Tansy Rayner Roberts

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Friday Links Wants A Dalek and a Novel Contract for Mother’s Day

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Belle_posterAh, Mother’s Day, that time when our media and shopping spaces fill up with the assumption that “What Mum Wants” is a universal concept. Just once I’d love to see a ‘last minute gifts for Mum’ suggestion list that includes a kabuki sword, a new modem, and a chemistry set. Or maybe noise-cancelling earphones, and a new podcasting microphone. And a butler.

New historical film Belle about a wealthy, privileged woman of colour in Regency England (starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, AKA Martha’s sister Tish from Doctor Who) sounds really interesting. And look, it’s made by women of colour too! Bitch Magazine talks about how Belle takes on sexism, racism and class issues of the Regency, and the Mary Sue talks about why this movie is so important.

Terri is chronicling her latest Twelfth Planet Press macaron adventure. I’m biased, of course, but her Love and Romanpunk fig and port wine macarons are the best.

I don’t link to Buzzfeed a lot, but I love this piece where women have rewritten misogynist, mocking headlines about female celebrities, to reflect the actual non-gossip-magazine reality that most of us live in. I think I love “Woman runs in appropriate clothing” best, but you’ll have your own favourites.


Friday Links is Out of Touch

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

So, we’ve just come back from a family holiday in a fake Swiss village with very limited wifi, which means I’ve been completely out of touch about some of the more essential news this week. Still playing catch up, thanks to my friends.

Like for instance, I didn’t know that Bob Hoskins had died. So sad! I’ve always been terribly fond of him as an actor, and while I know he did a bunch of great stuff, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was the first movie I ever saw multiple times in a cinema and I love it to bits. (I still remember the lovely little cinema near the flat where I was living in York at the age of 10, which only charged £1 entry) Grant Watson wrote a great piece about his favourite Bob Hoskins films over at The Angriest.

I also didn’t realise (until I got an email from Tehani talking about it in conjunction with something else) that the Stella Prize had been awarded. I KNOW, RIGHT? Congratulations to Clare Wright for The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka.

And of course I also missed the post-Stellas controversy, but Sean the Blogonaut writes very well here about why Nicole Flint’s article in the Advertiser completely missed the mark.

Tehani, meanwhile, wrote a fantastic piece about the current state of SF and Fantasy in Australia right now – very sharp and comprehensive!


Friday Links Starts Robbing Banks.

Friday, April 25th, 2014

sexcrimThe Wired talks about Matt Fraction and writing realistic sex into comics with the new title Sex Criminals.

“They do what any young, fun, sex-having sexy persons would do after discovering their sex-having freezes time and space,” says Fraction. “They start robbing banks.”

Kat Mayo at The Drum writes about the way that romance novels (and the women who read them) get sneered at regularly (often in the name of “feminism”) by journalists who actually don’t know anything about the genre with Dear Columnists, Romance Fiction Is Not Your Bitch. The comments made me cranky.


Friday Links Wants a Touch Screen TV

Friday, April 18th, 2014

lego_article_story_mainTobias Buckell talks about a topic very dear to my heart: Tech and Five Year Olds

Karen Gillan’s Hair will Appear in Star Wars V. Not Karen, just her hair.

The issue of clothes and women in politics is a sticky one – on the one hand, it was frustrating as hell to see former Prime Minister Gillard constantly having her fashion discussed ahead of her policies, and that Prime Minister Abbott’s clothing choices were never policed as closely as those of his daughters. But as this post on departing Governor General Quentin Bryce notes, fashion choices can be a vital political tool for women. And frankly I have also taken quiet pleasure from the sight of her bright and undeniably feminine outfits in a sea of black business suits. What I wasn’t aware of was the degree to which Bryce’s feminism informed her time in office. If we have to have dames in Australia again, she’s a pretty good choice. As long as she also gets a white charger and a lance as part of the ceremonial bumpf. The lady would look good in jousting armour.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, is now the Baileys Prize. Smooth. Very excited to see an Australian crime novel on the list – Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, which the universe keeps telling me I have to read.


Sunday Links is not Friday Links

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

KingJoffreyStatueIt was the Aurealis Awards last night! Congrats to all the winners, and to Nicole Murphy and her team for putting on what sounded like a great night. Here’s a Storify of how it all looked on social media, thanks to Sean the Blogonaut.

The Mary Sue reports on the King Joffrey statue that has been erected in New Zealand, which will be slowly toppled via social media hashtags. Does anyone else think it is SUPER CREEPY to be publicly desecrating the image of a real live teenage boy in public to promote a TV show? I don’t mean Joffrey – like anyone else who has read the books and watched the show up to this point, I am happy to see the kid bumped off as gruesomely as possible. But the statue depicts an ACTUAL teen actor, and surely he has enough trouble walking down the street without having rocks thrown at him without literally being destroyed in effigy in a public square.

Justine Larbalestier and Kate Elliott began their new book club, discussing bestselling fiction by women from other eras. First up: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. (I read it for the first time in my early twenties after finding it in the uni library and was startled to discover it wasn’t an H Rider Haggard style lost world epic but a grim tale of failed glamour and pill-popping in Hollywood.)

Nisi Shawl writes about Reviewing the Other, with some fascinating insights into the ways that reviewers can help promote diversity but also the limitations placed upon them.


Friday Links will Delete You

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Elite-Elite-Cybermen-TShirtThis is my favourite link of the week, for entirely selfish reasons: Jason Sanford is reading the new issue of the SFWA Bulletin and rather enjoying it.

“This is what we’ve all been wanting from SFWA—a member magazine which actually provides useful information to members.”

Still talking about my crazy projects, Cranky Ladies of History got some serious National press time this week, with an article in the Age as well as a bunch of other newspapers across the country, in print and online. It brought in way fewer pledges than did the ABC article a couple of weeks ago, but hey. We’ve funded, so there’s nothing but smiles over here. (Night Terrace on Kickstarter funded too! Hooray for crowdfunding!)

Over at the Verity Podcast, the hosts who are not me (AGAIN, sob!) discuss the Cybermen as quintessential Doctor Who villains. It’s a great ep, with every era mulled over and defended/championed by one or other of the Verities. Just when I was getting cross none of them had mentioned The Invasion, in came Liz on her white charger to remind everyone what we were missing. I also enjoyed Lynne championing Silver Nemesis, Erika squeeing about The Tenth Planet, and Deb being quite valiant about the New Who Cybermen. Liz then wrote up an almost completely wrong (but occasionally right) list of the best Cybermen stories in order.


Friday Links are Very Tired (and on Saturday)

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Yesterday was a long day, with one sick little girl in Emergency at the local hospital (all fine now) and… no, that’s basically it for all that happened yesterday.

Still, if I don’t keep doing these posts, my post-it of saved links will fill up and explode!

Liz Myles has added to the Cranky Ladies blog tour with her great post: Ten Great Military Leaders, Probably Cranky Ones that points out several women of history who were better military leaders than Boudicca.

I have a new post up too, over at The History Girls, on the poet Sulpicia.

Did I MENTION that we funded this week? Oh yeah, baby. Night Terrace aren’t doing too badly either.

Over at Book Smugglers, Ana is pondering on History, Fandom and Masters of Science Fiction.


Friday Links Returns!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Bulletin203_cover_front-e1393306714278And so does the SFWA Bulletin. The official announcement went up this week, as the issue is currently being printed and while this process takes more time than we would like, the e-book should be available by next week. Yes, non members are perfectly allowed to purchase it, though if you want to order a print copy I suggest you get on to that ASAP – the email for the SFWA office is in that article.

I really need to get back to doing these posts every week. So many links, so little time!

Anil Dash writes about The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men, a social experiment that reaped many rewards, and quite a bit of hate mail.

Spec Fic 13 have announced their lineup of authors – this is a reprint of the best SFF blogging of the year, curated this year by the Book Smugglers. And I’m in it!

Already linked to this one via Galactic Suburbia, but it’s VERY important so I’ll put it here too – Juliet McKenna talking about women’s SF books in bookshops and how many of us lose the game before we’re even out of the changing rooms. Liz Bourke also has some thoughts on some bookshops and their lack of representation of female SFF authors.

Following up on this is an equally important piece by the legendary Janny Wurts on The Unrecognized Trajectory of Slow Burn Success (something that is much harder to achieve in the current publishing climate). She particularly notes that while many of us believe that social media is a great leveller in allowing obscure works to find their readers – it doesn’t always work that way. She also provides a whole new perspective (for me) on Tolkien’s success which is fascinating.

Another great essay from the Women Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter Campaign: We are the 50% by Rachel Swirsky.


Friday Links Loves Me, She Loves Me Not

Friday, February 14th, 2014

photo(26)I seem to have forgotten how to blog. Massive things have been happening – it’s been a hectic fortnight full of editing, guest appearances online, writing, reading all the regency romance novels (yes really), plotting crowdfunding projects, internet snark and oh yes, my youngest daughter starting school.

This post by E. Catherine Tobler, The Women We Don’t See, is about SFF reading habits, especially when people forget to read women, and I meant to write a comment on that post citing some of our immensely positive responses from male listeners to Galactic Suburbia who now go out of their way to track and actively change their reading gender balance, but now it’s two weeks later and possibly the moment is gone. Great post, though.

Marianne De Pierres and I turned up on the Skiffy and Fanty podcast, talking about Australian SFF as part of their World SF Tour. We haven’t chatted for ages, so it was lovely! We did our best to cram as much of our knowledge about the current scene as well as the historical context, though Shaun managed to stump us both by citing some pulp fiction facts that were news to us!

I also appeared on the latest episode of Verity! talking about Time Lords as villains, and in the latest SF Signal MindMeld, talking about when side characters take over a story.


Friday Links is Not Invisible

Friday, February 7th, 2014

joanna-scanlan-heading-outA fascinating interview with Joanna Scanlan, actress from The Thick of it & Stella among other successful shows – she talks about how hard she had to fight to get an acting career at all, her history of depression, and how hard it is to live a life without creativity when you feel that is your calling. She’s a great example of a woman who carved her own way in her chosen profession (writing roles for herself when they weren’t offered) and whose acting career actually took off in her late 40′s, early 50′s. She’s now playing the wife of Dickens opposite Ralph Fiennes!

Kameron Hurley has been blogging up a storm around the release of God’s War into the UK, and I particularly liked this piece at Kate Elliott’s blog: In Defense of Unlikeable Women.

Becky Chambers at the Mary Sue didn’t think Assassin’s Creed: Liberation was a brilliant game, but she adored the complex female protagonist and takes apart all the elements of what makes this character so special. More of this please!

Again at the Mary Sue, a great interview with Kari Byron of Mythbusters, with particularly fun anecdotes about how she juggled her pregnancy with a job that requires you to blow stuff up.


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