Alien Love in a Future World (Part 1)
This week I'm beginning a series on romantic relationships in sci-fi, specifically those between species and/or kinds (e.g. space aliens and humans, and aliens and aliens of different types, and aliens and AI). I write a lot about this kind of relationship in my own stories, but the universality of romance is a common theme in popular science fiction as well.
Star Trek made extensive use of this type of romance in its series (TNG, Voyager, DS9, Enterprise), though the most famous of inter-species pairs was Spock's parents Sarek (Vulcan) and Amanda Greyson (Human).
Other examples in popular science fiction include:
Delenn (Minbari) and John Sheridan (Human) on Babylon 5
Alana (of Landfall) and Marko (of Wreath) from Saga (Image Comics)
Gaius Baltar (Human) and Number Six (Cylon/A.I.) on Battlestar Galactica
John Crichton (Human) and Aeryn Sun (Sebacean) & Chianna (Nebari) and Ka D'Argo (Luxan) of Farscape
—and the list goes on and on.
To start exploring this topic, I queried several authors about their opinions, and set up a survey via SurveyMonkey to find out what opinions of these types of relationships were out there. We'll hear from the authors later in the series.
Below are the current results (the survey will continue throughout this series and I'll update the numbers) along with my 8 question survey.
Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 of the series where we hear from the authors Alia Gee, Judy Kirby, Rachelle Mandik and Pippa Jay!