July has been a great month for online science fiction. And things have been increasing their pace in the last week…
- In the beginning of the month the Nebula Awards website was launched to be an online repository for information pertaining to the Nebulas, Andre Norton Award, Grand Master and Author Emeritus Awards.
- Russell Davis, president of SFWA, made several announcements in the SFWA Live Journal forum, among them was news about an upcoming redesign of the SFWA website and that The Forum, SFWA’s print newsletter, will be going electronic beginning in October 2008.
- Tor launched a new website, part blog/part social network, at Tor.com. Contributors include recognizable names in Science Fiction: Partick Nielsen Hayden (editorial director), Irene Gallo (SF Art), Pablo Defendini (SF Cover Art Criticism), John Klima (magazine/e-zines), John Scalzi (science blogger), Bruce Baugh (gaming), Alison Scott (fandom and SF related subjects), and many other related contributors. They’re hosting free e-books (currently “After the Coup” by John Scalzi and “Down on the Farm” by Charles Stross). With all this new stuff, and more to come, it’s definitely going to be a destination site.
- Suvudu is a recently launched website whose intent is to be a Science Fiction news blog that reports on science fiction and fantasy in all forms of media (books, audiobooks, gaming, manga, comic books, and movies). The few articles haven’t impressed me yet, but being backed by the Random House group of publishers (Del Rey, Spectra, Prima Games) counts for something.
- Apex Digest initiates Phase 3 of Global Domination by moving from print publication to publishing free online fiction.
- Changes are coming to SCIFI.com, they recently announced that SCIFI Wire will be spinning off into its own news site, that DVICE.com will be getting its own TV special: DVICE TV, and that SCIFI.com itself will be expanding its content to include the production of new Battlestar Galactica webisodes and a Ghost Hunters Social Network.
- SFScope opened to comments. Until now, the science fiction news site run by Ian Randal Strock, former news editor of the no longer published Science Fiction Chronicle, simply delivered the news. Now the site has joined the web 2.0 community and allows readers to make relevant comments on each news article.
- Fantasy Magazine’s website sports a new design by Matthew Kressel of Senses Five Press.
- The social networking phenomenon is researched in the feature: “Social Networking… friend or foe?” on Matrix Online, the news and media magazine of the British Science Fiction Association.
- Joss Whedon’s direct-to-Internet Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog recently launched, crashing the site (and the Whedonesque site) due to high traffic demand on the very first day.
- According to Publisher’s Weekly, Borders Starts Audiobook Download Services
- Two new author websites launched: Russell Davis’ Western Sensibilities blog and Jeff Carlson’s jverse.com.
- Sites of the week include: ARGNet: Alternative Reality Gaming Network, Lost Zombies, 3 Quarks Daily, Fancyclopedia (at SCIFI.com), and The Bat-Blog, Alien Experience, Comic Book Resources, TheOneRing.net (at AMC’s SciFi Scanner).
SFScope Open For Comments
If you have science fiction website/Internet news to share (website launches, updates, and redesigns), submit to: N.E. Lilly via firstname.lastname@example.orgSpaceWesterns.com. When he isn't reading submissions or indulging his love of the Space Western sub-genre, he's developing websites for Science Fiction professionals and organizations through GreenTentacles..