Language of alien love
I don’t know why it took me so long to write a sci-fi romance. I mean I grew up watching sci-fi. Doctor Who would be one of my favorite aliens (especially when he looks like David Tennant).
Then there was Star Trek, original and Next Gen.
Stargate…what can I say? It’s always astounded me how everyone in the universe speaks perfect English. No really, how is that possible?
Farscape took aliens to a whole new level, along with the sexual tension between Aeryn and Crichton. It also solved the language problem in a microt. They also gave us the word frell because even aliens swear.
Battlestar Galactica made it hit home how hard living in space would be. Food, water, fuel all become essential that will run out. It also becomes very clear how fragile the ships are and how easy it is to die in space. BSG gave us frack, I use it because when you have kids you need something that begins with F and won’t get them a time out at school if they copy…
When I decided to write SFR I knew what I wanted. I didn’t want the grit and human drama of BSG, as much as I enjoyed watching it. In fact I didn’t want humans at all. I wanted lush alien cultures. I wanted to explore inter-species relationships as well as same species relationships. I also wanted to make sure that they didn’t all speak English, while not wanting to invent a whole pile of words.
So I created Allied Abbreviated and simply said that’s what people speak to cross cultural boundaries. It’s the universal second language. Thus my aliens can now communicate and because Allied Abbreviated is a simple language and I still get all the fun of those 4 letter words :)
But communication is more than words, there’s body language to consider. What one species might view as a come on, another would totally miss, or worse, find offensive. Scents would also come into play. Skin from another planet might smell different. Aliens could secrete pheromones to attract a mate while other species might hate the smell of it. Some might secrete something benign on their planet but it could be a potent hallucinogenic to other species.
The possibilities are endless and a lot of fun to explore :)
The first story is Lunar Exposure…
Bounty hunter Callen wants to capture Noga—a terrorist—both for the money and for revenge. But catching a criminal on the sensual resort of Decadent Moon without giving in to all the destination’s sexual pleasures is harder than it seems.
Haliday is the darling of the media, a socialite known as much for her casual relationships as she is for her charitable donations. No one knows she hunts down criminals.
Lust and ambition clash, and Callen and Haliday will have to find a way to work together, despite the distraction of their passionate bond. To succeed they must trust each other, something neither Callen nor Haliday is willing to do.