11 November 2005

R.I.P. SciFiction

I am too shocked and saddened by the news that SciFiction will be ending to be able to say anything coherent and without profanity. Ellen Datlow has done a phenomenal job with the site for years, and I have long appreciated her willingness to publish traditional adventure stories alongside the gonzo weird stuff I'm particularly fond of. The classic reprints made obscure work available to a large audience. I could go on, and I'm sure I will once the shock wears off.

For now, let me just point you to some stories to read. SciFiction published two of my favorite stories this year: "There's a Hole in the City" by Richard Bowes and "Heads Down, Thumbs Up" by Gavin Grant. (See the sidebar for links to what I had to say about each.)

I was going to give a little list of a few stories that are particular favorites of mine, but once I started looking at the archive, choosing seemed foolish. Just go read. We can mourn that a favorite publication is stopping, but we should celebrate the stories that found such a fine home. And let's hope that Ellen gets a great new job soon.

Update 10/12/05: Gwenda has posted a list of favorite stories that does what I did not, and does it quite well.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks Matt. And btw, it was great meeting you in Madison.
    Ellen

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  2. This makes me so sad. That's going to make for one gaping enormous hole in my weekly surfing.

    Quick, everyone give $20 to Strange Horizons, so we don't have to worry about losing them, too.

    -- sad reader

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  3. Well, if you haven't read everything our archives will be up for at least a year :-)
    Ellen

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  4. This is terrible news. I'm trying to think of something else to say- but I can't.

    I'm going to use wget to back up the content.

    I'm in shock.

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