Science Fiction Romance Resources: A list of must-read SFR (science fiction romance) books, where to find more SFR, and tips on writing SFR. From the “Science Fiction Romance” panel presented at the 2016 Fort Collins Comic Convention, with panelists Melisse Aires, Drew Bankston, Rich Keller, and me (Carol Van Natta).
In no particular order. Includes subcategories of First Contact, Exploration, Alien Lovers, Galactic Empire, Genetic Engineering, Steampunk, Dystopian, Alternate History, Post-Apocalyptic, and more.
Finding More Must-Read SFR
Places to look for more must-read SFR, new releases, etc.
Portals series – FREE – Seven volumes. Each book has the first chapters of SFR books and links to buy them if you like what you read. They're available on most major ebook retailers (e.g., Amazon).
SFR Station: www.sfrstation.com — find science fiction romance using a variety of search criteria, categories, as well as by author, title, or series.
Science Fiction Romance Quarterly: www.scifiromancequarterly.org — quarterly journal with articles, reviews and excerpts from science fiction romances
SFR Galaxy Awards (current and previous years): sfrgalaxyawards.blogspot.com — annual science fiction romance awards given by a select committee
Amazon: “Books” category: “Books > Romance > Science Fiction” — with other retailers, try “science fiction romance,” “sci-fi romance,” or even “paranormal romance” (and note that with all of them, even Amazon, you'll find some things that don't seem to belong)
Heather Massey's “The Galaxy Express” literary and fan blog: thegalaxyexpress.net
USA Today’s “Happily Ever After” column, especially those by Veronica Scott: https://veronicascott.wordpress.com/veronicas-usa-today-hea-columns-archive/ — Veronica writes stories about science fiction romance interviews SFR authors
Groups on Facebook, e.g., https://www.facebook.com/groups/the.scifi.romance.group/
SFR Brigade Showcase – links to monthly excerpts of SFR books: http://sfrcontests.blogspot.ca/p/sfr-brigade-presents.html
Tips on Writing SFR
Veronica Scott: Science Fiction Romance or Romantic Elements? http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2016/03/science-fiction-romance-romantic-elements/
Cynthia Sax: Are You Writing a Cyborg Romance? http://tasteofcyn.com/2016/02/12/are-you-writing-a-cyborg-romance/
Cynthia Sax: Writing Tips: http://tasteofcyn.com/category/writing-tips-2/
Cara Bristol: How Alien Can an Alien Hero Be? http://carabristol.com/2016/01/how-alien-can-an-alien-hero-be-in-sci-fi-romance-sfr/
Cara Bristol: 10 Good Practices for Every Author http://carabristol.com/2015/11/10-good-practices-for-every-author/