The Treatment of Erotica in SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal Books
by Patricia Green
Perhaps it started in ancient Greece, where clay tablets sometimes held naughty verse. Certainly, It started long before the twentieth century when Anaïs Nin wrote her famous Delta of Venus. No matter where it began, however, erotica is part of human existence and has been for at least two millennia.
The combination of erotica and science fiction necessitated that science fiction—both speculative and fantastical—become a meme with all its attendant facets. It needed more than technology, more than fantasy Gods and Goddesses and anthropomorphic animals; it needed a dose of visceral reality. This reality had to be the kind that included eating, sleeping, and, of course, sexuality.
We might never know when science fiction erotica was first produced, but it is easy to see its prevalence increasing as the centuries pass. Today, science fiction erotica is gaining popularity as authors such as Laurell K. Hamilton, John Norman, and the venerable Johanna Lindsey get into the act. Even Piers Anthony, that famous writer of fantasy that so many of us cut our eye teeth on, wrote Pornucopia, his version of a paranormal romp in the hay. And while “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex” by Larry Niven isn’t exactly erotic, he deals in suggestive sexual themes exclusively in that story.
But what are the romantic elements of sci-fi erotica, and how do they further the tech or fantasy? Try this on for size: boy meets girl; boy gets girl; boy loses girl; boy sings a song and gets girl back; they live happily ever after. That’s the basic refrain of romance novels, but in the case of sci-fi and fantasy romance, it could be: alien meets girl; or, boy meets android; or, shape-shifter meets demon. The combinations are endless, but the point is that someone meets someone else who rocks their world, then they find that they can’t do without that someone, and through some wonder of science or fantasia, they make it through trials and tribulations and find permanent togetherness. That’s the scope I tried to present in my two-book series, Daughter of the Moon.
The erotic elements are, I hope, self-explanatory. There’s sex that’s sexy, not perfunctory or medically technical, but sensual, often impulsive, and always passionate. It’s intended to emotionally charge the reader right along with the characters.
Can the characters have more than one partner and still retain the romance elements? I think so. There is illustrative value in comparisons, as well as a dose of reality when bad relationships and uncomfortable sexual situations occur. Furthermore, there is a burgeoning market for homosexual romance literature happening today that shouldn’t be ignored. And if homosexuality is allowed, perhaps polyamory ought to be, too. The world is a wide open place for erotica these days, and sci-fi erotica perhaps most open of all because the human(oid)s and supernatural beings that inhabit those realms don’t necessarily fit together the way we’re used to. But there’s lots of love to be had and that’s really the point.
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Daughter of the Moon
Imagine living 140 years in the future, a time when: neo-paganism flourishes over other religions; the younger generation has grown up under the stress of a long-standing war; and people live only for the moment, their sexuality free and easy with no threat of disease or unwanted pregnancy. Then, with little warning, the war escalates to nuclear bombs. Daughter of the Moon is the story of a small group of people before and after they must accept life underground in a well-appointed and high-tech shelter they call Articulus. Expecting to spend the next fifteen years or more of their lives in close-quarters, they have to learn to get along when friendships aren't enough. It isn't easy, especially when love and sexuality are so easily confused.
Daughter of the Moon, Book 1, tells the story of the group before the nuclear disaster. You can buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Daughter-Moon-Book-Surface-ebook/dp/B0046LUXQK/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2 and here: http://shop.renebooks.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=GREEN-03 .
Daughter of the Moon, Book 2, tells the story of the survivors as they take shelter. It will be released by Renaissance E Books during the first quarter of 2011.
More information and excerpts can be found at http://www.patriciagreenbooks.com .
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Patricia Green has been a published fiction author since 1993, and writes under her real name as well as a pseudonym (for the super-racy stuff). Currently, she has eight ebooks available through Amazon and Renaissance E Books with themes from erotic SciFi to polygyny; all are love stories. She lives in the Washington, DC, area with her writer husband. Her 11th book is in progress.