I’ve always loved dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction. Maybe it was growing up during the Cold War, when the end of the world by mutually assured destruction was something that seemed like a definite possibility. Whether I was reading Orwell’s ‘1984’ or Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale; whether I was watching ‘Mad Max’ or ‘Bladerunner,’ the very concept seemed so real and immediate to me that I never had to suspend my disbelief.
When the world as you know it has gone or is being threatened, what effect that does that have on the individual? When you find yourself facing the worst of possible futures, what happens to love and romance?
In my sci-fi romance novella, Blue Galaxy, the planet Earth is a few decades past the point of no return. Environmental degradation and the resulting climate change has resulted in the planet no longer being able to feed its population. Starvation and malnutrition are endemic. Access to the dwindling food supplies are controlled by an aristocratic class who belong heart and soul to an all-powerful dictator. The only hope for the populace is emigration to far-flung colony planets, but the dictator controls emigration also.
What do people do under such circumstances? Is it still possible to fall in love when your planet is dying and your future is dying with it? My two main characters, Javan and Sola, react very differently and, as they both pursue their plans to survive, they manage to fall in love along the way.
Romance at the end of the world: when the stakes are this high, you’re not looking to live happily ever after. You’re just wondering if you have a future to look forward to at all.
I’ll be giving away a PDF copy of Blue Galaxy. Please tell me your thoughts on romance at the end of the world.
The Giveaway: HAS ENDED
PDF copy of Blue Galaxy. (Thank You Diane!)
Must be 18 or older
Ends July 5th, 2011
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