Wednesday, August 18, 2010

No Bounds and No Boundaries ~ Sci Fi Romance

~Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo in the first STAR WARS movie~

The more I think about it, sci fi is a natural for romance novels. Why? Love, romance, passion ~ Knows no bounds and knows no boundaries. It fills the universe, so why not these OtherWorld stories between our heroines and heroes?

Also, come on, being a romantic at heart I wanted all the characters in Star Trek, and the following spin-off shows, to have their happily ever after. And, omy! In a galaxy far, far away ~ Star Wars, the first in a subgenre of science fiction now called space opera... well, I swear I lived each one of those movies as I watched them. And, at least, the get-it-done Princess Leia and the redeemed bad boy, Han Solo, discovered their love for each other. ~sigh~

In the Westerns I grew up on as a kid, it was darn upsetting when the handsome strong cowboy rode off into the sunset, no woman beside him. Sci Fi, as a genre, has long been guilty of refusing what comes naturally between a woman and a man, and that’s one reason I didn’t get into reading it a whole lot. I mean how much disappointment can you take?

Yet, sci fi stories, and space ~ the very idea of traveling among the stars, the possibility of other worlds, of other civilizations, has always fascinated me. I’ve loved looking up at the night sky ever since my dad and I would stand out in the front yard, and simply gaze at the wondrous celestial vault above us. He was a voracious reader of sci fi novels.

Space, the final frontier, where no man has gone before ~ the opening to the original Star Trek. There was something soul-compelling about that line for me, for many of us. Oh, how my imagination soared with the infinite possibilities whenever I heard William Shatner say those words.

But, hauling myself back down to Earth before I make this post too long... so far, I have two sci fi erotic romance novellas that are e-published ~ RED LIONESS TAMED and TANGERINE CARNAL DREAMS. Although, given Linda Banche’s explanation of sci fi, according to the EPPIE contest guidelines, I probably have elements of sci fi in all of my published books.

If you’re in the mood for a taste of how I write sci fi, here’s Part One of a new *prequel* scene I began penning for the two year anniversary of TANGERINE CARNAL DREAMS, released on August 8, 2008.

Yes, it is x or r-rated.

The Intergalactic Chase ~ Corporal Kattalonia and Prince Zio

Part One ~

“Asteroid crapola!” Katta muttered. Impatience sliced through her with a viciousness unusual to her. From her intel-alliance with other intergalactic law agencies she knew Zio, the sky horse, as she thought of him, practically stud-nipped at her butt. Once again.

His private vessel was due to dock shortly. True to his equine race’s mating behavior, he’d chased her to every spaceport, his pursuit annoyingly relentless.

Slinging her lightweight travel bag onto her back, Katta entered the stream of disembarking passengers. Distracted with thoughts about how to escape the stud not-of-her-dreams, she remembered to smile at the star cruiser’s steward as if she merely enjoyed her vacation.

The tiger-shift Huugosox man smiled engagingly in return. His direct gaze suggested he found her more enticing than the women ahead of her, now passing through the ship’s opulent, holo-generated exit.

Yeah, that’s what she so needed, a sex-clawing tiger instead of a wild-to-mount-her-ass stallion.

Not that she blamed the steward. To make herself appear like a fun-girl tourist, Katta had donned her outrageously pink bodysuit, the one that gleamed like water over her curves and served to sexually stun many alien-race men. Always an advantage when it came to protecting herself from numerous enemies, plus the other vermin-like villains she encountered on her assignments.

Resisting the urge to extend her palm and shoot her flame at will, Katta flattened her hand on her thigh. Star hole hell! She hated being in the midst of crowds. Yet, here she was temporarily trapped. Taking deep breaths of the good-quality atmosphere, she moved with the other passengers along the corridor that led to a three-layered complex. Filled with shopping areas and galactic-cuisine eateries, the accommodations also ranged from simple to extravagant.

Katta’s palm itched nastily, ready to fire. Even though the area was spacious, she instinctively wanted to clear a path so she could flame Zio’s ass. Or his front. Whatever she could flash-fast target.

Once she reached the ultra-enormous sphere that was the spaceport complex, she strode onto the center walkway because it cut straight through like a diameter. Briskly moving, Katta scouted for a strategic place to hang out until she could hop onto the space jet she’d chartered. Not available for another quarter of the day.

By now, her stallion shifter pursuer knew the type of places she favored for food, for entertainment, and for gear. Seeing a large selection of possibilities, she ignored the inviting gaze of a Gracc man and leapt onto one of the stairway gliders. Used to various levels of gravity, her body automatically adjusted, and she landed lightly. In no time, she stepped onto the second level. Spotting a lingerie shop that only allowed women inside, she practically jogged toward the entrance.

“Nova-sex wow!” Katta slowly rotated, gaping at the gorgeously presented displays of exotic and beautiful lingerie. From dreamy ethereal to hardcore I-want-it-rough, each collection had its own setting that was mood perfection.

When she noticed how tightly she clutched the strap of her bag, Katta brought it before her and slipped her hand inside the weapon’s pocket. Her tiny pulse pen could blind most races with one strike.

Sci Fi Happily Ever After ~


Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~


Jane Richardson, writer said...

Well, I always think of your writing as sci-fi romance, Savanna! Definitely elements of the Star Wars-type movies or the better tv shows, but with a unique twist. ;-) Must be me, I never really could handle fantasy but did love the 'out there somewhere' element of sci-fi. So we can expect to see you somewhere in thr EPIC listing soon, right? Right!
Just love your writing - but you knew that!

Jane x

Savanna Kougar said...

Oh, Jane, thank you so much. I do so adore those 'out there somewhere' stories with a happy ending.

I haven't entered the EPIC contest. The timing has always been wrong. Doing edits. Have a deadline. Etc. Last year I even joined their contest loop, however there are only so many hours in a day.

Linda Banche said...

Hey, Savanna, call it what you like. As long as it's a good story.

Julia Barrett said...

Live long and prosper - sci fi! Great post. I love reading and writing science fiction. I can go anywhere in the universe or multiverse in my mind. Yeah, love interest is often implied in sci fi, but rarely is there an HEA.

Savanna Kougar said...

Linda, so true!

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Julia, enjoyed your sci fi post! on another bloggie.

If you'd like to post here, you can email it to me and I'll set up a date and post your blog.

Universe or multiverse... like how your mind and imagination work.

Lindsay Townsend said...

I loved RED LIONESS TAMED, Savanna!

I love romance in all genres - Anne Mccaffrey has a lot of romance in her sci-fi - I loved her THE SHIP WHO SANG and her KILLASHANDRA novels. (Those feature a heroine who has to make a career change after being told she's good as a singer but not that good - I found her and the series fascinating.)

I've loved the posts this week!!

Savanna Kougar said...

Oh, Lindsay, thank you. I'm hoping ~whispering here~ to write the next story for Red Lioness, once I finish Kandy and a short story I'm working on.

I read a few of the Anne Mccaffrey dragon novels as a kid... loved them... her imagination is outstanding... but then the lack of an HEA got to me.