As a memorial to the wonderful stories SCI FICTION has provided us in its six-year run, David Schwartz (snurri and snurri.blogspot.com) is putting together an appreciation at edsfproject.blogspot.com for each and every one of the over 300 works it has published. Not only is it an accolade to truly outstanding fiction from a truly outstanding publication, but the hope is that it will be noticed by those who made the decision to end SCI FICTION's run. He's calling all writers, editors, and lovers of speculative fiction--anyone and everyone who has read and enjoyed these stories--to pick one, sign up for it, and write a piece to honor it. I call dibs on M.K. Hobson's (mkhobson) "Hell Notes."
I urge you--yeah, I'm talking to you--to add your name and words of appreciation to the list. (And if you're one of my Tangent reviewers reading this, you really need to contribute--it's not an editorial decree, but it is definitely a plead.)
Also, Pat Cadigan, among others, is urging people to write to Scifi.com at firstname.lastname@example.org, asking them to reconsider their decision to close SCI FICTION.
Tips from Pat (if you take the link to read her full comment, it's about 4/5ths of the way down the page):
"A few tips: hold the insults and obscenities. They don't read past the first one and they figure you're a crank. Also, threats never to visit the site again probably won't impress them. Instead, emphasize the vital part that written sf plays--after all, there would be no sf field and no SciFi Channel without it. The sf field is one of those things created by writers and readers, not by movies and TV shows. The movies and TV shows sprang from the written word.
"Another tip: remind them of Ellen Datlow's accomplishments. In the past, she has brought a lot of major writers to broader notice--people like William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. She has edited people like Joyce Carol Oates, Ruth Rendell, and Robert Silverberg."
New Words: 1600 on "Rue and Ruin." Yes, I upped my estimated final word count . . . again.
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