Tansy Rayner Roberts

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Daughter of Friday Links

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Peacemaker-CR-2-1My annual appearance at Tor.com. I write about how diversity of characters in YA can improve the genre – which frankly I thought was a bit of a cheat, preaching-to-the-converted sort of topic. Heh. Guess how far down the comments someone uses the term ‘politically correct’ as a perjorative. There are also some lovely in-depth comments that support the argument for diversity being a step towards rather than away from equality, and talk about the ethics of book publishing.

I also appear at Aqueduct Press, summing up my favourite things viewed, read and listened to in 2013 (another, only partly overlapping round up can be found in the latest Galactic Suburbia episode), and I appear at The Book Smugglers talking about my favourite Christmas books.

A great article in Lynne M Thomas’s last issue of Apex Magazine: Another World Waits – Towards an Anti-Oppressive SF

This post looks at feminist fantasy (YA and otherwise) read by the author as a teenager with happy brownie points to the parents who made such purchases possible.

A fascinating lecture delivered by Charlotte Church, about the sexual objectification of very young women in the music industry, and the knock on effects of such objectification throughout those women’s careers.


Friday Links is a Fake Writer Girl

Friday, October 18th, 2013

grimpinkI appreciated very much being namechecked in Jim C Hines’ sarky “Fake Writer Girls” post.

Meanwhile, Cheryl Morgan takes umbrage at the idea that grimdark is just for boys, and comes up with a sub-genre solution for all the women writing dark, gritty fantasy: the Rise and Fall of Grimpink!

Liz Bourke tells it like it is by comparing the roles of women in dystopian movie Dredd with those of the “utopian” modern Star Trek movies. Yep. Well, that’s depressing. Bring on the dystopias!

Belinda Murrell talks eloquently about using family history in her new novel – stirring stuff!

Tor.com declares Colin Baker to be lovely.

If you’ve seen Doctor Who: The Web of Fear now and you were awed and amazed at the London Underground set (or like me wondered if it truly WAS a set), check out this excerpt from Michael Troughton’s autobiography about how it happened.


Friday Links is Returned to the Archives!

Friday, October 11th, 2013

astridOkay, so other things happened this week, but for Doctor Who fans, the last 24 hours has been a special cocktail of anticipation and torturous waiting. Finally it was revealed that the recent rumours were true, and we now have two complete (or near-complete) Series 5 Second Doctor serials back in the BBC archive that were previously believed to be lost forever.

There’s a lovely write up of the press conference here, including reactions from stars Fraser Hines and Deborah Watling.

Unlike the last archive find, when orphan episodes of The Underwater Menace and Galaxy Four were screened publicly but not made available for purchase except much later on DVD releases, The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear were made available immediately on iTunes, including here in Australia. And that is why this week’s Friday Links is so late, of course – I’ve been watching The Enemy of the World! A story I loved in novelisation form in my childhood and never ever thought I would get to see for real.

But what else has been going on across the internet this last week (or more, since my hospital stay meant I didn’t put one up last week)?


Friday Links Returns From the Dead

Friday, September 27th, 2013

fangirl_coverdec2012-725x1075It’s been a long week. I’ve been besieged at home with feverish children (my own, not a random assortment) and didn’t realise quite how stir crazy I was until I got a chance to run away for 15 minutes to the supermarket at lunch time. BLISSFUL FREEDOM!

But between my Melbourne trip and then being behind on everything because of the Melbourne trip thing, I haven’t managed to do one of these for a long time! Here we go…

This lovely guest post by Rainbow Rowell at Tor.com talks about how hard it was to be a teenage geek (and especially a geek girl) before the internet made it easy to find like-minded communities. I’m definitely going to be checking out Rainbow’s new novel Fangirl which looks like a lot of fun!

Thoraiya Dyer writes wonderfully about the inspiration she found in Mara of the Acoma and how this led her to search for Japanese-influenced fantasy and fiction. (I remember being so confused about the depiction of Mara on the cover of Daughter of the Empire – why on earth was she blonde? The whole white-washing issue never occurred to me)


Friday Links is Not a Dirty Word

Friday, September 6th, 2013

tiara__by_furbelows-d3hn2spThe last few days have been a mighty era of internet commentary about diversity, gender issues and other fun stuff in genre, much of it inspired positively or negatively by recent convention panels and in-person discussions.

A lot of the commentary happened over Twitter, quite annoyingly while I was asleep because, Australian. Still, worth checking out the #DiversityInSFF hashtag and from last night (where I did catch some of it thanks to being woken up at 2am for the Great Blankie Hunt) this splendid, thoughtful collection of ragey-tweets from Seanan Maguire.

Post of the week for me is undoubtedly this clear, sharply-honed essay at Apex by Deborah Stanish: Fangirl Isn’t a Dirty Word. Deb works through some of the issues we discussed at greater length in a recent episode of the Verity! Podcast, but has transformed the conversation into a very effective piece of writing about gender, ageism and the destructive nature of fandom gatekeeping.

Fangirls are not only being told they are doing it wrong, they are also being mocked and marginalized within the larger fandom community.

Madeline Ashby writes about the ageing population of Worldcons, and its “youth problem.”

Tobias Buckell responds with some further thoughts about conventions and how useful they are for authors.

At Strange Horizons, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz writes On Escapist Literature and Being Dangerous in response to a recent Nine Worlds conference panel about the various RaceFail discussions across the net.


Friday Links Congratulates the World Fantasy Award Nominees

Friday, August 16th, 2013

canary-280I was delighted to read the interesting lists of works and people nominated for the World Fantasy Awards this year – including an unprecedented four Australians!

I deeply regret not having noticed the submission guidelines for this book of superhero poetry, available now free from Smashwords. I now desperately want to write the ballad of Black Canary.

Bitch Magazine looks at the lack of queer-friendly comics from mainstream publishers, and how webcomics do a much better job at character diversity.

The Mary Sue follows up with a lengthy recommendation list of webcomics of various kinds.


Friday Links is Four Today

Friday, August 9th, 2013

toys-69lThat’s a lie, of course. It’s not Friday Links that is four, but my littlest daughter! Her birthday loot included a Wonder Woman with invisible plane, two metric tonnes of Lego, and a set of Disney Princess walkie talkies (that last one chosen by her sister). Things got a little touchy when Jem realised Raeli was going off to school like it was a normal day, and that it’s not in fact her PARTY today (so sad) but she’s pretty happy so far.

Also, did I mention? She’s FOUR.

Meanwhile, something relevant to Jem’s interests: Barbie are releasing a Nasa Explorer version of the popular fashion doll. It’s always cool when she gets sciencey careers! There are two other astronaut Barbies (Jem actually has the ‘realistic’ grey one with brown boots from the 1960′s – I bought a reprint or whatever you call modern versions of old dolls on sale last year. She doesn’t have the pink one from the 80′s with high heel boots. The new one has lots of pink but flat boots, plus she goes to MARS)

Speaking of pink, look at the merchandise which entirely failed to get the point of Super Best Friends Forever! I mean, it’s cool and all that they are merchandising costumes of Wonder Girl, Supergirl and Batgirl, because female superheroes are IMPORTANT and not nearly emphasised enough in the toy aisles, but such a shame they didn’t reflect the awesome attitude of the actual show.

I’ve been appearing on a few corners of the internet this week – my article on Fantasy Art, Fishnets and Red Sonja’s Bikini – basically on the complicated thought process whereby you can analyse the sexist/feminist implications of women’s costume in fantasy and comic art and still be cross when Black Canary doesn’t wear fishnets because COME ON.

I also participated in Zena Shapter’s collection of writer workplaces. My work station is the end of the dining table. It’s not normally as tidy as it looks in this picture, but we have a convenient birthday party coming up, or as I like to call it The Excuse To Spring Clean.

Great article on the Invisible women of Science Fiction. Because, yes.

Also a great piece at the New Statesman about what the Fake Geek Girl Accusations actually mean – misogyny or self-loathing?.

OK that’s it, I’m done, we’ve got an invisible plane to play with. Friday Links Out!

Friday Links is Stream of Consciousness

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

white queenThe Guardian profiles one of the neglected female writers of “1914,” May Sinclair – an accomplished modernist author (as well as the critic who coined the literary use of the term stream of consciousness) whose works are mostly now out of print.

At the Mary Sue, Becky Chambers writes a stirring essay about her grandmother’s attitude towards video games, the death of books, and how it’s hard to appreciate the new benefits of changing technology when you’re still (understandably) mourning the loss of the art of letter writing.

Phillipa Gregory, author of The White Queen (now a successful female-led historical drama series that I am dying to watch) talks about unearthing history’s hidden women – and how historical fiction is way more fun than writing straight history, not least because of how accessible it becomes to readers. (and, cough, she points out that your favourite historians all use many of the same techniques she does in her fiction, including selective theories, story-based narratives & ‘picking sides’)

No Award looked at how Pax Australia was quite female-friendly as an event, and some reasons why they had not thought that would be the case. This led me to an excellent Ben McKenzie article about why he had decided against participating in Pax Australia.

Cheryl Morgan talks about the gender inbalance in publishing with particular attention to the ‘why’ of it.


Friday Links is the Human Experience

Friday, July 26th, 2013

supurbia2coverA great post at Bitch Magazine about gender and comics as discussed at last weekend’s ComicCon – including the brilliant quote that “female experience is the human experience.” Also, the all-female X-Men comic outsold every other title in the month it was released. And Supurbia sounds really interesting, from the comments…

Coverage of the Women Who Kick Ass panel at ComicCon, and the unfortunate sexist attitudes from some of the audience.

This week’s MindMeld asks for recommendations of the best SFF stories by women.

Make Me a Sammich (best feminist blog title ever) thanks the trolls, and talks about the positive side effects that they bring with them. It’s not quite as sarcastic as you might think.

The new Aussie social justice pop culture blog No Award puts up their manifesto, with bonus discussion of Garth Nix’s Sabriel on the side – and why it’s important to not always populate your fantasy with so many redheads!

Over at the Momentum blog, Tehani talks about literary cosplay. What fictional character would you dress up as?


Friday Links Rises From the Serpentine

Friday, July 19th, 2013

A giant statue of Mr. Darcy emerges from Serpentine Lake at Hyde Park in LondonThe Shirley Jackson Awards were announced this week – congrats to all winners, but especially to Kaaron Warren who became the first Australian to win one of these for her novella “Sky” from her collection Through Splintered Walls from Twelfth Planet Press.

Speaking of TPP, my new crime novel A Trifle Dead is currently at a super cheap ebook price this week only to celebrate our yummy new book trailer. It’s also available for a sale price over at Wizard’s Tower Books.

Meanwhile, Alisa, Alex and I participated in the latest SF MindMeld: talking Road Trips with a bunch of other cool people.

There’s been a lot of chatter this week about JK Rowling and her new crime-writing pen name Robert Galbraith. This open letter to new and would-be writers puts the early selling numbers of Galbraith’s novel into some perspective.

I’m really excited that Annie Wu, the young comic artist responsible for some fun, retro Valentine’s Day guest work on the Matt Fraction & David Aja run on Hawkeye, is not only about to embark on some more regular work on that title (following Kate Bishop in her own storyline) but is also responsible for the art on a new mini-arc of the digital only comic Batman Beyond – BATGIRL BEYOND! I read the first issue and really enjoyed it – grab this comic. It not only has a futuristic, stompy new take on Batgirl but also features an elderly Commissioner Barbara Gordon. Promising stuff, and lovely to see such an interesting new artist getting to play with cool projects.

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