News: Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly On Hiatus

Dear Readers,

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly has been a rewarding endeavor, but the editors’ work and family responsibilities has increased to the point that the magazine must go on hiatus for the time being.

As of October 1, 2016, we will not be accepting ad or content submissions.

All of SFRQ’s archived content will still be available for your reading pleasure at scifiromancequarterly.org. Plus, we’ll continue to blog about sci-fi romance and other news right here at Galaxy Express 2.0.

It’s been a wonderful three years! Thanks to all of our readers, guest writers, reviewers, contributors and authors for your interest and support!

Best,

KS Augustin, Editor-in-Chief

Diane Dooley, Story Editor

Heather Massey, Releases Editor

Fresh, Hot, & Fabulous: Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #12

Help yourself to a free download of Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #12, now live!

Issue 12 offers a 100 pages of SFR joy and includes the following features:

* Interview: Author P.J. Dean, author of THE FELIG CHRONICLES

* Opinion: Susan Grant, author of THE CHAMPION OF BARESH

* Fiction: “Flying Sparks” by M.H. Questus (edited by Diane Dooley)

* Cosmic Lounge by Heather Massey: Five Fun SFR Discoveries

* Reviews

* SF Mistressworks spotlights THE PRICE OF THE STARS by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald

* Editorial by KS Augustin: Dialogue and Life #SFRQ

* 3 Sneak Peeks

* New Releases

You can also follow Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly on Twitter: @SciFiRomance

Happy reading!

Sci-Fi Romance Link Roundup

Check out author Donna S. Frelick’s FOOLS RUSH IN cover reveal!

Author Veronica Scott rounds up the New Releases in SciFi And Fantasy Romance for August 10.

Josh Trujillo’s LOVE MACHINES comic looks highly intriguing. Mayhaps the stories offer HEAs? After I have a chance to check it out, I’ll report back. If you can’t wait that long, the series is available at ComiXology!

Meet Some Adorable Authors’ Pets, a post in the spirit of the forthcoming October 2016 release of PETS IN SPACE, a sci-fi romance anthology (more news coming soon, so stay tuned!).

Mills & Boon’s Escape Sci-Fi Romance – a handy reference page for a few sci-fi romances by Australian authors.

Coming soon from Red Sage Publishing: THE INVENTOR’S WIFE, the third installment in my Clockpunk Trilogy! Here’s the blurb for this erotic sci-fi romance:

Elena Harrington’s widowed father rules her life with an iron fist. Even worse, he intends to force her into a loveless marriage in order to expand his business empire. An innocent bird trapped in a gilded cage, she can do naught but daydream about an adventurous life forever out of reach.

Elena resigns herself to a doomed existence until the day she meets her father’s dashing new employee. Daniel Miller is a brilliant inventor who crafts extraordinary devices. His astonishing machines fill her with delight. What else might this mysterious inventor have in store?

Determined to find out, Elena begins visiting Daniel’s workshop in secret. One hot, sultry night, he awakens her passion with all manner of sensual clockwork devices. Elena is certain she’s discovered her soul mate. Then an unexpected danger threatens to derail not only their burgeoning romance, but also their very lives.

THE INVENTOR’S WIFE can stand alone, but if you’d like to start from the beginning, the trilogy begins with The Watchmaker’s Lady and continues in The Blacksmith’s Lover.

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Hey, authors! Got a sci-fi romance release coming out in July, August, and/or September? Let me know via Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly so we can spotlight it in the Releases feature in issue #12! Submission information here.

Lastly, a heads up: my next Coffee Time Romance steampunk romance column will appear on August 15. I started a story with interesting promise and will share the highlights with you!

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #11 Now Available!

Looking for new sci-fi romance releases? We got you covered. Want to learn about a cool & diverse steampunk comic book heading your way? We got your back. In the mood for a sociological take on the appeal of sci-fi romance? We’re here for you. Need to perk up your day with an adorable SFR short story? That and more awaits you in Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly #11!

Highlights from this issue include:

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* An interview with Shawnee’ and Shawnelle Gibbs, the creators of the forthcoming comic THE INVENTION OF E.J. WHITAKER

SilverBound* A guest column by author Ella Drake about how SFR explores the body-ownership conflict

* Xoe Juliani’s delightful f/f short story “A Light in the Dark”

* A “Trailblazer” spotlight on author and SFR advocate Veronica Scott

* SF Mistressworks review of BIBBLINGS by Barbara Paul

* K.S. Augustin’s Editorial about the changing nature of the SFR genre and its community

* In Cosmic Lounge, I pose the question, “Why Is #SFR Something to Talk About?”

* Plus reviews, coverage of the latest SFR releases, and Sneak Peeks!

Download your free copy!

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

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!