I always write what I want to read, and I always write what I want to write – and why should sci-fi be “pure” while all other genres are allowed to have LIFE?
Fortunately, science fiction nowadays DOES have life, yet the concept remains, particularly when it comes to sex.
I have been told numerous times that sci-fi doesn’t usually have sex in it, for instance, and that it is a different genre and writers shouldn’t mix genres. I usually reply that when the cowboy in a Western gets the girl in the end, no one says that’s a mixed genre of Western and Love story. Usually they get my point at once.
As a kid, I really didn’t like most of the science fiction available, including (actually, especially) the big name authors. Mostly it was too dour. It could be that I was reading above my age level, but what I really wanted was adventure and spaceships and alien planet colonization.
I had to wait for television shows like Star Trek and movies like Star Wars (and Star Trek movies, too, of course). I totally loved them, and I was already making up stories in that vein.
I didn’t want grey and soulless people. I wanted sci-fi characters to have personality, who loved and laughed and cried. I wanted ordinary people doing extraordinary things. As far as sex is concerned, if you’re going to have a group of people in their prime, you’re going to get lust, love, and relationships, genre doesn’t come into it. It’s natural, why exclude it?
Likewise, I want humor and personality.
There’s plenty of alien and sci-fi technology in the Khekarian series, and a whole heap of heavy-duty research that went behind it. But EVERY story, at its basics, is about people. So you’re going to meet people.
That’s what I wanted. That’s what I do.