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Five Fun SFR Discoveries

Posted: 28 September, 2016 at 3:59 pm   /   The Cosmic Lounge with Heather Massey

Tweet Part of my ongoing journey as a sci-fi romance fan involves seeking out stories in a variety of mediums. Over the past several months, I discovered some items with SFR appeal and decided it was the perfect time for a roundup. Let’s begin! Love Machines is a comic series by Josh Trujillo and various […]

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Why is #SFR Something to Talk About?

Posted: 2 July, 2016 at 5:31 pm   /   The Cosmic Lounge with Heather Massey

Tweet One day, over a typical family breakfast of cereal and coffee, I happened to mention an item related to my involvement in the Scarlet and Herb Overkill (Minions) fandom. In response, my genuinely curious husband asked, “Is there still anything to talk about?” Cue the sound of tires screeching to a halt. I knew […]

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Sexy & Cerebral Comics for the #SFR Crowd

Posted: 29 March, 2016 at 1:05 pm   /   The Cosmic Lounge with Heather Massey

Tweet There’s so much to love about comic books. Comics are great in large part because they deliver the visuals of a film with the coziness of a book. Not only that, but with more adult-oriented comics being made than ever before, stories can include nudity, sex scenes, adult themes, and gritty action. I’m a […]

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Your Guide to Sci-Fi Romance Movies

Posted: 24 December, 2015 at 1:40 pm   /   The Cosmic Lounge with Heather Massey

Tweet Sci-fi romance movies aren’t always described as such, but they run the gamut from big budget, mainstream releases to obscure independent films. Only a handful of bona fide SFR films exist—meaning ones where the romance has an upbeat ending—but they’re out there if you know where to look. A true SFR movie will fall […]

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Romance, Sex, & Survival In a Post-Apocalyptic World

Posted: 29 September, 2015 at 3:02 pm   /   The Cosmic Lounge with Heather Massey

Tweet Post-apocalyptic romance provides yet another setting readers can visit to indulge their fantasies of alternate worlds. These stories take place after a major disaster of some kind and in sci-fi romance, the cause is technology-based. Post-apocalyptic romances can be set immediately after the catastrophe or years later and are primarily concerned with how a […]

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On Being an SFR Prospector

Posted: 30 June, 2015 at 5:12 pm   /   The Cosmic Lounge with Heather Massey

Tweet Niche genres translate to a wealth of possibilities for meeting one’s entertainment needs. They accomplish such a feat by their ability to operate with an immense amount of creative freedom and doing so outside the box of mainstream venues. Yet the lines are starting to blur because advances in technology across the board has […]

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The intersection of love and technology, part II

Posted: 31 March, 2015 at 9:20 am   /   The Cosmic Lounge with Heather Massey

Tweet Sci-fi romance stories explore many interesting ideas since they bloom at the intersection of love and technology. This creates an opportunity for insights into how advanced technology could impact how romance develops in a future that may very well be quite different from life as we know it today. In “The Intersection of Love […]

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The intersection of love and technology, part I

Posted: 31 December, 2014 at 5:04 pm   /   The Cosmic Lounge with Heather Massey

Tweet Science fiction romance has a unique place and function among romance genres since so many of the tales occur in the future. A core component of the genre is the concept that the future will be a different place from the present—not just aesthetically, but also at all levels of society. In particular, we […]

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Taming the Cyborg Hero

Posted: 30 September, 2014 at 4:58 pm   /   The Cosmic Lounge with Heather Massey

Tweet Cyborg—one of the coolest words ever—is short for “cybernetic organism.” Part man, part machine, a cyborg’s capabilities supersede those of ordinary humans. We encounter these heroes most often in futuristic worlds, but they exist in other technology-based settings as well. Cyborg heroes are stronger, faster, bigger, and smarter. Often they’re the first of their […]

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Why read SFR?

Posted: 15 May, 2014 at 4:35 pm   /   The Cosmic Lounge with Heather Massey

Tweet There are many—so many!—reasons to read science fiction romance, but a big one is its take-charge heroines. Many romances feature this type of heroine, but SFR settings—particularly the far-future, technologically advanced ones—lend them a few unique qualities. How do you know one when you encounter her? First and foremost, take-charge heroines are characters with […]

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The allure of steampunk

Posted: 28 February, 2014 at 2:19 pm   /   The Cosmic Lounge with Heather Massey

Tweet 2008 was a year of steampunk resurgence in science fiction. What’s steampunk, you ask? Steampunk can be broadly defined as Victorian-era science fiction featuring steam-powered technology. Think oversized gears, majestic airships, visionary inventors, automatons, clever gadgets, and tales ranging in tone from grimdark to light-hearted action-adventure. The increase of titles wasn’t huge, but was […]

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