Have Some Readers Been Resisting Sci-Fi Romance Because of Its Diverse Content?

Since I began blogging about sci-fi romance in 2008, I’ve speculated about why more readers haven’t flocked to this genre. Why has it never reached the heights of paranormal romance? Why do some readers seem so hesitant to give it a try? Why have traditional print publishers released so few books in the genre?

The reasons behind the low interest in SFR have been discussed on this blog and elsewhere in the SFR community. The main ones include the following: Continue reading “Have Some Readers Been Resisting Sci-Fi Romance Because of Its Diverse Content?”

For Your Consideration: Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly for a Hugo Award

Like other women-driven endeavors, sci-fi romance is a monumental achievement when one considers how much participating readers and authors accomplish while simultaneously being the targets of exclusionary tactics, criticism, harassment, sexism, marginalization, erasure, and other toxic attacks. Why persevere in the face of such odds? Women do so because they’re confident in the knowledge that romance in the context of a science fictional setting is just as valid as any other element, as well as being a topic worthy of exploration. They’re smart like that.

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly continues the tradition by creating a welcoming place where readers can celebrate their interest in science fiction romance. Therefore, we invite you to consider it for a Hugo Award.

SFRQ website buttonAbout Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is a semiprozine focused on stories in a technology-based setting that feature a central love story and upbeat ending (HEA or HFN). It also covers romantic SF.

Features include release news, opinion columns, reviews, short stories, and much more—all for free.

SFRQ is a paid market. Thanks to our advertising, we compensate our cover artists and short story authors.

Meet the SFRQ Team

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is run by a diverse and dynamic team of women who bring various talents to the magazine’s production. SFRQ is helmed by Chief Editor KS “Kaz” Augustin, Fiction Editor Diane Dooley, and Releases Editor Heather Massey. We’re a trio of sci-fi romance bloggers, authors, and genre buffs.

SFRQ’s stellar review team includes Marlene Harris, Toni Adams; The Book Pushers, Jo Jones, RK Shiraishi, Normalene Zeeman, Weirde, Psyche Skinner, Rachel Cotterill, Ian Sales, and SFF Dragon.

Other contributors include various guest columnists and short story authors.

SFRQ-Issue-09-CoverNominate Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly for a Hugo Award because…

* SFRQ covers all aspects of sci-fi romance and only sci-fi romance. This exclusive focus offers readers a semiprozine with truly unique content.

* SFRQ is spearheaded by women and serves an underserved audience of fans who enjoy the combined power of SF and romance.

* A vote for SFRQ is a vote for SFR fans and the representation they deserve.

* Nominating SFRQ will help raise the visibility for the SFR and romantic SF stories you want to read.

* Nominating SFRQ offers you a way to help correct the power imbalance in the field of science fiction and SF fandom. Women have always been a part of these groups and their work often goes unrewarded. We can help change that—together.

Here’s how you can nominate Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly:

1) Purchase a 2016 Supporting membership ($50) to become a member of the World Science Fiction Society. Register here.

2) Nominations will open in early January 2016 and voting starts early May 2016.

3) Visit MidAmeriCon II and follow the instructions for voting online or by mail.

For more information, visit I Want to Vote and The Voting System at The Hugo Awards.

Want to help in other ways? Use your social media power to spread the word about Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly! Share this link or direct folks to scifiromancequarterly.org.

By the way, SFRQ isn’t the only women-centric semiprozine. Pease consider nominating another such as Luna Station Quarterly!

Thanks so much for your time, and for your consideration.

KS “Kaz” Augustin

Diane Dooley

Heather Massey

20 Sci-Fi Romances That Should Be Adapted For TV

Outer Places compiled a list of 23 Science Fiction Books Being Adapted into TV Shows. Being an SF fan, I read the list. Unfortunately, only four of the books were written by women. And not only does the list include mostly white, male authors, there are three by John Scalzi and two by Stephen King. That’s not an embarrassment of riches—that’s just embarrassing.

I’m betting perilously few of these shows, if they make it to television, will feature female protagonists. Ladies, don’t you just love getting a big “F-you” from the television industry? Feels even better after, oh, say, the thousandth time.

Continue reading “20 Sci-Fi Romances That Should Be Adapted For TV”

Now Live: Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #9

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #9 is now live! Enjoy over 100 pages of science fiction romance news, articles, reviews, and short stories!

Highlights from issue #9 include:

  • Spotlight: The Magic of Wisdom by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Happily Every After is for Everyone by Lise MacTague
  • “Origin Stories” by Sara Kate Ellis
  • “Topography of Meringue” by Laurie N Meynig
  • SF Mistressworks: Linda Nagata’s VAST
  • Your Guide To Sci-Fi Romance Movies by Heather Massey
  • The A to SFR of Audiobooks, Part I by Veronica Scott
  • Multicultural Steampunk by Suna Dasi

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is free and available for download here. Thanks for your interest!

Happy Holidays!