A couple of weeks ago, Heather from The Galaxy Express approached me and asked if I’d be interested in participating in a round robin type feature on SF site discussing SF romances. I’ll be honest, I was kind of hesitant at first because I don’t read all that much science fiction. But I decided to at least think about it and give it a try. Final participants include Linnea Sinclair, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Angela James, Susan Grant, Michael Banks, B.B. Medos (me), Elizabeth Hand, Laurie Green, Lisa Paitz Spindler, Sasha Knight, Sandra McDonald–and, of course, Heather. This is what resulted.
From Star Wars to Avatar, stories blending science fiction and romance have persisted for decades in books, films, fan fiction, and even video games. However, despite such evidence, there are those who believe the two genres can;t, or shouldn’t be combined. We asked this week’s panelists:
Q: Is there a taboo against romance in science fiction? What does romance bring to the SF genre? What are some good examples of romance in SF that illustrate this?
Check it out if you have the time.