The Science Fiction Romance Galaxy Awards!

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Science Fiction Romance Galaxy Awards
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Each year, readers and reviewers of science fiction romance give out the SFR Galaxy Awards for the best in science fiction romance

The SFR Galaxy Award are given by a community not much recognized in either romance or science fiction writing circles aka, the reaction to SFR tends to be:. “Ew, you got your chocolate in my peanut butter!” “Ew, you got your peanut butter in my chocolate!”

But when SFR is done well, with a satisfying romance and wonderful SF world-building, it’s my favorite genre, hands-down. (Yes, yes, I love Reeses Peanut Butter cups too.)

These awards are not your average awards, ranging from “Best Steampunk Transport” to “Hottest Queer Sci-Fi in a Superhero Universe” to “Meow It Again, Sam.”

My own superhero action-adventure romance, the Phoenix Institute series, won the Galaxy Awards a few years back, for “Best Superhero Origin.”

The full list of 2018 award winners is below, complete with links for purchase, but I highly recommend you check out the link in the first paragraph which discuss why these particular awards were chosen (just what is that best steampunk transport?) elaborating on why a particular book received a particular award.

(Alas, Pets in Space 3  and it’s two earlier volumes are not available in that format any longer.)

2018 SFR Galaxy Awards Complete List:

Round 1 – Jo Jones, Mixed Book Bag

Best Dreams to Nightmare Plot
An Alien Exchange by Keri Kruspe

Best Use of World Building and Back Story to Jumpstart a Plot
Breakaway by Michelle Diener

Warleader SRF Galaxy Award Winner
Image copyright Susan Grant

Best Improvement After Rewriting
Warleader by Susan Grant

Round 2 – Riley Moreland, Whiskey With My Book

Potent Post-War Setting Award
Aftermath (Hathe, #3) by Mary Brock Jones

Best Steampunk Transport
Raven, Fire and Ice (Touch of Truth, #1) by Nita Round

Arcane History Award
Infinity (Horizon, #2) by Tabitha Lord

Arachnophobia Award for Creepiest Villain
Lost Valyr (Project Enterprise, #7) by Pauline Baird Jones

SFR Galaxy Award winner
Image copyright Donna Frelick

Favorite Dog Hero
Not Fade Away (Interstellar Rescue, #4) by Donna S. Frelick

Round 3 – Heather Massey, The Galaxy Express

SFR Galaxy Award winner
DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow — Image copyright CW

Hottest Queer Sci-Fi Romance in a Superhero Universe
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow by Greg Berlanti, Executive Producer

Round 4 – Lee Koven, Cyber Post Punk Love

Most Intriguing Society
A Treason of Truths by Ada Harper

Most Unusual Heroine
Delta V by Elsa Jade

Best Mobile Phone Replacement

SFR Galaxy Awards
Image via Penguin/Random House

Implanted by Lauren C. Teffeau

Best Serial
Queen’s Gambit by Jessie Mihalik

Best Bodyguard’s Buddy
The Protector Series
(Dangerous Promise, Wicked Attraction, Forbidden Stranger) by Megan Hart

 

Round 5 – Marlene Harris, Reading Reality

Multiple SFR Galaxy Award winner
Image copyright Anna Hackett

Home Again Award (Dance with the One that Brung Ya)
Edge of Eon by Anna Hackett

Firefly Redux Award
Entropy by Jess Anastasi

Meow It Again Sam Award
Pets in Space 3: Embrace the Passion by S. E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Alexis Glynn Latner, Tiffany Roberts, E. D. Walker, JC Hay, Kyndra Hatch

Shoulda Been a Contender Award
Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

 

Round 6 – Chris Stock, Roswell Daily Record

Short, Sweet and Fiesty Award
A Darkside Interlude: Darkstar Mercenaries 0.5 by Anna Carven

Best Similar But Different Out of Africa Award
Rage (Alien Breed 1-English Edition) by Melody Adams
(Translated by Sylvia Corbisiero)

Best Out-of-Space Cop Award-Despite-the-Title
Beauty’s Alien Beast by Linda Mooney

Best Start of a New Series and Kidnapping Scene
Edge of Eon (Eon Warriors 1) by Anna Hackett

Best Continuation of an Anthology that Makes You Feel Good
Pets in Space 3: Embrace the Passion by S E Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Alexis Glynn Latner, Tiffany Roberts, E. D. Walker, JC Hay, Kyndra Hatch

 

Round 7 – KJ Van Houten, Whiskey With My Books

Alpha Award: Best New Series
Edge of Eon by Anna Hackett

Omega Award: Best End-of-Series
Hunted by the Cyborg (Book 6 Cy-Ops Series) by Cara Bristol

Phoenix Award: Best Resurrected Series
Warleader by Susan Grant

SFR Galaxy Award Winner
Image via Lea KIrk

Little Green Men Award
Collision by Lea Kirk

Books with Multiple Galaxy Awards in 2018

Edge of Eon by Anna Hackett
Home Again Award (Dance with the One that Brung Ya) (presented by Marlene Harris)
Best Start of a New Series and Kidnapping Scene (presented by Chris Stock)
Alpha Award: Best New Series (presented by KJ Van Houten)

Warleader by Susan Grant
Best Improvement After Rewriting (presented by Jo Jones)
Phoenix Award: Best Resurrected Series (presented by KJ Van Houten)

Pets in Space 3: Embrace the Passion by S E Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Alexis Glynn Latner, Tiffany Roberts, E. D. Walker, JC Hay, Kyndra Hatch
Meow It Again Sam Award (presented by Marlene Harris)
Best Continuation of an Anthology that Makes You Feel Good (presented by Chris Stock)

Authors with Galaxy Awards for More Than One Book in 2018

Anna Hackett
Edge of Eon – Home Again Award (Dance with the One that Brung Ya) (presented by Marlene Harris)
Edge of Eon – Best Start of a New Series and Kidnapping Scene (presented by Chris Stock)
Edge of Eon – Alpha Award: Best New Series (presented by KJ Van Houten)
Pets in Space 3: Embrace the Passion – Meow It Again Sam Award (presented by Marlene Harris)
Pets in Space 3: Embrace the Passion – Best Continuation of an Anthology that Makes You Feel Good (presented by Chris Stock)

Pauline Baird Jones
Lost Valyr – Arachnophobia Award for Creepiest Villain (presented by Riley Moreland)
Pets in Space 3: Embrace the Passion – Meow It Again Sam Award (presented by Marlene Harris)
Pets in Space 3: Embrace the Passion – Best Continuation of an Anthology that Makes You Feel Good (presented by Chris Stock)

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