Tansy Rayner Roberts

ROBOTECH REWATCH 14 – The Pacifist’s Fighting Feet

August 30th, 2014

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Lynn Kyle is a jerk and I hate his face.

Episode 16 – Battle Cry

Captain Gloval is under siege by his bridge crew, all demanding that he do something about the ridiculous and unfair decision by Headquarters – that the SDF1 has to go back into space.

The situation is fraught but luckily there is lunch to distract them.

Meanwhile, Lynn Kyle arrives in Macross City to the shock of his parents. His mother is delighted, but his father has a very odd response, refusing to talk to him in favour of doing the washing up with repressed emotions.

The more we get to know of Kyle’s personality, the more understandable this reaction is. Quiet fist bump in the direction of Papa Lynn.

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Musketeer Space Part 15: Whatever Happened To Madame Su

August 27th, 2014

Fleur de lis littleHello Musketeer Day!

In other news, jet lag sucks. It really, really sucks. I was basically assuming it was one of those mind over matter things like writer’s block? But no, I actually keep keeling over randomly at various times of the day, as if I have been beaten over the head with something heavy.

Jet lag really REALLY sucks. But my trip to Loncon3 was otherwise awesome. I got to meet so many online friends and colleagues, and plenty of wonderful new people too. I AM OMG SO GLAD TO BE HOME.

We didn’t win a Hugo for Galactic Suburbia or Verity, but while I was away my crime novel (writing as Livia Day) A Trifle Dead was nominated for two different awards, the Silver Falchion in the US and the Davitt here in Australia. So that’s pretty bloody awesome.

And I was pretty delighted with all the stuff that did win Hugos. So that was nice!

Never mind all that, you’re here for Musketeers. Allow me to provide…

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Madame Su is a perfectly sensible businesswoman and entrepreneur whose young husband Conrad is handsome, loyal and a magnet for trouble. He works as a tailor in the Palace, making silk coats for the Prince Regent, and playing Zero-G TeamJoust with him in his spare time. When Conrad was abducted for his part in yet another ridiculous Palace conspiracy, Madame Su turned in desperation to her young lodger, Mecha-Cadet Dana D’Artagnan, to help them. While Dana had her own (probably unimportant) adventures, Madame Su was arrested by the red guards. None of this has anything to do with her. She is so over this. Conrad is going to be in so much trouble when he gets home.



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ROBOTECH REWATCH 13: Can’t I Smoke Anywhere?

August 23rd, 2014

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It’s all getting a bit political.

minmeis yokohamaEpisode 15. Homecoming

The SDF1 is home! But it’s not going to be that easy. While the population of the ship party like it’s 1999, Lisa and Captain Gloval fly to Antarctica Base to talk to the government about resettling the civilians.

The spies practice their party skills, which mostly consists of yelling Hurrah and drinking. They’re fitting in just fine.

Claudia gets off duty and goes to call on her fiancé Roy – FIANCE? Where did that even come from? Last I saw he was still making smutty comments about how he could take Minmei off Rick’s hands. And while there has been some definite flirting-dating action between these two, mostly only hinted at in between larger plot developments, apparently there has been some serious progression.

Then again, it’s been two years, and we missed quite a lot thanks to time dilation and alien abductions.

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Friday Links is So Jet Lag. Much Napping.

August 22nd, 2014

A woman sleeping on a lounge chair in the observation lounge car.I’m home, but keep regularly (or irregularly) crashing to the ground like a redwood in an endangered forest.

Some things I’ve read in the last day or so, since I’m apparently not good for much except staring blankly at a computer, napping, and cuddling my much-missed daughters:

The full masterlist of links is up on SF Signal for the Australian Spec Fic Snapshot – 189 participants this year! That’s amazing. Katharine interviews me here.

Also at SF Signal: the Hugo winners.

Aliette De Bodard on a subject very dear to my heart: writing novels with a baby.

Big Blue YA News reviews Kaleidoscope.

The lovely and charming John Chu – So I Won a Hugo.

Jamie Rubin: To All The Hugo Award Winners, Thank You, You Saved Science Fiction For Me.

A Loncon3 con report by Ana at Things Mean A Lot – plenty of pics here, including a review of a panel (about writing reviews) featuring me and Alisa!

Renay at Ladybusiness has some really interesting thoughts on Kameron Hurley’s iconic and now Hugo-winning Essay: We Have Always Fought.

Kameron herself on Writing, Editing, Inclusivity: We’re All In This Together.

Musketeer Space Part 14: The Madness of the Duchess of Buckingham

August 20th, 2014

Fleur de lis littleMusketeeeeer Day! Time for a little insight into a character who has only been peripheral until now. and that means going a step or two back in time.

Imagine everything going all wibbly wobbly flashbacky. Yes, just like in Blackadder’s Christmas Carol.


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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana D’Artagnan has accidentally stumbled across a conspiracy involving Alek the Prince Consort, his tailor Conrad Su, the Duchess of Buckingham, and the mysterious former PR minister, Chevreuse. But she only got half of the story…


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ROBOTECH REWATCH 12: Earth Sweet Earth

August 16th, 2014

robotech-the-macross-saga-1-13-blue-wind-spiesRobotech will be rewatched after these messages!

13. Blue Wind

Finally, the SDF1 approaches the Earth. As Claudia is snarky enough to point out, there’s still a massive alien barrier between them and their home planet, but it’s the closest they’ve come in a very long time.

The spies try to figure out how to function in civilian life by watching Sami and her co-workers who I will continue to NOT refer to as the Bridge Bunnies. They stalk them, and figure out that uniforms need to be discarded for more random clothes. Given that they are currently dressed in sacks tied up with string, the spies steal clothes from the locker room.

And of course because they don’t know anything about Micronians or indeed women, they don’t know the difference between male and female clothing. Bron finds a twinset and pearls that fits him and is quite pleased with it.

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Musketeer Space Part 13 – Conspiracy is Bad For the Blood Pressure

August 13th, 2014

Happy Musketeer Day, Musketoons! I am not here. I am not even in Australia. I might not yet be in London yet, either. I am Schroedinger’s Author.

Of course, it would be THIS chapter that would go up while I’m away, wouldn’t it…

The Musketeers themselves are taking most of the next couple of weeks off. There is Other Plot that does not require their presence. But rest assured, they’re off causing trouble somewhere even when we don’t get to see what they’re up to.

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana’s desire to be a Musketeer pilot in service to the Crown has led her to a few dodgy places over the last couple of months, but none dodgier than this – she’s stumbled across a conspiracy on the moon involving Aramis’ secret girlfriend, Aramis’ ex-girlfriend, and Aramis’ ship – not to mention the Prince Consort’s recently-kidnapped tailor, Conrad Su, who is also Dana’s landlady’s much younger husband, and far too hot for his own good. Just go with it. It’s all going to be fine.



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Galactic Suburbia 106 Show Notes

August 11th, 2014

New episode ready for streaming or download!

In which the Galactic Suburbia crew discuss the future and present death of blogs, explore our personal relationships with social media (but mostly Twitter), and stage a memorial ceremony for the death of Livejournal. WE LOVED YOU, LIVEJOURNAL.


! Spoilerifics!! Oh my!

Pet Topic

Future redundancy: The death of blogs?
What blogs do you still read? What blogs are the key places to find out about shiny new things?

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An August of Tansy

August 10th, 2014

KaleidoscopeCover-679x1024Some bits and pieces of news to catch you all up to date before I leave for London.

My short story “Cookie Cutter Superhero” was just released in Kaleidoscope, a YA anthology of diverse teenage stories. I’m really delighted that so many people have been enjoying this story and the world – even if it does mean I am getting daily requests to turn it into a novel! There’s a lovely review of my story here at Brewing Tea and Books, and Eugene Myers wrote a nice review of the whole anthology at League of Extraordinary Writers.

Pozible supporters should have their copy of Kaleidoscope already; if you didn’t support the campaign, you can buy it right now in most countries though the official Australian release date is not until 1 October.

UPDATE: My story “The Raven and her Victory” has just been reprinted in Heiresses of Russ 2014! This is my Edgar Allen Poe story, and I’m very pleased that it’s the final piece in this reprint anthology of lesbian-themed SFF.

Meanwhile, another book release! Tehani at Fablecroft has released an e-collection of my Pratchett’s Women essays, following the development of female characters across the Discworld novels. The book contains all nine Pratchett’s Women essays that have appeared here on the blog, starting with the original “The Boobs, the Bad and the Broomsticks” which remains by far the most viewed page ever published on this blog, at over 13,000 hits. All essays have been revised for this edition.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 11: Single Sex Spaceships Are For Girls Too

August 9th, 2014

escapemiriyaRobotech will be rewatched after these messages. This is the episode where humans (Micronians) figure out how to use this snogging thing strategically.

But more importantly, THE GIRLS ARE BACK IN TOWN!

You know how boring it is when any given alien race in a SF TV show are all played by male actors, not because of some grand statement about gender, but as a lazy default? Up until now it has looked very much as if the Zentraedi were an All Boys Outfit, but this is the episode where it all changes

Zentraedi women kick arse, in case you were wondering.

Episode 12 – The Big Escape

Thank goodness we have the narrator to explain the plot. This is what the aliens plan to do next:

1. Recover the SDF1 intact, with the hidden protoculture factory on board.
2. Destroy the earth
3. Figure out what protoculture is
4. Profit

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