Today we're thrilled to welcome Christie Meierz to the site, whose latest release The Fall, came out on Monday. Christie writes science fiction romance, and love in a galaxy far, far away are no strangers to each other. Christie is here today to talk about some of the romances that are iconic in science fiction romance, and how love—a human emotion—isn't such an alien experience to these intergalactic characters. Thanks, Christie!
The die was cast when I was thirteen years old and discovered Andre Norton's Forerunner Foray in my junior high school library. After that, I read science fiction voraciously—and the Harlequin romances my mother hid in her book closet. Problem? No problem! It was only later that I discovered I was reading in two different worlds.
Science fiction tells stories about the future, whether we long for it or dread it, and what might happen when we get there. Adventures or calamities, ray guns or relationships, science fiction considers the way things might be and asks, “And then what happens?” Its readers are usually looking for something new, whether that’s a new way of looking at the future, the past, or an alternative to the now, and so science fiction changes radically every decade or so. But there’s usually a mix of adventure and longing, and a fascination with what makes us human.
And what’s more human than romance?