The recipients of the 4th Annual SFR Galaxy Awards for science fiction romance books were announced on January 31. It’s one of the more creative awards given in fandom.
The process for picking the winners is explained in the following way —
How does it work? A select group of science fiction romance readers and bloggers will each create unique awards for up to 5 books released in that year. Judges will create award categories based on criteria of their own choosing. The goal is to deliver a group of awards that are fun, unique, meaningful, and informative for readers
This year there were seven judges, and each wrote a separate blog post explaining their award choices.
Here are links to every round, and an example of what the judge came up with. Each pick is supported with a short narrative (which you can read at the site).
Best Interfering Sentient Ship
Traitor (Maelstrom Chronicles, #2) by Jody Wallace
The Backdraft Award (A door can feel cool, but when you open it the heat explodes.)
Return to Dark Earth: The Phoenix Adventures #7 by Anna Hackett
Best “All the Feels” Sci-Fi Romance
Depths of Blue (On Deception’s Edge #1) by Lise MacTague
Biggest Tearjerker Per Page
Luminous by A.E. Ash
Best Use of Western Lore in Space
Space Wrangler by Kate Donovan
Best “Riff on To Serve Man”
The Terrans (First Salik War #1) by Jean Johnson. Also, Best Riff on the “Fated Mate” trope.
Most Continuing Series Using the Mars Needs Women Trope
Tornians by M.K. Eidem