Please Captain, not in front of the Klingons…


Gambit coverI 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 :)

Kim Knox
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17 thoughts on “Please Captain, not in front of the Klingons…”

  1. KJ Reed says:

    Great blog, and I am fascinated by the Sarah Jane wardrobe site now. Darn you time waster! haha

  2. Keri Ford says:

    Very cool, Kim! Love Princess Leia. No simpering miss there!

  3. I love strong Sci-Fi heroines! You know, my first sci fi crush was the guy from the Gyver. I loved him. And I don’t really know why…the story was SO bad! LOL.

  4. Kathy Ivan says:

    Oh, I’m a Doctor Who addict!!! Been watching since the 80s when Tom Baker and Sarah Jane were around. (Love David Tennant, too!) Now I’m going to have to go to that Sarah Jane wardrobe site (after work–can’t procranstinate any more today):-). I love SF/F stories and yours sounds delicious. Can’t wait to read the excerpt later today. Congratulations on the sale to Carina and good luck with book sales, too. Love the cover art.

  5. A girl after my own heart. I’ve loved sci-fi and fantasy ever since I can remember. I think it’s because with those genres, anything is possible.

  6. Jess Granger says:

    Aren’t you a little short for a Storm Trooper?

  7. Live long and prosperous, Kim.

  8. Han Solo was my first SF crush, and I totally wanted to be Princess Leia. Along the way, I’ve also crushed on Worf, Sisko, Chakotay, and Mal Reynolds (love my Cap’n Tightpants!). And my Doctor is Nine. I know Christopher Eccleston isn’t as pretty as David Tennant, but he’s so intense, and I love love love his accent.

  9. That wardrobe link is scary. LOL

    I don’t have the obsessive facination of may sci-fi fans but I do like a good SF story. Love your stuff and am looking forward to reading this one.

  10. I agree with your editor. Gambit is fast-paced and action packed. The heroine is smart-mouthed and knows how to get what she wants. Lucky for us readers, that’s Daned. He’s the perfect mix of honorable intentions and gold plated naughtiness. Very well done, Kim.

  11. Ilona says:

    You and I have the same taste in Heroes and Heroines. In fact we even have the same taste in films and books. I loved the Lensman Series and Worsel was one of my favourite characters from it :D

    Have you ever read Alan Dean Foster’s Commonwealth series? There are loads of lovely alien characters in it.

  12. Kim Knox says:

    @KJ Reed But it’s fun. Though her last outfit, the infamous Andy Pandy suit, will scar you… ;-)

    @KeriFord. Nope, not at all. I could believe in her, even with the hair do from hell :D

    @Dawn Montgomery I’ve never really followed Manga, but this from the Guyver wiki, ‘If this part (the Control Metal) is damaged, however, the host is eaten alive by the unit and perishes.’ sounds cool.

    @Kathy Ivan Thanks, Kathy. And I have to admit that Sarah Jane’s wardrobe has improved in The Sarah Jane Adventures. <–my boys love this as much as Doctor Who.

    @Margueritte Labbe I agree. Absolutely anything. So much fun.

    @Jess Granger @Annie Nicholas I'm not going to admit how many quotes I went through to think of a title for this post. I did pass your comments along the way! lol

    @Susanna Fraser I loved Christopher Eccleston too. I've been watching his series with my 2 sons. I loved that they explained away his accent with 'Every planet has a north'

    @Voirey Linger Thanks, Voirey!

    @Hailey Edwards Thanks, Hailey. Daned says hello, hehe

    @Ilona I'd not read those, Ilona. I've just looked them up and they look interesting. *bookmarked for future reading*

  13. My first SF crush was Han Solo too, but then there was Tom Paris, Daniel Jackson, Johnny Rico (Starship Troopers) and young Obi Wan Kenobi.

    And for heroines, I was totally determined to name my daughter B’Elana, because she was smart, tough and didn’t take crap from anyone. She could hold her own with the guys, and in some cases beat the crap out of them. Hubby put his foot down. He does not get SF at all. He wouldn’t go for Janeway as a name either. *pout*

  14. Great post, Kim. I enjoy the unlimited possibilities of SF. There’s so much a writer can do. I totally love Jack from Torchwood.

    I’m looking forward to reading Gambit.

  15. Kim Knox says:

    @Jennie Andrus Han Solo has a lot to answer for, doesn’t he?? And shame about B’Elana. And he said no to Katherine too? (Not sure how Janeway spells it…

  16. Kim Knox says:

    @Shelley Munro Thanks, Shelley. And congrats on your release too!

  17. I love SF too :) Best of luck with release!

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