Tansy Rayner Roberts

ROBOTECH REWATCH 25: Ships Fall, Everyone Dies

November 15th, 2014

EPS_40_4_9928Robotech will be rewatched after these messages.

Try not to cry as the world is destroyed.

Even my hardboiled, steel-coated nine-year-old was slightly distressed by the death toll in this episode.

Episode 27 – Force of Arms

So this is it, the big battle is about to happen. Space is “literally stuffed” (thanks, narrator) with Dolza’s ships. After Rick sends lovebirds Max and Miriya off to their ships, he catches sight of Kyle and Minmei. On the grounds that he’s probably about to die, he confesses to Minmei that he loves her, salutes and leaves.

Minmei runs after him after shaking off that jerk Kyle, who tries to stop her.

Gloval is still wrapping his head around the fact that he is fighting alongside Zentraedi now. It’s a headspin.

Minmei catches up with Rick during his important pre-battle glove-putting-on ritual and they do the awkward pause thing a lot despite time being distinctly of the essence. She tries to apologise about the whole Kyle thing but is basically having a panic attack about feelings while Rick is noble and self-sacrificing. Nothing is resolved.

Before Rick can even get in his ship to make a smooth exit, Dolza’s forces open fire on the Earth, razing it across the entire surface. Everyone, like EVERYONE on the Earth is killed (with only a few exceptions to be revealed). Minmei mourns her parents, and Rick whispers Lisa’s name. He pulls himself together quickly, asking Minmei to sing. He has a plan.

Because yet another rendition of Stage Fright is going to put a bandaid on this apocalypse? Okay, then.

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BOOK LAUNCH: Drowned Vanilla

November 12th, 2014

drowned vanilla cover

WHERE: Hobart Bookshop, Salamanca Place, Hobart Tasmania.
WHEN: 5:30-7pm, Thursday 20 November

Kate Gordon, author of Thyla and Writing Clementine, will be launching Drowned Vanilla by Livia Day at the Hobart Bookshop. Please come and join us! There will be wine, and books, and THIS BOOK IN PARTICULAR WHICH FEATURES MURDER AND ICE CREAM.

We’d love to see you there. No RSVP required, just bring yourselves.

It’s the beginning of a hot, hot summer in Hobart. Tabitha Darling is in love with the wrong man, and determined to perfect the art of ice cream. Playing amateur detective again is definitely not on the cards—not even when her friends try to lure her into an arty film noir project in the historical town of Flynn.

But when a young woman goes missing from a house full of live webcams, and is found drowned in the lake outside Flynn, Tabitha is dragged into the whole mess— film crew, murder victim, love life and all.

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Musketeer Space Part 26: Rendezvous at the Fountain of Tranquility

November 12th, 2014


18453 / 50000 words. 37% done!

Wednesday is Musketeer Day! I feel like it should come with a special hat.

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PREVIOUSLY ON MUSKETEER SPACE: Rosnay Cho beat Dana at a psychedelic computer game, made fun of her spaceship, and sabotaged her attempts to become a Musketeer. Since then, whenever Dana has seen her and her candy-coloured flight suits around Paris Satellite, Cho has been causing trouble, usually on behalf of the sinister and mysterious Cardinal. They are not friends. They will never be friends. Also, Dana was kind of hoping to hook up with Conrad Su tonight, but apparently that’s not happening either.


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The Contents are on the Table

November 10th, 2014

Uncanny_Issue1_FINAL_large1-340x510Several exciting Tables of Contents were released in the last week, that I’m invested in one way or another.

Uncanny Magazine #1 is available for purchase now! Some free content has been released on the blog this week and some will go up in December. But you can read the whole thing now as a complete ebook.

Featuring new fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Max Gladstone, Amelia Beamer, Ken Liu, and Christopher Barzak, classic fiction by Jay Lake, essays by Sarah Kuhn, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Christopher J Garcia, plus a Worldcon Roundtable featuring Emma England, Michael Lee, Helen Montgomery, Steven H Silver, and Pablo Vazquez, poetry by Neil Gaiman, Amal El-Mohtar, and Sonya Taaffe, interviews with Maria Dahvana Headley, Deborah Stanish, Beth Meacham on Jay Lake, and Christopher Barzak, and a cover by Galen Dara.

All of that plus two podcasts!

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 24: Provocative Pairing Rituals.

November 8th, 2014

orange juiceIt’s all kicking off in Robotech – within an episode or two, the entire premise of the show is about to change. This one’s all about a meeting of the minds, and military secrets.

Episode 26 – The Messenger

The Zendraedi are approaching again, and so the humans on the SDF1 get their big gun ready, same as always. To their surprise, they get a message that the Zentraedi want a ceasefire and to actually… talk. Peacefully.

Naturally, Khyron takes this opportunity to try to attack, but Breetai’s Zentraedi fire on him until he behaves himself.

Rick is seriously weirded out at having to escort a Zentraedi pod ship directly to the SDF1.

On the podship, Exedore has been Micronised and is ready to visit the SDF1, though his guard is still super big.

Exedore introduces himself as Minister of Affairs upon arrival. His giant-sized pilot is asked to remain at the ship, and to their horror, a couple of human soldiers are asked to bring him a snack. They’re left trying to figure out how to acquire the world’ biggest sandwich.

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Musketeer Space Part 25: A Love Letter To Absent Friends

November 5th, 2014

letterIt’s Musketeer Day, and also Nanowrimo!

8126 / 50000 words. 16% done!

Musketeer Space is of course my Nano project – so once again I am totally doing a non authentic version of the challenge – ah, one day I will have the leisure to write a novel out of nowhere, but this is not that day. This is never that day.

I’m hoping by the end of it to have a zillion more chapters written. Well, ten or so, plus the Christmas story that apparently wants to be a novel in its own right. But a zillion would be nice. A big milestone this week – I finished drafting Chapter 31 which will appear in December and marks the halfway point of the story! Musketeer fist bumps for everyone!

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: The first time Dana saw Milord De Winter, he was meeting Special Agent Rosnay Cho in a seedy bar on Meung Station. She later heard his name in association with Conrad Su’s kidnapping, and again with the Matter of the Diamonds. The Duchess of Buckingham warned her that ‘Winter’ was an extremely dangerous enemy. The second time Dana saw Milord De Winter, she didn’t recognise him at all… until it was too late. It’s complicated, okay?


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ROBOTECH REWATCH 23: Fastest Wedding Plot Twist Ever

November 1st, 2014

Picture 3 (1)Robotech will be rewatched after these messages.

THIS episode, people. THIS episode. Even knowing what happens, it blows me away every time. Of all the Robotech WTFery, and there’s a whole bunch of super uberWTFery still to come, this is the WTFest of them all.

And yet.

I ship it so hard.

Max and Miriya, you put the “whuh” in whirlwind romance and I love you to bits.

Episode 25 – Wedding Bells

Once Ms9 saw the title of this one, it was all I could do to make her watch it – and thanks to the spoilery Next Time announcement from last week’s episode, she knew whose wedding it was gonna be. Thanks for that, overly-invested and weirdly precognitive narrator. I only dragged her back to the show (words cannot describe how much she hates kissing and romancey stuff) with the promise of a knife fight.

Her eyes lit up. “With the happy couple?”


“Well all right then.”

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Musketeer Space Part 24: Hover-Chandeliers Are Forever

October 29th, 2014

OldDesignShop_FleurDeLisLaceNoPinAnother Musketeer Day!

This month’s Musketeer Media Monday post went up this week, with Musketeer in Pink (2009), a dip into Barbie’s complex work history. Remember that time Barbie was a Musketeer? She was great at it.

Over in the Robotech Rewatch, we just reached one of my favourite episodes – the one where Max tries to woo Miriya via video game pwnage and only manages to piss her off. Hell of a first date.

But on to this week’s installment – which brings the bling!

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: It’s party time on Lunar Palais! Dana has successfully completed her interplanetary mission to bring back the diamond studs that the Prince Consort gave away to the Duchess of Buckingham. If only she hadn’t lost Athos, Porthos and Aramis along the way! Oh, and she met Milord De Winter on a train while pretending to be someone else. So that was awkward. Luckily she’s not important enough to come to his attention… yet.



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Musketeer in Pink (2009)

October 27th, 2014

It’s Musketeer Media Monday! This month, I’m reviewing Barbie and the Three Musketeers (2009), a direct-to-DVD computer animated feature which was already on our shelf because Ms5 loves it kind of a lot.

I’m not even sorry.

Barbie_and_the_Three_MusketeersI have a ridiculously soft spot for this particular movie, because I watched it with my daughters multiple times before I started this whole Musketeer Media project, and once you’ve seen all the Barbie movies about princesses and fairies and surfer girls and so on, the idea of one that’s about swords and adventure feels pretty progressive.

Also, how can I complain about the movie that did gender-swapped Musketeers long before I started my story? Hell, this movie is the reason that the shops were full of Barbies with swords for a while there.

Corinne (daughter of D’Artagnan though she never uses a surname) is a fairly standard Barbie avatar – sweet and blonde and determined to succeed at whatever she tries her hand at. This time around, she opens the movie practicing her swordwork, and then convinces her mother to let her leave home to become a Musketeer. All we are missing is a surreal slow-mo fencing shot like in the opening to Musketeers Crack Me Up Seventies Style (1973).

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 22: Video Game Romance

October 25th, 2014

24-miriya-not-amusedRobotech will be rewatched after these messages.

We’re up to one of my favourite subplots, the Max-Miriya romance. In my head, it always takes a lot longer for the two of them to, uh, settle things between them. But this episode is one of my favourites, and the game duel between them may have inspired an early scene in Musketeer Space…

Team Miriya all the way!

Episode 24 – Showdown

Lisa is off on her secret mission to convince the top brass on Earth that it’s a good idea to let the Zentraedi deserters integrate with their own society. Sami is taking her temp gig seriously, and she’s on fire with new confidence – so much so that she ends up chiding Captain Gloval for interrupting her. It’s adorable the way he lets the bridge crew scold him.

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