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Old 06-17-2009, 01:08 PM   #1
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I didn't know that Sci-fi.com did fiction (or used to at least)

Fount this while browsing.

Michael Swanwick's
Periodic Table of Science Fiction

It is presented as a periodic table of the elements and each element has an attached story.

Looks good but now for the bad news. Each element opens up as a pop-up HTML story.

I've had a little look at them and each story is very small. I'm tempted to put them together into a HTML file to place on my 505.

Here is the link

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/periodictable.html
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:13 PM   #2
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I'll have to look it over when I go home tonight.
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Maybe I counted wrong, but it looks like 118 short stories.
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:58 PM   #4
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Scifi.com used to feature an extensive story site. For reasons unbeknownst, SciFi does not update this site anymore. But there still is a very large archive online that is available at no cost. The site is very slow, though, but does contain more than 118 stories.
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:28 PM   #5
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Didn't I just read a few days ago that element number 112 is not officially recognized?
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:08 PM   #6
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Scifi.com used to feature an extensive story site. For reasons unbeknownst, SciFi does not update this site anymore. But there still is a very large archive online that is available at no cost. The site is very slow, though, but does contain more than 118 stories.
The site had to be closed to new fiction when the Sci-Fi channel decided to stop paying for it. Up until that point, it was one of the very best paying markets from a writer's point of view -- it's why the quality of the fiction is so very high.

Another reason, of course, was the editor: Ellen Datlow.
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:38 PM   #7
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Thanks for the link! I spent about an hour yesterday evening clicking around in there. Very Cute!
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Didn't I just read a few days ago that element number 112 is not officially recognized?
Well, I certainly wouldn't recognise it
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:11 PM   #9
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Of the first five I clicked on, two were fanfiction. (2, Helium, and 50, Tin.) I wonder how many others are riffs on public domain stories?
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I clicked neptunium and scandium and a few others, going for the oddest letter combos to see what Swanwick made of them. Ytterium. Such a strange word.
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I clicked neptunium and scandium and a few others, going for the oddest letter combos to see what Swanwick made of them. Ytterium. Such a strange word.
Seeing your post I remembered that I read something about four periodic elements named after a little village in Sweden. It was in Isaac Asimov's "Introduction to Science".

Here is this information, in the Galactic Encyclopedia (a.k.a. Wikipedia):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ytterby

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Of course, you know what new ebooks readers are made of - unobtainium.
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I must say I've been rediscovering the SciFiction archives myself recently. I was very aware of the site while it was online, but despite the magnificent quality of the fiction (as I'm finding out) I only ever read one story from it (Lucius Shephard, I think it was called Two Trains Running), simply because I can't and won't read fiction off of a computer screen. So I've been copying and pasting stories as rtf files and reading them on my Sony 505, which is of course an infinitely better way to read them. There's more than five years worth of stuff there, and Datlow is, as someone pointed out, one of the very best editors in the business.

It makes me wonder how SciFiction might have fared if it was still around, since frankly we need something like that more than ever.
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I'm a great lover of Fan Fiction and used to love reading off the Farscape Fan site. I still have many of the stories on my computer, they were that good. I've recently started looking at other fan sites for stories based on the new Star Trek movie. Fun stuff.
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