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FABIAN: Love in Spaaaace! The Story Behind “42 Years of Summer”

KARINA FABIAN TAKES OVER THE BLOG TODAY. KARINA’S STORY, 42 YEARS OF SUMMER, WAS INCLUDED IN TUSCANY BAY BOOKS’ PLANETARY ANTHOLOGY SERIES: URANUS.  TODAY SHE WILL TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HER STORY IN URANUS

 

The third installment of the Topic in Spaaace! series is Love.

I’m generally not a romance writer, but when I learned that Uranus’s orbit means half the planet faces the sun for 42 years and is away from the sun 42 years, it seemed the perfect backdrop for a long-term commitment. I wanted something epic and romantic to match the beautiful planet. I also wanted to match what would be the harsh realities of marrying and raising a family.

The story begins with a wedding just as winter ends and summer begins and two lovers make their vows – the perfect symbol of hope. Lila and Hoagie would raise their family under the light of the sun and enjoy their waning years beneath black sky sparkling with stars. Their love guided them through bringing up the first generations of Uranusians, through company strikes, disease, and famine.

I told the story past tense, through the eyes of a woman still as in love as the day she made her vows, even though she tells her tale to her grandchildren on the night before the summer ends and the 42 years of winter begins. I hope very much to tell stories of my husband to our grandkids someday. And when I tell the serious ones, I know I’ll tell them in the same adoring voice.

I feel that this story is a plausible one, however, in that the kind of people it will take to make a long-term settlement in a dangerous new world are the kind who will commit, through good and bad. That commitment will carry into relationships as well as work. I also know from personal experience that such commitment can be rewarding and as natural as breathing.

The story is shorter than most I write, a little bittersweet, and still gets me misty-eyed to think about. If you don’t generally like romance, I promise there’s a lot of great stuff about mining Neptune and living on a station so far from rescue. I can write sappy, but in small quantities.

There are a lot of great stories in this anthology, looking at the planet and the god it’s named for in creative ways. I’m proud that my own sweet story was included.

 

Karina writes both serious and seriously funny science fiction and fantasy. You can find her stuff at https://fabianspace.com

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