Sunday, August 31, 2014

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SFR News & Links For September 2014

Have you got a few hours? With all the new releases and sci-fi romance links in this month's roundup, you're going to need them!

New releases
PARADOX (alien invasion, IR; The Felig Chronicles #4) - P.J. Dean

Sometimes the enemy of your enemy is your best friend. Especially when they are your last resort.

Taken! Tina has been taken by Felig from the home she and Nate shared and they had believed Felig-proof. Just when the couple had smoothed out and polished the jagged edges of their relationship. Just when everything had fit together so perfectly. Nate is on a mission now to get her back, and is learning nowhere is safe and no one, untouchable. And most importantly that allies can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Interview With Shona Husk, Mel Teshco, and Denise Rossetti, Authors Of The ES SIREN Series

Authors Shona Husk, Mel Teshco, and Denise Rossetti have collaborated on an interesting-looking project: a shared-world, sizzling sci-fi romance series of novellas called ES Siren (Momentum). The first three books are out now. The next three will come out in late November 2014.

Here are the covers and blurbs:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Can Sci-Fi Romance Imagine Its Way Out of the Patriarchy?

Lady Business featured a post by author Kameron Hurley (THE MIRROR EMPIRE) called Gender, Family, Nookie: The Speculative Frontier. The title hinted at possible relevancy for sci-fi romance, so I read it. The gist of her piece is below:

I write about consent cultures. Matriarchies. Third genders. I write about futures at war, and at peace. Futures powered by bugs, or star magic, or Thundercats. If I'm writing about the limits of things, then I must step out of the narrow narrative boxes of broader media and many of my colleagues and seek out stuff that pushes at that, poking at it with a stick until it all comes undone. I read widely, and build on the work from the fringes that came before me — Geoff Ryman, Candas Jane Dorsey, Samuel Delany, Joanna Russ, and new work by folks like Jacqueline Koyanagi and Benjanun Sriduangkaew that challenges what we consider "normal" human relationships and gendered ways of being.

I found much of the article to be insightful since it's relevant to the overall potential of SFR (certainly one of fiction's "fringe" territories). Goodness knows I and others have discussed similar issues time and again over the years. Have you read "Beyond the Patriarchy: Breaking Free of Entrenched Gender Constraints in the SFR Genre" by Jody Wallace (Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #3, June 13, 2014)? It's one of the best non-fiction pieces on SFR I've read so far this year. Here's a snippet:

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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In Case You Missed Them: 15 Posts About Sci-Fi Romance Films

I've blogged about a fair number of SFR and romantic SF films that I'd seen, so I decided to compile them into a handy reference list. I'm presenting them in order of "best to worst" in terms of my personal taste, which is another way of saying your mileage may vary. Extremely, in some cases. :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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2 Discounted Ebook Downloads: QUINTEN'S REVENGE and QUINTEN'S CHOICE by KS Augustin (Limited-time offer)

From August 21-31, 2014, you can buy two ebooks by KS Augustin at 50% off!

Her space operas QUINTEN'S REVENGE (2013) and QUINTEN'S CHOICE (2014 - new release!) will be half-price for those using Limited Run or Gumroad using the discount code “4ksaugustinreaders.”

Here are the covers and blurbs so you can learn more: