Tansy Rayner Roberts

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Tansy Rainer Roberts in 2007

Tansy Rayner Roberts (22 May 1978, Hobart, Tasmania) is an award-winning Australian fantasy writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), and completed a PhD in Classics in 2007, both from the University of Tasmania. Roberts's short stories have been published in a variety of genre magazines, including Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Aurealis. In 1998, Roberts won the inaugural George Turner Prize for Splashdance Silver, awarded to an unpublished Australian science fiction/fantasy novel each year. Set in the comic fantasy world of 'Mocklore', Splashdance Silver was published by Bantam in 1998. A sequel, Liquid Gold, and the chapbook novelette Hobgoblin Boots are also both set in 'Mocklore'. The books have subsequently been republished in ebook by FableCroft Publishing, with a third novel in the series, Ink Black Magic, also being published by FableCroft Publishing in 2013. Ink Black Magic was shortlisted for the Best Fantasy Novel category of the 2013 Australian Aurealis Awards.

In 2007 her children's novel Seacastle was published by ABC Books. Seacastle is the first book in the seven-part children's book series The Lost Shimmaron, sold to ABC Books by Australian writers group wRiters On the Rise (RoR). In May 2010 Power and Majesty, Book One of the Creature Court trilogy, was published by HarperCollins Voyager. Roberts has described the Creature Court trilogy as a combination of two fantasy sub-genres: court fantasy and urban fantasy.[1]

Roberts was one of the founding members of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and edited issues 9 in 2003 and issue 23 in 2006. She also co-edited AustrAlien Absurdities (Agog! Press) with Chuck McKenzie, an anthology of humorous Australian speculative fiction in 2002 and is co-editor for the forthcoming Cranky Ladies of History anthology (FableCroft Publishing).

In 2010, Roberts won the WSFA Small Press Award for her novella Siren Beat, published by Twelfth Planet Press in 2009. "Siren Beat" was also nominated for the Australian Aurealis Awards for Best fantasy Short Story.[2] Roberts won the WSFA Small Press Award again in 2012 for "The Patrician" from her short story collection Love and Romanpunk, volume 2 of the Twelve Planets collections from Twelfth Planet Press.

In 2013, Roberts was elected Overseas Director for SFWA. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Roberts was nominated for the Best Fancast with Galactic Suburbia, as well as for Verity! podcast in 2014. She won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2013.

Roberts also writes crime fiction as Livia Day.

Awards[edit]

  • Finalist 2014 Hugo Award for Best Fancast: Galactic Suburbia (with Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce & Andrew Finch).
  • Winner 2014 William Atheling Jr. Award (tie): Galactic Suburbia Episode 87: Saga Spoilerific Book Club (with Alisa Krasnostein & Alex Pierce).
  • Winner 2014 William Atheling Jr. Award (tie): “New Who in Conversation” series (with David McDonald & Tehani Wessely)
  • Finalist 2014 Ditmar Award Best Novel: Ink Black Magic (FableCroft Publishing).
  • Finalist 2014 Ditmar Award Best Short Story: "Cold White Daughter", One Small Step (FableCroft Publishing).
  • Finalist 2014 Ditmar Award Best Fan Writer: body of work, including essays and reviews at www.tansyrr.com
  • Finalist 2014 Ditmar Award Best Fan Publication in any medium: Galactic Suburbia (with Alisa Krasnostein & Alex Pierce).
  • Winner 2013 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer.
  • Finalist 2013 Hugo Award for Best Fancast: Galactic Suburbia (with Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce & Andrew Finch).
  • Winner 2013 Ditmar Award Best Fan Writer: body of work including reviews in Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth
  • Winner 2013 William Atheling Jr. Award: “Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let's Unpack That.” (Tor.com).
  • Finalist 2013 Ditmar Award Best Fan Publication in any medium: Galactic Chat podcast (with Alisa Krasnostein & Sean Wright).
  • Finalist 2013 Ditmar Award Best Fan Publication in any medium: Galactic Suburbia podcast (with Alisa Krasnostein & Alex Pierce).
  • Finalist 2013 William Atheling Jr. Award: “New Who in Conversation” series (with David McDonald & Tehani Wessely).
  • Finalist 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel: Ink Black Magic (FableCroft Publishing).
  • Winner 2012 WSFA Small Press Award: "The Patrician", Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Finalist 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fancast: Galactic Suburbia (with Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce & Andrew Finch).
  • Finalist 2012 Ditmar Award Best Novel: The Shattered City (HarperCollins)
  • Finalist 2012 Ditmar Award Best Novella/Novelette: "Julia Agrippina’s Secret Family Bestiary", Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Winner 2012 Ditmar Award Best Short Story: "The Patrician", Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Finalist 2012 Ditmar Award Best Collected Work: Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Finalist 2012 Ditmar Award Best Fan Writer: body of work including reviews at Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus and Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth.
  • Finalist 2012 Ditmar Award Best Fan Publication in any medium: Galactic Chat podcast (with Alisa Krasnostein & Sean Wright).
  • Finalist 2012 Ditmar Award Best Fan Publication in any medium: Galactic Suburbia podcast (with Alisa Krasnostein & Alex Pierce).
  • Finalist 2012 William Atheling Jr. Award: “New Who in Conversation” series (with David McDonald & Tehani Wessely).
  • Winner 2011 Ditmar Award Best Novel: Power and Majesty (HarperVoyager).
  • Winner 2011 Ditmar Award Best Fan Publication in any medium: Galactic Suburbia podcast (with Alisa Krasnostein and Alex Pierce).
  • Winner 2011 Ditmar Award Best Achievement: Snapshot 2010 (with Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, Rachel Holkner, Alexandra Pierce, and Tehani Wessely).
  • Winner 2011 William Athleing Jr. Award: "A Modern Woman’s Guide to Classic Who."
  • Finalist 2011 Aurealis Award for Best Collection: Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Finalist 2011 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel: The Shattered City (HarperVoyager).
  • Finalist 2011 Aurealis Award for Best Young-Adult Short Story: "The Patrician", Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Winner 2010 WSFA Small Press Award: "Siren Beat" (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Winner 2010 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel: Power and Majesty (HarperVoyager).
  • Finalist 2010 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Short Story: "Relentless Adaptations", Sprawl (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Finalist 2010 Aurealis Award for Best Young-Adult Short Story: "Nine Times", with Kaia Landelius, Worlds Next Door (FableCroft Publishing).
  • Finalist 2010 Ditmar Award Best Novella/Novelette: “Siren Beat” (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Finalist 2010 Ditmar Award Best Short Story: “Prosperine When it Sizzles”, New Ceres Nights (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Finalist 2010 Ditmar Award Best Fan Writer: body of work.
  • Finalist 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story: "Siren Beat" (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Finalist 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Young-Adult Short Story: "Like Us", Shiny (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Finalist 2009 Ditmar Award Best Fan Artist: “Daleks are a girl’s best friend”.
  • Finalist 2008 Ditmar Award Best Novella/Novelette: "The Bluebell Vengeance" (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #28).
  • Winner 2008 Ditmar Award Best Fan Production: 2007 Snap Shot Project - interviews with influential members of the Australian speculative fiction scene (with Alisa Krasnostein, Ben Payne, Alexandra Pierce, Katherine Linge, Kaaron Warren & Rosie Clark).
  • Winner 2008 Ditmar Award Best Fanzine: Not If You Were the Last Short Story on Earth (with Alisa Krasnostein, Ben Payne & Alexandra Pierce).
  • Finalist 2008 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Short Story: "Fleshy", 2012 (Twelfth Planet Press).
  • Finalist 2008 William Atheling Jr. Award: Review of Elizabeth Bear's New Amsterdam (with Alexandra Pierce, published as Podcast #2 on ASiF!).
  • Finalist 2003 Ditmar Award Best Collected Work: AustrAlien Absurdities (with Chuck McKenzie, Agog! Press).

Published fiction[edit]

Novels and longer works[edit]

Short fiction[edit]

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Galaxy Books Interview, Spotlight on Tansy Rayner Roberts.
  2. ^ Aurealis Awards, List of 2009 finalists.