Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Why are You So Afraid of Science Fiction Romance?

By D.L. Jackson

Okay, I get it, it’s not your thing. But hey, have you read or watched the Hunger Games? Have you read or watched the movie, I Am Number Four? How about Jurassic Park? The Abyss?

Yes? Then you’ve experienced a form of science fiction romance, or science fiction with romance elements.

But wait, none of those take place in space or on a ship, that’s not science fiction.

Oh, but it is.

I understand what you’re saying, but did you know that while many science fiction novels or novellas do take place in space, many others don’t. Even better, you might find a few that cross genres into paranormal, historical, military, and even contemporary and suspense. The nuts and bolts technology is there, just as the flaming clothing and flying crafts, and various other technologies are employed in the Hunger Games (a dystopian young adult romance), to keep the competitors in the arena. Wait, you liked that book? Then I’ve got a book or two for you.

I’ve been talking about misconceptions in science fiction romance all week. The number one misconception is that you have to have a thorough understanding of science to love them. This is not true. Though science is incorporated in many science fiction romance novels, often it flawlessly flows and more often than not, crosses genres, and you don’t need a textbook to grasp the story. Actually, you just have to have an open mind.

Here’s a little secret about science fiction romance you may not have thought about. Science was once fantasy, and many novels written in the genre have a touch of it—sometimes more than that.

Yes, most science was once fantasy. It’s true. Think about it. Two hundred years ago you would have been tried as a witch and burned at the stake for suggesting a person could use a cell phone, or watch plays on the big screen and television. What was once magic to one people, became hard fact, once the myth became proved science. Let’s get a little more modern shall we, and bend some electromagnetic waves to make something or someone invisible to the naked eye. Get out! You can’t do that. Oh yes you can. It’s true. By bending EM waves, you can make a person or object invisible. Science! Booyah. The invisible girl has become a reality. Got to love that.

So, step into my parlor said the spider to the fly. My mission is to hook you on a often misjudged and much too neglected genre, that has more to offer than you can possibly imagine. My challenge, if you chose to accept it, is to pick up one of the science fiction 1NS titles available and read it. They are less than a 12k investment of your time (an average of 36-50 pages). You might discover how friendly and fun this genre is. And don’t be surprised to find that something you’ve been afraid to try, really wasn’t what you thought it was.

1NS Science Fiction Romance titles:

Go ahead, pick one up. I dare you.

One commenter to this post will win a copy of This Endris Night and a signed book bag with decorated with the covers of some of my Decadent titles. I’ll draw a winner on Friday at midnight, EST.  Good luck and don’t be shy. Science doesn’t bite—much.

D L Jackson


  1. I absolutely love your sci-fi romance, DL! :)

  2. One of these is on my Kindle. Guess I will have to add some more!
    (No, I'm not saying which!)

  3. I've read a few of these titles and liked them a lot!

    Kesummer69 at gmail dot com

  4. I have a couple of these! Love reading sci-fi romance!

  5. I love sci-fi romance but then I already new I was a geek ;O) Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  6. I love sci-fi in that, there are no limits to the imagination. Thanks for the giveaway!
    ehaney578 at AOL dot com

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  8. Really loved Satin Sheets InSpace...added the rest to my tbr list.

  9. I love sci-fi romance but have a very hard time finding a good storyline. I will have to look into the list here.
    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  10. I love sci fi romances. The first one i read had me addicted! I couldnt get my hands on enough of them! Id love to read it! This sounds great!! Thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway!

  11. I have read a few that I liked and I am always willing to read something new. Thank you for the giveaway. :) Bboo04(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

  12. Nice shopping list. Great article, too.

  13. I've read a few of the above titles! This one look fantastic!

  14. I love sci-fi romance!!! This book seems very interesting so I'll be adding it to my 1NS list to read. Email:

  15. What about JD Robb's In Death series? It was once considered sifi-y. I would love to try Celestial Seduction!

    mllatiolais at gmail dot come

  16. sounds like a Great list of books, I have always Loved reading and am trying to branch out to different Genres. Thank You for the contest.

  17. I've only recently discovered Sci-Fi romance....but I love it!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Elizabeth H, you are my winner and I'll be contacting you shortly by email so I can send you your goodies.

    D L

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by and commenting.

  19. My largest issue with SFR is that the SF part is pretty much missing in most of the ones I pick up. If it's there, it's laughable. It's really frustrating because I love SF and I like R on occasion. So, really, the combination of SF and R should actually work for me. Yet, I've only read 2 SFRs that I've finished, let alone enjoyed. The rest just fall apart for me.

  20. Sorry to be late to the party - had a houseful of people. You are brilliant at combining the sci fi with romance, Dawn. Your imagination is endless......