CES For The SciFi Lover

By Cynthia Sax on January 21, 2016

There was plenty of things at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to make any SciFi romance lover happy.

Of course, Star Wars was well represented.

BB-8 was the star.

I tried to get BB-8 with this background but the droid was moving too quickly for a clean photo.

Switching from droids to drones, drones have been at the CES for over a decade. This year, for the first time, drones had their own section.

One of the star drones was this massive beast. It can carry a person. Yes, it is like a personal helicopter.

SyFy Labs was there this year, promoting SciFi shows like The Expanse.

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Crash And Burn

Crash was manufactured to be one of the best warriors in the universe. The cyborg has spent many human lifespans fighting the enemy. But, unlike his battle-loving brethren, he doesn’t enjoy killing. When he escapes the Humanoid Alliance, he vows to never end another life.

Then he meets Safyre, an infuriating human female, and he considers breaking his vow.

Safyre will do anything to save her friend, the being she loves like a sister. She’ll ravish a huge hunky cyborg, kiss his best friend, and invoke scorching hot desires the male never realized he could feel. Dark soulful eyes, a quick wit, and a tempestuous passion won’t divert her from her mission.

Love, and a planet-destroying weapon, however, might stop her permanently.

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NASA at CES 2016

By Cynthia Sax on January 20, 2016

I was SUPER excited to see that NASA was at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This was their first time at the show and they brought all the tech a space junkie could want to see.

There were mini rovers, a Mars simulator, and plenty of people to answer questions.

Robonaut 2 made an appearance. He is still legless, our poor humanoid robot. Robonaut 2 was designed to test the feasibility of robots taking on the more mundane tasks in space. He’s been to the International Space Station where astronauts tested his capabilities.

And there were humans at the booth, including Astronaut Dr. Don Thomas, who was signing autographs (folks were sneaking in questions also).

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Crash And Burn

Crash was manufactured to be one of the best warriors in the universe. The cyborg has spent many human lifespans fighting the enemy. But, unlike his battle-loving brethren, he doesn’t enjoy killing. When he escapes the Humanoid Alliance, he vows to never end another life.

Then he meets Safyre, an infuriating human female, and he considers breaking his vow.

Safyre will do anything to save her friend, the being she loves like a sister. She’ll ravish a huge hunky cyborg, kiss his best friend, and invoke scorching hot desires the male never realized he could feel. Dark soulful eyes, a quick wit, and a tempestuous passion won’t divert her from her mission.

Love, and a planet-destroying weapon, however, might stop her permanently.

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SciFi Saturday News – Hacking DNA, Stormtroopers, and Solar Winds

By Cynthia Sax on December 12, 2015

Here is the round up of the SciFi stories that inspired me this week

Hacking DNA and Deep Space Travel

Are you writing a shifters in space SciFi romance and you want a reason for them existing?

Amor Menezes, an aerospace engineer and synthetic biology researcher, shares

“For resource utilization, it’s obvious that on a long-duration space mission you’ll want to take advantage of every material at your disposal. We think that engineered organisms could certainly help us repurpose materials we’re currently wasting, like the one kilogram of carbon dioxide that astronauts exhale each day.”

Solar Winds

Want to talk about solar winds in your SciFi romance (sexy – grins)?

Ted Ranosa shares

“Waves of plasma from the sun known as solar wind have been found to affect the levels of water on the moon as well as other lunar features, according to new a research conducted by scientists in Sweden.”

Star Wars’ Finn

I loved this interview with John Boyega, the actor who plays Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I feel his excitement. As a cyborg writer, I also loved his insights on playing a Stormtrooper.

John Boyega shares

“It was so intriguing about the role. I think for me, wearing the helmet and being part of the Stormtroopers felt so strange. Like, so this is what it feels like to just be one of the many. And to look the same, and to have to do the same thing. To be under the same orders. This is what it feels like. And I was actually quite shocked as to how much Finn’s journey is investigating [that idea]. He’s a fun character, he has a very complicated history, but we get to experience the individuality of Stormtroopers, and it’s never been done before.”

What has inspired you this week?

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Vapor is the most advanced cyborg the Humanoid Alliance has ever developed. He’s a finely honed weapon, a warrior without parallel, half man and half machine. No lock can contain him. No being can stop him. Whatever he wants, he takes.

He wants Mira Breazeal, the Designer’s daughter.

She’s his one temptation, his sexy target. Vapor shouldn’t crave her caresses, steal her kisses, make her scream with ecstasy. The cyborgs want her dead and they would question his loyalty if he didn’t kill her. The humans would shoot him on sight if he dared to touch her.

Their love is forbidden. Their desire could be lethal. One human and one cyborg will risk everything for a moment of passion.

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SciFi Saturday News – Star Wars As Space Opera, Time-Space Ripples & A Self-Fueling Space Junk Eating Machine

By Cynthia Sax on December 5, 2015

Here is the round up of the SciFi stories that inspired me this week


George Lucas 1977 Star Wars Interview

How much science needs to be in SciFi? According to George Lucas, not much.

In a 1977 Star Wars interview, George Lucas shared

“I think of this as a movie Disney would have made when Walt Disney was alive.”
“I call it ‘space opera.’ That’s a genre that’s been around a long time, in the books of Burroughs and Heinlein, but never really done on film.

“What I attempted was science fiction without the science. I wanted an engaging Saturday matinee movie, but not camp or parody. And not a heavy intellectual trip like ‘2001.’ Think of this as ‘The Sting’ in outer space.”

Investigating Time-Space Ripples

Want a little time travel in your SciFi Romance?

Elizabeth Howell shares

“In a long-running quest to find gravitational waves in space, the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched a mission yesterday (Dec. 4) to test wave-finding technology.

The mission is called LISA Pathfinder and will not actually search for waves itself. Rather, the mission will serve as the trailblazer for the technology scientists hope will help find these ripples in space-time.”

A Self-Fueling Space Junk Eating Machine

If you need a human-made device that could possibly create a universe-wide disaster or add a horror element to your SciFi Romance, how about a self-fueling space junk eating machine?

Lindsey Kratochwill shares

“Space junk–both manufactured and natural–has been orbiting our planet and threatening satellites and spacecraft with collisions. And accordingly, engineers and scientists have been devising ways to get rid of the mess. But whether it’s a spacefaring robot or spacecraft carrying nets or traps, it requires power, and that’s an expensive prospect. So, engineers at the Tsinghua University in Beijing have proposed a design concept for a space debris engine that can eat its way through the junk and convert it into plasma fuel to sustain its mission.”

More Photos From Space

National Geographic has shared some inspiring space photos

Including this photo of Saturn’s rings and a crescent Enceladus, the planet’s third largest moon.

What has inspired you this week?

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Vapor is the most advanced cyborg the Humanoid Alliance has ever developed. He’s a finely honed weapon, a warrior without parallel, half man and half machine. No lock can contain him. No being can stop him. Whatever he wants, he takes.

He wants Mira Breazeal, the Designer’s daughter.

She’s his one temptation, his sexy target. Vapor shouldn’t crave her caresses, steal her kisses, make her scream with ecstasy. The cyborgs want her dead and they would question his loyalty if he didn’t kill her. The humans would shoot him on sight if he dared to touch her.

Their love is forbidden. Their desire could be lethal. One human and one cyborg will risk everything for a moment of passion.

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SciFi Saturday News – Toilet Problems In Space, Supermassive Black Holes And Is Star Wars SciFi?

By Cynthia Sax on November 28, 2015

Here is the round up of the SciFi stories that inspired me this week

Supermassive Black Hole Swallows Star

Nothing says SciFi to me like black holes. (grins)

Emily Chan shares

“A team of scientists has witnessed a supermassive black hole swallowing a star and spitting out a “jet” of matter.”

Toilet Problems In Space

Dark is in but your SciFi romance is a little too grim for your liking. Nothing lightens the mood like potty humor.

Mika McKinnon shares the story of a real life toilet malfunction.

“If that’s not bad enough to have the suction of pure space applied to the most delicate of regions, a sadistic quirk of spacecraft design means that all fresh air for the shuttle enters through the roof of the bathroom. Extremely cold, barely-heated-above-liquid fresh air rushed down on Gregory as the depressurization klaxon rang out, waking all his companions.”

More Awesome Photos From Space

Wired shared yet more inspiring space photos this week

Including this photo of galaxy M82.

Not A UFO

Sorry, folks. That light in astronaut Scott Kelly’s photo wasn’t a UFO.

Jeffrey Kluger shares

“That’s one explanation. Another one—admittedly a bit more prosaic—is that the “UFO” is a reflection off the space station window. Even likelier is that it’s an overhanging piece of the station itself that happened to catch a bit of light. The ISS is larger than a football field, with solar wings, experimental platforms and habitation pods hanging off of it in all directions. It’s actually not all that easy to get a clear shot without some piece of hardware getting in the way”

Is Star Wars SciFi?

I love hearing from writers, about their view on the worlds they create.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens writer, Lawrence Kasdan, shares

“Star Wars is its own genre. It’s not really science fiction. It’s really something on its own, fantasy and myth and science fiction and Flash Gordon and Akira Kurosawa all mixed up together…. It can be anything you want it to be.”

What has inspired you this week?

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Vapor is the most advanced cyborg the Humanoid Alliance has ever developed. He’s a finely honed weapon, a warrior without parallel, half man and half machine. No lock can contain him. No being can stop him. Whatever he wants, he takes.

He wants Mira Breazeal, the Designer’s daughter.

She’s his one temptation, his sexy target. Vapor shouldn’t crave her caresses, steal her kisses, make her scream with ecstasy. The cyborgs want her dead and they would question his loyalty if he didn’t kill her. The humans would shoot him on sight if he dared to touch her.

Their love is forbidden. Their desire could be lethal. One human and one cyborg will risk everything for a moment of passion.

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SciFi Saturday News – Writing Star Wars, Having Sex In Space And Photos Of Distant Galaxies

By Cynthia Sax on November 21, 2015

Here is the round up of the SciFi stories that inspired me this week

George Lucas And Writing Star Wars

You’ve written the first draft of a SciFi romance. You know it is a mess. Most first drafts are. How do you start cleaning it up?

You might wish to look to George Lucas and Star Wars for inspiration. In his first draft, he had MANY more characters. Luke Skywalker was a less sympathetic older hero (with a beard) and Han Solo was green and had gills. It was very violent and very complicated.

In other words, it was a mess. If George Lucas could save Star Wars, you can save your story.

http://www.denofgeek.us/movies/star-wars/239140/how-george-lucas-brought-star-wars-to-the-big-screen

Having Sex In Space

If you want to work BDSM into a story, I found this article EXTREMELY interesting. (grins)

When asked about having sex in space, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson shared

“So if you want to get together and stay together, you need something to keep you together during all the normal body movement that would characterize having sex in space. Bring a lot of leather belts to keep things strapped down and you will be just fine.”

Photos From Space

Wired shared some more inspiring space photos

Including this photo of MCG+01-02-015, a ‘lonely’ galaxy.

A Show For Star Trek’s Worf??

Michael Dorn, the actor who played Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation, is campaigning hard for a spin-off show for Worf. Sign me up! I love me some Worf.

He shares

“The Worf Chronicles idea was right in that wheelhouse, because the Klingon Empire is gritty. It does have a dark quality. It’s Shakespearean, it’s about assassinations and coups, the power behind the throne – so we’re going to continue that with plan B.”

What has inspired you this week?

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Vapor is the most advanced cyborg the Humanoid Alliance has ever developed. He’s a finely honed weapon, a warrior without parallel, half man and half machine. No lock can contain him. No being can stop him. Whatever he wants, he takes.

He wants Mira Breazeal, the Designer’s daughter.

She’s his one temptation, his sexy target. Vapor shouldn’t crave her caresses, steal her kisses, make her scream with ecstasy. The cyborgs want her dead and they would question his loyalty if he didn’t kill her. The humans would shoot him on sight if he dared to touch her.

Their love is forbidden. Their desire could be lethal. One human and one cyborg will risk everything for a moment of passion.

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SciFi Saturday News – Star Wars Trailer, Habitable Planets, Space Weather and Protostars

By Cynthia Sax on November 14, 2015

Here is the round up of the SciFi stories that inspired me this week

New Star Wars Trailer

There’s a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and it is epic. The more I read about this movie, the more excited I get.

Fight Over Space Rights

The fight over who owns space is heating up and giving me plenty of plot bunnies (What happens if humans claim a planet another species ‘owns’? What if we find out EARTH is ‘owned’ by another species?)

Alan Yuhas shares

“Asteroid platinum and the briny water on Mars may soon be available for plunder, Republicans and Democrats have agreed, advancing a bill that would grant “space resource rights” and could challenge an international treaty on outer space.”

3D Printing In Space

When I first saw 3D printers years ago at the Consumer Electronics Show, I immediately thought ‘replicators’ from Star Trek. The space possibilities are endless (and gold for SciFi romance writers).

Jeff Foust shares

“The benefits of 3-D printing in space are clear: it would allow crews to produce tools or spare parts, helping solve the logistical challenges of long-term spaceflight. It could also be used to create structures that aren’t possible on Earth or which could not survive the acceleration and vibration of a ride into space.”

The Number Of Habitable Planets In Our Galaxy

What is the possibility of life on other planets? Pretty darn good.

Seth Shostak, senior astronomer, shares

“There is estimated to be in our galaxy alone a trillion planets. And we can see 100 billion galaxies. It’s believed that one in 10 stars may have a habitable world capable of supporting life. That’s a lot of real estate.”

He’s talking about our galaxy, not the much larger universe.

Space Weather

Are you setting your story in a grim futuristic world and you need a ‘disaster’? Consider space weather.

The Washington Post shares

“The boisterous, volatile sun regularly throws off plasma, other particles and radiation that, with the right intensity and heading, could wreak havoc on modern society. In fact, extreme “space weather” recently came scarily close to slamming into Earth — and it has a shockingly high chance of knocking out power grids and doing other damage in the next 10 years, according to scientists’ best estimates.”

Gorgeous Photos

Wired shared some inspiring space photos

Including this photo of CARMA-7, a young protostar.

What has inspired you this week?

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Vapor is the most advanced cyborg the Humanoid Alliance has ever developed. He’s a finely honed weapon, a warrior without parallel, half man and half machine. No lock can contain him. No being can stop him. Whatever he wants, he takes.

He wants Mira Breazeal, the Designer’s daughter.

She’s his one temptation, his sexy target. Vapor shouldn’t crave her caresses, steal her kisses, make her scream with ecstasy. The cyborgs want her dead and they would question his loyalty if he didn’t kill her. The humans would shoot him on sight if he dared to touch her.

Their love is forbidden. Their desire could be lethal. One human and one cyborg will risk everything for a moment of passion.

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SciFi Saturday News – Star Wars Posters, New Star Trek Show, Terraforming Mars and Close Calls In Space

By Cynthia Sax on November 7, 2015

Here is the round up of the SciFi stories that inspired me this week

Star Wars Posters And A Fun Q&A With JJ Abrams

Famous folks bombarded Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens’s director JJ Abrams with questions in an amusing Q&A.

Even George Lucas participated.

The Week shares

“”JJ, what happened to Darth Vader’s grandchildren?” Lucas asked.

“Oh, George, this is great. You tell me man, you made all this sh** up.””

Close Calls In Space

Do you need an exciting plot twist in your new SciFi novel?

There’s a great new series called Secret Space Escapes, which highlights near misses on space missions.

Astronaut Jerry Linenger shares

“Whenever you’re operating on the edge of human ability, you’re going to have close calls. We’ve had quite a few. But because we usually come out of them successfully people say that it’s fine when it’s actually quite hairy.”

Terraforming Mars

Thinking about setting a story on Mars?

Mars’ atmosphere will make terraforming (turning Mars into an Earth-like planet) even more difficult.

Bruce Jakosky, principal investigator of NASA’s MAVEN mission, shares

“It’s [atmospheric CO2] not there. It’s been removed from the solar system entirely, so it’s not possible to bring it back.”

New Star Trek Show

As of this date, we know very little except there will be a new Star Trek show in 2017.
io9 had some fun musing about what they’d like to see.

Inspiring Photos

Wired shared some truly inspiring photos from The NASA Photo Archives.

Including this photo of dust surrounding V838 Monocerotis, a red supergiant.

What inspired you this week?

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Vapor is the most advanced cyborg the Humanoid Alliance has ever developed. He’s a finely honed weapon, a warrior without parallel, half man and half machine. No lock can contain him. No being can stop him. Whatever he wants, he takes.

He wants Mira Breazeal, the Designer’s daughter.

She’s his one temptation, his sexy target. Vapor shouldn’t crave her caresses, steal her kisses, make her scream with ecstasy. The cyborgs want her dead and they would question his loyalty if he didn’t kill her. The humans would shoot him on sight if he dared to touch her.

Their love is forbidden. Their desire could be lethal. One human and one cyborg will risk everything for a moment of passion.

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SciFi Saturday News – Women In Space, Star Trek Tractor Beams, And Has Luke SkyWalker Gone Bad

By Cynthia Sax on October 31, 2015

Here is the round up of the SciFi stories that inspired me this week

Luke Skywalker Rumors

The latest Star Wars buzz is about Luke Skywalker. We know he is in the movie. Why isn’t he in the trailer?

The Week shares

“Force Awakens director JJ Abrams has also said that Luke’s absence from the trailers is “no accident”. Asked why he does not appear in them, Abrams added: “I can’t wait for you to find out the answer.””

Launching Rockets In The Congo

Is your hero or heroine visiting a less technologically advanced culture? I found the locals’ reaction to Congo’s Jean-Patrice Keka fascinating.

Drew Hinshaw shares

“Of the five rockets he has trucked to their launchpads, the first, Troposphere I, got rain in its fuel compartment and didn’t ignite. Journalists on-site, he says, accused him of trying to fire a rocket without permission from the ancestors who lord over daily life in Congolese religion.

“I told them, ‘no, no, no. There is no story of ancestors here,’ ” he says. “ ‘This is science.’ ””

Space Exploration Equality

Russia is preparing its first all female crew for a trip to the moon.

Amy X. Wang shares

“To make up for lost time, the country is now embarking on a new experiment. Yesterday (Oct. 28), six Russian women locked themselves in a suite at Moscow’s Institute of Biomedical Problems at the Russian Academy of Sciences for the start of an eight-day experiment simulating the conditions of a space mission.

The point? To test women’s aptitude for space flight and to prepare for a potential all-female journey to the moon in 2029.

“We consider the future of space belongs equally to men and women and unfortunately we need to catch up a bit after a period when unfortunately there haven’t been too many women in space,” explained project director Sergei Ponomarev in a press conference.”

Some of the reaction has, unfortunately, been appalling.

Bacteria On The International Space Station

The coverage of bacteria on the International Space Station has given me many plot bunnies about mutations and heroine/hero-threatening diseases.

The Telegraph shares

“While the opportunistic bacterial pathogens are mostly innocuous on Earth, they are thriving in the station that has turned out to be a prime breeding ground.

It seems the bugs like their new home in the unique environment that has experienced microgravity, space radiation, elevated carbon dioxide and continuous occupation by humans for nearly 15 years.”

Gorgeous Space Photos

Here is a link to some gorgeous space photos. One is sure to inspire you. – http://www.wired.com/2015/10/space-photos-of-the-week-oct-18-24/#slide-1

The photo pictured is of the galaxy cluster MS 0735.6+7421 with a black hole at the center of the cluster.

Star Trek Tractor Beams

The tractor beams in Star Trek have become reality.

Patrick Tucker shares

“Researchers in England have created, essentially, a tractor beam that uses highly targeted sound waves to move objects in the air as though pulled and pushed by invisible fingers.”

What has inspired you this week?

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Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.

Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

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SciFi Saturday News – Star Wars Breaking Records, Aging In Space, And The Destruction Of A Planet

By Cynthia Sax on October 24, 2015

Here is the round up of the SciFi stories that inspired me this week

Trailer For Star Wars: The Force Awakens Breaks Viewing Records

Jonathon Dornbush shares

“That tremor in the Force is the Richter-level fan response to the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. According to StarWars.com, the new trailer was viewed 128 million times in a single day, combining 112 million online plays with the approximate 16 million viewers who tuned into its debut on Monday Night Football.”

It was also the biggest-ever 24 hours for advance sales in numerous countries.

Get your tickets now if you want to see it opening weekend.

Scott Kelly And Aging In Space

David Nield shares

“Congratulations to NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who has now been in space longer than any other US astronaut before him. Having most recently launched into orbit on 27 March this year, Kelly’s record currently stands at 388 days and counting. He still has some way to go to beat the all-time record though – that’s the 879-day shift put in by long-serving Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka.”

Of course, NASA is using this to examine the impact of long stays in space on astronauts, but, what I find especially interesting is, they’re also studying the impact of aging in space. Kelly has a twin brother whom they can use for direct comparison.

Destruction Of A Planet

A star at the end of its life is currently destroying and disintegrating an orbiting planet.

Andrew Vanderburg, a graduate student at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, shares

This is something no human has seen before. We’re watching a solar system get destroyed.”

“What we’re seeing are fragments of a disintegrating planet that is being vaporized by [the white dwarf's] starlight and is losing mass. The vapor is getting lost into orbit, and that condenses into dust which then blocks the starlight.”

Huge Asteroid (Nicknamed Spooky) To Pass Earth On Halloween

Mike Wall shares

“The massive asteroid 2015 TB145 will come within 310,000 miles (500,000 kilometers) of the planet — or about 1.3 times the distance from Earth to the moon — on the afternoon of Oct. 31, just three weeks after the space rock was discovered, according to NASA. There’s no threat of an impact on this pass, NASA officials said.”

The Expanse

There’s a new upcoming space themed TV show called The Expanse, which will appear on the SyFy channel. It’s based on the James S.A. Corey books and is creating quite a bit of buzz. Some early viewers are calling it the next Battlestar.

Which stories inspired you this week?

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