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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Guest Post - Talking Cyborgs & Other SciFi Heroes with Cynthia Sax


Releasing Rage is the first story in Cyborg Sizzle, my sixth SciFi romance series. I love the diversity within SciFi Romance. I’ve written about aliens, androids, bounty hunters, clones, and now cyborgs.

The type of hero in a SciFi Romance gives me some indication of the main themes the story might tackle. Yes, every character is different. There are a variety of sexy cyborgs in Releasing Rage. They’re all unique. Type doesn’t mean a cardboard, one dimension cutout character or plot. But there are common themes or questions asked and answered with each type of hero.

I’ve written and read about an assortment of aliens. They have varied appearances and varied abilities, come from distant planets, usually speak different languages. There’s a common theme in these stories though—that, at the core, we’re all more similar than different.

At first, the human heroines see the aliens’ differences, their strangeness. But eventually, they realize these alien males have commonalities to us. In SciFi romances, they often want love or acceptance or a sense of family. Heroines often find that the beings who appears the strangest to us are the beings who most understand us.

Clones are the opposite type of hero. They look exactly like us or, more specifically, exactly like the source being. They’re copies of him. Their brains, physical appearances, everything are the same.

At birth.

The big question with clone characters is ‘How much impact does our environment, our experiences have on our personalities?’ It is the classic nature versus nurture debate. In SciFi romances, this is even more poignant. If a heroine falls in love with one clone, will she fall in love with all of them? Or are the differences big enough to influence her feelings?

Cyborg heroes have the external conflict of being the other, as alien heroes do, but they also have an intriguing internal conflict. Cyborgs are half man, half machine. In my stories, they have both human brains and computer-like processors.

Cyborgs are often torn between logic and emotion, obeying commands and expressing free will, conformity and independence. In SciFi romances, they’re usually faced with the decision—do they follow their heart and love/believe their heroines or do they adhere to the ‘facts’ and hurt/leave the females they’re destined to love?

Do you have a favorite type of SciFi hero to read or write? Why are they your favorite?

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Blurb
Releasing Rage

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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About Cynthia Sax
USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes contemporary, SciFi and paranormal erotic romances. Her stories have been featured in Star Magazine, Real Time With Bill Maher, and numerous best of erotic romance top ten lists.
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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me over at your online home, Pippa.
    (big hugs)

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I always love to hear your thoughts.