R.I.P. SciFiction

I am too shocked and saddened by the news that SciFiction will be ending to be able to say anything coherent and without profanity. Ellen Datlow has done a phenomenal job with the site for years, and I have long appreciated her willingness to publish traditional adventure stories alongside the gonzo weird stuff I'm particularly fond of. The classic reprints made obscure work available to a large audience. I could go on, and I'm sure I will once the shock wears off.

For now, let me just point you to some stories to read. SciFiction published two of my favorite stories this year: "There's a Hole in the City" by Richard Bowes and "Heads Down, Thumbs Up" by Gavin Grant. (See the sidebar for links to what I had to say about each.)

I was going to give a little list of a few stories that are particular favorites of mine, but once I started looking at the archive, choosing seemed foolish. Just go read. We can mourn that a favorite publication is stopping, but we should celebrate the stories that found such a fine home. And let's hope that Ellen gets a great new job soon.

Update 10/12/05: Gwenda has posted a list of favorite stories that does what I did not, and does it quite well.


  1. Thanks Matt. And btw, it was great meeting you in Madison.

  2. This makes me so sad. That's going to make for one gaping enormous hole in my weekly surfing.

    Quick, everyone give $20 to Strange Horizons, so we don't have to worry about losing them, too.

    -- sad reader

  3. Well, if you haven't read everything our archives will be up for at least a year :-)

  4. This is terrible news. I'm trying to think of something else to say- but I can't.

    I'm going to use wget to back up the content.

    I'm in shock.


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