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Award Recipients

We have selected the highest quality sites to link here, for your enjoyment and convenience. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather a list of topnotch sites that we have visited, used, studied, and believe that others can benefit from the knowledge obtained at these sources. We provide the links in good faith, but cannot warranty the performance, quality, or content therein. We do wish to sincerely thank the fine people who put all this good information together.

 

This honor is awarded to Web sites that transcend the boundaries of the ordinary. These sites are the ultimate resources for fans, readers, or writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

September/October Award Recipients

Electric Sheep is a fascinating sf short story site from New Zealand that uses avant-garde, dynamic web designs to tie together the esoteric memory-bits of an interactive story involving space pirates solar-sailing around Jove, and a heroine in high heels. Worth a good look.

July/August Award Recipients

Alpha Ralpha Boulevard/The Gebiet
Espana N. Sheriff has done a wonderful job since 1995 of amassing a wealth of information about the speculative fiction world, and it's all to be found in her webplex which includes Alpha Ralpha Boulevard (an SF bibliography on hundreds of writers) and The Gebiet (portal on SF art), both tributes to the master of haunting far-future SF, Cordwainer Smith. Espana is one of the web originals -- one of those few that's been around longer than we have. Hilariously, on her awards page, she talks about her Top 5% of the Web award: "My first award :) Are these guys even around anymore? I couldn't reach their site." Man, that's longevity. Espana's website shows some of its age, but is still a treasure trove. Espana's motto is: "Making the world safe for Science Fiction since 1995." - John Cullen

Darktales Publications
The folks over at Darktales Publications have done a great job of pulling together a community of serious horror authors and sophisticated fans. They host bulletin boards for announcing new works, have published The Asylum (a critically-acclaimed anthology of "bedtime stories for the criminally insane"), and run a high-traffic e-mail list that discusses everything from movies (The Haunting vs. The Blair Witch Project) to books to popular culture and its popular mythology. The same e-list also disseminates the world's first pro horror e-mail serial, Doug Clegg's Naomi. If you're a fan of horror, or other darkly imaginative fiction, do yourself a favor and check out Darktales Publications. - Brian Callahan

June's Award Recipients

High Hallack Genre Writers' Research and Reference Library
This month we recognize the High Hallack Genre Writers' Research and Reference Library, sponsored by Andre Norton Ms. Norton is the only woman ever to have won the Grand Master Nebula Award, awarded for lifetime excellence and contributions to the field. The High Hallack R&RL is a wonderful new research center for genre writers. Located near Nashville, TN, the center includes a 10,000 volume (and growing) library, including many rare volumes. More information is available from http://www.andre-norton.org - John Cullen

The Cabinet of Dr. Casey
While perusing the many corners at The Cabinet of Dr. Casey, searching for a candidate for this month's Step Outside award, I suddenly realized that I was spending much of my time (between hitting the back button and clicking on other links) admiring how well crafted this site is. The Cabinet of Dr. Casey has earned my admiration many times over the last few years, and I doubt any horror enthusiast would hesitate to agree that this site is the definitive resource for all that is horrific. The Cabinet is among one of the first dozen Web sites I ever visited, and it is one that I still frequently reference to find information about movies, authors, and even horror-related Web sites. While you're in the Cabinet, don't forget to check out the excellent "Horror on Radio" section that contains streaming readings of some classic tales (this month's feature is Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death"). - Brian Callahan

May's Award Recipients

2019: Off-World
A great Blade Runner resource page maintained at Stanford University since 1992. There are a lot of BR pages out there, and a lot are fancier (though one crashed my system with the amount of graphics and clever tricks), but this is probably the oldest and one of the most comprehensive. It's a grab-bag of delights, info, raw discourse, and the occasional ripple up and down the spine, brought to you by the free-speech enthusiasts of the Web's Edge and Under World Industries. The site retains a charming touch of the early 'Net while being utterly out there and 2019. - John Cullen

The H.P. Lovecraft Archive
I've been a fan of the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft since I was too young to be exposed to such sanity-shattering tales. I even enjoy many of the unfaithful film adaptations out there. Having just reread the chilling "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", I went scouring for information on the Web and rediscovered this site, which I had originally found some time ago. In the time that this site has been around, it has proved itself as the definitive place for HPL fans to kick off their shoes and browse for hours on end. You can find a list of movies, games, and even bands that are inspired by Mr. Lovecraft. Don't fail to visit this site, if you enjoy the otherworldy fiction of the seafood-hating writer from Providence. - Brian Callahan

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Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Magazines

Aboriginal Science Fiction
Aboriginal Science Fiction has been around for quite a while in print, and now you can enjoy some of its excellent articles and other content on the Web site, but to get it all you'll want to subscribe to this respected print publication.

Analog
This is yet another great magazine, and essential reading for anyone who enjoys Science Fiction and Fact.

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
Asimov's has been going strong for many many years, and has flourished, even after the death of its creator. Contributors include Robert Silverberg and the late Isaac Asimov, as well as a host of Science Fiction's best and brightest authors, both famous and fresh.

Dark Planet
A consistent award winner, Dark Planet is a "Webzine of Science Fiction, Modern Fantasy, Poetry, and Related Nonfiction".

Eternity: The Online Journal of the Imagination
There is plenty of great fiction here to keep you entertained. Eternity is an excellent on-line/off-line market.

Event Horizon: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
The people who brought you OMNI on-line have created a Web-based magazine that publishes new fiction by well-known authors, for your reading pleasure. In addition, they have controversial commentary, and always have a contest for readers.

Exodus Magazine
Exodus is a fine monthly publication of dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction, on-line since November 1997, that is brought to you by the enterprising minds at Blindside.net.

Fantasy and Science Fiction
Another Web incarnation of another classic print magazine can be found here.

Frightnet
This site is full of great fiction, non-fiction, and dark poetry.

Gothic.net
These innovators have published the likes of David Schow and Brian Hodge. This is one of the first professionally paying horror markets that publishes exclusively on the Web. Also, check out the other dark pleasures here, from T-shirts to creepy postcards and more.

Locus Magazine
Locus is the place to find out what is happening in the world of Science Fiction. Magazine lists, reviews, and other useful articles.

The Moonlit Road
For lovers of ghost stories, this is one of the most enjoyable sites on the Web. They showcase ghost stories of the American South, some of which are available in RealAudio or Shockwave format, for those nights cuddled by the fire.

Planet Magazine
Check out this legendary on-line fiction magazine... publishing great fiction that is free to read since 1994!

Weird Tales
Weird Tales has been around for a long time, and has been through several incarnations. Have a look at the info available on this Web counterpart.

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Web Resources for SF/F/H Fans

The Cabinet of Dr. Casey
This is the classic, and ultimate resource for horror fans. If it is on the Internet, and if it's about Horror, then you can find it here.

HorrorNet
An excellent site that has tons of original content, as well as news about the Horror industry.

SF-Lovers Archive
An exhaustive source for all that is SF on the 'Net.

The SF Site
The SF Site is the place to go for the best news and reviews in the world of Science Fiction. Don't miss this essential resource!

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Resources for SF/F/H Writers

Blindside Writer's Domain

For Writers Only

Hellnotes: Your Insider's Guide to the Horror Field

Horror Writers Association

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)

Spicy Green Iguana

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Publishers

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Baen Books

Bantam/Spectra

DAW Books

Del Rey Books

DNA Publications

HarperCollins-UK

HarperPrism

Necronomicon Press

St. Martin's Press

Tor Books

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