Tuesday, September 30, 2008

In Search of Dom Perignon

This is for all the Science Fiction Romance aficionados, and I’m addressing both writers and readers. We’re the mavericks of publishing world, brewers and consumers of a fiction hybrid that’s neither science fiction per se or romance by definition. It’s both. It’s neither. And it’s something above and beyond.

You could think about it this way. Fine wine is blended from grapes and a few select ingredients. When it becomes wine it becomes something new. Something different. Something more sophisticated. The blending of elements turns it into a thing apart and removed from its origins. It has variety. It can be light, dark, subtle, bold, sweet, surprising.

Thus, my analogy: SciFiRom is a blend that takes romance to new heights and grounds science fiction in the dynamics of human emotion.

So taking my analogy a step further, today I begin my search for the Dom Perignon--the finest champagne--of Science Fiction Romance. I’m looking for novels that represents a perfect blend of sparkling technology, delicious world building and/or captivating human emotions. I have a couple of nominees in mind already, but I’d like to get recommendations from other SciFiRom fans.

So send me your nominations for the best Science Fiction Romance novels in the comments below or email Lgreen2162 AT aol DOT com. (Sorry for the encryption, but I’m on a crusade against spammers.) I’ll start building my Dom Perignon wine cellar of SciFiRom excellence soon.

10 comments:

  1. Dahlink, I'll send you an ARC and you can decide for yourself!

    (Ha. Was that shameless self promo or what?!)

    FALLEN (http://www.delacroix.net/fallen.html)is science fiction and fantasy romance, with a suspense plot tossed into the mix. We have fallen angels, a post-nuclear but pre-Apocalyptic future society, and radiation poisoning.

    Linnea Sinclair liked it!

    Give me a ping and I'll send you a book. Readers can win a copy on my blog this week, too.

    Claire

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  2. CONTACT and THE STAR KING by Susan Grant

    GAMES OF COMMAND and DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES by Linnea Sinclair

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  3. If I have to pick one, I'm going with Contact.

    (Though I haven't read Fallen yet, Claire. It's on my list!)

    Good to see you here! *waves*

    Jess

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  4. Ooohhh, I loves ARCs. Ping in transit! :)

    And our Dom Perignon nomination list is under construction:

    FALLEN
    CONTACT (2 noms)
    THE STAR KING
    GAMES OF COMMAND
    THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES

    and I'll add to that:

    THE OUTBACK STARS by Sandra McDonald

    Keep 'em coming. :)

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  5. Claire, I'm adding FALLEN to a list of releases that will post Thursday. Do you have a release date? I didn't see it on your site.

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  6. I second what everyone else said, and I'm gong to nominate the following books:

    CORDELIA'S HONOR by Lois McMaster Bujold

    GRIMSPACE by Ann Aguirre

    and SUNRISE ALLEY by Catherine Asaro

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  7. Oh cool, Heather.

    Two of those are already in my Leaning Tower of TBR. :)

    The Dom Perignon List so far:

    FALLEN
    CONTACT (2 noms)
    THE STAR KING
    GAMES OF COMMAND
    THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES
    CORDELIA'S HONOR
    GRIMPSPACE
    SUNRISE ALLEY

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  8. ///Oops/// Typo (wish comments had an edit button)

    GRIMSPACE

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  9. Claire, you're now in the author list at The Galaxy Express--welcome!

    When can I add you, Laurie? *taps foot* (no pressure or anything, lol!)

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  10. LOL Heather. I'm workin' on that. ;)

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