Why did you join the Pets in Space 2 anthology?

I was one of the authors in the original Pets in Space anthology, because I thought the idea of blending pets with science fiction romance was just too fun to pass up. That’s how StarDog was born. When asked back, I hesitated because I wasn’t sure I could dream up another good “pet” + SFR idea. I soon realized I already had one. There’d been a story brewing in my head for years that gelled perfectly with the addition of a smart little StarDog. I was in!

If you could bring back one extinct animal, what would it be, and why?

My first thought was the T-Rex. But honestly, who’d really want a nine ton, twenty-foot tall apex predator from the late Cretaceous period roaming about the countryside, even if it is the closest thing to a dragon that evolution ever produced. So I’ll be more responsible and practical and name the Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine). This remarkable beast was a marsupial that looked like a cross between a wolf and a tiger and only recently went extinct in Tasmania (the last specimen died in 1936) primarily because humans put a bounty on its head. It would please me no end to undo our own shortsightedness by bringing back a beautiful animal that actually belongs in this age and environment.

 

If you could create/design an animal, what would it look like and what could it do?

That’s exactly what I did for my story and I’d love to have one! StarDogs are bio-engineered from feline, canine, weasel, and mongoose DNA, combining the best qualities of each into a highly intelligent and easy-care companion that makes an extraordinary pet, mascot, vermin hunter, and occasionally…spy. They can do just about anything from riding around on their owner’s shoulder to picking a lock to performing search and rescue—and even snake eradication. What do they look like? Here’s the artist’s rendering.

What do you love about writing science fiction romance?

I love having the freedom to write (and read) stories that are unbound by place or time or dimension; to explore landscapes that only exist in the imagination. It’s probably no surprise I’ve always been a fan of science fiction, but somehow romance just seems to fit hand-in-hand with that universe. After all, the two share the same DNA—science fiction and romance are both about discovery.

Visit Laurie A. Green’s website at http://www.laurieagreen.com/

 

Laurie A. Green on the Discovery of Science Fiction and Romance

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