Since I started blogging I’ve become much more adventurous when it comes to reading. I’m more open to taking chances and discovering some new genres/subgenres I previously never would have read. Two of my most recent discoveries were the fantasy and sci-fi subgenres.
The way I discovered sci-fi romance was quite accidental: I never set out to venture into science fiction land and read some “weird alien book” (what old, ignorant Stella would have said), it was not a conscious decision on my part.
I simply stumbled upon Gini Koch’s debut novel Touched by an Alien and loved its cover so much that after some internal debating and torturous dilemma (because in spite of the gorgeous knee-weakening cover I feared that as a sci-fi book I wouldn’t enjoy it) I gave in (hail to the inner cover whores ) and I was hooked after the first couple of pages! To this day Gini and her Kitty Katt Alien series remains one of my favourite books and thanks to such a stellar introduction I was afraid no more of this very scary genre.
Since then I have read a couple more books and series in the science fiction romance subgenre like Space Junque and Spiderwork (part of L.K. Rigel’s Apocalypto series) or Alien Revealed (the first novella in Lilly Cain’s Confederacy Treaty series) and though I’m still a newbie (so if you have some good recommendations, please share!), I discovered that sci-fi can be a genre I enjoy.
Sure I haven’t tried any hardcore sci-fi with absolutely no romantic subplot, I try to ease into it rather slowly and gradually, but I enjoy a lot the strange universes sci-fi authors have created. I’m amazed at their creativity and it was surprising for me how well they managed not to overwhelm me with all the scientific and unknown terms and way of things (that was my greatest fear that I would feel lost in such an unfamiliar, alien setting and would be bored). To the contrary, I found their imaginative descriptions of how things differ from the norm we have grown to know fascinating.
So I would urge you, those who have stayed clear of sci-fi like me to give it a chance, try it with something light and fun: nothing better than Gini Koch’s Alien series if you want to laugh out loud, or if you want something steamy check out Lilly Cain’s Confederacy Treaty series published by Carina Press, or if you are in the mood for some complex world-building you should discover L.K. Rigel’s Apocalypto series.
Do you like sci-fi, if yes why exactly?
What is your favourite thing about it?
Any good sci-fi (romance) recommendations you would have for me?