Cynthia Sax stopped by the Nightlife Blog for a little chitchat on Genetically Engineered Heroes and Heroines!
Want the perfect lover? The perfect assassin? The perfect being?
Design him or her.
This isn’t yet possible but it isn’t as ridiculous a suggestion as it was a decade ago. We’ve cloned animals (and, I suspect, humans – though no one will admit to this). We’ve replaced defective genes with effective ones. There are experiments happening right now in laboratories that could change who or what we are.
It is this ‘could’ that fascinates many SciFi romance writers, including Travis and myself.
Why would we want to change humans? For military purposes? To allow us to inhabit planets with different atmospheres or environments? To eliminate aging and death.
How would we want to change humans? Will we make ourselves self-healing? Give us wings and the ability to fly? Increase our speed? Our strength?
The possibilities of genetic engineering are endless and so are the possible characters.
Travis has his enigmatic Angel, the heroine of his action-packed Angel 6.0 series. As he shares, she is the “untapped potential of the human genome, the next step in human evolution.” Will she use her enhancements to help her human creators or to help the Gran? We’re not quite sure.
Rage, the hero of my most recent release, Releasing Rage, is a cyborg. He’s half man, half machine, genetically designed to be the ideal warrior. He has both processors and a brain. He learns as quickly as a computer but has the ability to think and act for himself. His genetically enhanced muscles supplement his protective metal frame. He heals quickly and has an almost limitless lifespan.
Rage was manufactured to be a weapon. He’s treated as an object. He’s well aware that, although he resembles a human, he isn’t one. He’ll never be one. When he meets his human heroine, his differences are amplified even more.
The great thing about genetically engineered heroes and heroines in SciFi romance is… no one intentionally designs an unattractive being. (grins) Angel, Travis’ heroine, is attractive. Rage, although scarred and an earlier primitive model of cyborg, is very hunky. Genetic enhancements can also have interesting impacts on the physical part of a relationship.
If you genetically engineer a human with one trait, what trait would you choose? Why?
(Leave a comment below to chitchat with Cynthia!)
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?
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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