I’m so excited to note that my poem Sidereal is live in the ever-wonderful Apex Magazine…WOO!

I loved writing this piece even more than most. I’d been playing a lot of Mass Effect, reading sci-fi and space opera, watching Star Trek: Voyager, and dreaming about a quietly empty, regenerating, far-ish but not too far-future earth when most humans have gone elsewhere…the constellations the same as ever, the earth fallow, waiting to thrive again with water reclamation plants and careful tending. And in the muted night, an Operator and a Specialist tending the machines that coax the world back to health–a soldier and an engineer in a quiet and generative love.

I remember once hearing someone going on about how romance has no place in science fiction and fantasy writing. That got a legit lol from me–as long as I’m writing about humanity, I’ll do my damnedest to create well-rounded and believable human characters. We (humans) love fervently and dangerously and quietly and unwisely and well; we form attachments, friendships, rivalries, and ultimately rely upon one another when things get dangerous or weird. If anything, these relationships and attachments in fiction make for life-rich characters with hella motivation to do what they do in moving a narrative forward. Now, I don’t expect alien species, every artificial intelligence, or other life-forms in speculative fiction and poetry to behave the way humans do–not unless it’s part of how the writer has imagined the species and world. But my favorite science fiction, space opera, fantasy, anything-I’m-reading humanoid characters often act from places of emotion, making decisions because of their human attachments. And yes, sometimes they fall in love. Exploration of this humanness is why Sidereal was such a joy for me to write–I reveled in exploring how two people in this future full of extensive tech and galactic conquest could grow close in the framework of lonely, dangerous, and sometimes painfully exacting work.

So, readers…any sci-fi romances out there that make you swoon and rock your galaxy? I’d love to hear about them!


6 thoughts on “Sidereal

  1. You don’t realize it at first because it seems like JUST a revenge space opera… but all the events of Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie began because an AI loved a one person so much that her death made the AI willing to take on the entire universe if necessary.

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    • Sssshhh don’t tell me more…I cannot WAIT to read those, and they’re in my queue! :D Actually, writing about AI acting out of such places has been on my agenda to write about for years now…just gotta figure out how I want to do it. Ty so muchly for reading and commenting, sweetie! <3


  2. Congratulations on your fantastic poem!
    Do you watch Doctor Who? My fave sci-fi romance is The Doctor and Rose. *sniffs* For sci-fi books, my favourite’s probably Solaris. I tend to like ’em tragic. *nods*

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    • Aww ty so much!!! <3 And while I have not watched much of the recent ones (I watched the old school doctors, heh)–I have a lotta-lotta fangirl friends who have apprised me of the beauty of the Doctor and Rose romance. The beauty, the tragedy. I have not read Solaris, but I saw the more recent movie version–I need to read it because it was a stunning concept and yes, tragic. I understand the draw of that though…all of the feels. ALL OF THEM. Ty so much for the comment and most of all, for reading! ^_^ Hmm, I might need to watch those new Whos…


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