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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

  • A Tiny Bit of Mathemagic
    by Editor on August 20, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    by Filip Wiltgren Want to be insanely productive? Check this: I live in a country where the fruit comes with stickers on it. Meaning that before you eat your apple, you need to remove a piece of plastic, clawing at the little sucker, then going and tossing it in the garbage. This takes about five seconds. The post A Tiny Bit of Mathemagic appeared first on SFWA.

  • Promoting with Podcasts
    by Editor on August 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    by Alan Bailey Podcasters generally have a mixed reputation. Why? I’m not totally sure. Perhaps it's because the entry fee is low, and anyone with an opinion can put it out there. The sheer number of podcasts doesn’t help either. So, how do you know which are worthwhile? The post Promoting with Podcasts appeared first on SFWA.

  • Stories that Teach: Adventures on the Crossroads...
    by Editor on August 13, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    by Alex Woolf One trend that I think is likely to have more enduring appeal is narrative non-fiction (NNF): the blending of story elements with non-fiction. Typically, this involves the author inventing characters and a simple plot device, such as a journey. Along the way, the characters discover real-world information, be it about science, history or geography. The idea is that by employing narrative techniques such as characterization, dramatic tension, dialogue and atmosphere, the process of […]

  • Military Logistics for Fantasy Writers
    by Editor on August 9, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    We all know ‘an army marches on its stomach,’ but it’s not like Napoleon discovered something new. Vegetius (De re militari) and Sun Tzu (The Art of War) were well aware of this concept, as was Alexander the Great (Engels, Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army, 1980). And it wasn’t news to them, either. Pre-modern military commanders knew this; they planned for this. They paid attention to logistics. Fantasy writers should, too. The post Military […]

  • SFWA Market Report For August
    by David Steffen on August 6, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Welcome to the August edition of the SFWA Market Report. The post SFWA Market Report For August appeared first on SFWA.