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12.13.2014

Guest Post: Why You Should Read More Science Fiction Romance in 2015 by Carol Van Natta

Dear Rhireaders, you know how much I love a great scifi romance so please welcome author Carol Van Natta to the blog today! With my schedule so jam packed I won't be able to read and review her book until after the holidays so I invited her to tell YOU why you should join me—if her reasons don't sell you, nothing will— plus OVERLOAD FLUX is on sale for only 99¢ (that's 75% off the regular price)! -- Rhi

Why You Should Read More Science Fiction Romance in 2015

Five reasons you should read more science fiction romance (SFR) in 2015. For those new to the term, in my book (oh look, humor!), SFR balances plot threads involving futuristic technology and the growth of the emotional relationship between the main characters.

  1. Discover new authors, and new works from existing authors. SFR is a new and growing category, and some new voices are showing up to tease your reading palate. Ruby Lionsdrake, who burst onto the scene in the fall of 2014 with three books in the Mandrake Company space opera series, has more planned for 2015. Nalini Singh's excellent Psy-Changeling series, has more novels planned for 2015, though I'm not sure how she tops Heart of Obsidian. And I'll not-so-humbly point out that my novel Overload Flux, is the first in the Central Galactic Concordance series, and there will be more coming in 2015.
  2. Get a breath of fresh air in a cross-genre book. Tired of reading science fiction books where you have to slog through the science, or learn an alien language just to follow the plot? Tired of reading romances where the main characters mostly sit around and pine for one another? SFR offers the best of both worlds — a vision of a futuristic universe where anything can happen, and active characters with heart (and often a laser pistol or two). Want humor, too? Check out the always cheeky Eve Langlais and her Cyborg series.
  3. Support gender equality in science. It's a fact: SFR is written mostly by women. Yeah, yeah, I hear you, it shouldn't matter who wrote that fabulous book, but it does. There's a perceived bias against women authors in science fiction fandom, stemming perhaps from the stereotype that women aren't as knowledgeable in the sciences. If you think that's no longer true, I'll point to the horrendous Mattel blunder in publishing Barbie's "I Can Be a Computer Engineer," (read more at Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/barbie-f-cks-it-up-again-1660326671) to bolster my argument.  So, buying and reading science fiction written by women does a little bit of social good in breaking down that meme.
  4. Stimulate your curiosity. SFR is based on science, not magic. Don't get me wrong, I love a good paranormal full of magic, vampires, shifters, fae, and assorted beasties that go bump in the night, but it's based on myth, not physics or biology. I'm fascinated by the possibilities of the real world, futuristic though it may be, and love it when science fiction makes me want to know more. Could a space elevator really work? (See http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/176625-60000-miles-up-geostationary-space-elevator-could-be-built-by-2035-says-new-study) Why can't we have solar roadways now? (See http://theweek.com/article/index/262486/solar-roads-are-more-practical-than-they-sound) Is there something better than rocket fuel for liftoff? (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane, and extra bonus points if you can figure out how to pronounce it.)
  5. Achieve escape velocity. One of my favorite humor bits goes like this: "What shall I do first? Cook dinner for four, take the cat to the vet, pay the bills, and vacuum the living room... OK, then, reading it is." Life can be frazzling, annoying, scary, uncomfortable, and all those other things that send your stress levels through the roof. A good book can take you away from all that, and with a good SFR, you can achieve escape velocity and send your imagination soaring among the stars.
Blurb:
The Central Galactic Concordance has been stable for two centuries, but trouble is brewing. A pandemic is affecting hundreds of civilized planets, and someone is stealing the vaccine...

Brilliant investigator Luka Foxe's hidden mental talent is out of control, making him barely able to function in the aftermath of violence, and the body count is rising. The convoluted trail leads to a corrupt pharma industry and the possibility of an illegal, planet-sized laboratory. In the face of increasing threats, he must rely on an enigmatic, lethal woman he just met, but she has deep secrets of her own.

Mairwen Morganthur hides extraordinary skills under the guise of a dull night-shift guard. The last thing she wants is to provide personal security for a hot-shot investigator, or to be plunged into a murky case involving sabotage, treachery, and the military covert operations division that would love to discover she’s still alive.

Two more lives in a rising death count won’t bother their enemies one bit. Their only hope for survival is revealing their dark secrets and learning to trust one another.

About the author: 

Carol Van Natta has been a swing-shift guard, secretary, actor, voiceover talent, singing telegram performer, non-profit director, business continuity specialist, and of course, an author. She still does some of those things so she can eat regularly and sleep indoors. She shares her Fort Collins, Colorado, home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books are the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist.

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Overload Flux (A Central Galactic Concordance Novel) is on sale for $0.99 at these outlets:

1 comment:

Nina Croft said...

I love SFR! For me, both as a reader and a writer, it's just that feeling that absolutely anything can happen!

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