Finding Hope in Sci-Fi and Romance w/ Thursday Euclid

November 17, 2016

 Finding Hope in Sci-Fi and Romance with Thursday Euclid

What is it about the science fiction-romance hybrid that I just can’t get enough of? I’m a queer trans guy, and romance gives me hope, just as science fiction gives me hope. For the first time, with my new novel Built for Pleasure, I’m combining those passions and sharing them with an audience.

Science fiction has always been a special love of mine. It teaches us to think critically about the world around us, to embrace possibility, and to look toward a future of limitless outcomes. Whether we envision a dystopia, a utopia, or a world much like our own—gray and complicated—we see a reflection of our own reality in the pages of the best scifi, a mirror that shows us our human frailties and ingenuity in intriguing ways.

Romance, too, compels me. I crave a happy ending to my stories. I covet true love I’ve never found for myself. Sometimes stories are all we have, the way we connect with and relate to a world that can be overwhelming, coldly impersonal, or full of hate. We can find our friends—our tribe—in books. Fall in love. Inhabit a world we never want to leave.

Despite the fact my hero, Wolf, is a cyborg, his journey is deeply personal to me. His fight for personal identity, basic rights, and real love is one I relate to, and one I hope readers—queer or not—will see themselves in as well. As for my other MC, Mal, his journey is that of a reluctant ally, a man who’s always been so certain of himself, learning that he’ll need to make himself vulnerable and open his mind to leave behind the loneliness that haunts him.

To Wolf, love isn’t real until someone will stand with him on his darkest day and fight for him. For Mal, surrendering to a love that complete is terrifying—almost unthinkable.

In life, happy endings aren’t easily come by… But maybe they mean that much more when we’ve had to fight for them.

Check out Built for Pleasure today!


Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid

Dreamspinner Press
All Romance


Retired military officer Malcolm Torvik runs a rehabilitation facility for malfunctioning pleasure cyborgs. When WLF-6759—Wolf—arrives at Reboot Camp, the former battle cyborg presents problems Malcolm’s never faced before. Most pleasure cyborgs are sensation junkies, constantly high on the chemicals sex releases into their bloodstream, but Wolf’s faulty refit means it’s spent a decade suffering through unwanted encounters—and sometimes fighting back despite the consequences.

At first Wolf’s rebellion frustrates Malcolm even as Wolf’s undeniable physical perfection draws him. Then Wolf’s unexpected vulnerability and need open a whole new dynamic between them, and Malcolm finds himself feeling far too much for something that isn’t even human. Or is it? Could Homo sapiens technica be just as human as Malcolm is? And if it is, what’s Malcolm supposed to do about it? Malcolm’s been alone for so long…. Is it possible he’s found love with a cyborg? How far will he go to ensure Wolf’s freedom? Malcolm knows what he must do—for both of them—but it might cost him much more than his comfortable life.

Author Bio:

The Thursday Euclid is a strange and elusive creature dwelling in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Frequently mistaken for Bigfoot, Chupacabra, or the monster of the week, he is, in fact, a 30-something black sheep with a penchant for K-pop, geekery, and hot and sour soup. When he’s not playing Dragon Age or SWTOR, he’s probably watching B-movies or talking to his best friend and frequent collaborator Clancy Nacht.

Email: thursdayeuclid at gmail dot com


2 Responses to “Finding Hope in Sci-Fi and Romance w/ Thursday Euclid”

  1. Z.Allora says:

    I’m really looking forward to this one!!! I can’t wait to see what you’ve done in this new worlds.
    Big hugs, Z.

  2. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I grew up watching Star Trek re-runs and since then I buy all Sci Fi books I can find especially with romance books.

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