Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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The Art of Managing Romance In a Danger Zone

During a recent email exchange, a friend and I discussed how much we enjoy reading about characters who are tightly focused on saving the day in (non-erotic) sci-fi romances with some kind of danger component or important mission. In other words, regardless of the characters' ages, the couple conveys an ability to delay sex-related gratification when danger looms.

For me, dangerous situations/missions are at distinct odds with feeling sexy and relaxed. Often time is of the essence, a villain is on the couple's tail, and/or the characters get seriously grimy. Such situations don't seem conducive to nurturing the physical aspect of one's romance, nor do I expect them to.

Many of these stories feature characters who have an important job to accomplish while enduring unpleasant physical situations (e.g., lots of dirt, heat, sweat, alien bugs, injuries, etc.). Yet sometimes one or both of the couple will engage in mental lusting or even sex at a time when I'm thinking, "Shouldn't they be more focused here?". When a couple's lives and/or the lives of other characters are at stake, I bring an expectation that sexual thrills will either already have taken place or be delayed until after the danger/mission has passed. If the couple doesn't seem to be worried about dying or preventing a catastrophe, becoming distracted by sex risks devaluing whatever it is they're trying to save.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Entertainment Weekly Mentions "Sci-Fi Romance" PASSENGERS

I was reading an article about Chris Pratt (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) in Entertainment Weekly #1365/1366 and was thrilled to see a sci-fi romance reference:

And right now he's seriously busy. Pratt's toughest juggling act these days is his schedule: First up, he'll be in Louisiana shooting Magnificent Seven, then he'll film the sci-fi romance Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence later this year, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in London in 2016. (p. 37)

So, like, wow--"sci-fi romance" got a mention in a national U.S. magazine! I'm probably the only cis het woman reading the article who was more excited about the SFR reference than hunky actor Chris Pratt. LOL! How could I not be excited?! That strikes me as pretty major exposure for our beloved li'l ol' genre.

I've mentioned PASSENGERS here before and there doesn't seem to be much new to report, but here are a few more tidbits about this forthcoming film, which will be helmed by Morten Tyldum (THE IMITATION GAME).

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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New Heroes & Heartbreakers Post: Breeder Themed Sci-Fi Romances

At Heroes & Heartbreakers, I delved into the intense topic of erotic sci-fi romances that feature breeding as part of the story. Trigger warnings for references to rape and non-consensual sexual acts in SF erotica and erotic sci-fi romance.

For a much gentler alternative, check out an interview with OVERLOAD FLUX author Carol Van Natta at Smart Girls Love SciFi & Paranormal romance. This book is for readers who enjoy complex worldbuilding, mystery, corporate crime elements, police procedurals, tortured heroes and heroines, and a mild heat level in their sci-fi romance.

RK: What drew you to SF/SFR as a genre?

CAROL: The science fiction part is easy – I’ve been reading it since I was nine, when my parents figured to shut me up one summer by handing me science fiction to read. The joke was on them, though, because instead of complaining that I had nothing to read, I started complaining that I had no science fiction to read. Romance came a little later, when my high school friends and I were sharing books. I love the endless possibilities of science fiction, and the humanity of romance.
Joyfully yours,

Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Blogging At Heroes & Heartbreakers About Nina Croft's Dark Desires Series

I'm at Heroes & Heartbreakers blogging about the first three books in Nina Croft's Dark Desires series. She's one of a handful of authors (that I know of) tackling vampires in a futuristic setting and in my post I discuss (in a mostly spoiler-free way) how her books offer a different spin on vampire romances.
Paranormal romances often feature centuries-old vampires, but stories featuring a (non-alien) vampire in a far future setting are few and far between. That kind of boggles my mind given how popular paranormal romance has been. Why, then, haven't we seen vampires migrate to science fiction romance in greater numbers? Is there a significant difference in plausibility between vampires in contemporary settings and futuristic ones?
Joyfully yours,
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Question For Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly Readers

Do you read Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly? If so, we—editors KS Augustin, Diane Dooley, and I—would like your input on something.