Sunday, October 20, 2013

Discover New Sci-Fi Romances With "If You Like…"

Discovering your next science fiction romance read can be a challenge sometimes, so a number of bloggers and authors decided to make the search a whole lot easier.*

Introducing the "If you like…" event!

Below you'll find a handy list of sci-fi romance books that share similar elements, settings, and/or character types. This comparison is designed to help you find new books based on ones you've already enjoyed.

All this week, various bloggers and authors in the SFR community will tag books to help you find a sci-fi romance that's up your alley. Once they've all gone live, I'll compile a master list and post it here for your convenience!

Let's begin the show! 

If you like Stephanie Meyer's THE HOST, read Sharon Lynn Fisher's GHOST PLANET
Similarities: symbiotic aliens, forbidden romance, mystery elements, heroine-centric, first person (alien?!) POV

If you like Catherine Asaro's THE PHOENIX CODE, read Aubrey Watts' PARAGON
Similarities: android lover, scientist heroine, hard SF, thriller elements

If you like Meljean Brook's The Iron Seas series, read Cindy Spencer Pape's Gaslight Chronicles
Similarities: steampunk setting, clockwork gadgets, strong heroines, action-adventure elements

If you like Sara Creasy's SONG OF SCARABAEUS, read Jeanette Grey's UNNACCEPTABLE RISK
Similarities: cyberpunk setting, corporate villain, cybernetically enhanced heroine, subtle romance

If you like Susan Grant's CONTACT, read Melisse Aires' ALIEN BLOOD
Similarities: "hearth and home" style sci-fi romance, alien hero, survival of the fittest theme

If you like J.D. Robb's NAKED IN DEATH, read Cathy Pegau's CAUGHT IN AMBER and Ann Somerville's COLD FRONT
Similarities: noir, crime fiction elements; damaged protagonists; futuristic, non-Earth settings; dangerous antagonists

If you like Joss Whedon's FIREFLY, read Anitra Lynn McLeod's THIEF.
Similarities:  a misfit crew, space opera setting, kick-butt heroine (Jace is an SFR version of FIREFLY'S Zoe), thief-with-a-heart-of-gold hero, action-adventure

If you like Ann Aguirre's PERDITION, read Heather Massey's QUEENIE'S BRIGADE (in the interest of full disclosure, I, Heather, am the owner of this blog)
Similarities: gritty, space penitentiary setting, criminal anti-heroines, vivid fight scenes, underdogs as heroes

Bloggers/authors participating in the "If You Like..." SFR event throughout this week:

Pippa Jay 
Pauline Baird Jones
Frances Pauli
Spacefreighters Lounge: The Gradual SFR-ARIAN 
Rae Lori 
Heidi Ruby Miller 
Smart Girls Love SciFi & Paranormal Romance 
K. Ceres Wright 

Joyfully yours,


*Credit for this idea goes to Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches and Jane Litte of Dear Author. They discussed the "If you like..." strategy during their 9/25/13 podcast. The SFR community then picked up the ball and ran with it. Thanks for your inspiration, ladies!