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SCIFICTION Appreciation

Unlike most, it appears, I wasn't shocked by the decision to close Sci-Fiction. It was part of the corporate controlled arm for a channel in the States, paid well, and didn't require payment to read it. I just figured that one day there would be a change in management and the new management would do what new management always do and that's cut out the projects that brought in no money and which could be easily associated with the previous management. Whether that's what happened or not, I've no idea, but I just always figured there would be a finite time for Sci-Fiction--perhaps it was simple cynicism at big business. Well, it probably was (and is) but I'm not going to turn this into a Soul Sucking Corporations Will Ruin Us All Post. This post is about fiction, and Ellen Datlow published some good fiction over the years through the site. I figure that is worth mentioning.

So, I want to bring your attention to this idea by David Schwartz:

By my count there are 320+ stories archived at the site. I'm willing to bet that there are that many SF writers/critics/fans/what have you who have some sort of presence on the web. So I'm thinking, let's all of us write an appreciation of one of the stories.

And so people are.

I've put my name down to write about Lucius Shepard's Jailwise, for various reasons that will be written about some time today (I want to read the story again, first). Still, besides me, many fine people are over there picking stories they want to write about, and I reckon if you liked a story that was published over there, if you enjoyed the site at some stage, it's a little idea worth getting in on.


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Nov. 15th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
Well, you know SciFi had to shut down Sci-Fiction, or else they'd never have the money to produce fine films such as Locusts: The 8th Plague and Boa vs. Python.
Nov. 15th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
such classy films, i'm sure.
Nov. 16th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
I'm not surprised by SciFi.com's decision, but I am disappointed.

Like you, I wondered at the business model: a high-paying market that handed its product out for free seemed like one of those dotcom house-of-cards that had to fall down eventually, or else morph into a subscription-only service. I'm just glad it ran at all. I hope the archived stories are kept online for a goodly length of time: it's great to have all those stories available.

Thanks for the reminder about David Schwartz's idea: I put my hand up to appreciate Howard Waldrop's Wolf-man story.
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC)
yeah, it was good to see round for a while, but... well, it coudln't last. how many magazines/web zines are even owned by large corporations these days?
Nov. 16th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly...

...oh, you meant ones sponsoring fiction.

Well then.

Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly....
Nov. 16th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
I wasn't so much shocked, as saying, "Well, that figures." I mean, I discovered Arrested Development, and Fox cancelled it, and Mirrormask, and it disappeared from theaters...so it just figured that as soon as I sent Scifiction a submission that decision would kill the website.
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