the last four months that the serial will run. I would really love to hit the next milestone.

I’d like to draw attention to a couple of other crowdfunded projects that are dear to my heart:

Night Terrace Season 2 is the follow up to last year’s terrific Night Terrace, a Australian SF comedy series on audio, created by Ben McKenzie, John Richards, Petra Elliot & others. Starring Susan from Neighbours. Run don’t walk to watch their vid which funny and sharp and shows what their fantastic project is all about.

Defying Doomsday is a new Twelfth Planet Press anthology, edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench. Following up from the success of Kaleidoscope, this new book is about disabled protagonists dealing with the apocalypse – because the most interesting stories are not always the ones about survival of the fittest.

Now on with the drinking and the card games and the sneaky plotting of Musketeers in back rooms!


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PREVIOUSLY ON MUSKETEER SPACE: There’s a war on and after turning down a suspicious job offer from the sinister Cardinal Richelieu Dana D’Artagnan has been doing her best to help the United Fleet. But who sent her the mysterious flasks of wine in the name of her friends the Three Musketeers?



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ROBOTECH REWATCH 44: Three’s Probably Relevant

April 4th, 2015

Does this triumvirate make my butt look big?

Does this triumvirate make my butt look big?

At ease, troopers, Robotech is back.

Episode 50 – Triumvirate

So what is it with the Robotech Masters and threesomes? If the episode title is anything to go by, we’re about to find out.

Leonard makes a massive passive aggressive speech about how he appreciates the constructive criticism about his ‘shoot first ask questions later’ military policy but the time for discussion is over now and he is completely right.

Emerson is cranky.

Marie Crystal and Dana have a snarkfest on hover bike, Marie being super smug because she gets to be in the first wave of the attack (AKA Suicide Squad).

If that wasn’t enough lady sniping, Nova Satori then turns up to politely tell Dana she can back off from Zor now. Dana flares up because she doesn’t trust the scientists and she thinks he still needs her help.

“He’s mine and I’m going to keep him!”
Dana Sterling, always the professional.

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Musketeer Space Part 45: Anjou Wine

April 1st, 2015

fleur-lis-knobstopper-lHappy Musketeer Day!

Yesterday was a bit of a milestone for me as I finally found myself plotting out the last chapters of the book. Yes! I know how it ends! For those following along at home, it’s looking like it will come out to 61 chapters which is about 5 less than the original book, which means that Musketeer Space will be winding up in late July.

If you’ve been thinking of supporting the Musketeer Space Patreon campaign, with only four months to go now would be a great time to hop on board. All supporters will receive the combined e-book of Musketeer Space chapters as an exclusive edition – I’m not planning to put it up for direct sale, so becoming a Patreon supporter is the only way to get hold of the original serial as an ebook in 2015.

Eeeee part of me wants to just keep writing Musketeer space shenanigans forever, turn it into an endless space opera epic, but I promised myself I would commit to Dumas’ structure, so here we are, counting down through the last third of the story.

Hang in there, it’s going to get bumpy.


Start reading Musketeer Space from Part 1
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Read a festive Musketeer Space prequel, “Seven Days of Joyeux.”
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PREVIOUSLY ON MUSKETEER SPACE: The mysterious alien race known only as the Sun-kissed blew up Gascon Station and besieged the planet Truth, leading to a second war between themselves and the United Royal Fleet of the Solar System. Dana D’Artagnan accepted a position piloting a Musketeer supplies transport so she could be near her best friends instead of stuck on home guard. She also had an affair with an alien spy who wants her dead, thanks partly to the escape of Dana’s other sort-of boyfriend from his own abduction. I’m not even going to start on Athos’ tragic backstory, but that’s relevant here too.


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ROBOTECH REWATCH 43: “Debriefing” the Dreamboat

March 28th, 2015

dana zorHold your position. Robotech transmissions will now resume.

43. A New Recruit

Ahem, so we’re caught up now to the point where I skipped a disc. Sorry about that! All the episodes should now be rewatched in the right order :D

Dana is doing exhaustive sit ups when she hears her name called over the PA. She is called to Emerson’s office where she finds their prisoner of war standing all pretty in a uniform, his purple hair freshly curled. As established, his memory is completely gone, which is inconvenient for everyone hoping to drag useful intelligence out of him. Despite the fact that Dana broke into a hospital and beat him up recently, she’s now being asked to take charge of him.

Zor is in fact presented to Dana as a recruit, on the grounds that making him part of a secure military unit might help jog his memory and allow Dana to debrief him properly.

From this point on every time someone says “debrief,” it’s important to imagine inverted commas around the words, and Bow-chicka-bow-wow music going in the background. Because everyone is shipping Zor/Dana already, including the top brass.

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Issue #1 – Jem and the Holograms

March 26th, 2015

Jem-and-the-Holograms-1-review-spoilers-1Title: Jem and the Holograms #1

Writer: Kelly Thompson

Artist: Sophie Campbell (with extra covers by Amy Mebberson)

The Buzz: What isn’t the buzz? Nostalgia for classic 80’s cartoon Jem and the Holograms is at an all time high because of the movie-in-development, and so word of this comic got bounced around the web in a girlpower frenzy. (More recently, the news that adorable girlfriends Kimber and Stormer will actually have a proper Hologram/Misfit star-crossed romance in the comic meant everything got even more high-pitched, we’re not even squeeing now, we’re just breaking the sound barrier.

All You Need To Know: They’re truly, truly, truly outrageous. Oh, okay. If you were living under a rock or possibly more interested in Transformers in the 80’s (or not even born yet, shoot me now), Jem is the story of a bunch of orphaned foster kids who have their own rock band.

Lead singer Jem is actually band manager Jerrica in disguise thanks to a legacy of magic super science holograms, and they embark in all kinds of Battle of the Bands shenanigans against the wicked, ethically compromised Misfits (WE ARE THE MISFITS OUR SONGS ARE BETTER) to raise money and keep the orphanage open. They sing, they dance, they have their own film clips, and yes there was a toy line, shut up, it’s awesome.

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Musketeer Space Part 44: The Boys From Auster

March 25th, 2015

hatIt’s Musketeer Day again! This is an exciting week for me because I was finally able to announce officially that I have signed with a US agent: Fleetwood Robbins of Waxman Leavell. Looking forward to our collaboration this year, and hoping madly for some book sales. (not to mention working madly to finish the books he is hoping to sell for me)

I’m back teaching as well this year – some of you know that I spent many years teaching writer’s workshops for Adult Education, as well as occasionally for the TWC. I’m back this year, taking part in the A Novel Journey series, where people can sign up for a nine month stint of monthly technique-specific workshops while they write their novel, or single sessions. I’m doing the July session on Setting/Place, and the August session on Style/Rhythm/Pace, and the other Hobart workshops include several other genre-friendly authors like Lian Tanner and David Owen.

Now, I hope you’re all wearing your hats and swords, because this week’s chapter is a little light on Musketeers, but reintroduces us to some old friends.

All for one and one for all!

Start reading Musketeer Space from Part 1
Missed the last installment? Track back to Part 43
Read a festive Musketeer Space prequel,
“Seven Days of Joyeux.”
Main Page & Table of Contents

PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Conrad Su has been kidnapped several times because of palace politics, and his employer Prince Alek’s complicated love life. Despite all the drama of the past, their mutual friend Chevreuse is certain that the Duchess of Buckingham’s private estate on Valour is the safest place to hide Conrad until all the fuss dies down. What they don’t know is that Buck has been thoroughly compromised by the same spy who kidnapped Conrad in the first place: Milord De Winter.



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Galactic Suburbia 116 Show Notes

March 24th, 2015

Our special 2014 Galactic Suburbia Award episode! Listen to find out our winner and shortlist for our award to honour activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction.

Get the new episode HERE.


Alisa: Haven S5, Tempest’s Reading Challenge

Alex: Tehanu, Tales of Earthsea, and The Other Wind, Ursula le Guin; Jupiter Ascending; Waistcoats and Weaponry, Gail Carriger.

Tansy: D’Artanyan i tri Mushketyora (1979); New Avengers: Breakout prose novel by Alisa Kwitney; New Avengers: Breakout, by Brian Michael Bendis; Curb Stomp #1 – Ryan Ferrier (writer), Devaki Neogi (artist); Princess Leia #1 – Mark Waid (writer) Terry & Rachel Dodson (artists).

NEXT TIME: tune in for our Ursula Le Guin essay spoilerific. We will be covering: “The Space Crone” & “Is Gender Necessary? (Redux)” (both in Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, and Places) and “Science Fiction and Mrs Brown”(in The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction).

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