Science fiction romance is a large and diverse genre, containing so many books written by so many talented authors that no Earthling could sort through them all. There are romances to fit every taste, from sweet YA to ménage. There are heroes and heroines to fit any interest, from aliens to cyborgs. So where is a busy reader to start?
I can’t claim to say what the best scifi romance novels are--such judgments are above my pay grade. But for anyone wanting to blast off into the scifi romance universe, here are a few of my personal favorites to start with.
Shielder by Catherine Spangler
An outcast psionic heroine must save the galaxy with the help of a broody ship captain.
The Ultimatum by Susan Kearney
A geneticist psionic heroine must save the galaxy with the help of a broody ship captain.
Sweet Starfire by Jayne Ann Krentz (also writing as Jayne Castle)
A non-psionic heroine must track down aliens with the help of a broody ship captain.
Lots of broody ship captains in scifi romance, you might notice. To continue;
Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
This book was nominated for the RITA for its thematic complexity.
Collision Course by Zoe Archer
Fighter pilots in space!
Song of Scarabeus by Sara Creasy
A cybernetic biologist must save the galaxy with the help of space pirates and a broody…mercenary.
And here are three books that are similar to my own new release, Ladder to the Red Star, in that they are based on fairy tales and set in the future.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A YA retelling of Cinderella
Jaq’s Harp by Ella Drake
A novella retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk
Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
Probably my favorite scifi romance of all time, this is a retelling of the Steadfast Tin Soldier featuring a hot and devoted cyborg, an alternate universe, and telepathic cats. The heroine’s great, too.