I'm going to riff off of Donna S. Frelick's post about Authentic Settings A Challenge In SFR because she raises some interesting points and I wanted to unpack them a bit. Here's the least you need to know:
Those of us who write SFR tend to be science and space geeks from early childhood. We seek out any opportunity, slim though it may be, to stand close to something, uh, space-y. Field trips to an observatory, to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum or, if we’re lucky, to see a launch at Cape Canaveral bring squeals of delight. But you have to admit, we have greater challenges finding a way to immerse ourselves in setting details for planets that exist only in our minds.That’s why, in a way, I “cheat” by setting parts of my stories here on Earth. (That’s true of the first two of my Interstellar Rescue series, at least. The third book, Fools Rush In, is set entirely in space.) It helps me as a writer, but I think it also helps the reader relate to the story. If some of the places are familiar, then a reader new to SFR might have an easier time accepting the introduction of more alien places and ideas.
After reading Donna's post, I was reminded of a book by Margaret Taylor called A FIRST LOVE NEVER DIES (Spi-Corp #1). (Thanks to passenger K for the heads up!). Read the blurb for this book: