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Raena’s Foremothers: Cowboy Bebop

I discovered the space bounty hunter anime Cowboy Bebop at a Japanese pop culture lecture at the Dolby Center in the 90s. The presenter (whose name I’m forgetting now) didn’t play any of the show beyond the intro segment, with … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Trinity

I’ve written about a lot of the female characters who inspired Raena Zacari in my Wake of the Templars trilogy, but I wanted to talk about the most direct visual parallel. From the opening of The Matrix, when the police … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Lara Croft

I haven’t done one of these influences essays in a while, but yesterday was the anniversary of turning in the final proofed draft of No More Heroes, so my space opera trilogy is on my mind. My introduction to Lara … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Alice

One of the primary physical models for Raena Zacari in my space opera novels was Alice in the Resident Evil movies. At 5’9″, Milla Jovovich is much taller than Raena, but her slender dancer’s body is the perfect equivalent. Jovovich studied … Continue reading

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Raena’s Foremothers: Leia Organa

It wasn’t until I started writing these essays teasing out the influences behind my space opera trilogy that I even considered the large shadow cast by Princess Leia. At first, I thought Leia’s chief impact on Raena’s story was the torture scene … Continue reading

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