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A Farewell to Typecasting: Empowered Women in Sci-Fi Romance

Posted: 28 September, 2016 at 3:48 pm   /   Opinion pieces

Tweet Thank you, Heather, for inviting me to contribute a column to Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly. When Heather first reached out to me, we chatted about my unusual choice of a woman professional athlete as the female lead of my 5/16 release The Champion of Barésh. The convo shifted to strong females in SFR/RSF (Science Fiction […]

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Her Body, Her Self

Posted: 2 July, 2016 at 5:22 pm   /   Opinion pieces

Tweet Science Fiction Romance. Our genre can cover a lot of ground and yet still be a small niche of a place. There are so many sub-sub-genres and approaches to stories that can fit beneath that label. And even when deciding which genre umbrella SFR belongs under—Romance or Science Fiction—the many flavors and nuances of […]

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Secret Aliens

Posted: 29 March, 2016 at 4:31 pm   /   Opinion pieces

Tweet I think at one time or another everyone has wondered if they have a special place in the world. During adolescence, the idea that there is something that makes us lesser than our peers is a normal part of growing up. I think this is why the alien within concept appeals to me so […]

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Happily Ever After is for Everyone

Posted: 19 December, 2015 at 2:20 pm   /   Opinion pieces

Tweet It may surprise some people to learn there is a world of sci-fi romance waiting for them where the characters are not straight and white. Diverse voices in writing continue to expand, but what does that mean for readers who don’t fall under those categories? Why should someone who is straight read something by […]

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Finding Sci-Fi Romance Off the Grid

Posted: 29 September, 2015 at 2:27 pm   /   Opinion pieces

Tweet Off the Grid exists largely thanks to the Mayans—yes, those Mayans. Rather, thanks to the end of the world “prophecy” attributed to them a few years back. While many people awaited December 2012 with a mix of derision and “maybe I should stock up on canned beans,” I was pretty certain some diligent Mayan […]

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Science Fiction Romance & the Hugo awards

Posted: 30 June, 2015 at 3:56 pm   /   Opinion pieces

Tweet Science fiction awards season is in full swing and so far, it has been one of the most debated on record due to the controversy surrounding the Hugo Awards. Just in case you have been living under a rock, two overlapping groups of rightwing writers and fans calling themselves Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies […]

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They blinded us with science—and love: defining the great SFR film

Posted: 31 March, 2015 at 6:12 pm   /   Opinion pieces

Tweet As both a movie fan and science fiction romance writer, there is just nothing better than settling down with a big ole tub of popcorn in anticipation of seeing SFR come to life on the big screen. I love the eye-popping special-effects depictions of other worlds. I love the action/ adventure or the noir […]

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Science fiction romance and the empire trope

Posted: 31 December, 2014 at 6:05 pm   /   Opinion pieces

Tweet When I was asked if I’d write a short piece on the Empire trope in Science Fiction Romance (SFR) I jumped at the opportunity. I’m a major fan of this trope in all its forms. First, a bit on SFR. A friend recently asked me what the difference between Sci-Fi and Sci-Fi Rom was. […]

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The (not so) secret lives of biocybes

Posted: 30 September, 2014 at 6:02 pm   /   Opinion pieces

Tweet When I was asked to write a blog about my biocybernetic character, Admiral Branden Kel-Paten, one of the first things that came to my mind was this bit of dialogue between Captain Tasha “Sass” Sebastian and Doc Eden Fynn as it appears in Chapter Six of Games of Command: Eden closed her eyes briefly. […]

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Beyond the patriarchy: breaking free of entrenched gender constraints in the SFR genre

Posted: 15 May, 2014 at 5:59 pm   /   Opinion pieces

Tweet I read mostly SF/F, SFR, UF and PNR. If those acronyms don’t mean anything do you, that means what I read usually has some woo-woo (science fiction, fantasy) and some woo-hoo (romance). While I’ve encountered everything from squid aliens to sentient planets to mutants to unicorns in my reading, one 95% consistent factor amongst […]

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Elements of awesome

Posted: 28 February, 2014 at 2:16 pm   /   Opinion pieces

Tweet In the world of literature, the two genres most persistently maligned are science fiction/fantasy and romance. In all fairness, there is some truly terrible science fiction/fantasy out there, there’s some truly terrible romance out there, and there’s some science fiction romance that is so terrible that it rivals the poetry of The Vogons in […]

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