MFT Guest: Diane Dooley posts about Romance at the End of the World and a Giveaway of Blue Galaxy *ENDED*

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.
Diane Dooley blogs. She reads. She geeks.
Blue Galaxy is available from Carina Press and most online bookstores.

The Giveaway: HAS ENDED
PDF copy of Blue Galaxy. (Thank You Diane!)
Must be 18 or older
Open Internationally
Ends July 5th, 2011

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Comments

  1. I think romance is still definitely possible. The true nature of people are more likely to come out in hard times than at any other time. I think it’s a silver lining for people in bad situations. Having the support of someone else when there’s really no good in the world can do a lot for the psyche and help prolong someones will to go on.

    Preet
    A Written Rhapsody
    writtenrhapsody(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. i believe people would be more likely to profess love if its the end of the world then they would on a regular day. if they believe this is it and have nothing more to live for, there gonna want the ones they care about the most to know how they feel.
    shadow_kohler@att.net

  3. What a great post. It is like Battlestar Galactica! Oh yes, I am apart of the Nerd Herd LOL! Nothing wrong with being a geek Dooley LOL! What a great question though. I do believe people can fall in love under such circumstances. If anything, they would need someone by their side even more. If not, we might as well give into the apocalypse, there wouldn’t be much of a point really. Don’t sign me up for the giveaway, I already have this book (just got it last week LOL!) Thank you so much for this great post nonetheless, I should break this one in tonight :D

  4. Romance is it’s own force, when it happens not much can stop it-even extreme circumstances. I think romance at the end of the world is great =) edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  5. I like romance in extreme setting, I think it ups its intensity and makes everyone go more with their instinct and be less shy and reserved, and act immediately. I think it adds some wonderful excitement to the story and romance :-)

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. I think romance will always be around until the end of time. It has been here since the beginning. I think there will be romance at the end of the world because it will bring everyone closer. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  7. There might be a sense of “what have I got to lose” at the end of the world, too, so maybe if you’re a cautious person by nature you’ll say to hell with it and give it a go with someone. You’re more willing to risk it all since ‘all’ is about to end. I really hope that made sense…

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    andra(dot)always(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I definitely agree that there’s a loss of ‘control’. There is nothing to lose at this point. I love it.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  9. I think romance is the only logical conclusion at the end of the world. Isn’t there some psychological theory that says that after a near-death experience man wants to reaffirm its lifehood and so wants desperately to have sex? (I think I read that somewhere, lol) Plus, I think love is the only answer in the face of danger.

    mnchapm2@mail.usf.edu

  10. Thank you, Candace, for being such a delightful host. And thanks, everyone, for taking the time to comment.

    The winner of the giveaway is Stella (Ex Libris) – hope you enjoy, Stella.

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