The Scribes would like to welcome guest blogger, Jael Wye! Thanks for being with us today, Jael. I’m guessing from your title, that you are going to talk about the world of Sci Fi. Take it away…
It’s tough being a science fiction author these days. The golden age of slimy aliens and tinfoil brassiere-clad spacebabes is long gone, at least in literary form. Over the last decades, the undeniably kick-ass visuals in scifi movies and videogames have lured the scifi fanboys and girls away from their books. (Kids these days, I tell ya.)
So right now the popular audience for novels set in outer space is pretty small. Imagine, then, the miniscule sliver of interest there is in romance novels set in outer space.
At first glance, the two genres seem completely incompatible. Romance is focused on relationships, while scifi is focused on concepts. Romance fans might not cotton to the notion of a hero with a light saber instead of fangs or knee-breeches, while scifi fans might fear getting girl cooties. However, there are, in fact, several good examples of the fusion of scifi and romance out there, like the novels of Linnea Sinclair, Jane Castle (Jane Ann Krentz), and Sara Creasy.
Still, there’s no getting around the fact that writing romances set in space is not for the faint of heart or the empty of pocket. I do it because I love it, and I think (hope) there are a few others out there among the seven billion people on this planet (or others) who will also love it if given the chance.
That’s not to say I’m eager to sacrifice a potential paycheck on the altar of my art. No, I have faith that the future holds endless possibilities for drawing some decent royalties. Right now scifi is going through a down period of popular interest, but, like Spock in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, it will eventually resurrect itself and continue to boldly go etc. etc.
So, I write what I love, and I wait for the golden moment to become the JK Rowling of scifi/romance novels. Meanwhile, I buck myself up with the knowledge that people will get bored with the freakin’ earls and vampires eventually, right?
Here’s my question of the day—what is your favorite scifi romance? I vote for Mulder/Scully, though Han Solo/Princess Leia was also pretty hot.