Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sci-Fi Romance Snippets

Snippet #1

RT Book Reviews has a jazzy article in the June 2012 issue called “Lady Killers.” It’s about “deadly heroines” and lists a number of “fictional tough girls” along with “the reasons we love them.”

Heck, yeah—I’m all over that like a fly on honey.

Naturally, I scanned the list for science fiction romance heroines because this subgenre has its share of “deadly heroines.” The first on the list, Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s In Death series is more of a suspense heroine than sci-fi, but then at the bottom of the description it says “Try: Capt. Ari Idylle from Marcella Burnard’s Enemy Within.”


That list got me thinking about other science fiction romance heroines who fall into the tough-girl category—particularly women who edge into anti-heroine territory. If this kind of heroine is up your alley, here are a few other choices you can check out:

Erotic sci-fi romance:

Katya Ortaega from Kim Knox’s LOST GODS
Mercury from Nathalie Gray’s AGENT PROVOCATEUR
Kirillian Harmony Knox from Lindsay Bayer & Michelle Marquis’ HUNTERS
Zeta Verity from Manda Benson’s MOONSTEED
Kat Darah from PJ Schnyder's HUNTING KAT

Non-erotic sci-fi romance:

Delilah Oliver Clementyne from Pauline Baird Jones’ GIRL GONE NOVA
Alpha from Catherine Asaro’s ALPHA
Sola from Diane Dooley’s BLUE GALAXY
Val Blue from Susan Grant's SUREBLOOD
Tia Sen from Karin Shah's STARJACKED
Queenie from Heather Massey’s QUEENIE’S BRIGADE

Do you have any other suggestions?

Snippet #2

Entertainment Weekly’s April 20/27 issue featured a review of a film called LOCKOUT starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace. This “futuristic thriller” released on April 20, 2012. Here's the premise:

A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

According to this review, there is a romantic subplot in the story. Unfortunately, this film is not being favorably received so far, but not necessarily because of the romance. While I'm happy that the poster features both the hero and heroinethus tipping off viewers about the potential romancethe image itself is rather lackluster. And the heroine seems too much like a damsel-in-distress. Wahh.

Still, the film has elements I like—prisoners-in-space, action-adventure, romance, Guy Pearce—so I’m definitely going to check it out when it’s available on DVD. But I’m going to set my expectations to “low.”

Joyfully yours,