Thursday, January 8, 2015

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Adventures in Lesbian SFR: A Report



After reading Renae Jones' lesbian space western sci-fi romance HELLCAT'S BOUNTY, I was craving more f/f SFR. I revisited Cathy Pegau's guest TGE post In Search of Lesbian SFR: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly to search for titles.
The challenge for me is finding (adult) stories with technology-based settings (i.e., non-fantasy) that also feature a romance/romance subplot with an upbeat ending. I'd also prefer non-erotic titles at the moment, since I'm a big plot and action-adventure loving gal, although an erotic heat level is fine.
Unfortunately, I'm currently operating under budget constraints, which means I can't snap up as many books as I'd like (though I may have to break down and make an exception for Andi Marquette's FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES, which seems right up my alley). Maybe I'll get lucky and score some titles at my local library.

I decided to try out Katherine V. Forrest's OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN per June Weiss's recommendation. The story was originally published in the DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS anthology (Pam Keesey, Editor). I discovered it's now available for individual purchase (at least at Amazon US)!
The lowdown: I'd characterize OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN as SF erotica with romantic elements. The writing is lovely and there's enough worldbuilding to anchor the sexual journey plot. The love scenes are tasteful, stylistic, and non-graphic (YMMV).
The story doesn't follow romance genre conventions, which is why I'm tagging it as SF; however given the upbeat ending I believe this story would appeal to SFR fans who also enjoy romantic SF and erotic SF. There's a kind of romantic twist ending--I'll leave it at that to avoid spoilers.
I'm also currently making my way through Steam-Powered II: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories (Joselle Vanderhooft, Editor). So far, I've discovered some are romantic steampunk.
Related post: Heather Massey on Lesbian Steampunk (via Babbling About Books, and More!)
If you're on the hunt for lesbian SFR/romantic SF yourself, here's a list you might want to check out: Lesbians in Space: A Reading List (via Good Lesbian Books).
Finally, keep an eye out for K.T. Grant's 2015 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event, which kicks off on 1/11/15! I contributed a post, which is scheduled for 1/23.

January is one of my favorite months in blogging because it’s the annual Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event (#LFAE) here on Babblings! Started in 2012, the LFAE helps promote all types of Lesbian literature and the authors who write and publish it.

Joyfully yours,
Heather