Sci-fi romance: Are HEA ending necessary?

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I'm writing a book and I'm envisioning having it part of a series. I'm considering not completely resolving the love triangles in the first book of the series. Can I complete the romance arc between the main character and her love interest only in future books in the series? Can it still be considered Sci-fi romance or may I risk to pist off the readers who expect HEA? Side note, is it just me or has sci-fi romance novel frequently involve a male alien? Mine doesn't have and is more cyberpunk. Is there such a thing as cyberpunk romance?
 

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If the book doesn't end with an HEA/HFN, it's not a romance, SF or otherwise. You will very much piss off readers if you label it a romance and don't have the couple together at the end of the book, even if that book is one of a longer a series.

Marketing-wise, cyberpunk is SF, so I wouldn't worry about that aspect.
 

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Happily Ever After/Happy For Now.

In order for a book to be classified as a romance, it must end with one of those - traditionally HEA, but AFAIK HFN is also acceptable.
 

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What lizmonster said for a romance. An optimistic, happy ending is something romance readers expect when they pick up a book tagged as a romance, including a SF or fantasy romance.

There are plenty of SF and fantasy novels with romance subplots, with and without happily ever after type endings, that are not romances. Another requirement of a genre romance is the love story be at the center at the plot.
 

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Romance has genre conventions, just like any other genre. You catch the baddie in crime fiction. You solve the mystery. Romances have happy endings.

Another requirement of a genre romance is the love story be at the center at the plot.

That. If you remove the romance and still have a perfectly-functioning plot, then it's not a romance.
 

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I'm currently describing it as a sexy cyberpunk novel. The plot is all about seduction, manipulation and suspense. There is a romance subplot but the arc is not completed in the first book of the series. I wrote 185 pages and I'm already at 4 scenes with sexual content, some can be detailed but none have weird fetishes. I am starting to wonder if I writing more of an erotic novel than a romance novel...
 

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Get the password from AW Admin and we'll see you at the Erotica forum, then?

Maryn, who'll clean before you get there
 

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I'd say definitely not a 'Romance' novel, then.
But, I'll bet there are buyers for 'sexy, er, erotic, cyberpunk'. And, that way, fewer expectations from the readers as to HEA. And you can make the series as long as you need, without worrying about how the romance is progressing.
 

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I'm writing a book and I'm envisioning having it part of a series. I'm considering not completely resolving the love triangles in the first book of the series. Can I complete the romance arc between the main character and her love interest only in future books in the series? Can it still be considered Sci-fi romance or may I risk to pist off the readers who expect HEA? Side note, is it just me or has sci-fi romance novel frequently involve a male alien? Mine doesn't have and is more cyberpunk. Is there such a thing as cyberpunk romance?
I'm writing a book and I'm envisioning having it part of a series. I'm considering not completely resolving the love triangles in the first book of the series. Can I complete the romance arc between the main character and her love interest only in future books in the series? Can it still be considered Sci-fi romance or may I risk to pist off the readers who expect HEA? Side note, is it just me or has sci-fi romance novel frequently involve a male alien? Mine doesn't have and is more cyberpunk. Is there such a thing as cyberpunk romance?
If you are writing a series in which both characters will be together to the end of them, then you don't need a HEA in each book. You need a fabulous cliffhanger that will make the readers want to buy the rest of the books in the series. You must, though, have that HEA in the very last book or it can't be called true romance, just a book with romance in it.
 

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