Readers of romances and hard sci fi are very different. So mixing the two up is inevitably alienating of of your reader groups. Right? So, why include it in Can Machines Bring Peace??
It sorta happened by itself. I don’t think I planned it in advance. I wanted Mizuki, as the admiral’s daughter, to be caught between her father and her support for the Thinking Machine.
What I believe happened next is: if he wants to lead a diverse team, Kazimir needs to give each team member room to grow. And Mizuki discovers that she admires the man who does that. And that she is happy to grow. She seems to be just as surprised as I am that she falls in love with him.