Friday, December 08, 2017

Ten highly unlikely SFF love stories

Jeff Somers is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books, Chum from Tyrus Books, and the Ustari Cycle from Pocket/Gallery, including We Are Not Good People. At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog he tagged ten times sci-fi & fantasy went looking for love outside our species, including:
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, by Cassandra Rose Clarke

At the core of this heartbreaking, low-key sci-fi gem is an unusual romance between a human woman and a robot. Catarina is five years old the day her father returns home with an android named Finn, the first of his kind. There have been automata and AI in this scorched, rebuilding world, but Finn is unique—more and less human than anything that came before. As Cat grows, her relationship with Finn shifts from guardianship to friendship to something resembling love, though a love that strictly violates social norms and creates emotional upheaval for both woman and robot. We already emotionally invest in digital avatars, virtual pets, and entire virtual communities, so once we have robots that resemble humans physically and emotionally, it’ll only be a matter of time before we start falling in love with them, right? After all, we already have an official robot citizen.
Read about another entry on the list.

My Book, The Movie: The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke.

--Marshal Zeringue