Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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It's 2015 And One Publisher Is Still Trying To Dumb Down Sci-Fi Romance


Folks, today I'm blogging as Anger Translator for sci-fi romance Author X.

Anger Translator originated with the Key and Peele show.
I have the author's permission to blog, without using identifying information, about something I learned from her via email. Namely, that a well-known romance publisher has directed her to cut thousands of words from her manuscript. Why? To significantly reduce elements like worldbuilding, science fictional concepts, essential details related to the story's antagonist, and the like in favor of the romance.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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SFR News & Links For May 2015


May looks bright and wonderful for sci-fi romance! I invite you to check out this month's new releases as well as some interesting articles.

New releases

 STEALING MERCURY (erotic space opera; Arena Dogs #1) - Charlee Allden 


 Born a slave, Mercury is an Arena Dog, genetically engineered to fight and die in the Arena for the entertainment of others. Trained as a gladiator from boyhood in a violent world, where men must form alliances and share what little bounty they have to survive, his only goal has been to keep his men alive. But two are dead and the rest are condemned to be hunted down and killed for sport. Worse, their demise will leave a woman Mercury has sworn to protect, alone and vulnerable. And then there is Samantha—a courageous human he has no right to claim. But she is his. He feels it deep in his soul and with an ache in his body he can’t deny.

Samantha Devlin is an indie-freight pilot who has lost everything: her ship, her crew, and her father. When an old friend hires her as an emergency replacement to pilot a cargo carrier for the Roma Company, she’s shocked to learn her cargo is three, living, breathing, and dangerously sexy Arena Dogs. When Samantha learns she’s taking the men to their deaths, she must decide is she if willing to risking everything for a man whose customs require that he share her with one of his men and demands he return to Roma to protect another woman. Mercury, their leader, and Lo, his emotionally broken arena-brother, challenge all her notions of honor, loyalty, and love. Her heart tells her Mercury is worth any cost, but her head sees nothing ahead but disaster.

SONG OF THE NAVIGATOR - Astrid Amara

Friday, May 1, 2015

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SFR Shindig: When Zyrlm Met Sally and/or Sal by P.J. Dean




When Zyrlm Met Sally and/or Sal: The drawbacks & perks of other-worldly love connections in SFR/PNR & reader appeal by P.J. Dean

Partners not-of-this-Earth. Lovers with something extra. Why are heroines and heroes of SFR/PNR, and for that matter, the reading public, so comfy snuggling up with extraterrestrials, lizard warriors, zombies or not-quite-human-acting folk? Around the world, readers swoon over a sentient, not-of-this-Earth creature as a human’s love interest. Why?

If you’ve read any SFR/PNR book with this premise, you’ll know that when the parties meet it’s rarely love at first sight. Being curious about E. T. is entirely different from committing to E. T. From my reading of SFR/PNR, I discovered some common drawbacks and perks that can stop and start that love train.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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SFR Shindig: Tati’s SFR Recommendations by Tatiana Caldwell



I've always been a geek. Sci-fi books, movies, shows and games have enthralled me as far back as I can remember. Why? Worlds and time periods filled with wonder, imaginative technology, characters and story-lines far more diverse than any other genre. I’ve also always been a romantic, favoring tales of love conquering all over any other plotline, so SFR – the mashup of the two – simply does it for me.

It isn’t always easy, however, to find good SFR entertainment. Books have been somewhat easier to come by, because of websites like this one that seek them out help make their existence known. But I still find it somewhat challenging to discover good movies, TV shows and video games that could truly be defined as SFR. Sometimes it’s because of the way they are marketed (or the lack of marketing), but mostly I think it’s due to there just not being enough of it. 

So I’d like to share a brief list non-literature SFR entertainment that I’ve really enjoyed.

SFR TV Shows

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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SFR Shindig: Love and the Kick-Ass Heroine By Deborah A. Bailey



The original Star Trek was my first exposure to science fiction, and ultimately I moved on to reading and writing fan fiction. One of the best things about it was writing stories where I got to pair up various characters.

So once I started writing stories of my own, I didn’t see any issues with having a heroine who was strong, capable and unafraid to fall in love. It was logical, as Mr. Spock would say. Why would a heroine in a science fictional world be any different than her counterparts in other genres?

But at times there’s outright hostility to the idea of a strong female character having a love interest. As though if she did fall in love, she’d start sighing and draping herself across fainting couches.

Kick-ass heroine? No problem. Kick-ass heroine in a romantic relationship? No good.