The truth of the matter is that most science fiction and fantasy readers are freethinkers, people with wild imaginations, adventurous sprits, and an undeniable verve for life. And that makes us great lovers.
Take Valentine’s Day, for example. How uninspired are a bouquet of flowers and a heart box of chocolates? Yeah, it’s the conventional thing to do but who wants to be conventional? Especially when it comes to the one you love – give him or her something different, something truly thoughtful, this year. If you or yours is a hardcore science fiction and fantasy fan like I am, here are a few suggestions:
• Hide messages for your loved one to find. They can be romantic, sexy or funny – like a science fiction/fantasy inspired pick-up line:
"Honey, you've been looking for love in Alderaan places!"
“Someone must have shot you with a phaser set on 'stunning.’”
“Would you like to pet my tribble?”
"Your mouth says, 'Shields up!', but your eyes say, 'A hull breach is imminent.'"
"I'm the droid you're looking for."
"Urkuk lu Stalga." That's Klingon for "I love you baby."
• If you or your loved one has a particularly odd sense of humor, here are some truly unforgettable books you might enjoy: Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime: A Book of Zombie Love Songs by Michael P. Spradlin; Diane deGroat’s Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink; and – one of my personal favorites – Andy Rash’s Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story.
Add a little fantasy (and science fiction) to your love life – and have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, you guys!
Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for almost the last two decades and has written more than 6,000 reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, and BarnesandNoble.com. In his free time, he reads.
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