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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Top Ten Reasons To Fall In Love In Outer Space by Heather Massey

Plenty of science fiction romances feature couples who fall in love during their far out space adventures. That got me to thinking—why is that? Why is space such a fertile locale for love?

As a result of my various synapses firing, I came up with The Top Ten Reasons To Fall In Love In Outer Space:

1) A Space station bar is a great place to meet your soul mate
2) Zero-g gravity
3) You can scream as loud as you want while having sex and no one will hear you.
4) Alien Lovers ‘R’ Us
5) Space is where all the cool cats hang out (bounty hunters, pirates, starship captains, etc.)

6) Extended starship journeys guarantee plenty of “us” time
7) Nothing brings a couple closer together better than a galactic war or the threat of an alien invasion
8) Falling in love on a planet is so twenty-first century
9) The views are spectacularly romantic
10) Exotic ports-of-call. After all, a couple needs either a relaxing getaway or a dangerous place to spice things up

Giveaway time!

To celebrate the idea of love matches in space, I’m giving away a digital copy of my military sci-fi romance, Queenie’s Brigade. Here’s the story blurb:

Captain Michael Drake desperately needs an army to save Earth after a crushing defeat by alien invaders. When his damaged starship docks at a remote prison colony, he discovers Earth’s last best hope—an army to replace the one he lost.

But Queenie, the feral goddess ruling the prison, has other plans for the rugged military leader. After imprisoning Drake and seizing his ship, she prepares to lead her blood-thirsty band to freedom before the invaders track them down.

Despite her intentions, Queenie secretly falls for the sexy, hotshot captain. Drake makes it plain he wants to win back Earth with her by his side. But is following her heart worth betraying her people?


The winner can choose from among these formats: PDF, ePub, or Mobi. The deadline to enter is midnight EST on Friday, 2/17/12.

Entering is easy: Leave a comment and tell me what appeals to you about characters falling in love in outer space!

About the author:
Heather Massey is a lifelong fan of science fiction romance. She searches for sci-fi romance adventures aboard her blog, The Galaxy Express.

She’s also a writer of the subgenre: Her forthcoming sci-fi romance is The Watchmaker’s Lady (Clockpunk Trilogy #1), coming April 2012 from Red Sage Publishing. To learn more about her published work, visit

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Barbara Elsborg said...

What's really good about characters falling in love in outerspace is the fact that all earth bound conventions cease to matter. You can do what you like with who you like and make your own rules! Provided your mum and dad didn't come along for the ride, that is!

Pippa Jay said...

Oh, love these!

Heather Massey said...

@Barbara re: mum & dad: Don't you know it!

@Pippa thanks for reading!

L. A. Green said...

Love your SFR Top Ten, Heather. You should have that list made into a T-shirt. And mousepads. And mugs and stuff.

Kaye Manro said...

I love your top ten, Heather. And I so agree with Laurie these reasons should be out there for all to see and wear, or drink from, you know.

The answer to your question: Everything!

Pauline said...

Nothing like danger to bring a couple together and what is more dangerous than space? Okay, potty training, but after that space.

(No need to enter me, I have your book!)

Brodie Mark said...

Potty training? *wrinkles nose*
I think I'll stick with the dangers of space.
Thanks for coming by today, Heather.

Anna said...

I like the idea that they could be isolated, having to rely on each other more than in your typical Earth-based story. They usually can't just walk away.

And they have the possibility of discovering something totally new...together.


Anna doxisrcoolAT aol DOT com

Anonymous said...

I may be from a different planet, but I've never gotten to experience any of those. Someday... Thanks for participating!

JC Cassels said...

Love your reasons. But for me it would have to be Zero-gee sex... definitely.

Liz S. said...

Love your top 10 list. Falling in love in outerspace is filled with potentials, new planets, new social mores, galactic wars, new technology, etc. So many possibilities to mix things up!