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Editorial by KS Augustin

Dialogue and Life #SFRQ

Posted: 28 September, 2016 at 5:25 pm   /   Editorial by KS Augustin

Tweet In my last Editorial, I pointed out that I felt that our genre was “slipping”. That, even though the number of authors writing SFR has exploded, the amount of dialogue taking place around SFR itself has actually decreased. I wrote about “drive-by postings” and took a provocative stance because I was expecting someone to […]

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The rhythm of life, publishing and our champions #SFRQ

Posted: 2 July, 2016 at 6:45 pm   /   Editorial by KS Augustin

Tweet There are several books on Jeff Bezos and, if you haunt LinkedIn like I do/did, you’ll see that Bezos is hailed as some kind of marketing genius and super-CEO. I remember when Amazon first started. Hubby and I were working in Silicon Valley and I thought what a strange name it was for (at […]

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Speaking of #diversity

Posted: 29 March, 2016 at 3:06 pm   /   Editorial by KS Augustin

Tweet Over the past twelve months, I’ve been noticing an uptick in the number of posts and tweets around the topic of diversity. As a small, brown Asian woman who mostly writes non-white protagonists, I’m very happy to know that the voices of people like me are starting to penetrate the writing and reading landscape. […]

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Greetings of the season!

Posted: 24 December, 2015 at 1:45 pm   /   Editorial by KS Augustin

Tweet Oh my, there are so many things I want to cover in this issue’s Editorial, I’m not sure where to begin! Firstly, my fingers are crossed that this issue made it out in a surprise early release. The Editorial Team thought it would be a great idea to give you something to read over […]

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Time to peer between the jaws of a proferred equine…

Posted: 1 October, 2015 at 11:28 am   /   Editorial by KS Augustin

Tweet I’m not a person given to hyperbole. When a group of young men decided to guess my profession a few years ago (don’t ask), they unanimously decided on “teacher”. Because I was “so stern”, they told me. With that in mind, take it from a stern, schoolmarmish type: the SFR community is small, but […]

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On “kick-ass” heroines

Posted: 1 July, 2015 at 2:24 pm   /   Editorial by KS Augustin

Tweet I was reading an SFR with a “kick-ass” heroine recently. The book is universally lauded. But something happened early on that ensured I wouldn’t go on to finish it, much less read the rest in the series. The heroine was a highly-trained woman with substantial physical skill. And, after a scene with a companion, […]

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Nice manuscript you got there…

Posted: 31 March, 2015 at 5:50 pm   /   Editorial by KS Augustin

Tweet You may have noticed that we had a review kerfuffle here at SFRQ recently. One of our reviewers described a book published by Bottom Draw(er) Publications as being “self-published” (as a self-published author, that was an “ouch” moment for me) and I made two formal corrections in Issues 4 and 5. Curious, I read […]

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Emotion, SF and SFR

Posted: 31 December, 2014 at 5:47 pm   /   Editorial by KS Augustin

Tweet Recently, I tried hunting down part of an interview with the late Isaac Asimov where he essentially said that character development was not necessary (or even warranted!) in a science-fiction story. I don’t mean to single out Asimov but, certainly, his stories are bankrupt short on the kind of character arcs that, say, romance […]

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On visibility and the potential of cyborgs

Posted: 30 September, 2014 at 5:44 pm   /   Editorial by KS Augustin

Tweet Welcome to one year of the SFRQ magazine and our new website look! What began as nothing but a dream for the editorial team has grown beyond our wildest hopes and we have you, our readers and supporters, to thank for it. In fact, we’ve grown so quickly that our original website design couldn’t […]

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Welcome to Issue 3

Posted: 15 May, 2014 at 5:43 pm   /   Editorial by KS Augustin

Tweet Despite the fact that the first science-fiction author was a woman (Mary Shelley) and the first computer programmer was a woman (Ada Lovelace), the world of SF still seems determined to make sure that women don’t breach the Citadel of Manliness that many have erected to “protect” SF. While the recent Nebula Award winners […]

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Welcome to Issue 2

Posted: 28 February, 2014 at 2:08 pm   /   Editorial by KS Augustin

Tweet Pretty much the first time I heard about a new sub-genre called “steampunk”, I hated it. Why I hated it can be explained with a much more recent development involving a writer called Paul S. Kemp, so bear with me. Kemp writes both SF and Fantasy and a couple of months ago, he penned […]

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