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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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SFR News & Links For December 2014

Happy December! Sci-fi romance has had a great year. Thank you, dear passengers, for sharing your SFR adventures with me. Now it's time to wrap up with a roundup of new titles, scintillating blog discussions, and a look ahead at what SFR has in store for 2015! 

New releases
 
SPARK RISING (post-apocalyptic, superhuman; The Progenitor Saga #1) - Kate Corcino


All that’s required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising…

Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels, Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust. The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of Sparks, offering citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council’s enforcers and spies. Strong girls—those who could advance the rapidly-evolving matrilineal power—don’t exist. Not according to the Council.

Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid, selling her power on the black market.

Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward School to do the Council’s dirty work. But Alex leads a double life. He’s leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution to destroy those in power from within.

The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.