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Tansy Rayner Roberts Tansy Rayner Roberts i(A26525 works by)
Also writes as: Livia Day
Born: Established: 1978 Tasmania, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Novelist, short-story writer, critic, and podcaster.

Roberts has been active in the Australian speculative-fiction scene, in writing groups, and as a regular contributor to journals, webzines, and ezines. As a founding member and occasional editor of the journal Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, she has contributed fiction, conducted interviews of actors and authors, and reviewed books.

A founding member of the wRiters On the Rise (ROR) group, Roberts and collaborators Trent Jamieson, Maxine McArthur, Margo Lanagan, Dirk Flinthart, Rowena Cory Daniells, and Marianne de Pierres originally met to give critical assessment of manuscripts. They then moved on to create the fictional world of Shimmaron, with each author contributing a novel that explains and explores this new world and its peoples. This concept is called 'shared world' in science-fiction circles. Roberts provided the first book in the series, Seacastle, in 2007.

Roberts, Flinthart, and Gillian Polack have also been involved in the 'shared world' of New Ceres, a webzine created by Alisa Krasnostein, which covers the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror on the earth-colonised planet New Ceres. New Ceres is an eighteenth-century-style culture, complete with a technology black market, a sinister priesthood, and refugees from the recently invaded Earth struggling to come to terms with this new lifestyle.

Her fiction includes a series of works set in her fantasy kingdom of Mocklore, as well as other ongoing series (including Musketeer Space, Castle Charming, Creature Court, and Belladonna University), as well as standalone works, especially in short fiction. She has also published a series of interconnected short stories influenced by her PhD in Classics, Love and Romanpunk. One work from the collection, 'The Patrician', won the international Washington Science Fiction Small Press Award, as well as being shortlisted for an Aurealis Award. Her short diction and novels have been shortlisted for and won DitMar Awards, Aurealis Awards, Norm K. Hemming Awards, and–for her debut novel, Splashdance silver, the George Turner Prize.

In addition to her fiction, Roberts is a frequent critic of popular culture in a variety of media, including essays and podcasts: her series of essays on [Terry] Pratchett's Women were released as an ebook by FableCroft in 2014 (after first appearing on her blog), and she has been regularly shortlisted for the Ditmar Awards' William Atheling Jr Award for criticism, including two simultaneous nominations in 2016 for 'SF Women of the 20th Century' and 'Sarah Kingdom Dies at the End' (on Doctor Who). In late 2016, her essay 'One Girl in the Justice League' appeared in the Book Smugglers' second quarterly almanac.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 finalist Hugo Award Best Fancast with Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce, for 'Galactic Suburbia'.
2019 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Short Story for 'Dragon by Subscription', published exclusively on the micro-patronage website Patreon.
2019 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Short Story for 'Dragon by Subscription', published exclusively on the micro-patronage website Patreon.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Castle Charming Tasmania : Tansy Rayner Roberts , 2020 21461326 2020 selected work short story

'Welcome to Charming, where fairy tales come true (whether you like it or not).

'Kai's new job to report on the scandals of the messed up royal family for the local newspaper. He didn't expect to become the story.

'Dennis signed up to protect the princes. Falling in love with one of them was never part of the deal.

'Ziyi made a wish to catch her own Prince Charming... but wishes come at a cost, when fairies are involved.

'In this magical kingdom of cursed spinning wheels, violent beanstalks, deadly queens and disaster princes, the most dangerous thing of all might be a Happily Ever After.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Best Collection
y separately published work icon The Frost Fair Affair Tasmania : Tansy Rayner Roberts , 2020 21460565 2020 single work novella fantasy

'Our heroine stumbles across a precarious plot while printing political pamphlets...

'Thanks to last Season's scandal, Miss Mnemosyne Seabourne is now officially notorious. Wintering in Town, she hopes to use her new celebrity to campaign about the unfair restriction on portal travel for ladies... while being quietly courted by a certain handsome spellcracker.

'As the river freezes over and a spectacular Frost Fair sets up on the ice, Mneme finds herself beset by secret societies, spies and sneaky saboteurs. Who stole her political pamphlets? Who is leaving dead bodies around printing presses for anyone to find?

'Mr Thornbury knows more than he's letting on. If she can't trust the man she hoped to marry, Mneme is just going to have to unravel the mystery for herself, quickly enough to save both of their lives. 

'If you enjoy vintage spy adventures, flirtatious couples and cozy sleigh rides, you'll adore this exciting sequel novella to Tea and Sympathetic Magic.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Novella
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