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Scopebox with Charlee Allden

Are Alien Abduction Trope Mash-ups on the Rise?

Posted: 30 June, 2015 at 5:08 pm   /   Scopebox with Charlee Allden

Tweet In a previous Scopebox column, I called the alien abduction trope the beans and rice of sci-fi romance. I apologize for touching on the same trope again so soon, but several recent releases have brought me back to it by creating some awesome mash-ups. It shouldn’t be surprising that, as our favorite little-genre-that-could grows, […]

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Engineering the heroes of our dreams

Posted: 31 March, 2015 at 5:13 pm   /   Scopebox with Charlee Allden

Tweet Genetics was one of the first real-world science concepts that really fascinated me. I thought the idea that animals could evolve to adapt was super cool and I liked understanding why my sister was the only blue-eyed person in the family. I remember talking about it with my mother and her showing me a […]

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Alien abduction—the beans and rice of sci-fi romance?

Posted: 31 December, 2014 at 5:20 pm   /   Scopebox with Charlee Allden

Tweet One of the most entertaining topics to ponder in Sci-Fi Romance is the alien abduction trope. So many popular Sci-Fi Romance authors have an alien abduction story in their backlist that it seems almost a mainstay or staple. The human fascination with aliens certainly didn’t start with our favorite genre. Seemingly alien imagery appears […]

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I like big cyborgs and I cannot lie…

Posted: 30 September, 2014 at 5:22 pm   /   Scopebox with Charlee Allden

Tweet When I got the word that this issue of SFR Quarterly would be cyborg-focused I squeed with delight. Then I collapsed in a corner and fretted on how to get everything in a single article! So, please forgive me if I leap frog over big swaths of important things related to cyborgs. And although […]

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Demanding more of our alien heroes

Posted: 15 May, 2014 at 5:25 pm   /   Scopebox with Charlee Allden

Tweet Mr. Spock was my first alien crush. That was the Leonard Nimoy version. I was thrilled when the new alternate universe turned the character into a total hottie (thank you Zachary Quinto) and thrust him into a romantic role. It was never the pointy ears or ruler-straight bangs that drew me to the half […]

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Defining steampunk with cyborg squirrels? Maybe not

Posted: 28 February, 2014 at 2:22 pm   /   Scopebox with Charlee Allden

Tweet When I learned that this issue of SFR Quarterly would be steampunk themed, I must confess, I did indulge in a brief moment of…panic. Not what you were expecting? Perhaps you were expecting “delight” or “unbridled joy” or something along those lines. I’m sure those would have been my reactions, if I actually had […]

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Got alpha heroes?

Posted: 15 November, 2013 at 5:30 pm   /   Scopebox with Charlee Allden

Tweet Have you noticed that Alpha males and bad boys have space-rocketed into prominence in Romance these days? It’s hard to miss them as they stride boldly onto book covers with their cold stares, lethal muscles, and oft-tattooed skin. When readers go looking for these guys, they are most likely to click directly to the […]

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