Today, I thought I'd talk a bit about why the Women on the Edge of Space anthology is pretty special to me.
You see, I have a crush on David Weber.
Well, at least on Mr. Weber's space opera-tastic Honor Harrington novels. I'm a Manty at heart for-ev-ar. The books have everything I enjoy about space opera. There's high excitement, rich characterizations, complex political systems, nasty machinations, no end of complications, and people who are sexy because of the ways they think and behave. I've read the first book in the series On Basilisk Station more times than almost any other book in my life. Basilisk is a comfort read, since I get to revisit characters I love all over again. However, it's also a well-written book that gives me something new to appreciate each time I pick it up.
Being the saucy, polyamorous creature that I am, however, I also have crushes on quite a few soft-sf authors. I started reading Lois McMaster Bujold in the last year (and now I ask myself "Why did I wait so long?"). By the time I finished Miss Bujold's Shards of Honor (the title could be a lost Honorverse novel!), I was in love with its prose. I secretly hope to be half as cool as Cordelia Naismith/Vorkosigan when I grow up.
When I first heard about Women on the Edge of Space, I realized: "Heeey, this speaks to my writer crushes!" I could aim for the sense of wonder, the huge tapestry, and the rich characters that enchanted me as a Weber reader. I wanted to tell a story about a ship's captain who has experienced trauma. I wanted to write about a scientist with a soul. I wanted to write about the sorts of repressed relationships that can never be spoken aloud while duty calls. I wanted to put my characters in a deadly serious situation with minimal chance to escape with their lives. This would force them to be a little more honest and open.
So, I suppose "Adrift" started life as Honor Harrington meets Cordelia Naismith in The Breakfast Club with an antagonist/conflict inspired by Echo and the Bunnymen's "Killing Moon". During the actual writing and revising, the story became something far different.
If you'd like a chance to win a copy of this anthology, leave a comment. And instead of saying, "Hey, did I win?" how about sharing some of your favorite space exploration sf? Or your favorite sexy stories? Tell me what books you crush on, and share the love!