Things and Places of Interest to Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans – 20 November 2020

When I open up a web browser my first point of stop is almost always SFF Chronicles. It is the preeminent forum for science fiction and fantasy fans and for all genres in between and quite a few outside it. It is a friendly and gracious community that extremely active and always of interest. It caters not only to fans but authors of all levels and distinction. I generally keep a web browser active all day and at least one tab is dedicated to SFF Chronicles, which I check often. If I could only ever visit one web site again, this would be it.

Yesterday I wrote about the disgusting and reprehensible way Disney is treating author Alan Dean Foster. I learned about this shameful act from Hugo nominated Fan Write Adam Whitehead at his blog The Wertzone. Adam is active on both SFF Chronicles and SFF World. His reviews are always interesting and very often entertaining. If you have not yet looked into The Wertzone I suggest that you head on over and see for yourself how good it is.

Another site I visit often, but perhaps not often enough, is SFF World. It is an excellent site that offers regular reviews of upcoming books with an active forum that takes a keen interest in all things SFF and beyond. The reviews, in particular, worth reading and very reliable. I have yet to follow a recommendation based on a review and been let down.

A relatively new site, run by Mike Bickerdike in New Zealand, is Starfarer Science Fiction. While this site is billed as sort of a private diary for Mike’s reading it’s rapidly becoming so much more. Mike’s compact reviews are informative and interesting and one of his special projects is reading around a given year of a science fiction magazine. This week he wrote about Analog Science Fiction & Fact‘s 1983 year. He read a story from each month and gave us his impressions of each story. A very unique and interesting idea. It inspired me to purchase the 1983 run of Analog for myself. While I intend to read each issue in its entirety, I’m looking forward to comparing my impression with Mike’s for each of the stories he read. You can find the other magazine reviews under his Magazines header. I’m looking forward to seeing how Mike’s site evolves.

This week The Guardian reported that a new collection of previously unpublished essays by J.R.R. Tolkien titled The Nature of Middle-earth. Wonderful news for Tolkien fans, but to be fair I heard about it first over at TheOneRing.net. TheOneRing.net was founded in 1999 and it’s primary mission then had been to provide fans with updates on the production of Peter Jackson’s then-upcoming The Fellowship of the Ring film. It has since grown into so much more. TheOneRing.net has become a source for all things relating to J.R.R. Tolkien, his works and anything derived from said works. As an avid Tolkien fan, I visit this site often.

If you know any sites I should be visiting, please let me know and I’ll be sure to give them a look.

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