Love and Rockets

Love and Rockets edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes is a collection of short stories that explore the variations of romance when complicated by the restrictions   exerted by space and all of the complications attendant with interacting with alien races.  Standard themes such as rejection of the role and destiny imposed by a parent, the difficulty of communicating when there are different languages and mores involved and the danger of miscommunication are interspersed with tales of hazing with a space academy twist, a temporal career comeback, and an unrequited love whose participants get lightyears further away with time.  An amazing breadth of talents give their unique look at the elements that comprise a romance, whether it is the sound of an attractive voice or a willingness to renounce the comfortable and familiar in order to be with the one you love.

A mind-expanding gathering of tales.  Wonderful twists to the various permutations that make romances unique either in terms of participants or environments.  Just as in real life, some stories have happier endings than others but there are always those who surpass apparently insurmountable differences to follow their hearts, whether class distinctions, races or species separate the lovers.  Intriguing concepts presented by Tim Waggoner explore the advantages and drawbacks of being able to relive one’s life while Dean Wesley Smith gives new meaning to the thought of comebacks and Anita Ensal presents a sweet description of the romance that can be found when one sheds the expectations put in place by others.  A nice variety of tales that reintroduce favorite authors or present new potential friends, the only disappointment is that Lois McMaster Bujold only penned a forward and not a fictional contribution.

Book Blurb for Love and Rockets

Space...the final frontier. Or is it? Many say there's no frontier more forbidding than a romantic relationship between a man and a woman. But what if one's a human, and the other's an alien? Here is an original collection of space opera stories where authors take love (unrequited or not), on a spaceship, space station, or planetary colony, and add enough drama, confusion and mayhem to ensure that the path to true love-or short-term infatuation-is seldom free of obstacles.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2010 4.50