Re: Can SF and romance successfully combine?
There are quite a few publishers taking a serious look at this sub-genre, many of them opening their doors to such tales. I think its gaining respectable ground, and I'm kind of glad to see it. I've been a die-hard SF writer for over twenty years and have always included heavy romantic elements in my stories--just to make them interesting. I have yet to write the real SF/Romance book, mainly because I'm under the impression that the romance element has to reveal itself in at least 50% of the plot. Don't know if this is true or not, but heh.
The answer: I definitely think there is room for this genre. I do hope it expands. It's already prompted some romance-reading females to jump the fence and explore love in future world/space settings.