As I approach the most important scene in revision, the moment my two lovers meet for the first time, I’ve been thinking about my favorite SFR novels. They span decades, their styles are different, their characters unique, but they all have one thing in common. L.O.V.E. At first sight. Pretty much.
In preparation for this scene, I read through my male character sketch and I found the following:
“Who can explain the nature of attraction? The philosophers promise it is a gift of mystery, the devotees preach it is the will of the gods, the cynics sneer it is an accident of timing. Until Naomi appeared in my life, I never thought about these questions. Now I cannot stop asking them.”
So, here are a couple of early SFRs that explore the nature of attraction. If you haven’t read them, you’ll find they stand the test of time.
Written in the early 1970s , The Forever War is an evolution of Starship Troopers, without Heinlein’s not-so-thinly veiled sexism. Haldeman’s love story is military science fiction set in a grim universe, but his draftee characters, William Mandella and Marygay Potter manage to triumph over the ruthless barriers of time and space. Haldeman’s irony and humor make this a true classic.
Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
On a routine survey mission astrocartographer Captain Cordelia Naismith is taken prisoner by Lord Aral Vorkosigan, leader of a merciless expeditionary force. In spite of their strongly opposing politics and profound culture clash, Aral is immediately intrigued with his serene and wise captive. And the feeling is mutual.Cordelia’s compassion and intelligence tempers Aral’s hunger for power and tormented nature seamlessly. Bujold frames their unlikely romance with her truly remarkable world-building.
So, you tell me. What inspires attraction? Who are your favorite galactic couples?
Check out TaylorGraceauthor.wordpress.com for the 5 Books I re-read over and over. Thanks for the inspiration for this blog, Taylor.
Also, J. C. Conway.com has a wonderful post about what happens when we fall in love – Love Science. Amazing stuff!
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