Hello, hello! And colony designs…

Hello, blog-readers!

We’re Anah Crow and Dianne Fox, and we’re thrilled to be joining the Contact—Infinite Futures blog team. We’ll be here every Thursday, rain or shine, to chat with you—and hopefully entertain you while we’re at it.

We’ve been with Carina Press for a year now, with our contemporary romance novel One Real Thing. But now we’ve contracted with Carina for a science fiction romance novel due out in January 2012.

Runaway Star is a space opera romance set in a far future in which humanity has colonized the moon and built several free-floating colonies at Earth’s LaGrange Points. It’s intended to be the first in our Pandora Project series, following a variety of scientists and soldiers through the process of discovering, locating, and exploring an alien ship they’ve named Pandora.

Here’s a quick blurb for Runaway Star:

Flying celebrities and politicians around in an old two-seat training Harpy is far from glamorous, but Sender is always happy to put in extra work, even if it makes his squad late for their weekend pass.

His new passenger is Elios Campbell, a linguist and the protégé of one of the Pandora Project’s founders. Elios is attractive and intelligent, but Sender is set to walk away, except his best friend can’t pass up a shot at a potential date—on his behalf.

Each of them has reasons to avoid a relationship but they can’t stay away. Great chemistry becomes true love.

Painting by Don Davis

One of the great things about our writing partnership—among many, many great things—is that we both love research. So when it came time to choose the design of our colonies, we went out and looked for all the potential designs scientists have come up with over the years. We talked about their pros and cons.

And we finally settled on the Stanford Torus. This is a donut-shaped ring that rotates to provide Earth-normal gravity on the inside of the outer ring. As you may imagine, transportation becomes an issue when the only way to your destination is around…and, in a roundabout way (no pun intended), that leads to some problems for Sender and Elios in Runaway Star.


  1. Welcome aboard, Anah and Dianne! I like the sound of Runaway Star already–that kind of worldbuilding hooks me immediately.

    1. Thanks! As much as we love character-driven stories, one of the major appeals of writing SF is doing the worldbuilding. 🙂

  2. Welcome! Runaway Star looks awesome!

    1. Thank you! We’re glad to be here.

  3. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you!

  4. Welcome to the crew, Anah and Dianne. Runaway Star looks intriguing!

    1. Thanks for the warm welcome. We’re happy to be here.

  5. Hi Anah and Dianne! Welcome!

    I love the depth of research you are going into – I can’t wait to read this!


    1. Thanks, Lilly. We love doing this kind of research.

      We’ve found that the more we understand about the world we’re writing in, the more we can see how that world affects the characters we’re writing about… and then we get lots of ideas about ways to poke them to make a good story. 🙂

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