Heather @ The Galaxy Express has asked for suggestions for “must read” science fiction romance, and the discussion thread is getting pretty interesting. It’s been flagged that the list of authors is almost exclusively female as well, which, to be honest, is not a massive surprise to me.
I’m thinking the list so far is very much a YMMV list – I adore some of the authors listed, but am more on the fence about others. My standard SFR author recs – Catherine Asaro, Lois McMaster Bujold, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller – are already on the list, though I did propose Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman’s Star of the Guardians quartet for inclusion. Has anyone else ever read it? I think they’re OOP now, but I remember being totally caught up in the whole saga and devouring all four novels within a very short period of time (seriously, Maigrey and Sagan set the standard for star-crossed lovers, and you then add a lost royal heir, intergalactic battles, and a gang of very cool mercenaries). I’ve found the Wikipedia entry for the series (here, but major spoilers) and just reading the very terse plot summary makes me want to re-read (alas, my copies are packed away somewhere in my parents’ home – safely, I hope!).
On a different note, Kelley Armstrong is doing the graphic novel thing – she’s writing an original Otherworld story with the Dabel Brothers. If my memory serves me correctly, the Dabel Brothers did the first of Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake graphic novels before they parted company with Marvel or something, and left the Anita rights with Marvel? In fact, I think it’s the same artist, Brett Booth. And they did the first Mercy Thompson graphic novel “Homecoming” too, before that moved somewhere else as well, IIRC.
Anyway. As an introduction to the Otherworld universe, they’re doing a limited-edition Otherworld Primer, which is being exclusively offered to Ms Armstrong’s fans before being officially announced. I’m sort of on the fence – it’s around £16, which is on the pricey side. Decisions.
And a final link: While trying to verify my patchy information about Dabel Brothers above, I came across this interview linked on Patricia Briggs’ website – it’s with the writer doing the upcoming adaptations of “Cry Wolf” and “Moon Called”, David Lawrence. There are some great sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes links.