Author Archives: Ella Drake

Dangerous Rendezvous

Interactive Stories: Past, Present, and Future

Greetings! Heather Massey here. I run a sci-fi romance blog called The Galaxy Express. I’m also an author of the genre. Having sold a science fiction romance to SilkWords, I’m here as an ambassador to discuss the topic of interactive stories. Where did they come from, where are they now, and where will they be […]

Claustrophobic SF and its intensity

Recently I read Almost Real, a wonderful erotic science fiction romance by Charlotte Stein. When I finished, I knew I’d enjoyed it, but I was also struck by the intensity of the story in a way that made me think of how much I do enjoy “claustrophobic” science fiction. In this case, two highly trained […]

Science Fiction and stereotypes

By now, many of you have probably seen some of the recent issues going around the SFF world related to gender. If not, there was a backlash in the SFWA regarding recent bulletin issues. Some of this is explained by E. Catherine Tobler and a list of links was compiled by Jim C. Hines and […]

Guest Kat Cantrell: Aliens or elves?

I have a confession to make. I grew up reading science fiction and fantasy and I honestly didn’t see the difference. From Dragonlance, to Justine Dare, Robert Asprin, to Eve and Rourke, I loved it all. They both had amazing worlds, fierce battles, the hero’s (and heroine’s!) journey. Who cared whether the characters were aliens […]

The Killing Joke

I just read the comic The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. For the most part, my comics reading has been over on the Marvel side and I rarely read DC comics. But while I enjoy the new “reboot” Batman movies, I’d yet to pick up the comics. (This may have something to […]

Futuristic Space Sex

Now that I have everyone’s attention we can proceed with the rest of the blog. I’ll admit when Ella first asked me to guest blog, I panicked. You see, though I’ve studied critical literary analysis and dissected books through the various lenses, I tend to think in terms of emotions when I talk of plots, […]

Science Fiction Romance

Let me start where it all began. In my dad’s book collection. Like any good dad, he made sure to build my Nancy Drew collection and when the time came, Jane Austen and the Brontes, but he also gave me hard cover Stephen Kings for birthdays and Christmases when I got to my teens. But […]

Philip K Dick

I’m currently reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick. Timely, I think, with the Blade Runner movie reboot rumors. But also because two memos of note surrounding the movie have gained recent attention. The first, io9 posted the article (via Reddit), Meet the three Blade Runner producers who hated Blade Runner […]

Einstein and Pizza π

Albert Einstein was born March 14, 1879, 134 years ago. (Oh! Rearrange those numbers and what do ya got?) With such an auspicious birthday, 3.14, he went on to help develop the atomic bomb, the theory of relativity, and received the Nobel Peace Prize. I wonder. When he worked on all those equations in his mountains […]

A sampling of Arisia 2013

I attended Arisia 2013 in Boston this month. I came away feeling that so much of it was a visual treat. So I thought I’d share with you some of those visuals. There were video games and the most popular with my kids, an area for board games with demos, tournaments, and just the opportunity […]