A Word From Me
If you're interested in going to space
yourself as well as reading about it, take a look at my list of links
to organisations that are working on
cheaper access to space, or my general space links
Brief rant: it's my firm belief that, if most of the things
we so love to read about are to have any chance of coming to pass, the
essential first step is to make space flight routine, reliable, and above
all, affordable, just as air flight is now. Until this comes to pass, any
attempts to build stations, colonies, or other desirable things in space will
amount to no more than counting our chickens before they are hatched: since
the benefits are disputable and the costs are colossal, space "programs" will
not be able to attract much private-sector money, and so will be utterly at
the mercy of politicians; and we've seen how far they can get us!
Some of these links may be out of date. I pruned a few in October 1997
and some more in August 1998.
Better ScF link collections than mine
- The Linköping SF&F Archive at
- The Science Fiction
Resource Guide, which even has a link back to my site, under "Personal
fannish home pages".
- the Internet
Speculative Fiction DB with a wealth of bibliographic data
- Stefan's SF
- NESFA the New England SF Association
the New England Science Fiction Association
- Ahasuerus the Wandering Jew once had a home page with FAQs, biblios,
and other SF links. As of November 1997, most of it has moved to various places in the
His copy of the FAQ for rec.arts.sf.written will move to
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/4824/sf-written.htm. Sadly, this is
a text file that has been renamed to ".htm" without any reformatting being done;
even more sadly, it's at GeoCities, where you will be pestered with pop-up ads
(unless you use a browser that doesn't support them -- and Opera seems not to).
- Jim Gifford's Heinlein site
- SFF Net has quite a lot of stuff.
- Magic Dragon
with lots and lots of links.
- Paul Urayama has a well-organised
list of links
which happens to include one to my SF site.
Book recommendations, reviews, etc.
- Vote on
your [least] favourite books
- The Linköping SF&F Archive has many
- I'm thinking of putting some of my own opinions on
The Book Engine
- Urban Fredriksson's
- Dani Zweig's
Belated Reviews of various authors
- r.a.sf.w fantasy booklist by Finn,
whoever he is (has neat unicorn)
- Urban Fredriksson's list of SF books worth reading, which I
- Alexandria Digital Literature is a sort of automated
recommendation service; it collects your ratings of as many books as you care to click
in (the interface is quite well thought out and quick) and then offers to recommend
books you haven't yet told it about. It's not infallible (and doesn't claim to be),
but not too bad considering that it's only a program.
- Christina Schulman, for whose taste I have some respect, has written a
score or so of
reviews of books she's read.
- Amy Sheldon has put up a long
list of fantasy authors (it's over 150k bytes) with brief comments about their books.
- Delphi reviews etc.
technology and suchlike
There are many web sites dedicated to (and, in a few instances, actually run by)
individual authors. Most are not hard to find. A couple to which I choose to
draw your attention are:
- Christian "naddy" Weisgerber
- The FAQ for rec.arts.sf.written is probably here
- Essays by David Brin on
privacy vs freedom in the future and
"The New Meme"
- John Redford introduced me to some of my
favourite ScF, and has some interesting articles on his site. They're perhaps not
directly related to ScF, but after all, the subject matter of ScF is the whole world.
- If you're looking for ScF stories posted on the Web, free to read but better
than most free stuff (some of it can really turn your stomach), Alan Dikkers
has found some that are quite fun and collected their addresses
Oh, and he links back to my site. Nice guy.
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