You’re active in the science fiction romance community. What are some of the trends or changes that you’ve seen in the last couple of years?
Peripheral People puts multiple twists on the classic police procedural, set in the vastness of an interplanetary empire and featuring a serial killer who murders victims with his mind. Four deeply flawed characters struggle to cooperate within the tight confines of an imperial enforcement spaceship while racing to solve the case. Well-timed humor helps to ease the heavy atmosphere of escalating violence, psychic traps, and the added complication of sexual tension, while the carefully crafted mystery keeps readers guessing until the end.
I couldn’t help thinking: Why isn’t more science fiction like this? Why don’t we have more fiction about the actual day–to–day process of science and the fallout that it might have on the relationships of those involved?Ms. Roberts’ article comes at the issue from the SF side, so I’m guessing that’s why, other than books by Lois McMaster Bujold, none of the titles she mentioned include the sci-fi romances I and others in the SFR community blog about on a weekly basis (and for over a decade if you count the collective effort). And yet...I still wind up scratching my head over articles like this one.
It later occurred to me that this science fiction may well exist, and I simply haven’t come across it.