Sky Riders is a science fiction/Western m/m/ romance novel. It resembles the TV show Firefly in many respects – the mash-up of Western and Science Fiction genres, the theme of always being in morally gray territory and always being on the edge of both the law and financial solvency, and the theme of creating a family. Sky Riders has a lot of action and dialogue, and I kept thinking that it would make a great web series. The romance had parts that worked for me and parts that didn’t. I didn’t like the macho stuff that the two protagonists go through in their relationship, but I did like the way they grew as a couple, and the fact that they accept each other for who they are. By the end of the book, they recognize each other’s strengths, weakness, and flaws, and embrace them, which I found moving. You can find my full-length review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.
Here’s the thing I found most refreshing about Sky Riders: nobody cared about the genders or races or ethnicities of the two protagonists. In this particular science fiction setting, there are all kinds of social, legal, and economic issues that affect the main couple, but racism and homophobia are not among them (at least, not based on the content of Sky Riders, which is the first book in a series).
June is Gay Pride Month, and it was a pleasure to celebrate it by picturing a world in which people’s relationships are judged by how well they treat each other and how much love they share as opposed to the appearance and function of their genitalia. I also celebrate the science fiction stories that have used dystopian futures to illustrate the horrors of discrimination in all its forms. Science Fiction presents us with thousands of possible futures and says, “You have the power to pick one of these for your own (or for your descendants). You can have a world in which there is more love or you can have a world in which there is more fear. Which do you choose?”