Tansy Rayner Roberts

ROBOTECH REWATCH 20: Old Songs For New

October 11th, 2014

Picture 3Robotech will be rewatched after these messages!

This is the one where the aliens think Kyle is magical, and Minmei sings a song.

Episode 22 – Battle Hymn

Dolza catches up on the Micronian kung fu movie via Netflix – and once again, Kyle’s magic powers and anti-gravitational kicking ability impress him. He’s a teeny bit concerned that all Micronians will have these skills. Meanwhile, the rest of the Zentraedi soldiers are melting at the heart about the tinny voice of the Minmei doll that Konda, Bron and Rico have been showing off behind the bike sheds.

Soldier: This singing really makes me feel funny.
Konda: Just wait until you hear the next song.
Soldier: Oh there’s another song?
My daughter: Nope.

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Musketeer Space Part 21: Crashing and Burning

October 8th, 2014

drowned vanilla coverMusketeer Day again! I’m going to be hopping on a plane tomorrow to Perth for the last of my jetsetting plans for the year – I will be appearing (as Livia Day) at CrimeSceneWA. My GOH speech is on the Saturday and I’ll be appearing on a Twelfth Planet Press designed writing-publishing stream on the Sunday. I’m particularly looking forward to a panel on crowdfunding with Alisa and Chris.

Then on Monday 13th Oct we are holding an event for the new Cafe La Femme novel, Drowned Vanilla, at Stefen’s Books! Come along to ‘meet the author’ and my cute new book, and join us for drinks afterwards at Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub.

Time: 5:30-6:30

Speaking of Livia Day, here’s an interview I did about Drowned Vanilla with Bec Stafford at the Tara Sharp website.

Now, here’s a crashing spaceship for your reading enjoyment. And finally, a planet!

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana D’Artagnan has a thing to deliver to a place. She’s two Musketeers down, and now Athos is showing his lack of self-preservation in all kinds of new and exciting ways. They hooked their brains together to pilot the ship more effectively. Let’s see if that helps, shall we?


[UPDATE: So I stuffed up the html with my layout for the telepathic discussion in this chapter, and if you read or downloaded the chapter during the first 12 hours it was up chances are you missed a bunch of dialogue. Sorry!]


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ROBOTECH REWATCH 19: Make Movies, Not War

October 4th, 2014

21-a-new-dawn-300x229Robotech will be rewatched after these messages!

This one has a film premiere, a love square and an extra blog commentary by my nine-year-old co-conspirator in this rewatch.

Episode 21 – A New Dawn

Minmei’s movie Little Green Dragon is about to be released, and her drunken agent promises her anything she wants since she’s such a big star. She asks for a front row seat to be reserved at the premiere as a surprise for Rick.

Remember Jan, the “famous” Hollywood actress who thought she was going to win Miss Macross? She turns up in a bitchy cameo, attempting to pour red wine over Minmei’s “quaint” dress. Hilariously, because Minmei is made of diamonds and lucky unicorn glitter, the wine gets nowhere near her. Don’t mess with the Minmei, you cannot win!

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Musketeer Space Part 20: Pieces of Athos

October 1st, 2014

34944_340Another month gone! Is your year fleeing as fast as mine?

I’m gearing up for my Perth trip next week – I hope to see some of you at CrimeSceneWA! Very sad I won’t be getting to Conflux this year, as most of my friends will be there without me. My new Livia Day novel, Drowned Vanilla, will be out soon. I can almost smell the affogato!

I also have a new short story out this weekend, with the new Fablecroft anthology Phantazein launching at Conflux. My contribution, “The Love Letters of Swans,” is a story that takes the mythological romance of Paris and Helen and kicks it in the teeth. You’re welcome!

An exciting package also arrived on my doorstep last week, containing author copies of the anthology Clockwork Universe: Steampunk Vs Aliens from brand new publisher Zombies Need Brains. My story in this one is “Of War and Wings,” about the women who volunteer after Victorian London runs short of young men to fly their clockwork war apparatus during the alien invasion.

That’s my news, now back to our battered and flightworn pilots. It’s going to get worse before it gets better!

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana D’Artagnan is on a quest to take an urgent letter to the Duchess of Buckingham on the planet Valour, and request the return of a set of compromising diamond studs that could bring down their government. Separated from their fellow pilots and close friends Porthos and Aramis, it’s up to Athos and Dana now. And… it’s not going well.



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September 27th, 2014

Robotech will be rewatched after these messages.

It’s all hotting up this week – and we’re getting closer and closer to The Big Plot Twist. Meanwhile, Minmei finds new and interesting ways to present Stage Fright, the song with a thousand meanings.

Here are the full lyrics of Stage Fright, for those who have missed out on the poetry of the ultimate song of war, peace, the meaning of life, and humanity in general.

robotech-the-macross-saga-1-20-paradise-lost-300x228Stage lights flashing,
The feeling’s smashing.
My heart and soul belong to you.
And I’m here now, singing.
All bells are ringing.
My dream has finally come true.

Stage fright, go away,
This is my big day.
This is my time to be a star!
And the thrill that I feel
Is really unreal.
I can’t believe I’ve come this far!
This is my time to be a star!

I think there’s something in that for all of us.

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Friday Links is Still a Feminist in case you were wondering

September 26th, 2014

un-women-1024x817So this has been the week of Emma Watson, who gave an impassioned speech at the UN (full transcript here) about the responsibility of men to support and promote gender equality. The #HeForShe campaign launched by Watson gained plenty of traction with many celebrity men making public statements about being feminist allies.

“When I was 8, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualised by certain elements of the media, when at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y,’ when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word.”

But of course as with any public stance on feminism, there were the detractors and the attackers – that’s the depressing thing about the world we live in. Threats were made – though this later appeared to be a hoax, which makes it no less problematic – to expose nude pictures of Watson as had happened with Jennifer Lawrence and others in recent weeks.

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Musketeer Space Part 19: How they Lost Porthos and Aramis

September 24th, 2014

Metal+Signatures+Fleur+de+Lis+2"+x+2"+Decorative+Tile+in+Aged+BronzeMusketeer Day! I’ve been home with a sick kid this week – which is to say, I have been furniture for a sick kid all week. Luckily I can type one-handed while cuddling a 5 year old. It’s a life skill I have to use surprisingly often.

I have my cushion back! 7 chapters between you and me. No idea how I managed it – oh yes that’s right, I’m completely obsessed with this story.

Don’t forget to check out this month’s Musketeer Media Monday post if you haven’t got to it already – Musketeers Crack Me Up in the Seventies (1973). Or just watch the movie, which is hilarious and wonderful.

Perth friends, readers, fans and people generally at a loose end on a Monday evening – I will be in your town (under the covert identity of crime writer Livia Day) in a couple of weeks for the CrimesceneWA convention – and the awesome Stefan is hosting a book event on the 13th October for the new Cafe La Femme novel, Drowned Vanilla. It features homemade icecream, film noir quotes, YouTube snogging and people being horribly drowned in lakes. I’m completely in love with this book (amazingly at this stage of the publishing process) and very excited that other people can read it soon. Squee! Please come along to the bookshop if you’re around and free because it’s going to be so much fun to meet & catch up with you all.

In the meantime, there’s a road trip to be getting on with. IN SPACE!

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Dana D’Artagnan is on a mission to reclaim a coat with diamond studs from the Duchess of Buckingham, to save the Prince Regent’s marriage and possibly the solar system. Her friends, three Musketeer pilots, are along for the ride without asking any questions because they’re just that awesome.



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ROBOTECH REWATCH 17: Don’t Make Dinner Plans II Revenge of the Steak

September 20th, 2014

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More death and food in this one.

19. Bursting Point

We haven’t forgotten the vital plot thread about how the SDF1 has been ordered into space along with its tantalising city full of peoplebait, to lure the Zentraedi away from the Earth.

Captain Gloval takes passive aggressiveness to the ultimate extreme, flying the SDF1 in a low crawl over cities and other populated areas. As the authorities protest his actions, he declares over an open channel that he will continue to keep intimidating them all with his massive Robotech ship until the Earth government lets him deport all his civilian passengers.

Oh, and he pretends that the low flying is due to a ‘fault’ in the ship which is endangering the residents of Macross City. Another reason to let them off already. Gloval is basically awesome, and he is too old for this shit.

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Friday Links is Blue and Gold

September 19th, 2014

blue beetle now kissThe news of the week as far as I’m concerned is the return of Ted Kord as Blue Beetle, my all-time favourite male superhero, to DC Comics. And yeah, Booster’s coming too. I am officially going to start reading Justice League 3000 now, because REASONS. Much love to Tara O’Shea, who let me know about this exciting development on Twitter, because I was one of only 2 people she knew who would care. YES I CARE.

And for those of you who share Friday Night is Arrow Night with me in real life, no I’m not gonna stop squealing with anticipation every time someone walks past a box labelled Kord Industries.

In other news, NY Mag put up a piece recently on the Most Feminist Moments in Sci Fi History. It’s a good list.

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Musketeer Space Part 18 – Kissing at Airlocks

September 17th, 2014

fleur-de-lis-wax-sealMusketeer Day again! They come around quick, don’t they?

I’m still recovering from the joyous swordfest that was The Three Musketeers (1973) or as I prefer to call it, Musketeers Crack Me Up Seventies-Style.

Meanwhile, I’ve been writing the Christmas Joyeux story which will be published on the blog at Christmas, thanks to the financial supporters of the Musketeer Space project via Patreon. It may have turned into a novella. I regret nothing.

There are a bunch of rewards and milestones still up for grabs on my Patreon page, including 3 more opportunities to name a Musketeer Space spaceship. Check it out today!

Now on to space hijinks.

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Prince Alek of Auster shouldn’t have met secretly with the Duchess of Buckingham, and he definitely shouldn’t have given her that peacock jacket with the diamond studs. As the Regent’s husband, the stability of the government of the entire Solar System rests on his marriage contract, and Alek’s blown it in a big way.

Would-be Musketeer pilot Dana D’Artagnan has volunteered to get the diamonds back in time to save the day… for the sake of the Crown, honestly, and not just because the Prince’s tailor Conrad is really cute. Though let’s not kid ourselves here, he’s extremely cute.



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