This month we will be doing a series of reviews and some posts concentrating on the genre of Sci Fi and Romance which is one of my favourite subgenres. It is also a very diverse genre that encompasses so many different elements, tones and styles which is one of the reasons why I really love the themes that Sci Fi conveys.
I especially love stories that explore the universe and what it means to be human which authors like Anne McCaffery have highlighted. But I also love the campy sexy romps such as Dara Joy’s Matrix series or Jayne Castle’s Sci Fi paranormals which were my first introduction to the genre. This made me realise at the time that romance was a wonderful genre that could combine so many different aspects which makes things fresh and vibrant.
So to kick start this theme month I will be highlighting and recommending some of my favourite series and books below for recommendations.
One of the first authors who introduced me to Sci Fi romance, was Jayne Ann Krentz who wrote under the pseudonym of Jayne Castle. I picked up Crystal Flame from the library not thinking this would be something totally different from the usual historical romances or more fantasy base books. Although it was more heavy with the paranormal elements, the futuristic setting and romance sucked me in and it made me fall in love with the genre.
Ann Aguirre’s Grimspace series and its spin-off series Dred Chronicles (I will be reviewing Perdition tomorrow which I really enjoyed!) is one of best Sci Fi series which explores the nature and the aftermath of war.
Anne McCaffery is one of the best writers I’ve read and has written some of my favourite sci fi and fantasy series. But If you’re a fan stranded on a planet survival stories and creating a new society then I highly recommend her Catteni series which made me a fan of her books. The Tower and Hive series is another fantastic series which has telepathic characters who need to defend against invaders.
For a more lighter tone take on the genre – I definitely think Gini Koch’s Alien Collective series which has a zany actioned packed pace and a comic book feel and so much good fun. I especially love the twist on the idea of Men In Black as Armani wearing sexy aliens.
While the Scarabaeus duology by Sara Creasy is much more serious but has a vivid and vibrant setting. I also loved the focus on the Sci Fi aspects which was complex and thought provoking with its themes.
Another similar themed book is Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher which had a wonderful premise of settlers on a new planet are faced with the fact they are bonded by dead people who have been revived by an alien entity. It was one of my favourite books from last year.
There is also the long-running series from J.D Robb’s In Death series which has a futuristic setting about a detective in the mid 2050s. Be careful because these are addictive and I ended up glomming the first 15 books when I first discovered the series over 8 years ago.
Nalini Singh’s Psy Changeling series which is set in a futuristic setting is another and I would argue her Guild Huntress series is another which has elements of Sci Fi although it is more paranormal or Urban Fantasy.
I also recommend the authors below whose books I really enjoyed.
Jess Granger’s Realms Beyond series.
Ilona Andrews’ Kinsmen series
Susan Kearney’s Rystani series
Patti O’Shea’s Jarvid Nine series
Catherine Spangler’s Shielder series
Anna Zaires’ The Krinar Chronicles
I would love to read more dark gritty alien invasion or survivor type sci fi romances, so I would love to hear from you about any good recommendations. I would also love to hear what are your favourite Sci Fi romances that you have read recently!