Tansy Rayner Roberts

Musketeers Are All For Love (1993)

June 16th, 2014

1993Time for another Musketeer Media Monday!

If you really, truly love The Three Musketeers (1993) and hold it in your heart as a great nostalgic fun time, as I once did, you may not want to read this article.

For lo, the thing I most dreaded has come to pass.

And the suck fairy is a cruel, cruel wench.

The 90’s Three Musketeers was my first introduction to the characters, and I loved them dearly. The Golden Age of Musketeers, truly, is 15. In particular, I seem to recall, I adored Kiefer Sutherland’s Athos, Rebecca De Mornay’s Milady, and Oliver Platt’s Porthos. I regularly forgot who played Aramis, and was always surprised on rewatching to discover that it was in fact Charlie Sheen.

(In retrospect, not knowing anything about Charlie Sheen makes this a much better movie)

I always got a kick out of Gabrielle Anwar being Queen Anne (Press Gang actor ahoy!), I never really saw why everyone loved Tim Curry so much (this is an endemic problem for me), and Chris O’Donnell’s chin is VERY LARGE AND PUNCHABLE on the big screen.

But all in all, my memories were happy. Perhaps I should have left them be…

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Galactic Suburbia 102 Show Notes

June 15th, 2014

New episode is up and ready to be downloaded or streamed!

terri-icon-cropIn which Alex and Tansy debrief Alisa on their ContinuumX hijinks, and a crowdfunding scheme unfolds… please admire our lovely new logo thanks to longtime listener Terri and her ninja cupcake skills


Ditmars, Norma, etc etc. Con report! Book launches, panels…

Literary Guests of Honour: Ambelin Kwaymullina & Jim C Hines (speeches not available online yet, will link when we can)

Check out also the great Continuum X Twitter Storify

As mentioned by Ambelin in her GOH speech, the Australia Council guidelines on writing about Indigenous culture and people, which were formulated by Indigenous people.

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June 14th, 2014

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!

Previous episodes:
1 – So Much For World Peace
2 – Who Put Pluto There?

longwaitEpisode 4. The Long Wait

Gloval feels guilty about the mess he’s made, and he and the crew set about rescuing the survivors from the civilian shelters and aircraft carriers. It’s a bit of a massacre, frankly, dead bodies everywhere, and it’s only because the story moves so quickly that everyone doesn’t sink into deep depression.

Meanwhile, Rick and Minmei play house in the bowels of the giant space fortress, stuck without food, water or communications.

Roy is cranky at Gloval’s insistence that he stay at his post instead of going to find the missing Rick Hunter.

“Yes Captain, whatever you say, I’m sure that 70,000 civilians are more important than my friend.”
Roy Fokker, not quite getting how sarcasm works.

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Friday Links Destroys Science Fiction

June 13th, 2014

header-zoe-saldana-on-her-role-as-gamora-in-guardians-of-the-galaxyThis lovely piece by Amal El Mohtar places Women Destroy Science Fiction editor Christie Yant in conversation with other important women of SF’s history.

The Toast on How Not To Review Women’s Writing

Charles A Tan wrote a great piece on When Diversity Is Not Enough for Skiffy and Fanty.

Ben Peek is doing the publicity rounds with his new epic fantasy novel The Godless (which sounds amazing) including this interview.

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Musketeer Space Part 4: How They Met And Other Minor Tragedies

June 11th, 2014

musketeerspace_bluesmallMusketeer Space is a weekly serialised novel by Tansy Rayner Roberts.

An archive of previous chapters and associated blog posts can be found here at the Musketeer Space Table of Contents. If you would like to learn more about how I’m using crowdfunding to sponsor this project, check out my Patreon page.

Musketeers meeting each other! Are you excited? I’m excited! Thanks to everyone who came up to me at Continuum to talk about the project, to squee about Musketeers, or to ask about crowdfunding your own projects. I rather suspect there may be a spate of Patreon campaigns for me to promote over the next few months… I ended up stepping up in Tehani’s place at the crowdfunding panel with Ben McKenzie, Laura Wilkinson and others, and we had a great time talking about the different platforms, and the highs and lows of running a crowdfunding campaign whether large or small.

Speaking of Continuum I have also been invited to be Guest of Honour at their convention next year which is ridiculously happymaking and will be my first time as GoH at a science fiction event! By then, of course, Musketeer Space will almost be finished…

Ahem, but you’re not here for that. You’re here to meet some Musketeers! Let’s get cracking.

PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana D’Artagnan came to Paris Satellite to join the Musketeer division of the Royal Space Fleet but it’s all going wrong. Oh, so wrong.

PART 1: Reasons to Hate Moths
PART 2: Paris, At Last
PART 3: Shouting at Musketeers


Part 4: How They Met And Other Minor Tragedies

So far, Dana’s day had been a colossal waste of time. After years of working towards it, she had finally reached the space station of her dreams, only to have those dreams squashed by the reality.

The Musketeers weren’t taking new pilots.

Even if they were, she wouldn’t be top of their list.

She had travelled all this way from the other end of the solar system, sold the ship her Papa had restored with such pride and joy, failed to live up to her Mama’s reputation… it was all such a mess.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 2: Who Put Pluto There?

June 7th, 2014

robotech rewatchEpisode 3. Space Fold

Amazingly, the SDF1 manages to get into the air, hovering above Macross City. The aliens have gone quiet, and Gloval thinks they are just playing with the humans.

The bridge crew bat their eyelashes to show how confusing all this is for mere girls, and say ‘huh’ a lot. My new theory is that they are all spies. Maybe independent agents, like Charlie’s Angels, only with Uhura back on earth whispering “just keep repeating what the computer says and you’ll keep the top security clearance we need” in their earpieces every now and then.

Roy rescues Rick and Minmei, which seems like the responsible thing to do. He then attempts to lure them both into space, which seems odd. Rick has yet another “what’s the opposite of meet-cute” encounter with Lisa over the intercom, which consists of her being pissed off that an unqualified pilot “tricked” her into letting him into battle, and him claiming she’s an old sourpuss.

It’s pick on Lisa week! Roy thinks this is far too hilarious, and even Minmei gets in on the action, deciding that old women like Lisa get super grumpy at times.

Children, please. Someday, this lady is going to outrank you like whoa.

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Continuum X Bound!

June 5th, 2014

Off to Continuum X in Melbourne this weekend, with the silent producer in tow & the kids left behind with my Mum! So looking forward to catching up with everyone.

I’m especially excited that my short fiction collection Love and Romanpunk has been reprinted and will be available in the dealer’s room at Slow Glass Books! If you’ve been wanting to get this book in hard copy, this is a great time to do it.

Here’s where I’ll be over the weekend:

5pm – The Problem With Wonder Woman (with Rob Hood, Darren Sanderson, Laura Wilkinson, Candice Schilder, Tansy Rayner Roberts)

4pm – Book Launch: Guardian by Jo Anderton (Fablecroft) launched by Tansy!

1pm-1:30 – Signings in the Midway Foyer (w/ Jim C Hines, Kirstyn McDermott, Leonie Rogers, Jo Anderton, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Satima Flavell)

10am – Romanpunk (with Liz Barr, Dan Rabarts, Tansy Rayner Roberts)

Musketeer Space Part III: Shouting at Musketeers

June 4th, 2014

musketeerspace_bluesmallMusketeer Space is a weekly serialised novel by Tansy Rayner Roberts.

An archive of previous chapters and associated blog posts can be found here at the Musketeer Space Table of Contents. If you would like to learn more about how I’m using crowdfunding to sponsor this project, check out my Patreon page.

PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: On her way to Paris Satellite, Dana took part in an illegal psychedelic spaceship Duel with the mysterious “Ro” who stole her stuff. She was hoping Amiral Treville would sign her up for the Musketeer division of the Royal Space Fleet, but it’s not looking good.

PART 1: Reasons to Hate Moths
PART 2: Paris, At Last


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Recycling the Acoma Way (art and armies from trash)

June 3rd, 2014

photo(28)Today had some unexpected joys to it. I ran into my Mum in town and was able to say airily “I’m going to meet my daughter at the Long Gallery” which made me feel like such a grown up! The daughter in question is Jem, my four year old, who was on an excursion.

I knew they had been making trash faces at school and that we were going to see the Art from Trash Exhibition, but what I didn’t quite get was that the kids’ work was actually being exhibited in the Long Gallery alongside the professional work. My four year old’s collage is in a real art gallery!

Jemima has been saying she wants to be an artist when she grows up for a very long time… I guess this is a good step.

Which segues nicely into Part 3 of my Daughter of the Empire Reread over at Tor.com – because this is the chapter where Mara of the Acoma looks a way to let the “honourless” Grey Warriors pledge to her service.

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Galactic Suburbia 101 Show Notes

June 2nd, 2014

The new episode is ready to be downloaded or streamed or any of those other things you like to do with podcasts.

GoogleSquiggleIn which we emerge from our cake coma to discuss awards, speeches, hashtags and online activism. And, okay, more cake.


Norman Hetherington’s birthday celebrated by Google: Australians love Mr Squiggle!

Nebula award winners announced.

N K Jemisin’s GoH speech and Hiromi Goto’s GoH speech at Wiscon

Alisa’s post: If You Aren’t Part of the Solution

Discussion of #yesallwomen and #notallmen

Charles Tan’s important essay on Bigotry, Cognitive Dissonance and Submission guidelines

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