Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fantasy Tuesdays: Space Fantasy, The Final Frontier

First off, I am talking about the importance of critique partners with Aubrie Dionne. I am also giving away a copy of my space fantasy romance novelette Defying Gravity, so please drop by and enter. Plus, Aubrie Dionne writes some wonderful space operas/science fiction romance, so be sure to check out her novels too.

Space fantasy is perhaps the final frontier when it comes to the fantasy genres. It’s so borderline science fiction that some would argue it is closer to science fiction than fantasy. For me, though, science fiction involves well, science. Defying Gravity has wormholes, spaceships, and mentions stars and galaxies, but the science part ends there. I created the planets (Persea, Medusa, the brief mention of Aresia). I created the aliens much like I would create a fantasy world with their cultures, type of magic, and creatures. I deposited the main characters on a post-apocalyptic Earth of my imagination.

When our Earth isn’t enough, I believe we writers of fantasy can sometimes have fun in other planets.

Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, and Stargate are some well-known space fantasy/sci-fi fantasy/space operas.

Today my space fantasy romance novelette Defying Gravity officially debuts. What a better day than Valentine’s Day to have space aliens, cannibalistic humans, and romance.

Homesick upon the SS Perseid, Linia, a young linguist, thinks she signed up for a mission of peace, but her crew members have another plan: attack the planet Medusa.

Bored with his dying planet, Alezandros, a space cruiser pilot, joins the Medusan Army in his quest for adventure.

When the SS Perseid clashes with the Medusans’ space cruisers, Alezandros and Linia’s lives intertwine. Sucked through a wormhole, they crash upon a post-apocalyptic Earth and are captured by cannibals. In adjacent cells, Alezandros and Linia cast their differences aside for a common bond: escape. But when romantic feelings emerge between them, they might do the unthinkable because for a Medusan and a Persean to fall in love, it would defy gravity.

What space fantasy novels, TV shows, or movies do you enjoy?


Bess Weatherby said...

Sounds like a great story! Although I don't think space is the *final* frontier for fantasy authors. At least I certainly hope it isn't!

Nicole Zoltack said...

There's always fun to be had on other planets for fantasy writers.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The description 'space opera' fits it perfectly.

Emily R. King said...

Congrats on the debut of your novella!

Christine Rains said...

Yay! Congratulations on your official debut. :) I like sci-fi for trying to create something original within the constraints of science.

Selah Janel said...

congrats! This looks like /such/ a great title! I agree - space fantasy done well can open up a lot of freedom for a writer. There's a reason why space is such a great backdrop for a variety of genres.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I had never heard of space fantasy before I read this blog post. There are so many different genre classifications out there that I really struggle to figure out where my writing belongs. Now I have to add one other to the mix. Oh my.

John Wiswell said...

To me space isn't the final frontier for Fantasy, but it is one its authors ought to pay more mind. It's a beautiful place to furnish with our imaginations, and no less plausible a zone than a world that never existed.

Elizabeth Twist said...

I've always hoped that you don't really have to involve actual science to write science fiction. Otherwise, my goose is cooked!

If you've got time, I've tagged you to answer 11 random questions. The questions are at the bottom of this post. Whee!