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Old 8th April 2012, 08:27 AM   #1
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Science Fiction romances - Looking for suggestions

My wife is looking for suggestions of books to read set in a science fiction universe but a romance is the major driver of the plot. None of the regular authors I can think of will fit this bill. Is there however some cross genre authors that may be able to quench her literary thirst
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My wife is looking for suggestions of books to read set in a science fiction universe but a romance is the major driver of the plot. None of the regular authors I can think of will fit this bill. Is there however some cross genre authors that may be able to quench her literary thirst
Anne McCaffrey? Crystal Singer, Ship Who Sang. Heinlein's I Will Fear No Evil.
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Originally Posted by Gawdzilla View Post
Anne McCaffrey? Crystal Singer, Ship Who Sang. Heinlein's I Will Fear No Evil.
Thanks - I never read McCaffrey, but will pass it on - Good catch on I will fear no evil - completely forgot about that
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Originally Posted by MG1962 View Post
Thanks - I never read McCaffrey, but will pass it on - Good catch on I will fear no evil - completely forgot about that
Wait- do you like your wife? "I will Fear no Evil" is awful and not a little bit condescending and patronizing to women.

My wife is fond of Diana Gabeldon, which involves time travel but is shelved in the "Romance" section usually.
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Absolutely what you describe is A Civil Campaign by Lois McMasters Bujold. It's an homage to Georgette Heyer and is funny to boot. A great book.


ETA: There also are some books by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller that fit the description. Probably The Agent Gambit (two books in one), Mouse and Dragon, and The Dragon Variation (an omibus of three) are the most romance-driven. They are available from Baen Books as both books and ebooks. Mouse and Dragon is a sequel to one of the books in The Dragon Variation.
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Originally Posted by Piscivore View Post
Wait- do you like your wife? "I will Fear no Evil" is awful and not a little bit condescending and patronizing to women.

My wife is fond of Diana Gabeldon, which involves time travel but is shelved in the "Romance" section usually.
LOL - So you are suggesting I should get more in touch with my feminine side first huh?
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Originally Posted by Gawdzilla View Post
Anne McCaffrey? Crystal Singer, Ship Who Sang.

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You might try Cherry's "Morgaine" series - it's not exactly a romance, because, as always with Cherryh's characters, the relationship betwen characters is complex and contradictory - but the hero and heroine do get together in book four, albeit not for long.
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And plenty of sword-swingin', arrow-shootin' action in between. I love the Morgaine books; the characters are very well drawn and though the story is set primarily in "medieval" settings, there is a strong science-fiction underpinning.
Morgaine's sword, Changeling, is an awesome weapon, tearing a hole in reality, as it were.
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Not sci-fi, but she might enjoy The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It's set in the universe of the Arthurian legends, but the main protagonists/points of view are all women.
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Lois McMasters Bujold's Chalion series books, while not science fiction, are fantasy novels with a strong undercurrent of romance.
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All About Romance has a search engine and you can search by category.

I like the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. It's more steampunk than SciFi, but it's good.
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There's that great love affair between Frodo and Sam.





Or did I read that all wrong?
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Originally Posted by Gawdzilla View Post
There's that great love affair between Frodo and Sam.
Or did I read that all wrong?
Merry and Pippin, too. Not that there's anything wrong with homohobbitsexuality.
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Thanks for all the suggestions, definitely going to explore most of these, perhaps not the Frodo - Sam thing lol

Lisa thanks for that link - lots of different combinations there aside from what I asked for
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eBook or paper?
If eBook, try Lois McMaster Bujold's Cordelia's Honor -
Baen books:
http://www.baenebooks.com/p-85-cordelias-honor.aspx
It is the precursor to the Miles Vorkosigan books, but stands alone very well, IMO.
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Merry and Pippin, too. Not that there's anything wrong with homohobbitsexuality.
And the perceptive pick up on the Gandalf/Saruman thing quickly. There's some history there.
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Frederik Pohl did this sometimes. For example, Gateway and its sequels (which IMO drop in quality after the first two).
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One bloggers' list (includes romances and they're marked on the list.)

http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/2010...e-fiction.html
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http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/2010...e-fiction.html
Hmmm. I'm a bit doubtful about any list that classes Haldeman's The Forever War as "Romantic SF".
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Wait- do you like your wife? "I will Fear no Evil" is awful and not a little bit condescending and patronizing to women.
Let's face it, I doubt she'll get the subtler points though. The pretty lil' thing.
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Hmmm. I'm a bit doubtful about any list that classes Haldeman's The Forever War as "Romantic SF".
There's a romance in there, epic at the end because of the way they synchronize their timelines.
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Let's face it, I doubt she'll get the subtler points though. The pretty lil' thing.
Virginia would slap you both.
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Try the Phoenix Legacy trilogy from M.K. Wren.
The Sword of the Lamb
The Shadow of the Swan
The House of the Wolf

Really interesting stuff. The romance part runs through all three books, but the series isn't just about that. Very complex and well thought out.
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Anne McCaffrey's Talent/Tower series is pretty much all romance, but somewhat 2-dimensional. The previously mention Crystal Singer and Ship Who Sang are much better.

My personal favorite though, if she is looking for hard sci-fi, was Primary Inversion by Catharine Asaro. Since she has a strong background in physics, it didn't feel as contrived as the many sci fi novels written primarily by romance writers. Depending on whether your wife is more interested in the romance, or in the science, this may be a good choice.
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There's a romance in there, epic at the end because of the way they synchronize their timelines.
Well yes. But it's buried under the future shock, warfare, social changes, et cetera.

I seem to remember Mandala spending more time agonising about his sexual deviancy (by future standards), command problems, sense of duty and trying to survive than wondering about Marygay.
I've seen more romance in some of Weber's Honorverse books.

[Especially when Cachet and Palane are around.............]
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Well yes. But it's buried under the future shock, warfare, social changes, et cetera.

I seem to remember Mandala spending more time agonising about his sexual deviancy (by future standards), command problems, sense of duty and trying to survive than wondering about Marygay.
I've seen more romance in some of Weber's Honorverse books.

[Especially when Cachet and Palane are around.............]

If you read Haldeman's "definitive" edition there's more romantic stuff when they're back on Earth.
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My wife is looking for suggestions of books to read set in a science fiction universe but a romance is the major driver of the plot. None of the regular authors I can think of will fit this bill. Is there however some cross genre authors that may be able to quench her literary thirst
Stephen King's Misery has a certain romanticism.

She wants to read science fiction? She is already married you? I would go with this. What do you have to lose?
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My wife is looking for suggestions of books to read set in a science fiction universe but a romance is the major driver of the plot. None of the regular authors I can think of will fit this bill. Is there however some cross genre authors that may be able to quench her literary thirst
http://www.amazon.com/BEST-SciFi-Rom...R1PCL1V9C2MX7K

http://www.goodreads.com/genres/science-fiction-romance

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I find the love story between Arthur and Fenchurch in so Long and Thanks For All The fish to be very sweet.

Of course, you do need to read through two other books first to get to it in context.
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There is an ongoing romance between Elijah Baley and Gladia in the early Asimov "robot" books. See The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun and The Robots of Dawn. Not sure that the romance is the major driver of the plot though.
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My wife is looking for suggestions of books to read set in a science fiction universe but a romance is the major driver of the plot. None of the regular authors I can think of will fit this bill. Is there however some cross genre authors that may be able to quench her literary thirst
Of the books listed so far, all which I read involve romance, but do not have it as major driver of the plot. "The Forever War" comes closest, and that's not very close.

I cannot judge about ones I had not read, but generally romance in science fiction tends to be relegated to subplots. And in (sadly misnamed IMO) "Golden Age of SF" romance simply did not exist.
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Of the books listed so far, all which I read involve romance, but do not have it as major driver of the plot. "The Forever War" comes closest, and that's not very close.

I cannot judge about ones I had not read, but generally romance in science fiction tends to be relegated to subplots. And in (sadly misnamed IMO) "Golden Age of SF" romance simply did not exist.
I disagree. A Civil Campaign is a romance.
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My wife suggests Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCafferey. (Note: I do not like either one, read at your own risk.)

I have to suggest Elaine Cunningham's Songs and Swords books. (First book is Elfshadow.) There are five...but you must bear in mind that while they ARE standalone stories, each is intended as a part of one larger story.
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Another Bujold series that is built entirely around a romance arc (that is, is definitely a romance) is The Sharing Knife trilogy. It's fantasy more than SF, but it has few fantasy tropes and some SF qualities; it's a low-tech but technologically developing post-collapse world, much closer to 19th century America than medieval Europe. Cause and effect, not prophecies and destiny, drive the plot.

ETA: For pure fantasy that is about 50-50 romance-adventure (the romance plots are paramount, not side issues), there's also Jacqueline Carey.
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How about The Time Traveler's Wife? It's romantic, with a twist. Not really what you'd call "Science Fiction", but definitely not a normal situation.

And say what you will about The Forever War, but when he opens the letter at the end it gets me. Every. Time.
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Merry and Pippin, too. Not that there's anything wrong with homohobbitsexuality.
Hobbosexuals?
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