Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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My Epic Post On MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR

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So. MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR. Where do I even begin?!

MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR (별에서 온 그대) is so shiny! Shiny, shiny, shiny. It's cracktastic sci-fi romance in the sense that the show has significant flaws, yet manages to entertain in a delightful way. Does it succeed despite the flaws? That'll depend on whether viewers are willing to overlook them.

MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR may also be the first show of its kind, or among the first (i.e., live action sci-fi romance soap opera). While the trope of an alien hero visiting Earth and falling in love with a human woman isn't new--in fact, it's been explored many times in SFR books--its interpretation in a visual medium is still pretty rare.

I'm going to share my experience watching this twenty-one episode show. I'll provide general impressions and tags, but will avoid major spoilers.

MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR originally aired on SBS. To catch you up to speed, here's a description and trailer:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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SFR/Steampunk Links, Plus Announcement of Short Hiatus

At the Coffee Time Romance Steampunk page, I'm presenting a roundup of links and titles.

Check out some recent Award Winning Sci-Fi and Paranormal Romance! courtesy of Smart Girls Love SciFi & Paranormal Romance.

SFR Brigade Presents has posted the latest batch of sci-fi romance snippets!

On the book news front, I recently found out about PRISONER (Echo's Wolf #1) by Lia Silver. The blurb tags it as PNR, but also has references genetic engineering. Either it's a PNR-SFR hybrid, or an SFR in disguise. :)

Anyway, one Goodreads review mentioned the hero has a severe dyslexia condition and that the book deals with combat related PTSD. At .99 cents (Amazon U.S.), I couldn't resist. If you're also looking to diversify your SFR/PNR reading, here's the cover and blurb so you can learn more:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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SFR: A Secret Source of Equal Heroes


Heroine is front and center for the win!

Author Jody Wallace tipped me off about Tasha Robinson's We're Losing All Our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome. It's an insightful article about the state of female action heroines in film, television, comics, and videogames. Here's a taste:

There’s been a cultural push going on for years now to get female characters in mainstream films some agency, self-respect, confidence, and capability, to make them more than the cringing victims and eventual trophies of 1980s action films, or the grunting, glowering, sexless-yet-sexualized types that followed, modeled on the groundbreaking badass Vasquez in Aliens. The idea of the Strong Female Character—someone with her own identity, agenda, and story purpose—has thoroughly pervaded the conversation about what’s wrong with the way women are often perceived and portrayed today, in comics, videogames, and film especially. Sophia McDougall has intelligently dissected and dismissed the phrase, and artists Kate Beaton, Carly Monardo, Meredith Gran have hilariously lampooned what it often becomes in comics. “Strong Female Character” is just as often used derisively as descriptively, because it’s such a simplistic, low bar to vault, and it’s more a marketing term than a meaningful goal. But just as it remains frustratingly uncommon for films to pass the simple, low-bar Bechdel Test, it’s still rare to see films in the mainstream action/horror/science-fiction/fantasy realm introduce women with any kind of meaningful strength, or women who go past a few simple stereotypes.

Sing it, sistah! While I could easily add a few thousand more words waxing poetic about the importance of compelling heroines with agency, I want to focus on one line in particular from "We're Losing All Our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome":

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Cover Reveal: IN THE DEVIL'S NEBULA By Anna Hackett


How about some action-packed cover action to liven up your summer? Behold the cover and blurb for Anna Hackett's IN THE DEVIL'S NEBULA (Phoenix Adventures #2): 



Sunday, July 6, 2014

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Cli-Fi Sci-Fi Romance



Courtesy of SF Signal's daily link roundup and other Internet surfing, I've been noticing a few more articles than usual about "cli-fi." Like this one: New York Times embraces 'mushrooming' genre of cli-fi:

According to the Times account, novels set against a backdrop of climate change are beginning to make their mark on the literary scene, with books such as The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi and Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.
Cli-fi novels and movies ”fit into a long tradition of speculative fiction that pictures the future after assorted catastrophes,” the Times reported.

Post-apocalyptic science fiction isn’t new. But you may have noticed an uptick in books set in the wake of some kind of major climate disaster. Some call it “cli-fi” — sci-fi infused with the increasingly frightening impacts of climate change. The trope has deep roots, says science fiction scholar Istvan Csicery-Ronay, and plenty of room to grow.


In fact, of late, cli-fi has been creeping out of the fantasy and science fiction sections of bookstores and libraries and into the mainstream.
Yes, there's more!