I don’t usually read too much science fiction but when I do, I tend to go on a binge. So recently I have been bingeing some science fiction romance books that feature QUILTBAG characters – and loving it! The below are some of the books I have been reading and a quick little review of them.
LGBTQ+ Science Fiction Romance
Tit for Tat by R. Cooper
Tat never expected a future. A lower-caste Luudi who left her planet and made a new home with a group of idealistic humans, she spends her time looking out for new family and working in secret to rescue refugees from a neighboring country. She is content with what she has, if sometimes lonely.
Then a Pros arrives their tense little border town. Although mostly human, the Pros were genetically engineered to look perfect and to offer pleasure, both physically and psychically. Beautiful, sophisticated Cin is no exception, which is why when she approaches Tat, Tat knows it can’t be personal. Luudi are big, strong, purple, and impervious to psychic influence—making Tat the safest outlet for someone like Cin. Tat says yes with no expectation that Cin would ever want more, while convinced the danger will eventually drive Cin away.
But the Pros can take care of themselves, as well as any quietly heroic Luudi who catches their eye—if only that Luudi would let them. Tat has spent so long helping others find a future, it doesn’t occur to her to seek out her own even when her silence might cost her the one she wants.Taken from book blurb
I loved Tit for Tat so much! Think alien and not so human lesbians in space, fighting against a fascist regime. I loved it so much, I have a Romance Recommendation post about it. So be sure to keep an eye out for it!
Also I read this book for my Hopeful Reads of 2020 challenge and am so glad I did because not only was it a 5 star read but it was what got me started on my sci-fi binge 🚀
Diplomacy Sqaured by Sydney Blackburn
When Fold pilot Diego is assigned to space station Mikesi, he expects his biggest problem will be boredom, even if it is circling a recent First Contact alien home world. Much of the Human speculation aboard the place revolves around the mystery of Antho females, as all those encountered so far seem to be male. Being gay, it’s not a question Diego gives a lot of consideration.
All his attention is soon taken, anyway, by station admin Portya. Though they have many physical differences, they also have enough in common that Diego is confident they’ll get along just fine—and they do. The sex isn’t just amazing, it’s addicting.
Until Portya winds up pregnant, a surprise for which Diego was not remotely prepared.Taken from book blurb
Loved it! Started reading this gem and did not finish until 3am. Despite the fact that I was sleepy and incredibly out of it the next day at work, I was quite glad that I stayed up late to finish them book.
Diplomacy Squared is not something I would normally pick up but I am really glad I did – the alien aspects of the pairs relationship was a pleasure to read as you watched them not just fall for each other but learn to navigate their cultures, body differences, and inadequacies in their shared language.
I have previously read books by Sydney Blackburn and have loved them. There is something about the way they effortlessly world build and create these engaging characters who after almost no time at all, you need to see happy. I would highly recommend picking up one of their books!
Ge-Mi: The Series
A hundred years ago, evil scientists spliced human genes with those of animals, creating a genetic mutation passed on through the generations. Hated because of their differences, these Ge-Mis live on the fringes of society where they scrounge and scrape to get by.
Nevada is half Ge-Mi and hides that fact behind baggy clothes and by keeping distance between himself and everyone around him. One day, his peaceful life is shattered by an explosion and the arrival of a pack of wolves to sniff out the culprit.
Wolves have excellent noses and as Alpha, Taylor can sniff out every one of Nevada’s secrets—and the harder Nevada tries to resist, the more difficult staying away from Taylor becomes.Taken from Part One’s book blurb
Ge- Mi is an action packed sci-fi queer romance that is set in an almost post apocalyptic world separated into sections. In Earth’s history, humans were experimented on and had animal genes sliced with those of animals – the resulting humans possessed mutations that gave them physical attributes superior to humans.
The two Ge-Mi novels focus on Nevada who is a cat Ge-Mi (before mentioned ancestor of the human experiements) as they settle into their new home and job. The romance of the story enteres with Taylor who is a wolf Ge-Mi, with the entrance of Taylor we see the entrance of the true story, intruige, and action of the novel.
The different parts alter POVs with Part One being from the perspective of Nevada and the second from Taylor.I enjoyed both of these books, they had just enough world building and exposition for me to quickly get a handle on the world, as well as just enough character interaction to feel for the romantic leads. Check out my other post about another of Mell Eight‘s books that I have read and reviewed.
Dark Space series by Lisa Henry
Brady Garrett needs to go home. He’s a conscripted recruit on Defender Three, one of a network of stations designed to protect the Earth from alien attack. He’s also angry, homesick, and afraid. If he doesn’t get home he’ll lose his family, but there’s no way back except in a body bag.
Cameron Rushton needs a heartbeat. Four years ago Cam was taken by the Faceless — the alien race that almost destroyed Earth. Now he’s back, and when the doctors make a mess of getting him out of stasis, Brady becomes his temporary human pacemaker. Except they’re sharing more than a heartbeat: they’re sharing thoughts, memories, and some very vivid dreamsFirst two paragraphs of the first book, Dark Space.
Dark Space was a really enjoyable series that explored a lot of themes around fear of the unknown and communication. Main character Brady struggles to overcome his fear of the alien face that attacks Earth, the Faceless. Compounded on top of this is his fear of space itself and the thin balance of living in an artificial environment drifting in space – his thoughts always returning to descriptions of asphyxiation in space.
In the first book, Dark Space, we see Brady and Cameron become close and in the two other books in the series we see them stick together and support each other through the adversities they face. The dynamics of the pair were really enjoyable and despite the sci-fi setting really based in reality. The characters needed each other, they communicated, they shared, and they relied on each other to see the other through.
I have always wanted to read a Lisa Henry book, and it was amazing. Lisa Henry is an Australian author and it shows, I adored the descriptions of the outback and the comparisons between the colours of space to that of local flora. It was really refreshing seeing an Australian perspective of space.