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Spotlight



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

Oxford, OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, InfoPlease, Word Reference, Urban Dictionary

Thesaurus

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

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)

Search

WolframAlpha, DuckDuckGo

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 Bartlett’s

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
Open Education Consortium

Community

Organization

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)

Event

Sci-Fi & Fantasy (Meetup.com), Conference Alerts Worldwide (Conal)

Blog

WordPress

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

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

  • Difference of Mind
    by Editor on September 19, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    by Erica Satifka According to the World Health Organization, one out of every four people will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. Considering this, it’s important to not only feature characters with mental illness prominently in one’s writing, but to treat the subject with sensitivity and accuracy. […]

  • Agreement Reached with Galaktika on Past...
    by Editor on September 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    The Authors Guild and Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) previously announced that they collaboratively reached an agreement with a Hungarian science fiction magazine, Galaktika, which for years had been reprinting stories of American and British science fiction writers without their permission. […]

  • In Memoriam: Jerry Pournelle
    by Editor on September 9, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Former SFWA President Jerry Pournelle (b.1933) died on September 8. […]

  • SFWA Market Report for September
    by David Steffen on September 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Welcome to the September edition of the SFWA Pro-rate Market Report. Please note: Inclusion of any market in the report below does not indicate an official endorsement by SFWA. […]

  • Call For Grants 2017
    by KathrynBaker on September 1, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Last year the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America provided over $24,000 in grants to deserving genre-related programs as part of our ongoing benevolent program. Recipients included: the LaunchPad Astronomy program; Alpha, the science fiction, fantasy, and horror workshop for young writers; the African Speculative Fiction Society; a Philadelphia reading series; and others. SFWA […]