Monday, February 28, 2011

Guest - Patricia Green

Good morning everyone! Today's guest, author Patricia Green, has given us a very interesting article on erotica and science fiction. Enjoy!

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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.

Thank you, Lynda, for having me here on your lovely blog. It's exciting to be part of such a wonderful resource.

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 .
Questions for the author can be directed to: pig@patriciagreenbooks.com .

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.

11 comments:

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Lynda and Patricia,

Interesting discussion on sci-fi romance vs erotica. I'd love more details on the differences between sensual sci-fi romance and erotic sci-fi romance, but imagine they might be too x-rated for a blog.

Patricia Green said...

Good morning, Jacqueline.

I think every publishing house has its own guideline for erotic versus sensual romance. What one house finds racy, another finds mild. As a writer, those differences make it important to read some of the establishment's books within the category one hopes to fit. As a reader, you have to trust in their "heat" ratings, if they have them.

Thanks for your comment!
Patricia

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Victoria said...

Hi Patricia and Lynda,

Interesting post. To be honest I really hadn't thought all that much about the combination of erotica and fantasy before but you're absolutely right - there has to be a strong dose of reality otherwise we wouldn't buy it.

Your books sound interesting. Finding out how they handle things should be fun.

Thanks again.

Patricia Green said...

Hi, Victoria.

Fantasy comes in so many different packages: hard sci-fi (what will the future be like); fantasy (what if there were elves and fairies); paranormal (what if my dead husband's ghost haunted me). And each of those has a potential erotic element which the reader might very well fantasize about.

An imagination is perhaps the most potent foreplay.

Thanks for your comment!
Patricia

lizarnoldbooks said...

Very intellectual post on a topic we take for granted. Very well done. Congrats on your titles.
Liz

Patricia Green said...

Thank you, Liz. I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

Patricia

Joe Vadalma said...

I believe sex and romance belong in every kind of fiction. It's part of who we are. Have you ever read a story where it was studiously avoided? It feels like something's missing.

Patricia Green said...

Hi, Joe. Thanks for your comment.

My daughters have pointed out to me on more than one occasion that every book, movie, TV show or play includes a little romance. It's a basic human characteristic to be attracted to another person romantically. The level of sexuality portrayed in those media differs from one author to another, but the result is the same: attraction is an element.

Patricia

Linda Andrews said...

What a great post on the topic. I find it funny how some consider sex taboo when many of SciFi novels used reproduction as one of their basis for sentience. I've liked how polyamory has been broached in Enterprise and a few other series/movies.

Patricia Green said...

Thanks for your comment, Linda. Polyamory pops up in sci-fi, as you point out. It's rare to find a full treatment of it; it is too often used as titillation rather than the portrayal of a viable lifestyle. In many of my books, I try to show that a relationship among three people really can work, so long as all three are willing to cooperate and have the goal of a peaceful home.

Patricia