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Subject: new to sci-fi would like recs please
Date Posted: 8/15/2013 3:42 PM ET
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hi all I'm a romance junkie but have been getting pretty bored with them lately. I wanted to get into a sci-fi series that is a) finished b)has romance,  the more the better can be m/m, m/m/f or m/f just please let me know which it is c)dark in theme/story line. thanks to all and sorry if this has been posted before. 

Date Posted: 8/15/2013 9:30 PM ET
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SF with romance?  Linnea Sinclair, Wen Spencer, Steve Miller and Sharon Lee's Laid series.

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 9:04 AM ET
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thanks emily. any particular book i should start with for linnea sinclair? also can't seem to find sharon lee's laid series. if anyone else knows of more please feel free to let me know =)

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 12:56 PM ET
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I second the rec for Lee and Miller's Liaden series.  Though, they're more regency style romances rather than the half-naked-men-on-cover style I see on your wishlist...

The ones with more romance than the others, and that also work well as stand-alones are: 

Conflict of Honors
Local Custom
Scout's Progress (Liaden, Bk 2)
Omnibus edition:  The Dragon Variation (Liaden)

Once you get beyond these three books, though, I highly recommend going in publication order.  They generally all have some romance in it, but these three are almost purely romances.

Then there's some of the books in Bujold's Vorkosigan series... In particular the first two about the parents.  Again, regency style romance.

Shards of Honor (Cordelia Naismith, Bk 1)
Barrayar
Omnibus edition: Cordelia's Honor (Shards of Honor & Barrayar)

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (MIles Vorkosigan, Bk 14) would also work well as a stand-alone.

The Vorkosigan series runs the gamut from romances to military sci-fi, to detective stories - so if all you want is romances, the entire series might not be for you.

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 1:22 PM ET
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lol melatni, I can't help the covers on books, although it can be awkward reading them in public. I like regency style romances,I'll check these books on goodreads , thanks a lot!

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 1:26 PM ET
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I second Bujold.  She is a wonderful writer, with humor and romance.

Gini Koch

Ann Aguirre

I'm currently a big fan of Gail Carringer, but she is more steampunk than SF.

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 1:39 PM ET
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I also like game of thrones, any series similar to that?

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 1:40 PM ET
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also the siantha jax series looks good putting the first one on my wishlist.

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 1:57 PM ET
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Oh, no judgement meant on the covers!  I've read plenty of books with similar covers, and been embarassed by them too.

Just wanted to make sure you were aware in case you abolutely had to have lots of bedroom activity in your romances.

One more:  To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.   A Oxford Time Travel novel.  This whole series is fun but this particular one has more romance than the others.  If you end up liking the series, they can be read in any order, except for Blackout and All Clear.  Those two are more like two halves of the same book.

I can't answer, though, to Game of Thrones... I'm probably the only fantasy fan  on the planet who hasn't read it yet.

 

Edited to add -- I just realized you asked for ones dark in theme... That doesn't describe the Liaden series (though I recommend them anyway!), nor does it really describe To Say Nothing of the Dog, though it does describe most of the rest of the series.  The Vorkosigan series, again, is variable.  Some are darker than others.

 



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Date Posted: 8/16/2013 8:30 PM ET
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Anne Bishop?  She is darker, but I do not know about romance in hers.

There is a tag list for SF erotica.  If you are looking for erotica, do come to the DOS.  Den of Sin over in Games. 

Date Posted: 8/16/2013 9:44 PM ET
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I adore bishops' dark jewels trilogy and really like all but sebastian and invisible ring. I think I'm watching the den of sin thread, I'll double check and look for that sf erotica. I find that erotica at least in romance has very little story line which I need to stay interested. I can't read game of thrones, wayyyyy too long and since I watch the show a lot of it is stuff I know so don't feel bad. thanks for all the suggestions though. 

Date Posted: 9/8/2013 10:03 PM ET
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I agree with the Bujold series.  In the earlier books after the first two there is a lot of the main Character (Miles Vorkosigan) trying to establish a romantic relationship but someone else gets the girl or the girls he does get have issues.  His desire to find a soul mate is what gets him in trouble more often than not.  It is something that isa minor theme in each of the books but isn't normally a main theme.

Eric Flint's Assidi Shards (1632) series has improtant romantic interludes (courting) in them without getting graphic.  Again it isn't the main theme but usually is the guiding force for what happens next.  Series isn't done because of all the fan fiction that is being written.

It would be easier to give you recommendations if you were interested in Westerns because my wife says Science Fiction is all Cowboys in Space.  :-)

Date Posted: 11/19/2013 1:03 AM ET
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Akward covers?    Simply find an old copy of Kant's "An Enquiry Into the Metaphics of Morals" and use that book jacket as a cover for your akward cover.