I have to say it’s limping along badly.
I was like, huh. That’s almost scary to me for some reason. We’re talking the purveyors of the Leisure Books and Love Spell. Powerhouse lines in romances and yet also one of the most often mocked both for content and covers. It’s probably a toss-up between them and Avon for the “outrageous” prize and this is said by someone who has oodles and oodles of books by both publishers so don’t think I’m looking down my nose or anything.
Okay, why this sudden curiousity about Dorchester? Well, it started with A Brief History of Science Fiction Romance over on The Galaxy Express and a question about whether there were any science fiction romances - meaning labeled romances with SF elements and not science fiction with romantic elements – prior to 1980. Which in turn got me to wondering what publisher would’ve been the most receptive to actually publishing those elements in a romance during that period. And that led me to thinking about Leisure Books and Love Spell, naturally, since they were the ones who gave us our beloved futuristic romances in the first place.
May we ever be thankful. (only one-third of that was sarcasm – okay, half)
See, what I was actually wanting to do was find a “most likely” publisher’s name to go to BookScans and browse through some of their later covers. But BookScans only goes to 1959, more or less, which left me wondering where the heck was Dorchester. Not starting until 1971, apparently.
You know the really odd thing – or not – is that Dorchester doesn’t even list a SF category on its page. They do horror, westerns, thrillers, romance but no science fiction?
Oh, except for those futuristics… oye.
Well, back to the search. It seems Dorchester could have some books that might fit before 1980 but how to find them. Or maybe I’ll just try Avon. Yeah, vintage Avon and science fiction romance. That sounds right. o.O
You know what would really be helpful? If Fantastic Fiction was searchable by publisher and/or year. If any database was that to be honest.