The Best Science Fiction Romance Novels You've Probably Never Heard Of

Over at USA Today, there's a new column about science fiction romance books, called Sci-Fi Encounters — and for the first installment, Veronica Scott is interviewing author S.E. Smith. And more importantly, compiling a reading list of great SF romances. Including clones, breeder slaves and time travelers. » 2/27/14 1:53pm 2/27/14 1:53pm

Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen

Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad… » 2/14/14 12:00pm 2/14/14 12:00pm

Amazon is making it harder to sell Bigfoot porn ebooks

Erotica featuring Sasquatch, minotaurs, aliens, and boar gods may not fit everyone's tastes, but some authors have made a killing selling monster sex ebooks. But some ebook retailers, notably Amazon, have been cracking down on cryptozoological smut, making it harder for writers to sell their books to readers who are… » 12/22/13 10:00am 12/22/13 10:00am

Scientists Develop an Online Dating Engine That Measures Your Hotness

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In addition to being the worst, online dating is literally the fucking worst. Unless you have a thing for a very specific type of vulnerability, it's not so much a romance and fulfillment machine as it is a hybrid anxiety generator/saltlick for creeps. I have several close friends who ended up marrying people they met … » 11/19/13 1:48pm 11/19/13 1:48pm

The Greatest Time-Travel Romances of All Time

The greatest romances face the test of time — but what happens when two lovers are adrift in time and space? About Time is just the latest in a long line of time-travel love stories, and tales of time-crossed lovers. Here are the greatest time-travel romances of all timelines. » 11/08/13 12:58pm 11/08/13 12:58pm

About Time proves it's more fun to watch time travelers who can't steer

There have been lots of romance movies where time is warped, looped or frappéd — from Groundhog Day to Time Traveler's Wife. But in the new movie About Time, from Richard Curtis (Notting Hill), the dude has total control over his time-journeys, which means that everything goes pretty smoothly for him. Yawn. » 11/01/13 7:00am 11/01/13 7:00am

What happens when a closeted superhero falls for a supervillain?

Things are going pretty well for Kyle, the pyrokinetic superhero of Alex Woolfson's webcomic The Young Protectors. He's on a successful young superhero team and he's got himself a great set of teammates. But he's also gay and very much in the closet. And, on the day he finally pokes his head out of the closet, he finds … » 7/13/13 8:30am 7/13/13 8:30am

It's always a love story on Doctor Who these days

Tonight's "haunted house" episode of Doctor Who has a lot going for it, including some genuinely creepy moments and a companion rescuing the Doctor in a way we've never seen before. But it also exposes how the show's over-reliance on romance as a storytelling engine is running into the law of diminishing returns.… » 4/20/13 9:00pm 4/20/13 9:00pm

Why Superheroes Should Never Date Each Other

When we all learned that Superman and Wonder Woman were dating — or at least, boinking — the reaction was almost entirely negative. And for good reason: this diminishes Wonder Woman somewhat, by turning her into Superman's New Girlfriend. But the truth is, superheroes dating each other is almost never a great idea. I… » 8/27/12 1:41pm 8/27/12 1:41pm

Finally, A Romantic Comedy About How Your Relationship is Doomed

Creative people are self-obsessed assweasels. And you can never really love someone else — you just love the fake version of them that you create in your head. Love is really the process of your ego attempting to crush and neutralize the ego of your object of affection. » 7/25/12 9:00am 7/25/12 9:00am

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The Secrets of Geek Mating Rituals

There's a hoary old truism that says geeks never date, and get laid even less than that. But at least two generations have grown up knowing that is a lie. After all, Mark Zuckerberg's courtship and marriage made headlines, while gamer geek Felicia Day is an internet pinup (in armor of course). We live in a golden age… » 7/24/12 2:54pm 7/24/12 2:54pm