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Favorite Love Stories

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I am sharing some of my favorite love stories.


Leia’s and Han’s love story in Star Wars.
The romance between Leia and Han in this story influenced me to seek out more stories like this and began my love of reading romance stories.


Lisa’s and Rick’s love story in Robotech
This love story between Lisa and Rick shows how love can bloom and mature over time. You can watch these two fall in love, but you can see them get married and, in the comics and novels, see how they handle married life along with their adult responsibilities as commanders in times of war and peace.


Usagi’s and Mamoru’s love story in Sailor Moon
This is a love story that spans multiple lifetimes, through multiple enemies, through multiple separations and through their obvious differences.


Cordiella’s and Aral’s love story in the Vorkosigan Saga
This is another love story born during a time of war and matures over time, especially seeing their love continue through the eyes of those around them.


River Song’s and The Doctor’s love story in Doctor Who
This is a love story that is indeed out of time and space. This love story is so complicated and so confusing at times that it hard to know at which point you are within the story. However, though it all you can see how much love there is between these two characters once everything is put together.


Kaoru’s and Kenshin’s love story in Rurouni Kenshin
This is a love story that shows that love can be found despite all your past sins and no matter how many trials and tribulations come their way.

Favorite SFR: Shards of Honor

My favorite Science Fiction Romance (SFR) is Shards Of Honor, part of the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold, which I have mentioned in previous posts before!

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I was first introduced to this story over 15 years ago. My husband and I rented the audiobook version based on a recommendation. My husband started listening to the story on his next day off and noticed right away that there was just enough romance in this science fiction story to encourage me to listen to this story with him. Therefore, it did not take very much encouragement to listen to this story with him that very evening.

I am so glad I did! Not only did we listen to this story together as a couple, but both of us fell in love with the world that Lois McMaster Bujold built as well as the characters. We continued listening to the rest of the series together. I also started to collecting the print and ebook versions of the entire Vorkosigan Saga, even though the ‘romance’ was moved to the background.

I want to thank Lois McMaster Bujold for writing this fantastic science fiction romance as well as the rest of the Vorkosigan Saga!

Long may SHE rule!

Ultimate Mom in Romantic Science Fiction

There are so few Moms in Science Fiction, even this top 10 list added a Fantasy Mother. There are even fewer in Romantic Science Fiction. However, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan from the Vorkosigan Saga written by Lois McMaster Bujold, stands out among them.

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Cover with Cordelia in the foreground

I am not the only one who believes this either. A recent blog article proclaims that Moms Can Have Their Own Adventures, Too using Cordelia as the example.

She’s an adventurer and a leader, and she has the uncanny ability to figure out how other people work and what they need and want. As a mother, she gives her son room to explore while still providing boundaries and a safety net.

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In the Omnibus Cordelia’s Honor, which combines Shards of Honor and the companion story, Barrayar into one volume, not only shows her growing romance with Aral, but also Cordelia in the first stages of motherhood.

What makes Cordelia the Ultimate Romantic Science Fiction Mom?

Throughout the saga whether they appear in the story or not, Aral and Cordelia are shown to still be very much in love with each other, even after 30 years. Now that is a romantic science fiction story that continues to live on even “off-stage”. In addition, Cordelia has continued to pass on, as a mother would, her outlook, concepts and philosophies in life and politics, not only to her offspring, but to EVERYONE she interacts with! These are established through quotes, many contributed to be influenced by Cordelia, used by various characters throughout the saga. Some examples of these are:

“Anything worth doing is worth doing well.”
“Let’s see what happens!”
“When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action.”

It is the continuing romance and her influence on the various characters, as a mother even when she is firmly “off-stage”, that establishes Cordelia as the Ultimate Romantic Science Fiction Mom, in my opinion.

10 favorite fandom couples

Topic: 10 favorite fandom couples

I am a sucker for a good romantic story. Lucky for me, many of my favorite fandoms include a romantic story either as a major or minor part of the plot. Therefore, today I decided to share with you 10 of my favorite couples from some of these fandoms…

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Sailor Moon & Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon
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Rick Hunter & Lisa Hayes from Robotech

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Belle & The Beast from Disney’s Beauty & The Beast

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Westley & Buttercup from The Princess Bride

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Lee Stetson & Amanda King from Scarecrow & Mrs King

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Cordelia & Aral Vorkosigan From The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Kenshin & Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin

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Ren & Kyoko from Skip Beat

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Elizabeth & Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

And finally…

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Princess Leia & Han Solo from Star Wars

June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 20

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photos answer the question for Day 20:

Question 20) What fandom universe or world would I most like to live in?

I have so many fandoms I would love to live in that it is hard to choose just one. Therefore, I will list a three of these fandom universes that I would love to live in!

The Vorkosigan Universe

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The Star Wars Universe

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The Sailor Moon version of Juban District in Tokyo, Japan

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June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 16

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photo answers the question for Day 16:

Question 16) Favorite book character

I have so many characters from books that I consider my favorite, but if I have to choose one it would be Cordelia Naismith

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June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 8

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photo answers the question for Day 8:

Question 8) book you wish was made into a movie

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Cordelia’s Honor, which is the Omnibus of Shards of Honor and Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold!

#AtoZChallenge Vorkosigan Saga, Recommended Reading Order

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A-Z Blog Challenge Topic: Vorkosigan Saga, Recommended Reading Order


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Picture courtesy of Tor.com

As I mentioned in a previous post, I love the stories of the Vorkosigan Saga. Since it is a long series of stories, I thought that I would share a recommend reading order to this wonderful saga, especially for new readers. Below is an excerpt from a Goodreads post, called The Vorkosigan Saga Reading Order Debate: The Chef Recommends, by the author herself, Lois McMaster Bujold:

Many pixels have been expended debating the ‘best’ order in which to read what have come to be known as the Vorkosigan Books, the Vorkosiverse, the Miles books, and other names, since I neglected to supply the series with a label myself. The debate now wrestles with some fourteen or so volumes and counting, and mainly revolves around publication order versus internal-chronological order. I favor internal chronological, with a few caveats.

I have always resisted numbering my volumes; partly because, in the early days, I thought the books were distinct enough; latterly because if I ever decided to drop in a prequel somewhere (which in fact I did most lately with Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance) it would upwhack the numbering system. Nevertheless, the books and stories do have a chronological order, if not a strict one.

It was always my intention to write each book as a stand-alone so that the reader could theoretically jump in anywhere, yes, with that book that’s in your hand right now, don’t put it back on the shelf! While still somewhat true, as the series developed it acquired a number of sub-arcs, closely related tales that were richer for each other. I will list the sub-arcs, and then the books, and then the caveats.

Shards of Honor and Barrayar. The first two books in the series proper, they detail the adventures of Cordelia Naismith of Beta Colony and Aral Vorkosigan of Barrayar. Shards was my very first novel ever; Barrayar was actually my eighth, but continues the tale the next day after the end of Shards. For readers who want to be sure of beginning at the beginning, or who are very spoiler-sensitive, start with these two.

The Warrior’s Apprentice and The Vor Game (with, perhaps, the novella “The Mountains of Mourning” tucked in between.) The Warrior’s Apprentice introduces the character who became the series’ linchpin, Miles Vorkosigan; the first book tells how he created a space mercenary fleet by accident; the second how he fixed his mistakes from the first round. Space opera and military-esque adventure (and a number of other things one can best discover for oneself), The Warrior’s Apprentice makes another good place to jump into the series for readers who prefer a young male protagonist.

After that: Brothers in Arms should be read before Mirror Dance, and both, ideally, before Memory.

Komarr makes another good alternate entry point for the series, picking up Miles’s second career at its start. It should be read before A Civil Campaign.

Borders of Infinity, a collection of three of the five currently extant novellas, makes a good Miles Vorkosigan early-adventure sampler platter, I always thought, for readers who don’t want to commit themselves to length. (But it may make more sense if read after The Warrior’s Apprentice.) Take care not to confuse the collection-as-a-whole with its title story, “The Borders of Infinity”.

Falling Free takes place 200 years earlier in the timeline and does not share settings or characters with the main body of the series. Most readers recommend picking up this story later. It should likely be read before Diplomatic Immunity, however, which revisits the “quaddies”, a bioengineered race of free fall dwellers, in Miles’s time.

The novels in the internal-chronological list below appear in plain text; the novellas (officially defined as a story between 17,500 words and 40,000 words, though mine usually run 20k – 30k words) in quote marks.

Caveats:

The novella “Weatherman” is an out-take from the beginning of the novel The Vor Game. If you already have The Vor Game, you likely don’t need this.

The original ‘novel’ Borders of Infinity was a fix-up collection containing the three novellas “The Mountains of Mourning”, “Labyrinth”, and “The Borders of Infinity”, together with a frame story to tie the pieces together. Again, beware duplication. The frame story does not stand alone, and generally is of interest only to completists.

Note the following:

Since I was introduced to the Vorkosigan Saga via the audiobook format, all the links go straight to the audiobook publisher’s pages of these stories. However, these stories can also be found on other sites as well, such as Audible.com, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Kobo.com, Baen eBooks and the Apple iTunes Store.

Happy listening or reading!

#AtoZChallenge Babylon 5 Re-Watch – Observations

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A to Z Blog Challenge Topic: Babylon 5 Re-Watch – Observations

Recently, my husband and I started re-watching the sci-fi TV Show Babylon 5 that we acquired on DVD. We have completed re-watching Season 1 and have continued on to Season 2. While re-watching these episodes, my husband and I have observed some connections with another fandom.

Now, I realize that those in the “know” may believe that I must be talking about either Star Trek, which it has been compared quite extensively, or Star Wars, which I mention on this blog quite frequently. However, the comparison we made was to a series of books by Lois McMaster Bujold, The Vorkosigan Saga, which I mentioned in one of my earlier blog posts. This is fitting since J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5, has stated many times that it was created to be a “Novel for Television”.

A few of the connections we observed between Babylon 5 and The Vorkosigan Saga, while re-watching season 1 and part of season 2 are:

*Babylon 5 and The Vorkosigan Saga are not only part of the sci-fi genre, but are military space operas.

*The Centauri and The Barryarian people are both ruled by an emperor.

*The Centauri Great Houses and the Barryarian Vor Clans have a similar place and role in their respective cultures.

*The Narn and The Barryarian people suffered occupation by off-world planetary governments and then chased these occupying governments off after a long period of time.

*The unknown nature of The Vorlons is similar to the unknown nature of The Cetigandian Haut, especially in the use of a technology to limit contact.

We are not sure if the creator of Babylon 5 read these series novels or was influenced in any way by Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga in any way. However, As stated above, these are just some of the connections we observed so far. We are not sure if we will observe any more connections as we continue the re-watch the rest of the Babylon 5 seasons.

Ongoing adventures: The Vorkosigan Saga

One of my favorite authors is Lois McMaster Bujold. This is one author who’s works, no matter how upset or depressed I am, automatically perks me up.

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Picture courtesy of Tor.com

Today, I re-listened to the first novel in her Vorkosigan Saga:Shards of Honor

This was the first of her books that I was introduced to in the late 1990’s. This is also the first series of books where I started the saga by listening to them on audio instead of just reading them. I believe this gave me a very different experience and led me to enjoy audiobooks as well. I still buy the series as ebooks as well, but I continue and re-live my adventures with this series through audio more often than I re-read them!

I highly recommend this series in any format, but especially in audio format.

If you have not been introduced to Bujold and her books, then you need to check her out. Her official web site can be found here!

Also, author Mary Jo Putney also gave a great review and summary of Romance within the entire Saga. You can check this out on the Hero’s and Heartbreakers Website here

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