Nebula Nights is a collection of eleven novel-length Sci-Fi Romances that’ll sweep you away! Science fiction blazing with adventure, space opera spiced with romance, and otherworldly love!
I asked all the authors the same question:
Might future human cultures revive any ‘old fashioned’ customs in the area of courtship and romance?
Her Cyborg Awakes: Diaspora Worlds Book One
Her gentle cyborg servant helped her escape violence–but now he’s changed into a warrior! Is he safe?
My thoughts on this are for a future with planet colonies– since I write space opera! I think we will see like-minded colonists setting up intentional communities. I can imagine colonists on all points of the marriage spectrum starting communities that reflect a variety of views, from traditional marriages we would recognize, to no marriage, group marriages and perhaps marriages where one gender or the other is in a submissive role. I can see a couple eloping to another planet to get away from marriage restrictions.
As far as courtship… Maybe a colony will bring back the city square promenade, with the young people strolling around a futuristic fountain under the watchful eyes of their elders.
Plot bunny strikes!
Removed (The Nogiku series, #1)
In this Japan-inspired talke, one woman’s family destiny is key to the survival of the last city on Earth.
I hope so! There’s a lot to be said for the ideas of such old-fashioned customs like writing poetry, playing the piano, and spending time together before ever even touching, holding hands, or kissing. I know it seems like we’ve already eliminated a lot of courtship in our lives, but everything is cyclical. Coming back to our roots is a popular idea with almost everything from cooking, child-rearing, farming, or education (to name a few). I don’t see why romance can’t get the same treatment in a future civilization. This sounds like a great idea for a scifi romance… Hmmmm…
Her orders are simple: do the impossible and do it yesterday. But this time the impossible might actually be impossible. The only way it could get worse? If her heart starts beating for the wrong guy.
I think future human cultures should revive the use of fan language from the 1800’s. Think about it. Using a fan not only guarantees you can be cool at a moment’s notice, but it gives guys and gals a clear system of signals of intent. And there is built-in incentive to learn the signals or get left behind. Clearly the current system of “signals” is broken. Gals think they are “being so totally obvious an ape could figure it out” and guys are stuck at, “huh?” or “whaaat?” Fans can also be used to “love tap” men who use either response.
SFR Galaxy Award Winner! When Dr. SOlia uncovers her company’s foray into creating humanoid life, she enlists the help of her handsome ex, Sheriff Sable, in bringing a little justice to the universe.
I don’t know. I think this works. This being, ‘girl sees boy/girl,’ or ‘boy sees girl/boy,’ and goes for it. That’s what matters. The spark. That half second of, ‘yeahhhhhh,’ before you make your move. Whether you meet someone at the local Wal-Mart or by the holodeck on some future glittering and overcrowded space station, the only thing that matters is the spark. Well, that and the nerve to go for it. 😉
The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy
The Galaxy teeters on the brink of war. Can ex-admiral Saahren persuade the woman who hates him to help him prevent the coming conflagration? And perhaps even love him?
Old fashioned customs like fathers ‘giving away’ the bride, arranged marriages, multiple partners and the like? I’m hoping not. I’m hoping the future will hold more and more areas of choice. Same sex marriage, equality in a relationship and most particularly more power to women in choosing how they want to live.
Escape from Zulaire
When the planet erupts into war, Sectors Special Forces Captain Tom Devarane must decide whether to save Andi Markriss, the intergalactic business-woman he loves, sacrifice her to save Zulaire.
In my world of the Sectors, which is the future galactic civilization where my SFR novels take place, certain “old fashioned” customs like courtship and marriage never went out of fashion! Escape From Zulaire opens with Andi the heroine, a high powered galactic business executive, having been pressed into emergency service as a bridesmaid for an important client when one of the bridal party unaccountably disappears. And by the time the book ends, Andi receives her own marriage proposal from the man she loves after a lot of life and death, high stakes adventures.
Noelle in His Heart
Noelle wishes for someone who understands she has love to give but commitments to honor. Stranded on Earth, Steve longs for someone who will understand that his alien heart can love just as deeply.
I think some are already being revived, but with technological twists. Longer courtships are making a comeback, for example, but are taking place over the internet through digital dating. This is already happening, with couples meeting online and getting to know one another before actually meeting in person. My husband and I had a two-year-long online relationship before meeting in person.
Maddie’s entire world is turned upside down when she finds out that she is a clone. Now she must work with her counterpart to protect Earth.
I would hope as our society and technology progress, so will our customs. My series takes place in modern times, but we’re evolving. I can visualize a future where we aren’t held back by closed mindedness. Equality is key.
Birth of and Empire: The Beginning
Three former genetic experiments chose peace over war in a sector that’s known only war for a century. As each one squares against their governments they will question the experiences that guide them.
I believe that everything is cyclic.
That in mind, yes, I believe we will return to behaviors that were once ‘sweet’ and cordial. We will likely return to the man opening doors (of course that will come to an end when all doors open themselves). I believe that hand holding will be more common place at times than it is even today, as well as chairs being pulled out for one partner or another. Each gesture is a sign of affection that leaves it’s mark on the heart. No matter who initiates the gestures, the male or female, it will still linger endearingly for years to come.
Stark Pleasure; the Space Magnate’s Mistress
Kiri te Nawa survives the perils of the galaxy on her wits…although when it comes to space magnate Logan Stark, she’d rather use her body. But can she trust him with her secrets?
Human nature doesn’t change so love will always be the most powerful force in the universe. Couples or menages will find a way to get together in a way that works and be accepted.
Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc.
Welcome to Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.
I predict a revival of the swing and Sinatra eras when couples dressed up and went to dinner clubs and danced to smooth crooners. Women will wear modest but classy dresses and men dapper suits and ties. That type of simple tech-free enjoyment will be so sorely missing from future societies that the revival will be welcomed for at least a decade. Couples will utilize these date nights to rediscover romance and leave internet distractions behind. A sort of futuristic “stick it” to the all powerful internet controlled by Big Brother.