Monday, August 19, 2013

Love In Space by Cornelia Amiri

Star Fleet Academy recruits - target practice Space City Con 2013

With Comicpalooza and Space City Con recently held in Houston and World Con coming to San Antonio the end of this month, I have Sci-Fi on the mind. When people hear the word Sci-Fi they often think of the Star Trek franchise. 

Robert Picardo & Manu Intiraymi, Space City Con 2013

At Space City Con, three of the crew of Star Trek Voyager visited from the final frontier. When my son was about ten or eleven Voyager came out, delivering the perfect TV program for us to watch together. And we did…every episode. The show means a lot to me. As a single mom, I found the storyline of a female Capitan of a starship appealing and empowering. Over the years the gender, racial and cultural barriers the Star Trek franchise helped break down is amazing. If we ever come across aliens I think we should play Star Trek shows for them, maybe they’ll think we really are that open, smart, and cooperative. It’s worth a try. When it comes to Star Trek everyone has opinions but I always considered Voyager a great tribute and fitting continuation to the original series that came out when I was ten…a long time ago.
Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before
So when Robert Picardo – the doctor, Tim Russ – Lieutenant Tuvok, and Manu Intiraymi – Ichebcame to Space City Con in Houston last weekend, I attended their panel. Ladies, I have to say it’s been a few years since the show aired but all three Trek men still look good. Real good. They all have a great sense of humor and shared laugh-out-loud antidotes about the show and their acting careers.
Keep on Trekking - Space City Con 2013
When asked of their favorite memories Manu Intiraymi, just twenty years old when he first appeared on the show, remembered when he was told he was one of three guest actors that rocked them. Robert Picardo recalled a lot of goofing off behind the set. As far as his time in front of the camera, Tinker, Taylor, Doctor, Spy, the episode of the doctor’s choice fantasies, was Robert Picardo’s favorite episode. One of the memories dear to Tim Russ was of him and Ethan Phillips (Neelix) arriving for a tour of the set and walking down a pathway together, talking about how cool the opportunity was and what they were looking forward to. Then the last day after they cleaned out their lockers, he and Ethan Phillips walked together down the same pathway as they talked about the seven years spent on the show and the wonderful times they had had.
Orion Slave Girls Space City con 2013
When asked of their favorite prop failure moment, Manu Intiraymi remembers when he was dressed in the borg costume, all these little borg pieces kept falling off and people had to follow behind him to pick up the pieces. Robert Picardo recalls that all their costumes were so tight and one day when he bent over it resulted in a very long rip. Tim Russ remembers when two doors he needed to pass through malfunctioned and once when he pulled out a phaser, it fell apart.
Of course my favorite science fiction is sci-fi/romance. As humans, both passion and love are two of the strongest, most important emotions we experience. It’s that way for all humans. Passion and love were vital emotions to humans in the past, they are just as important and thrilling in the present, and that will definitely be the case in humanity’s future as well. Passion and love are so fulfilling to us, we imagine if there is life on other planets, those creatures will hold those emotions in high esteem as well. So it’s only natural stories involving space or other planets include passion and love.
In sci-fi some people like their aliens as alien as they can be but in sci-fi romance if the alien is a hero or heroine they must be humanoids so the readers can create a strong connection to them. Readers have to see something of themselves in the main characters. At the same time, our humanoids can have any attributes we choose to give them to enhance the story as well as the love scenes. I love human/alien sex scenes that are humorous and hot at the same time.
Feel free to comment below on some or your favorite sci-fi alien heroes or human/alien sex scenes. Also feel free to tell  us what your favorite Star Trek franchise show was or character. 

Cornelia Amir who also writes as Maeve Alpin is the author of 18 Romances, including  Conquistadors In Outer Space. She lives in Houston Tx with her son, granddaughter, and her cat Severus.


Tina Donahue said...

Love the green makeup. :)

Looks like a lot of fun.

Fiona McGier said...

Husband and I are both huge sci-fi fans. I've been a Trekkie since the original shows aired. In college I would watch episodes on 3 channels, and it got so our game was to name the episode the fastest...I think my record was 3 seconds! We named our first son Kyle after the hero of Arnold's first Terminator movie. We raised 4 sci-fi nerds like us, and we argue around the campfire about things like which was the best Star Trek incarnation, who was the best Dr. Who, etc. Sons and husband love going to comic cons where they can meet and get autographs from their favorites.

Funny, sci-fi romance is one of my favorites to read, but not to write. Odd, but my muse doesn't rock me that way.

jean hart stewart said...

I'm with Fiona...love reading the stuff but can't write it. Interesting column, Cornelia, but then yours always are,,,,

Cornelia said...

Hi everyone, I made a big mistake on this and didn't even notice until today. My day for posting is the 23rd today, but when I put my draft up I accidently posted it when I though I had only saved the draft. So I put it up on the wrong day, the 19th. I am so so sorry.

Cornelia said...

Thank you so much Tina, Fiona, and Jean for your wonderful comments. I love the green makeup on the Orion slave girls also Tina. There is an Orion slave girl makeup tutorial on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5dbQpNedGw Everything is on youtube