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Dear Author, He loved walking in this secluded area of the park, for some odd reason people tended to stay away from it. Nearing the usual path he took into the woods, his eye was caught by a pile of golden leaves ruffling in the crisp, spring breeze. Where would autumn leaves come from at this time of year? As he crept closer to the pile Jake let out a muffled laugh, his c Dear Author, He loved walking in this secluded area of the park, for some odd reason people tended to stay away from it. Nearing the usual path he took into the woods, his eye was caught by a pile of golden leaves ruffling in the crisp, spring breeze. Where would autumn leaves come from at this time of year? As he crept closer to the pile Jake let out a muffled laugh, his curiosity was going to get him in trouble someday, he was sure of it. He came to an abrupt halt and his eyes widened in surprise at the attractive, naked, young man, dark hair streaked with white, shivering amongst the leaves. Tattoos covered his arm and torso, tattoos that seemed to… Shaking his head Jake looked around; maybe he was intruding in the middle of a photo shoot or movie, but saw no one. Edging closer Jake saw the young man was awake, his expression one of shock. “Are you all right? Do you need help?” The young man’s hazel-green eyes searched Jake’s face trying to focus. Not getting an answer Jake asked, “What’s your name?” Opening and closing his mouth a couple times, the young man finally answered in an odd accent, “I… don’t know.” Frowning, Jake reached into his jacket pocket and removed his phone, then draped the jacket over the young man. He should really call the police, but his instincts told him that somehow they wouldn’t be able to help and he always trusted his gut feelings. “Come on, let’s get you to my place and figure out what to do.” No, need to use the name Jake unless you want. I just needed a name for the scenario and no need to use the scene I wrote out word for word. Something similar is okay. Photo Description: A nude young man lies in a pile of gold leaves in a wooded park. His black hair is streaked with silver. A black tribal tattoo covers his right arm; stars are tattooed along his right side and back. This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love’s Landscapes" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story. This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.


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Dear Author, He loved walking in this secluded area of the park, for some odd reason people tended to stay away from it. Nearing the usual path he took into the woods, his eye was caught by a pile of golden leaves ruffling in the crisp, spring breeze. Where would autumn leaves come from at this time of year? As he crept closer to the pile Jake let out a muffled laugh, his c Dear Author, He loved walking in this secluded area of the park, for some odd reason people tended to stay away from it. Nearing the usual path he took into the woods, his eye was caught by a pile of golden leaves ruffling in the crisp, spring breeze. Where would autumn leaves come from at this time of year? As he crept closer to the pile Jake let out a muffled laugh, his curiosity was going to get him in trouble someday, he was sure of it. He came to an abrupt halt and his eyes widened in surprise at the attractive, naked, young man, dark hair streaked with white, shivering amongst the leaves. Tattoos covered his arm and torso, tattoos that seemed to… Shaking his head Jake looked around; maybe he was intruding in the middle of a photo shoot or movie, but saw no one. Edging closer Jake saw the young man was awake, his expression one of shock. “Are you all right? Do you need help?” The young man’s hazel-green eyes searched Jake’s face trying to focus. Not getting an answer Jake asked, “What’s your name?” Opening and closing his mouth a couple times, the young man finally answered in an odd accent, “I… don’t know.” Frowning, Jake reached into his jacket pocket and removed his phone, then draped the jacket over the young man. He should really call the police, but his instincts told him that somehow they wouldn’t be able to help and he always trusted his gut feelings. “Come on, let’s get you to my place and figure out what to do.” No, need to use the name Jake unless you want. I just needed a name for the scenario and no need to use the scene I wrote out word for word. Something similar is okay. Photo Description: A nude young man lies in a pile of gold leaves in a wooded park. His black hair is streaked with silver. A black tribal tattoo covers his right arm; stars are tattooed along his right side and back. This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love’s Landscapes" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story. This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.

30 review for Science and Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    3.5 stars Science and Fiction is quirky and charming, with two endearing MCs: Craig, a retired military medic who lives on Earth, and Nithael, who is human but from another dimension. Craig finds Nithael naked and buried beneath a pile of autumn leaves. He worries for Nithael's physical (and mental) health; plus, it's spring, so the leaves make no damn sense. The techie talk about nanos, visions, and energy fields was a little mind-numbing, but the sweetness between Craig and Nithael made up for i 3.5 stars Science and Fiction is quirky and charming, with two endearing MCs: Craig, a retired military medic who lives on Earth, and Nithael, who is human but from another dimension. Craig finds Nithael naked and buried beneath a pile of autumn leaves. He worries for Nithael's physical (and mental) health; plus, it's spring, so the leaves make no damn sense. The techie talk about nanos, visions, and energy fields was a little mind-numbing, but the sweetness between Craig and Nithael made up for it. I loved Grandpa and Cat the cat too. This is a longer story, so there was a fair amount of world building, and even though the relationship between the MCs developed quickly, it made a strange sort of sense. There is no real tension to the plot. The focus is the men and how they fit together. Craig is the king of endearments, and Nithael really doesn't like to wear clothes. Final assessment: light, fluffy, and very cute.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne 'Divinae'

    This wasn’t your typical sci-fi story. I just love the title. It is so appropriate. There were bits, when Niathal was talking in his ‘scientist’ speech that was hard to follow, but I feel it was meant to come across that way. You understood just enough to make it through. Is the romance fast? Yes. Very much so. But, the time frame wasn’t always in the front of my mind(like some of these instant-love type stories). Some of the confusing factors start to make more sense, as you continue to read th This wasn’t your typical sci-fi story. I just love the title. It is so appropriate. There were bits, when Niathal was talking in his ‘scientist’ speech that was hard to follow, but I feel it was meant to come across that way. You understood just enough to make it through. Is the romance fast? Yes. Very much so. But, the time frame wasn’t always in the front of my mind(like some of these instant-love type stories). Some of the confusing factors start to make more sense, as you continue to read the story. We find more about their situation and both of their backgrounds. It is also a different type of mate/bonded. It isn’t like shapeshifters, it is the ‘scientific’ version. So, we have Craig, ex-military medic. He is finally out and retired, after almost 20 years in the service. Ready to readjust back into ‘civilian’ life. He has a grouchy pony, a very independent, queen-bee, cat and they live alone in his parents old house. One day, on his morning run he finds an attractive younger man. Naked. Well, that doesn’t happen everyday. After waking him up and talking with him, he assumes this guy is high, mental, maybe both… So, what does he do with him. Of course, he takes him home! Niathal is from a different dimension. His ancestors are from ‘Earth’, just much more technologically more advanced. Also, their people have abilities. His is touch. Plus, he is a super genius who gets easily sidetracked. His ‘people’, while admire him, also shun him for his genius. They just don’t get him. For some reason, Craig is different. He is okay with his touch. Craig actually kind of gets him. Craig is like his anchor. He brings him back to reality when his mind starts to wander off…. They find out they have more in common they first imagined and perhaps it was more than just a coincidence that they found one another.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julesmarie

    Very fun idea. I'd love to read more set in this universe. Some Favorite Quotes: "Your" --Nithael made an elegant gesture, wiggling his fingers at the phone-- "tower-based communications matrix reader-speaker-thing." "Phone?" "Phone! That's the word!" "There's more than cats on the internet." "Well, yes. But how will pornography help me with my calculations?" "You're upset," Nithael said uncertainly. "Is this something I need to fix, or is it you?" "Well, yes, theoretically it's impossible, but only i Very fun idea. I'd love to read more set in this universe. Some Favorite Quotes: "Your" --Nithael made an elegant gesture, wiggling his fingers at the phone-- "tower-based communications matrix reader-speaker-thing." "Phone?" "Phone! That's the word!" "There's more than cats on the internet." "Well, yes. But how will pornography help me with my calculations?" "You're upset," Nithael said uncertainly. "Is this something I need to fix, or is it you?" "Well, yes, theoretically it's impossible, but only if you limit yourself to conventional multidimensional thought." "I'm not 'people,' hon. I'm your person."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jay Clark

    Nithael finds himself naked and confused in the park where Craig goes running after serving as a military medic. Craig slowly comes to realize that Nithael is not from Earth, and has teleported from another dimension. Craig also has a secret of his own, limited clairvoyance that made him a highly effective combat medic and something of an outsider himself. As they story unfolds you find yourself liking both men with their strengths and weaknesses. And then as they start to fall for one another, Nithael finds himself naked and confused in the park where Craig goes running after serving as a military medic. Craig slowly comes to realize that Nithael is not from Earth, and has teleported from another dimension. Craig also has a secret of his own, limited clairvoyance that made him a highly effective combat medic and something of an outsider himself. As they story unfolds you find yourself liking both men with their strengths and weaknesses. And then as they start to fall for one another, Nithael recovers enough memory to let Craig know that Craig was the reason he crossed dimensions, because Craig is the one person in either dimension who can help Nithael with a problem that, left unchecked, could destroy both sides of the dimensional barrier. The growing relationship between them is sweet, sexy and compelling. The authors carefully craft each new development and revelation in such a way that once revealed plot twists and turns feel natural, inevitable, and desirable. And the sex, when the story gets to that point, is rich and satisfying. This is great science fiction as well as great m/m romance.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Serena Yates

    ‘Science and Fiction’ starts with a mystery – a young man appearing from nowhere under a pile of autumn leaves in the spring – and gets stranger from there. Craig, a former Marine finds him, rescues him, and thinks the visitor may need psychiatric help. Between the amnesia and technobabble Nithael lets loose once he is at Craig’s house, I was delightfully confused for quite a while. I began to make sense of the weirdness after a while, and eagerly followed the revelations as Craig and Nithael wo ‘Science and Fiction’ starts with a mystery – a young man appearing from nowhere under a pile of autumn leaves in the spring – and gets stranger from there. Craig, a former Marine finds him, rescues him, and thinks the visitor may need psychiatric help. Between the amnesia and technobabble Nithael lets loose once he is at Craig’s house, I was delightfully confused for quite a while. I began to make sense of the weirdness after a while, and eagerly followed the revelations as Craig and Nithael worked together to solve the riddle of what happened. Craig is a down-to-earth guy, or so it seems at first. After all, he is a former Marine, a medic, and practical should be his middle name. But he has certain abilities, just like his grandfather, and they are not what you’d call normal. His reaction to Nithael’s appearance is skepticism at first, but once he begins to listen to Nithael’s questions and comments, he begins to wonder. Nithael comes from an entirely different world, one that is technologically very advanced. His reactions to the primitiveness of Craig’s laptop and the strangeness of a radio (“It’s only a receiver?” Nithael asked. … “Why not have a transmit function as well?”) are amusing. Nithael is the geekiest scientist imaginable, and watching him learn about human interaction as the two men get to know each other was a lot of fun. If you like your science fiction with a large helping of mystery, if clues dropped in the form of observations and comments are your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is entertaining, puzzling, full of geeky sweetness, and very imaginative, then you will probably like this free novella.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barb ~rede-2-read~

    This was a very cleverly written tale of a man named Nithael who came through a portal to our present Earth time from another dimension, only to land in sight of Craig, recently retired soldier. Craig has the gift of foresight which in a very complex, and beyond my understanding explanation, makes him the perfect compatible partner for Nithael. Needless to say, it has to be read to be appreciated, but the caliber of the writing, and the scientific complexity and vivid imagination that went into This was a very cleverly written tale of a man named Nithael who came through a portal to our present Earth time from another dimension, only to land in sight of Craig, recently retired soldier. Craig has the gift of foresight which in a very complex, and beyond my understanding explanation, makes him the perfect compatible partner for Nithael. Needless to say, it has to be read to be appreciated, but the caliber of the writing, and the scientific complexity and vivid imagination that went into this story is worthy of any price. And the fact that the authors gave the gift of this amazing story for free is quite unbelievable. Thank you so much for participating in the Love's Landscapes Event! And to my fellow m/m readers - if you want to read something out of the ordinary, pick this one up.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alishea

    Really cute, sweet, and fun. The only issues I had were the instalove (but that could be slightly allowed for since it's a short) and the lack of a finally completely coherent working world model. I understand that at first it needed to be confusing, but it would have been nice to clear up a few more questions.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessa Ryan

    This was a cute story. I found Nitheal so endearing and the world building, even though it was only shown and hinted at through Nitheal's words, really well done. Craig I didn't get as attached to but I enjoyed him none the less. I'd recommend this for anyone in the mood for light, sweet and funny.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aislinn

    This was a cute and quirky kind of read. Not a lot happens, but the suggestion of the parallel world is interesting, and the distractible scientist from there is kind of fun. I got frustrated with the constant terms of endearment used by Jake once they get closer; all the honeys and dears and loves really grated on my nerves.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Calila

    A lot of science/techno babble that a little frenetic but under that is a really cute story about two halves of a whole meeting and falling in love. I really like the MCs and Gramps. Cat is pretty great too. The plot is interesting if a little hard to follow, but that just could be me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    K

    3.5 stars rounded up Fun sci-fi short story of a retired marine who is 'gifted' with preminitions and a scientist from a parallel dimension whose teleport experiment brings the pair together. With added opportunistic cat.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Penumbra

    Review forthcoming - Life is consuming me at the moment. Will get this written as soon as I can. I hate that I don't have time right now, but I want to make this a good review...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Borderstar

    I don't really like insta-love stories and unfortunately this does suffer from it, especially towards the end when it gets a bit too sweetly gag-enducing for me - BUT, I couldn't help but like it whilst still rolling my eyes at it! The idea for the story was pretty cool and I liked the characters, although its kind of across between sci-fi and pnr rather than "proper" sci-fi, as some of it could have been classed as magical/paranormal abilities, such as visions of the future etc. It got a little I don't really like insta-love stories and unfortunately this does suffer from it, especially towards the end when it gets a bit too sweetly gag-enducing for me - BUT, I couldn't help but like it whilst still rolling my eyes at it! The idea for the story was pretty cool and I liked the characters, although its kind of across between sci-fi and pnr rather than "proper" sci-fi, as some of it could have been classed as magical/paranormal abilities, such as visions of the future etc. It got a little techie sometimes, but I think it was meant to be slightly confusing because it was when Nithael was explaining things and getting carried away, lost in his geeky thoughts and talking in his "science-speak" as Craig called it. But an enjoyable enough read for a couple of hours or so, especially as it was free. I still can't believe how good some of these Loves Landscape stories are!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annika

    3,5* I have a hard time with the rating and the review because I found it sometimes really hard to follow due to the technical talk all the time. But maybe that's just due to sleep deprivation caused by two kids under 3. I especially liked how Nithael's insecurities were dealt with and that they weren't just poof gone only because Craig told him once he likes to spend time with him. Live long insecurities won't disappear just like that. I would have liked to learn how they built their live togeth 3,5* I have a hard time with the rating and the review because I found it sometimes really hard to follow due to the technical talk all the time. But maybe that's just due to sleep deprivation caused by two kids under 3. I especially liked how Nithael's insecurities were dealt with and that they weren't just poof gone only because Craig told him once he likes to spend time with him. Live long insecurities won't disappear just like that. I would have liked to learn how they built their live together, means longer story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series. My Rating System: * couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was so great. It was smart and funny at times. Perfect for me as I tend to like the guys who are quirky and cute but need someone special to understand them. I was sort of confused in the middle just a bit but I didn't care because I was really enjoying the story. These authors (this author) simply must write more stuff I will definitely read everything they have to offer.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I liked the concept and initial mystery around Craig meeting/discovering Nithael. I also enjoyed both MCs' personalities as well as Gramps and Cat. The story was dialogue and technobabble heavy which made it drag at times for me. But, the guys' relationship was sweet and the ending happy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Su

    A complex and engaging story with a cute, easily distracted scientist from another dimension and a down-to-earth military medic. It has a touch of insta-love but not enough to irritate me. They were adorable together.

  19. 5 out of 5

    GlamLawyer

    The idea of a different world was great. I liked the descriptions and I enjoyed the pairing. But the instalove made things too over the top for me. Sadly parts were dragging without anything happening.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    The Science Fiction of Science and Fiction was a bit too detailed for me making the start of the story a bit of a hard slog but the relationship between the two characters was so sweet that it won me over.

  21. 5 out of 5

    M'rella

    Not badly written and fun in places, but the amount of sci-fi made-up research/science terms clogged my mind to the point where I had to make an effort to literally read between the lines to follow the actual story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Redgal

    Nope.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bookbee

    4.5 Stars Ooooh! Good one! Even though the sciencespeak left me a little dizzy at times!

  24. 4 out of 5

    CakeForBreakfast

    Cats, coffee, & cuteness.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Usagi Tsukino

    Uh... absolutely boring. The techie talk were confusing and kinda annoying me, and my e-reader's dictionary didn't know the meaning of the most of it, nice. =__= Disappointed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie~~

    [NOTE: I rate most writing event stories (free reads) 4 or 5 stars because of my appreciation of the author's participation and gift.]

  27. 5 out of 5

    315

    Genre: science fiction Tags: other world, military man, scientist, cabin romance, mated/bonded, multidimensional travel, contemporary setting

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I enjoyed this story, but started skimming at the halfway point because it was too wordy and technical. When I got to the end though, I was sad it was over. It was very creative.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adara

    4.5 stars. Nithael as a quirky scientist was highly entertaining. And Craig's confusion over him was adorable. A very enjoyable read. One of the best of the LL event.

  30. 5 out of 5

    SueM

    One of my personal faves...

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