Posts Tagged "tansy rayner roberts"

Fantasy Art, Fishnets, and Red Sonja’s Chainmail Bikini

by on Aug 6, 2013 in Nonfiction | 2 comments

I have some complicated thoughts about fishnet tights. Specifically, I have some complicated thoughts about fantasy art, fishnets, and Red Sonja’s chainmail bikini. I’ve devoted a lot of energy over the years to the analysis of women in comics, especially superhero comics, which I love. I’ve looked at Wonder Woman’s lack of bra straps, and asked the hard questions about why exactly the teenage Supergirl has to have quite such a short skirt as she flies over the Metropolis skies. As a feminist, a comics fan and a historian, however, I will defend Black Canary’s fishnet tights to the death. So will Gail Simone. Simone’s fresh take on iconic fantasy heroine Red Sonja...

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The Patrician

by on Jan 1, 2013 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

Clea Majora walked through the hot streets of Nova Ostia, her sandalled feet lightly treading on the wide, baked, paving stones. She bought a honey cake from a pastry stall and nibbled it as she walked, using the vine leaf wrapper to catch the crumbs. At the wall, a couple of boys she knew from school were playing a covert game of soccer, and called for her to join them, but she waved and kept walking. It was too hot for games, and besides, she had her own plans for her lunch hour. Outside the stifling confines of the city, she kept walking until she came to her favourite gum tree. She unpinned her stola so that it folded underneath her when she sat down on the rough...

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Girl Meets House: Kitchen Sinks, Joanna Russ and the Female Gothic

by on Jun 5, 2012 in Nonfiction | 2 comments

By Tansy Rayner Roberts It’s not just me, right?  The Gothic novel is ripe for a comeback.  This particular sub-genre has been creeping into my subconscious for some time, and not just because I accidentally went to a lecture the other month on the Female Gothic in Film, which quoted Joanna Russ and made me squee like the fan girl I am. Joanna Russ might be the Prime Minister (I’m not going to say queen) of feminist science fiction and literary criticism, but the first piece of her non-fiction that changed the way I look at the world wasn’t How To Suppress Women’s Writing at all.  It was Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me and I Think it’s My Husband: the Modern Gothic. (1970)...

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The Australian Dark Weird

by on Nov 1, 2011 in Nonfiction | 4 comments

By Tansy Rayner Roberts Australians. They’re generally happy people, right? Beer, sunshine and prawns. Happy people in shorts, sunnies and thongs (it’s a kind of footwear, honestly!) Nothing sinister about that. And yet Australia has produced some of the darkest and weirdest speculative fiction of recent years. Authors like Margo Lanagan and Garth Nix have brought their particular brand of weirdness to a vast international audience. Veteran storytellers like Richard Harland and Robert Hood have been constructing Australian horror, not only in stories for adults, but also for children and teenagers. Hard on their heels we have a whole generation of short story writers...

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