Science Fiction on the Web
Science fiction lives and breathes on the internet, where it has existed as long
as the internet consisted of more than two computers linked across vast distances. In the essay,
The Literature of Change,
I wrote about science fiction as a community and how to get
involved. Well, there's no better way to become part of the
conversation than to visit the sites listed below.
Fandom and More
Speculative-fiction fans have, since the early days (see First Fandom), gotten together to share thoughts and opinions about what's going on in the genre - often quite passionately. Naturally, the internet has facilitated this conversation in powerful ways. Here is just a sampling of popular fan-related sites.
- Ansible is David Langford's
popular and long-running British fanzine, published since 1979.
Audio interviews with science-fiction authors. A great way to hear
interviews with your favorite authors, and a great resource for researchers.
The Fandom Directory, a great source for all things SF-fannish.
Google's extensive list of science fiction sites.
i09 is an SFnal multimedia
Ik Wil Het Startpagina: Science Fiction,
a portal site in Holland with a thorough collection of SF links.
- LabLit.com - "The
culture of science in fiction & fact." Great stuff!
The Russian Science Fiction & Fantasy Web
site, the largest and the most rapidly growing Russian SF-related Web site on the Internet.
- Science Fiction Research Association,
SFRA's Web site.
Science Fiction Writers of America, SFWA's Web site.
- SF Lovers, a huge compendium of valuable and useful info on SF, SF
authors, and so on.
Literature Foundation, which "promotes literary quality in speculative
fiction by encouraging promising new writers, assisting established writers,
facilitating the work of quality magazines and small presses in the genre, and
developing a greater public appreciation of speculative fiction."
The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
in Seattle is an interactive, media-rich experience that combines SFnal
artifacts and information in an immersive museum. Recommended!
Tales of Future Past,
a great source for SF history and images.
is the original open-source online encyclopedia about everything, and of course
they have a thorough entry on SF.
Great Author Blogs
Most speculative-fiction authors blog at least occasionally, so there's no
way to list them all here. However, the blogs listed below are destinations for
thousands - or, in some cases, tens of thousands - of regular readers, full of
interesting content by fine authors who serve their readers every single day.
Here is a small sampling of some of the most popular spec-fic artists; click the links to see
some gorgeous galleries.
In addition to print, much speculative fiction is published on the Web - perhaps the majority.
The number of original anthologies is also growing quickly; these are published
by most large and small presses, with some small presses dedicated only to
unique anthologies. Here's an abbreviated list of online SF magazines, with links to sources that list them all.
- The full list
of the genre magazines published on the SFWA website. A fantastic place to
find them all.
- Albedo One, Ireland's
only SF magazine.
- Abyss & Apex.
- Analog Science Fiction and Fact.
Hard SF, essays, and more.
- Asimov's Science Fiction.
- The Infinite Matrix.
Fiction, essays, and editorials - good stuff!
Long-lived British SF magazine.
- The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
One of the cornerstone genre magazines that's been around since 1949.
- Ray Gun Revival. Publishes Golden-Age style space opera.
- Sci Fiction.
Ceased publishing new fiction; however, the archives are still available.
- The Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation, the e-version of the Concatenation publication distributed
at the UK national SF convention and European SF convention.
- Strange Horizons.
Fiction, poetry, reviews, and much more.
Audio Science Fiction Magazine," published as a series of podcasts.
Tor.com, the website of Tor Books includes a fine online magazine.
- Webzines, editor Ellen
Datlow's list of online SF magazines, regularly updated.
Speculative fiction has been a field for serious study since the 1950s - earlier for some, still not recognized by others. Here are a few that live online; others, such as
Extrapolation, still only exist in print.
Solaris, a Japanese science fiction magazine.
Best SF, a website that "aims to assist
those seeking the best in short science fiction, in both printed form and on the
web." Has a big "Best SF Gateway" that links to the best SF available online,
plus lots of short-SF reviews.
review site of William Tienken.
Internet Book List, a book-listing and
-reviewing project where readers can enter and respond to information about
every published book. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive and easily
accessible database of books, because its creator "considers the Book to be
humanity's greatest creation." Includes discussion forums, ratings, and much
The Internet Review of Science
Fiction: the first serious online SF journal remains one of the best.
Founded in 2004.
- Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, founded
in 1989, this is the interdisciplinary publication of the International
Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.
Locus Online, website of
Locus magazine. SF news, reviews, and resources.
Foundation: the international review of science fiction,
published by the Science Fiction Foundation.
- The New York Review of Science Fiction,
published by Dragon Press since 1988.
Covers SF as a whole but draws its name from being housed in New York City and sponsoring local SF events.
Science Fiction Weekly, a helpful link for current information in
the world of SF.
Science Fiction Chronicle,
website of SF Chronicle magazine. SF news, reviews, and resources.
SF Site, self-described "home page for science fiction and fantasy."
SF news, reviews, and resources.
- SFRA Review, founded in 1970,
is the publication of the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA), the
oldest professional SF scholarly organization. Published out of the University
of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
- SFWA Bulletin,
published by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA),
the worldwide professional organization for speculative-fiction writers,
editors, and others in the field.
SFRevu, a monthly fan/webzine which features reviews of books, films,
and other media, interviews with top authors and notable newcomers,
and columns with the latest releases in books, DVDs, comics, and upcoming films. SFRevu
covers SF/F from around the world.
Fiction Review is a publisher and bookseller hoping to promote new SF authors by offering free and low-cost downloads.
Includes reviews and a discussion forum.
SpecFicWorld.com, an online resource guide for speculative fiction fans
and writers. Market lists, news, writer's resources, and lots of fee-based eBook and eMagazine downloads.
Tangent Online, the first and only short SF review magazine,
now with long reviews, as well.
Torque Control, the blog of the editorial staff of
Vector, the critical journal of the
British Science Fiction Association.
Writers seeking to improve their craft in the genres used to
have only a few choices, as many university programs did not appreciate
speculative fiction - or, in some cases, even consider it a valid form of
literature. In response, professional writers created private workshops to help
writers develop. Thankfully, spec-fic's days of living in the ghetto are past,
but the intensive, non-degree workshops are still a healthy concern. Here are a
few of the best, plus some links to markets for your work.
- Alpha, the Workshop for Young Writers.
- Clarion Writers' Workshop at UC-San Diego,
perhaps the world's best-known speculative-fiction writing workshop. Six weeks
- Clarion West Writers Workshop
in Seattle, Washington, also six weeks.
well-known online workshop with lots of great information for writers.
- CSSF writing workshops
for short and novel-length speculative fiction. Each is an intensive two-week
- Odyssey, a
- Viable Paradise is a one-week residential workshop in writing and selling commercial science fiction and fantasy.
- The Market List, a
great resource for finding markets for your genre work.
- Ralan.com, another
excellent SF/F/H writing market site.
Fan, professional, and scholarly organizations the world around
give many awards for speculative fiction each year. Here are a few of the top
awards in the field.
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his first novel, Transcendence, will appear in 2010 from Hadley Rille Books. For more, check out his
Christopher McKitterick is an author, editor, technical writer, teacher, amateur astronomer,
and backyard engineer. Chris' short work has appeared in a variety of magazines, anthologies, and journals. He teaches writing at the
University of Kansas and is Associate Director of the
the Study of Science Fiction. He recently finished a far-future novel,