Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Sci-Fi Romances With The Same Titles

The main point of this post is I recently came across some science fiction romances with the same titles! So I did some digging and found a few more. The books with the earlier release date are listed first. Heat levels range from sweet to scorching. Have fun!

THE STAR PRINCESS (The Star Series #3) - Susan Grant

Ilana Hamilton isn't an adventurer like her pilot mother, or a diplomat like her do-right brother; she's a brash, fun-loving filmmaker who'd rather work behind the camera than be a "star princess" in front of it. Heiress or not, she's a perfectly normal, single woman...until Prince Ché Vedla crashes into her life.

With six months to choose a bride, the sexy royal wants to sow his wild oats. Ilana can't blame him—but fall for the guy herself? Not a chance! Hotshot pilot or no, Ché is too stuffy, too arrogant, and too old-fashioned. But when he sweeps her off her feet Ilana sees stars, and the higher he takes her the more she wants to fly. If only her heart would stopping asking where she will land.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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What Do Authors Veronica Scott And Jody Wallace Have In Common?

They both like cats! Veronica Scott has cats named Keanu and Jake, while Jody Wallace is owned by the infamous Meankitty. Happy National Cat Day, everyone!

Image source: Cheezburger
Veronica Scott and Jody Wallace also both write sci-fi romance, and you can learn more about their work in the following links:

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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Are Alien Worlds in SFR Code For Taboo Erotica?

I'm going to open this post with a true story courtesy of my husband:

INNERSPACE: the world's most boring porno
One time in college, my husband and some friends were watching INNERSPACE (1987) starring Meg Ryan, Martin Short, and Dennis Quaid (take a moment to familiarize yourself with the premise if you haven't seen it because that detail is relevant to this story). At one point, a fellow student joined them. Let's call him "Ted." So Ted walks in the room and sees a bunch of guys watching a movie.

Ted greets them with a jovial, "Hey, how's it going?". Then he starts watching the movie along with them. Meg Ryan, fully clothed in a tasteful blouse and leather skirt, is onscreen. Per the scene requirements, she falls backwards onto the floor. Because this is a comedic SF film, hijinks ensue.

After about thirty seconds, Ted says, "Man, this is like, the most boring porno I've ever seen!" Everyone else chorused, "That's because it's not a porno!"

I shared the story of Ted because it relates to the topic of reader expectations--in this case, SFR. I, for one, have been approaching SFR as a hybrid of SF and romance. Heat levels vary, of course, but ultimately I've been defining SFR as a romance in a technology-based setting that focuses on the emotional journey of the main couple (or threesome, as the case may be). Intimate relations can be a part of that, but the couple's sexual journey doesn't define the whole plot.

However, I might have been naïve because I recently became aware that for some readers, stories in an SF setting--particularly alien ones--may actually be code for SF taboo erotica. Meaning, stories that include taboo elements but aren't tagged as such (or the tags are incomplete).
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Short SF-Romance film: THE ASTRONAUTS

THE ASTRONAUTS (2014) is a short film by Adam Bailey that, while not exactly SFR in the strictest sense, is nevertheless something that SFR fans would enjoy. It has a sweet tone and is safe for work and family. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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EQUALS, A '1984' Style Sci-Fi Romance Film Starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult

I rounded up some coverage about EQUALS (2015), a film from Drake Doremus that's being described as a science fiction romance in the vein of George Orwell's 1984. Difficult to predict at this point if EQUALS will have an upbeat ending, though.

Variety posted a "first look" at an image from the film. Here's the shot, followed by the log line:

"The love story is set in the future where emotions have been eradicated, but a disease can cause them to return."