I love to watch science fiction—you may have guessed my obsession from the title quote— and write science fiction romance (SFR). Today I thought I’d offer a few reasons why I can’t resist either.
I’ll start with SF Heroines. I love them. I was weaned on characters like Sarah Jane Smith from Doctor Who and Princess Leia Organa from Star Wars. Women who throw themselves into action, are smart-mouthed and intelligent. Happily, I have never let my characters follow these women into their legendary fashion disasters. Sarah Jane even has her own Wardrobe Appreciation Society.
Yes, I lost serious time at that link. Some of her costumes are burned onto my eyeballs. But whilst she was scaring me with her clothes, she was also involved with another favourite of mine.
Action. I love a fast paced SF story, be it a book, on television or in a film. Space guns and star ships and an awful lot of running up and down the corridors of orbiting space platforms… I think that may be Doctor Who again. What can I say? I watched it from a very young age.
And all that action sort of rubbed off onto me. When I asked my editor for her impression of Gambit, she said what stood out was its pace: ‘You grabbed readers from the first sentence and didn’t let up until the last page.’ We did have to work in some time for Chae Beyon—the heroine of Gambit—to find time to sleep and to eat though. After all, Chae does love her snacks.
Another favourite feature I love to read, watch and get to play with is Aliens. Be it Worsel the Velantian dragon from Dragon Lensman, with his waving eyestalks, or the Daleks, or Alien itself, I love the idea of SF’s playing about with non-humans and creating alien societies and rituals. I’ve written aliens as the heroine and the hero and with Gambit I had fun populating my universe with some fun creatures.
And I like to blur the edges, how my characters interact with their environment. My next favourite thing can do just that.
Technology. SF probably inspired my lust for anything shiny and gadgety. It’s no doubt influenced my current panting after an iPad. I love SF tech. I’m going to go to the edge of SFR and admit that I would also want Lady Alexia Maccon’s parasol from Changeless. The new one her husband commissioned. It could be a bit weighty, but it’d be completely useful. Especially for the thwacking…
Technology can also take on an interesting twist when applied to SFR, weaving through anything, changing and distorting. For instance, I had fun creating a sentient chair from a carved block of crystal and Gambit’s hero, Daned Traern, wears living gold, an alien technology, which enhances sexual pleasure for everyone involved.
And Daned brings me to what makes my heart beat fast in SFR.
Heroes. I think my first SF hero crush was Kerr Avon in Blake’s 7. Leather, guns and sarcasm? I was a lost pre-teen. Han Solo followed. Then there was Jack O’Neill, John Sheppard, David Tenant as the Tenth Doctor… I’m sure there are others, but you get the idea. Men charging about the universe, intent on doing good. Most of the time. How could I possibly resist writing my own heroes and finding them their HEA with their perfect heroine?
That’s the list of my why I read and watch SF and write SFR . Please drop a comment and tell me watch draws you to your favourite genre.
Captain Chae Beyon is a hustler, a mercenary pilot, a wounded woman who prefers her men to be easily thrown aside.
Daned Traern is a first-caste Ladaian bound by tradition and DNA to protect his race. He’s willing to align himself with the hot space captain if she’ll transport him home in time to ensure the right candidate is crowned—and thus prevent a bloody war.
Disguised as Chae’s sex toy, Daned is erotically bound to her through living gold, alien tech designed to increase pleasure. When he frees himself, their passion only increases…but succumbing to temptation will bind them together—permanently.
But there’s more at stake than their needs. As Chae is dragged into a world of insane princes and sentient stones, hired killers hound them across the quadrant.
And then, as only her lousy luck would have it, Chae must choose between the good of the galaxy and her own heart…
There’ll be an excerpt from Gambit in my next post :)