Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Carol Van Natta's Post About Sci-Fi Romance



During my call for 2015 science fiction romances, I discovered author Carol Van Natta and her post about Why You Should Read More Science Fiction Romance in 2015. Favorite quote: " SFR offers the best of both worlds — a vision of a futuristic universe where anything can happen, and active characters with heart (and often a laser pistol or two)."
She also released an SFR in October 2014 called OVERLOAD FLUX (Central Galactic Concordance #1). Here's the cover and blurb:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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A Few Thoughts About David MacKenzie's PERFECT SENSE



I first blogged about the movie PERFECT SENSE in 2012. At the time, based on available information the story clearly mixed science fiction and romance. So the real question was how would the film end? Would it meet SFR genre conventions?

I finally caught up with PERFECT SENSE a few weeks ago. The movie was directed by David Mackenzie and written by Kim Fupz Aakeson. Here's the premise in a nutshell: "A chef and a scientist fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions."

Susan (Eva Green) is the scientist and Michael (Ewan McGregor) is the chef. The setting is contemporary. They fall in love as the epidemic spreads, and their relationship is impacted by the order in which their sensory perceptions are affected. So the setting is actually apocalyptic since the story takes place while the epidemic unfolds.

Will PERFECT SENSE appeal to SFR fans?

If you don't mind bleak subject matter and bittersweet/tragic endings, you might be interested in this film. It's competently written and directed and experiments with a high concept premise. Susan and Michael are indeed together at the end, only not in the way you'd expect.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Seeking Titles For TGE's 2015 New Release Roundup



I’m putting out a call for science fiction romance titles that will be released in 2015! Authors, if you'll have a science fiction romance released between January 1 and December 31, I would love to know about it.

On January first, I'll post a list of forthcoming titles. As the year progresses, I'll update the list. For easy reference, a link to the list will be posted on the side bar under "SFR New Releases."

All mediums and heat levels welcome. I very much want to include stories with diverse elements. I will include romantic SF and erotic SFR titles as well, and in those cases I ask that authors please keep in mind reader expectation for genre conventions. Even if a romance is secondary, it should be well-defined and have an upbeat ending in order to be included on this list.

While my goal is to have a comprehensive list, ultimately the choice to include a book—or not—is my decision.

You can post the title and a link to your Web site in the comments, or email me at sfrgalaxy “at” gmail DOT com.

Here are the titles I know about already:

Monday, December 15, 2014

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Blogging About Holiday Steampunk Romances At Coffee Time Romance

At the Coffee Time Romance Steampunk page, I'm blogging about Holiday Steampunk Romances! I invite you to check out my non-spoiler tags for Carina Press' A CLOCKWORK CHRISTMAS anthology as well as information about Tina Christopher's new, sizzling steampunk romance DIRIGIBLES ARE FOREVER (great title, yes?!).

Joyfully yours,

Heather

Sunday, December 14, 2014

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Link Roundup: ABC Remake of MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR



In My Love From Another Star: American Cast, Chris Lives Korea speculates about which two actors could play the leads in ABC's remake. I like his picks!

A Korean in America offers an in-depth analysis of the narrative of MY LOVE FROM ANOTHER STAR. She also explores some of the show's flaws:
What I am trying to say is that it is easy for Korean dramas like this to bog down to be just a collection of scenes albeit nice scenes. “My love from another star” fits this case. It is less evident in the earlier episodes when there was enough initial plot generated by the premise of the show’s concept. However, once this is gone, it becomes a chore to just get through the show.

This is somewhat of a typical phenomenon for Korean dramas. However, with “My love from another star”,  it is worse since its narrative is not meant to be meandering. For god sakes, it has a ticking clock built into the basic plot premise.
Perhaps the ABC version is an opportunity to address the flaws--assuming, of course, that the ABC version doesn't introduce significant new ones!

In ABC's adaptation of "My Love From Another Star" is bound to falter (via The Filter), Allen Donne explains why he doesn't have high hopes for the remake