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My Science Fiction Firsts
If you’ve seen any of my social media profiles or you’ve hung out with me (in virtual or real life) for more than five seconds, you know I love science fiction. Sci-fi just does it for me! I feel absolutely great exploring new words and different takes on what the future is going to look like. It’s no surprise that my first gay novella ended up being a science fiction story, Craving Stains, or that my latest release, Angel’s Feather, shares the same genre. Honestly, writing gay science fiction is a bit addictive, probably why I turned Angel’s Feather into a series starter.
To show you how early I fell for science fiction, I thought I’d share some of my firsts with you. So buckle up, and enjoy the ride! You may or may not need a space suit, a space craft, a bit of imagination, and a secure net to slide down memory lane with me!
First Sci-Fi Book
My first science fiction read was I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. I was ten or eleven when I read this collection of science fiction stories and I was hooked. Some of the stories had more impact on me than others, but I still remember bits and pieces of them to this day. For some reason, I’ve never re-read it, but I most definitely should!
First Sci-Fi Movie
I was about the same age for this, and my first sci-fi movie was Total Recall. I think I have seen this five times or more. Why? Well, first, I liked it, and second, after the revolution, it was still pretty hard to find movies. It took a while before we got flooded and I could experience tons of them.
First Sci-Fi Cartoon
Well, this brings back memories! I think I was in secondary school (so ages 11 to 15), or maybe even younger, and I was watching Saber Rider and the Space Sheriffs. Think cowboys in space. Fun for a kid, but not at all my favorite anime exploring such a world. I grew up to see Cowboy Bebop and be utterly floored by it, but for a child, I am sure it would have been boring.
First Sci-Fi TV Series
My first TV series in the science fiction genre was… Star Trek: The Next Generation. I didn’t choose it, it just happened – it was the first Star Trek series brought to Romanian television, so I watched it religiously. I think we got an episode per week, on weekends.
First Sci-Fi Theme Park Ride
This is a bit of a funny story. There used to be these temporary theme parks in a few of the seaside resorts as I was growing up. They’d put them together at the start of the summer season, then disassemble them at the end. They also doubled as Christmas parks in the winter. One year, they brought this space ship of sorts, and you went up and it moved every which way to imitate space flight. There was this screen where they displayed a sci-fi animation that absolutely fascinated me but I never found out what it was to watch it again.
And now the fun part: as soon as the show started, there was this voice telling us to fasten our seatbelts. It took me half the ride to stop panicking about not having that thing on because I couldn’t find it! Little did I know there were NO such seatbelts in that pile of metal and plastic Suffice to say, every time the ship jerked or dipped or did some other sudden move, I was convinced I’d injure myself.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the stories that brought me into the science fiction world. Which were your first sci-fi experiences? Share them in the comments, I’d love to read them.
(Flyer Chronicles #1)
Published ~ 21st April 2017
Genre ~ Science Fiction, M/M Romance
How far would you go for the one you love? How much of yourself would you sacrifice?
Trapped on a decaying Earth and cut off from the rest of the Universe, humans are no longer allowed to leave their planet. Break this one law and you die: a penalty enforced by flyers, aliens who look like angels of long-lost religions. Michael, the flyers' leader, is the Punisher who carries out every public execution.
Adam, a young human with near-perfect memory, is committed to rebuilding Earth and a true believer in the flyers' dominion. While Adam's support for flyers isn't a secret, his deep love for Michael is. Not even Michael knows, for his kind never take human lovers, and to Adam, they are too far above him to reach.
In his broken and unwelcoming world, Adam's love can only lead to pain, loss, and disaster. Yet there is no force in the huge expanse of stars and galaxies that can stop Adam from following Michael to the end of existence. Not even Adam's own beliefs.
Word count: 36000+
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Meet Alina Popescu
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Prizes: $10 Amazon Gift Card; 3 x ebook copy of science fiction short story Craving Stains.