This is a continuation of the Science Fiction / Fantasy Genre Glossary Project posts! Wow that’s a mouthful. For the complete genre index click here.
What is Planetary Romance?
A subgenre of science fiction that focuses on adventures on an alien planet. The novels are not primarily concerned with travel through space, but with what happens on the planet. This subgenre has roots in pulp adventure novels.
- The Pern novels by Anne McCaffrey
- The Big Planet duo by Jack Vance
- Darkover by Marion Zimmer Bradley
This genre was a bit of a surprise. My first idea was that it would be ‘romance in space’, but the subgenre is actually concerned with the romance of the alien world, rather than the steamy affairs of the heart.