The Best Science Fiction Romance Novels You've Probably Never Heard Of

Over at USA Today, there's a new column about science fiction romance books, called Sci-Fi Encounters — and for the first installment, Veronica Scott is interviewing author S.E. Smith. And more importantly, compiling a reading list of great SF romances. Including clones, breeder slaves and time travelers.

The books on Smith and Scott's list all sound ridiculously fun, and you should check out the whole thing. But these are the ones that jumped out at me the most, based purely on the plot descriptions:

Made for Her by Jessica Subject. Colonel Mikayla Jones trains squadrons full of the clones her late husband brought to life. But, when she discovers a young clone of her husband in her newest class, she can't help but yearn for him to fill an ache in her heart? Dare must prove he is more than just a DNA copy, and relies on the wife of the man who donated his genes. But when she refuses to train him, he faces discharge and returning to the labs. Can he convince Colonel Jones to finish his training? Or will long kept secrets unhinge the entire clone project?

Under Different Stars by Amy Bartol. Kricket isn't one to wish upon stars; she believes they're rarely in her favor. At 17, she's an expert at dodging caseworkers who'd force her back into Chicago's foster care system. But when soldiers from enemy factions find her, their plans to take her back to her true home on Ethar collide. Caught between Trey's high society in Rafe and the political intrigue of Kyon's Alameeda clan, Kricket's inherent gifts become more valuable than any fire in the night sky. With rumors of war threatening Kricket's existence, will her life be torn apart under different stars?

Check out the rest of the recommendations at USA Today. This column seems like something worth keeping an eye on.