We'll be doing a panel together this year at GRL, and I can't wait to see more behind the mind that created Spice 'N Solace and Alien 'N Outlaw. While these stories have as their main focus the romance part of SFR (and the sex - there is a lot of steamy sex) there's obviously a lot of thought that went into the societies and people involved.
My biggest beef with SFR is when an author writes a romance and just happens to stick it on a spaceship or another planet. KC's stories have the detail an SFR fan wants, the necessary culture clashes, the interesting quirks of non-human thought that make it clear that this story could only be told as SF rather than Bob from the bar down the street who we stuck on a spaceship.
I found the Ankylos fascinating - the herd mentality writ large. How they react to situations we take for granted, how the human in their midst is forced to cope with aversions they find puzzling is what a good SF is all about. When we're forced to question our assumptions, to look at them sideways, we often reach important truths about ourselves.
Ankylos anatomy is pretty darn cool, too. But I won't give stuff away. :)
I'm looking forward to spending time with KC this year and, omg! That plane ride to Atlanta is only a day away!