Friday, August 20, 2010

Please Welcome Guest Author Kaye Manro!

Today, it is my pleasure to have author Kaye Manro here as one of the final stops to the Out of This World Blog Tour, talking about erotic science fiction romance. She has written several sci-fi works, and most recently released her erotic sci-fi romance, Forbidden Love. Take it away, Kaye!

Lovemaking Deep Space Style

One of the questions I asked while doing research for my E-SFR (erotic science fiction romance) the Forbidden Love series, part of which takes place on an enhanced spacecraft was, well, what is sex like in a deep space environment? Since my books feature an advanced cultural society in which the hero’s race has already mastered FTL and hyperspace travel, it wasn’t too much of an imaginative stretch to realize I wanted these stories to have such intricacies as spaceships with artificial gravitation and inertial dampeners.

As far as T’Kon and Maya, the h/h are concerned, the setting for the love scenes in Forbidden Love is about as comfortable as spending time in your own contemporary bedroom. As I mentioned in my SF Lexicon on my website, Inertial Dampeners are mechanisms that prevent the effects of gravitational forces caused by space travel and the acceleration or deceleration created by FTL. Therefore, T’Kon and Maya hardly noticed the changes as they engaged in tantalizing love scenes.

Leaving our creative imagination behind for just a minute, let’s talk about reality. How close are we actually to accomplishing sexual encounters aboard spacecraft? How possible is having sex in zero or micro gravity?

The History Channel featured actress and SFR author Vanna Bonta in an episode called The Universe "Sex in Space."

Ms. Bonta and her husband experimented with her invention, the 2-Suit, in micro-gravity aboard G-FORCE ONE. She created the special suit to see how a couple could perform the sex act while in relative weightlessness. The conclusion, having sex while in zero or micro-gravity would be difficult at best. As fascinating as this was, without the aid of a specially fabricated suit, or a MagLock to a stationary object, it would be nearly impossible.

Even so, in the near future making love with a view of the Earth below may be the ultimate aphrodisiac for space travelers. But, let's think about the implications of space-based sex.

Taking a few ideas from science journalist, Laura Woodmansee, many have wondered what it might be like to make love in space. The passionate couples who book flights to the first space hotel will be more than excited to try zero-g sex, and out-of-this-world sex will be a reality within a decade.

Some people believe space sex will be a frustrating experience and that lovers will give up. Weightless couples will find a way to get together. Sex in space will probably take some practice and hard work at first.

It will happen, and therefore it's a legitimate topic to explore. Sex is a basic part of our nature. It drives love, the expansion of our families, and even our exploration of the unknown. We can't be ashamed of sex. That will prevent us from looking into the risks and possibilities. If we are to create a civilization in space, we need to address the possibilities of sex and reproduction in Earth orbit and beyond. Think about it, the first space babies will be space aliens in some ways. This is more than rules and mission plans. The key to successful sex in space is about managing the micro-gravity environment.

In her nonfiction book, "Sex in Space," Laura Woodmansee, describes several positions that might work, ranging from the modified missionary position to seated, with interlocking Y legs. Props also could come into play, including a shared elastic waistband or tethers to hold one partner to a stable structure, she writes.

We as SFR authors know sex and love scenes in space have been around for several decades. As in other science fiction, we have already created a blueprint and scenario for it to happen.


…Inside the spacecraft living quarters, lying naked in a sleeping berth, Maya gazed around in awe at the interior of the small but spacious ship. It contained smooth, curved, circular fixtures throughout. Soothing, diffused, bluish lighting illuminated the sleeping compartment creating a Zen-like mood and restful hibernating atmosphere. It reminded her of the interior of a giant habitat aquarium. T’Kon told her the ambiance generated a state of mind conducive to deep space flight.

A sliding door sounded with a muffled whoosh as he entered the sleeping compartment. The sight of him caused heat to spread through her. “T’Kon,” she hummed, beckoning him to come to her. “I want to ravish you in every way possible.”

He slipped out of his compression suit and crawled into the berth next to her. “Your presence already does that quite well.” His arms enwrapped her and he brought her to rest atop his body.

She wound her fingers in his hair and ground into him.
His throat rumbled and his body sizzled with the need of
her. She sensed it.

“How about I do this.” She squirmed around and scooted from him. “Turn over,” she demanded in a husky playful voice.

Not moving, he captured her with his dark, ice blue gaze, deliberately rubbing his long leg inside her thighs. “Males initiate the mating pleasures.”

“Oh yeah? For females on my world, that’s not always true.” She slid both hands beneath his body touching the sensitive ridges along his back.

He drew in a quick breath and hissed. “You know about that?” He arched upward giving her hands more space.

“You mean those sweet, receptive, spiny scales along your vertebrae?” He let out another scintillating exhale. “Touching you here...” she gave a gentle pinch to a spiny point, “...intensifies your lovemaking experience, doesn’t it?” She pinched another spine…

Visit Kaye at her blog.
And her website.

Look for book two in the Forbidden series, Forbidden Destiny, coming soon from Red Rose Publishing.

Click here for more information on Forbidden Love.

If you leave a comment today, you will be in the running to win a download of Kaye Manro’s erotic SFR, Forbidden Love. We’ll draw a winner on Tuesday.


  1. Love this post, Kaye! This is something a lot of SF authors have, er, wrestled with over the years. I remember one of Spider Robinson's stories, from many years ago, in which a gay couple discovers that zero G is perfect for a good old fashioned 69.

    Love the excerpt too...pleasure spines...what a lovely thought.

  2. Thanks Sandra! It is something we as SFR authors often think about when writing our love scenes. Especially if we are writing stories in which dampeners or controlled gravity isn't invented yet.

    Good example with the couple!

  3. I have to admit, I didn't think about this stuff until I started hanging around with all of you! LOL! There are earth based books I've read where I've tried to figure out the logistics of a scene, but I suspect people could actually do some of that in space. LOLOL

  4. Good point, Pauline! Yeah, it's true. I think we as E-SFR/SFR authors need to make all that stuff clear for our readers. And kudos to you for hanging out with all us E authors. We love ya!

  5. (blushing!) thanks! Love you all, too!

  6. Whoa! Great excerpt!

    Hubs and I were discussing this the other day (yes, we have a very good relationship). Funny that NASA claims that no space station hanky panky is going on. Yeah. Right.

  7. Pauline, one of my best CP's is not an erotic author. I know she blushes at some of my scenes. Even so, she can spot mistakes in logistics from a mile away, no matter how graphic it is, lol.

  8. If we are to create a civilization in space, we need to address the possibilities of sex and reproduction in Earth orbit and beyond.

    I love it, Kaye. You've made the writing of erotic SF crucial to the future of mankind. Genius. ::winks::

    Really interesting topic! Forbidden Love sounds fascinating.

  9. LOLOL! Thinking back, some of those writers should have been writing SF and I wouldn't have tipping my head to the side, thinking, I don't think that's possible. It seems to me that blushes are better response, than "I don't think so." LOL!

    I wonder if SF/SFR readers are more wiling to suspend disbelief? I know I would, under the right conditions. LOL!

  10. I enjoyed your post, Kaye. Thanks again for stopping by today!

    I got a kick out of the "Love in Space" episode in the Universe series (all around cool series). In writing deep space, zero gravity is a fun one to play around with--and it holds the makings of an erotic SFR writer's dream scene. ;-)

  11. Hey Kaye ~

    I'll confess -- this isn't something I've ever thought about since I don't read a lot of SF but it makes total sense. Puts a new spin on things, that's for sure!

  12. Thanks Robert! Now that feels like a great compliment coming from you!

    Lisa, I loved being here today. Thanks for having me!

    Jamie, so glad you stopped by! Yes it is a bit different in this genre. Thanks for seeing it from the eyes of the great writer you are!

  13. This was a very interesting post. I have learned quite a few things from the post. I never really gave very much thought to how difficult it could be to have sex in outer space.

  14. Hi Sherry! Thanks for stopping by. It's always nice to learn new things isn't it?

    Hi Liz! Thanks!

  15. That was a really great blog spot Kaye. I enjoyed it and I have to admit, I've never tried sex in zero gravity before. LOL

  16. Loved the excerpt! It really peaked my interest:) It's going in the TBR pile for me. Love the cover too! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  17. Thanks Kaye for the information on space sex. But no matter how difficult it may be, I don't think the humans will ever give up on trying.

    Thanks for the contest!
    Gary Starta

  18. And the comment winner of the Forbidden Love download from the Out of this World Blog Tour and my post here is Sherry!! I'll be contacting you soon with your download!