Senses of Wonder

Today we meet one of the Embrace the Romance authors, Alexis Glynn Latner, who writes and flies like I do!  Be sure to read to the end to learn more about her story, Mascot. 

Senses of Wonder

When I started college at Rice University, I majored in space physics.  For a variety of reasons, that major didn’t last—I ended up with a B.A. in Linguistics. My fascination with astrophysics did last.  I went on to write science fiction. After reading my first novel, Hurricane Moon, a Rice space physics professor remarked that he’d only had one scientific bone to pick—and it wasn’t a big one.  He also noted the Rice space physicist grads I’d gratefully named in my Acknowledgements and concluded that on the basis of the scientifically accurate advice they’d given me for the book, he’d evidently done a lot right as their teacher and advisor!  

My story Mascot in the Embrace the Romance:  Pets in Space 2 anthology is set in an imaginary nebula loosely modeled on the Trifid Nebula (but with a few completely imaginary surprises inside.)

What a wonderland of space physics such a nebula might be, with massive blue newborn stars, dim brown dwarf stars, emission and reflection nebulas, and for all we know, hidden suns with recondite worlds with all kinds of moons.  I’ve been following the findings from space probes about the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.  This is strange and wonderful stuff.

One of the things that traditional science fiction often had, and that SF really should have, is a sense of wonder. Traditionally that was wonder at the physical universe.  It dovetails neatly into the wonders of the human heart in love.  To have both in one tale is wonderful indeed.

About Mascot by Alexis Glynn Latner, an Aeon’s Legacy novella


A space station manager and an interstellar auditor must work through their antagonism and attraction to each other while the station comes under attack. Then the station mascot enters the fray!

Alexis Glynn Latner writes science fiction and fantasy romantic adventure, teaches creative writing, and works at the Rice University Library in Houston, Texas. For fun and the romance of flight, she is a sailplane pilot. Her website is

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How very cool to get such a great comment from a Rice space physics professor! Nebulas fascinate me, too.

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