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Science Fiction Novels (The Top 13), The Internet Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy List
Top Rated “Sci-Fi” Movie Titles (IMDb), Sci-Fi Cinema Channel (YouTube Channel)

Resources

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General

Portal

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), Syfy Wire, Science Fiction.com, Portal:Speculative fiction/Science fiction (Wikipedia)

Dictionary

science fiction : fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component — Webster

OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, Urban Dictionary

Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

Science fiction (often shortened to SF or sci-fi) is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life. Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a “literature of ideas”. It usually avoids the supernatural, and unlike the related genre of fantasy, historically, science-fiction stories were intended to have a grounding in science-based fact or theory at the time the story was created, but this connection is now limited to hard science fiction. — Wikipedia

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Britannica

Outline

Ten plotlines you’ll find in science fiction – over and over again (Alasdair Wilkins, Gizmodo)
Outline of Science Fiction (Wikipedia)

Foundation

This book is not about the future. Yes, it begins by announcing that it’s set in the “Ekumenical Year 1490-97,” but surely you don’t believe that? … I’m merely observing, in the peculiar, devious, and thought-experimental manner proper to science fiction, that if you look at us at certain odd times of day in certain weathers, we already are. I am not predicting, or prescribing. I am describing. I am describing certain aspects of psychological reality in the novelist’s way, which is by inventing elaborately circumstantial lies. —
Ursula K. LeGuin, Excerpt from Introduction to the The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)

Innovation



How America’s Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future (Eileen Gunn, Smithsonian Magazine)

Science

The real science of science fiction (Susan Stepney, The Gaurdian)
Science in Science Fiction (Wikipedia)

Preservation

History


Science Fiction: The Early History (H. Bruce Franklin)

History of Science Fiction (Ward Shelley)
History of Science Fiction (Wikipedia)
Precursors of Science Fiction Bookshelf (Project Gutenberg)

Quotation

Quotations Page

Museum

Museum of Science Fiction (Washington D.C.)

Library

Science Fiction Bookshelf (Project Gutenberg)
WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

Participation

Education

Course

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

Organization

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)

Event

Sci-Fi & Fantasy (Meetup.com)

News

Sci-Fi Wire , Sci-Fi & Mystery Magazines, NPR Archives

Book

Science Fiction Bookshelf (Project Gutenberg), ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

Expression

Fun

19 Funniest Science Fiction Books (Best Sci-Fi Books)

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Music

Song Lyrics

Future

How America’s Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future (Eileen Gunn, Smithsonian Magazine)

Rumor

Snopes.com

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SFWA Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

  • Odyssey Writing Workshop 2019 Announced
    by Editor on December 7, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    News from Odyssey Writing Workshop: Now in its 24th year, the Odyssey Writing Workshop is widely considered one of the top programs in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Acclaimed authors, editors and agents serve as guest lecturers, and 59% of graduates have gone on to be professionally published.  Among Odyssey’s graduates are New […] The post Odyssey Writing Workshop 2019 Announced appeared first on SFWA. […]

  • SFWA Market Report For December
    by David Steffen on December 5, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Welcome to the December edition of the SFWA Market Report. Please note: Inclusion of any market in the report below does not indicate an official endorsement by SFWA. The post SFWA Market Report For December appeared first on SFWA. […]

  • SFWA Statement on Complaints/Concerns Regarding...
    by KathrynBaker on December 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    The Board of Directors of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have unanimously decided to formally and publicly acknowledge the multiple complaints and expressions of concern made both publicly and privately in recent months by former Writers of the Future finalists who state that they have had negative experiences during or after the event. As […] The post SFWA Statement on Complaints/Concerns Regarding the Writers of the Future Contest appeared first on SFWA. […]

  • Automation and Worldbuilding, Part One
    by Editor on November 26, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    by Kevin L. O'Brien Automation is defined as technology that performs work with little or no human assistance; automatic machines are known as automatons. It actually predates the Middle Ages, in that the Greeks knew about and used automated systems as early as 300 BC: examples include Hero of Alexandria's automatic doors and fountain, and Ctesibius's robot owl. The post Automation and Worldbuilding, Part One appeared first on SFWA. […]

  • Writing Amputees
    by Editor on November 20, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    by  Diane Morrison "Hey, I’m looking for advice. My character lost a limb in the last fight.  Does anyone know about writing amputees?” The post Writing Amputees appeared first on SFWA. […]