Science Fiction Websites
and Other Resources

We add links as we find more interesting and fun SF sites and useful resources, so check back often. Please contact us if you would like to suggest a site of interest to SF scholars, writers, and serious fans. Provide the URL and a short description of the site, like those listed here. We do not use graphics or banners for sites.

Web Links Table of Contents

SF Writer Resources
Degree Programs in SF
SF Teaching and Scholarly Resources
Science Fiction Awards
Science Fiction Magazines
Science Fiction Review Magazines and Websites
Important Anthologies and Scholarly Books
Fandom and More
Great Author Blogs
SF Artists
SF Conferences and Conventions
Other SF Links
Kansas SF Authors' Websites
Suggest-A-Link

SF Writer Resources

Writers seeking to improve their craft in the genres used to have only a few choices, as many university programs did not appreciate speculative fiction - or, in some cases, even consider it a valid form of literature. In response, professional writers created private workshops to help writers develop. Thankfully, spec-fic's days of living in the ghetto are past, but the intensive, non-degree workshops are still a healthy concern. Here are a few of the best, plus some links to markets for your work.

Critiquing other people's work and getting yours critiqued in a workshop is valuable and allows you to see how well the various elements of your story work, and it shows you what kinds of things work well in others' stories, as well. But critiquing requires a special touch; check out James Gunn's essay on "How to Be a Good Critiquer and Still Remain Friends." I recommend it highly.

Whether or not you can make it to a formal writing workshop, we recommend that you read some books on the craft of writing. Here is a list of some great SF-writing books.

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Degree Programs in Science Fiction

Although a number of universities offer courses and minors in SF (sometimes called "utopian studies" or other non-SFnal terms to appease mainstream academic sensibilities), there are only a couple of full degree programs in SF:

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SF Teaching and Scholarly Resources

Science fiction scholarship and teaching go hand-in-hand. In that spirit, this section (and this page in general) includes a wide assortment of links to websites that will help you find the information you need in order to confidently teach the subject.

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Science Fiction Awards

Fan, professional, and scholarly organizations the world around give many awards for speculative fiction each year. Here are a few of the top awards in the field.

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Science Fiction Magazines

In addition to print, much speculative fiction is published on the Web - perhaps the majority. The number of original anthologies is also growing quickly; these are published by most large and small presses, with some small presses dedicated only to unique anthologies. Here's an abbreviated list of professional SF magazines with an online presence, plus links to sources with even more.

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Science Fiction Review Magazines and Websites

Speculative fiction has been a field for serious study since the 1950s - earlier for some, still not recognized by others. Here are a few that live online; others, such as Extrapolation, still only exist in print.

  • Anima Solaris, a Japanese science fiction magazine.
  • Best SF, a website that "aims to assist those seeking the best in short Science Fiction, in both printed form and on the web." Has a big "Best SF Gateway" that links to the best SF available online, plus lots of short-SF reviews.
  • Bookview, the review site of Kansan William Tienken.
  • Internet Book List, a book-listing and -reviewing project where readers can enter and respond to information about every published book. Its purpose is to provide a comprehensive and easily accessible database of books, because its creator "considers the Book to be humanity's greatest creation." Includes discussion forums, ratings, and much more.
  • The Internet Review of Science Fiction: the first serious online SF journal remains one of the best. Founded in 2004.
  • Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, founded in 1989, this is the interdisciplinary publication of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.
  • Foundation: the international review of science fiction, published by the Science Fiction Foundation.
  • Locus Online, website of Locus magazine. SF news, reviews, and resources.
  • The New York Review of Science Fiction, published by Dragon Press since 1988. Covers SF as a whole but draws its name from being housed in New York City and sponsoring local SF events.
  • The Sci-Fi Channel, website of the cable television channel dedicated to SF.
  • Science Fiction Weekly, a helpful link for current information in the world of SF.
  • Science Fiction Chronicle, website of SF Chronicle magazine. SF news, reviews, and resources.
  • Scorpius Digital Publishing, a great source for electronic books, specializing in SF/F/H.
  • SFRA Review, founded in 1970, is the publication of the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA), the oldest professional SF scholarly organization. Published out of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
  • SFWA Bulletin, published by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the worldwide professional organization for speculative-fiction writers, editors, and others in the field.
  • SFRevu, a monthly fan/webzine which features reviews of books, films, and other media, interviews with top authors and notable newcomers, and columns with the latest releases in books, DVDs, comics, and upcoming films. SFRevu covers SF/F from around the world.
  • SF Site, self-described "home page for science fiction and fantasy." SF news, reviews, and resources.
  • Speculative Fiction Review is a publisher and bookseller hoping to promote new SF authors by offering free and low-cost downloads. Includes reviews and a discussion forum.
  • SpecFicWorld.com, an online resource guide for speculative fiction fans andwriters. Market lists, news, writer's resources, and lots of fee-based eBook and eMagazine downloads.
  • Tangent Online, the first and only short SF review magazine, now with long reviews, as well.
  • Torque Control, the blog of the editorial staff of Vector, the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association.

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Important Anthologies and Scholarly Books

By no means is this an exhaustive list of science fiction anthologies or scholarly books. However, it provides a good slice of what's available. The books listed below should be on any serious SF scholar's shelves.

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Fandom and More

Speculative-fiction fans have, since the early days (see First Fandom), gotten together to share thoughts and opinions about what's going on in the genre - often quite passionately. Naturally, the internet has facilitated this conversation in powerful ways. Here is just a sampling of popular fan-related sites.

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Great Author Blogs

Most speculative-fiction authors blog at least occasionally, so there's no way to list them all here. However, the blogs listed below are destinations for thousands - or, in some cases, tens of thousands - of regular readers, full of interesting content by fine authors who serve their readers every single day.

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SF Artists

Here is a small sampling of some of the most popular spec-fic artists; click the links to see some gorgeous galleries.

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SF Conferences and Conventions

Right now, somewhere in the world, SF professionals, scholars, and fans are gathering for a "con," an event celebrating the genre. Many are small or informal (regional conventions, local cons, media cons, "filk" cons, "relaxicons," and more), but major events take place somewhere every month. Many invite well-known writer, editor, artist, and fan guests of honor, plus entertaining toastmasters or emcees. Programming usually includes panels, presentations, and readings, plus art exhibits, booksellers, and much more. Larger, fan-oriented conventions usually include "filking" (fan music), gaming, author and actor signings, film screenings, a wide diversity of room parties, costuming and masquerades, dances, and much more. To truly understand the appeal of a con, you have to attend one. Here is a small selection of literary-focused cons; more to come! Click the links to visit the events' websites.

  • SF Site convention listing.
  • 1st Global Conference Artificial Intelligence: Exploring Critical Issues was in October 20-22, 2003, Vienna, Austria; this link details the project.
  • Campbell Conference & Awards. Lawrence, KS. Annual conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. Includes scholarly discussions, readings, and the award ceremony for John Campbell Memorial Award (best SF novel) and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award (best short SF).
  • ConQuesT. Memorial Day weekend each year in Kansas City, MO.
  • Eaton Conference. Riverside, CA. Annual scholarly conference hosted by the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Utopian Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Includes awards.
  • FantasyCon. Nottingham, UK. Annual con hosted by the British Fantasy Society. Includes British Fantasy Awards (best spec-fic in all categories).
  • In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japan's Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage, conference on the king of monsters! The official conference ran from October 28-30, 2004, at Lawrence, KS, but the presentations began September 16. Visit the website for more information.
  • International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando, FL. Annual conference hosted by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, a scholarly organization "devoted to the study of the fantastic (broadly defined) as it appears in literature, film, and the other arts." Includes awards ceremony for Crawford Award (outstanding new spec-fic writer), Dell Magazines Award (undergraduate spec-fic), and other scholarly awards.
  • Nebula Awards Weekend. (Moves around the world each year). Annual conference hosted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; moves around the world. Includes panels, the SFWA business meeting, and awards ceremony for the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award (lifetime achievement), Andre Norton Award (best YA spec-fic), Bradbury Award (best dramatic presentation), Solstice Award (significance to the field), plus honors for senior writers as Authors Emeriti. 
  • Norwescon. SeaTac, WA. Annual convention serving the Pacific Northwest. Major, fan-oriented event that includes all aspects of a con from costuming through literary awards; hosts the award ceremony for the Philip K. Dick Award (best paperback SF).
  • Readercon. Burlington, MA. Annual conference devoted to "'imaginative literature,' literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called 'slipstream.'" Includes award ceremony for the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award (for a neglected author), the Rhysling Awards (SF poetry), and the Shirley Jackson Awards (for dark fantasy and psychological suspense).
  • Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Convention, July 6-8, 2007, in Kansas City. Celebrated the 100th anniversary of Heinlein's birth.
  • Science Fiction Research Association Conference. (Moves around the world each year). Annual conference hosted by the Science Fiction Research Association, dedicated to sharing research on spec-fic literature and film. Includes paper presentations, panels, and teacher "short courses," plus the awards ceremony for the Pilgrim Award (honors lifetime contributions to spec-fic scholarship), Thomas D. Clareson Award (outstanding service activities in SF), Student Paper Award, and Mary Kay Bray Award (best scholarly work in SFRA Review).
  • Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Show, Kansas City, MO.
  • Tricon. Cieszyn/Cesky Tesin, Poland/Czech Republic (border city). This year's Eurocon (the major European convention) will be hosted by Czech, Polish, and Slovak fans, uniting Eurocon, Parcon, and Polcon into "Tricon."
  • Utopiales Festival International Science Fiction Festival, Nantes, France, November 4-7, 2004, marked the beginning of the Jules Verne death Centennial year's celebrations.
  • WisCon. Madison, WI. Annual feminist science fiction convention. Includes award ceremony for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award (for spec-fic that "expands or explores our understanding of gender").
  • World Fantasy Convention. (moves around the world each year). The largest annual fantasy-oriented con, World Fantasy has a strong professional and academic focus on the literature. Includes award ceremony for the World Fantasy Awards (best fantasy in all categories).
  • World Horror Convention. (moves around the world each year). Annual convention hosted by the Horror Writers of America. Includes awards ceremony for Bram Stoker Awards (best horror in all categories).
  • World Science Fiction Convention. (moves around the world each year). Perhaps the largest yearly event in the SF calendar, Worldcon attracts readers, writers, artists, and everyone else from around the world to gather for a weekend of panels and readings, business and conversation. Includes award ceremony for the Hugo Awards (best SF in all categories) plus John Campbell Award (best new spec-fic author).

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Other SF Links

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Area SF Authors' Websites

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If you would like to suggest a link to add to this page, please contact Chris McKitterick (cmckit@ku.edu).

updated 6/11/2014

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