an online home for a variety of fanzines in electronic
format, usually pdf, as well as links to other online
fanzines and where they can be found.
The Fan Gallery is
a photo gallery that until recently has been a touring
hard copy gallery of photographs of major fannish individuals.
The site indicates that there are hopes to have an
online version of the Gallery up soon.
Fantastic Fiction Bibliographies is
a compilation of over a thousand bibliographies of
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror authors. If you
seeking information on what a writer has written this
might be one place to begin a search. You search either
alphabetically or by keyword.
Galaxiki is a
virtual galaxy with over a million stars and solar systems
- each star, each planet and each moon represents one
wiki page and site members can name and edit them, creating
an entirely fictional world. It's also possible to "purchase" a
star or a solar system, so that only you (and not other
community members) can name and edit it.
File 770 is an excellent spot to drop
in and look around this excellent fanzine.
Locus Online is the online presence
of this quintessential print resource for the science
fiction genre. The magazine is where to find the list
of what will be published in the coming year, what
happened at conventions and much more. You can get
a taste of what it is about from their website.
news service for science
fiction fandom is just as it sounds. A always interesting
and always informative run down of events, conventions
and other items of interest to the general fan.
The Science Fiction Resource Guide was
one of the better collections of all sorts of science
fiction links around and for your surfing pleasure, but while it has a lot of interesting links the announcements of new URL leads to dead links. Still a good place to check nonetheless.
SF Lovers is one of the oldest
and another quite detailed and comprehensive site for
SFF Net is the new name for
what was formerly known as Greyware. Of particular
interest at this site is the SFF Net News Server which has
many of the Science Fiction Round Tables that were
formerly elsewhere. Since this is an open news server
and available from the rest of the internet it is of
particular interest indeed. If you would like
a site specifically for aspiring and established
writers, then another forum hosted off this server
Notebook. If you would like works critiqued
then register and explore Writers Workbook.
SFRT on the Web is an ongoing
online community for readers and writers of Science
Fiction, Fantasy and Horror and now it's on the
Science Ficion & Fantasy
Writers of America (SFWA) was
founded by Damon Knight (1922–2002)
in 1965. Today, SFWA's 1500 members include most professional
writers of science fiction and fantasy in North America,
and many from elsewhere in the universe. An essential
site to visit if your interest is writing science fiction
space.com's Science Fiction
site is a good accounting of the latest
on all manner of science fiction in books, movies,
television and more. There are reviews and discussion
about current events. And there are interviews.
SF Site has a wealth of reviews of written works and other comprehensive material. Well worth a look.
Chairman 101 is Michael Citrak's
ruminations on being a convention chairman. This is provided
in pdf format and is easily printed. Enjoy.
The DOJ's Americans with Disabilities Act web site is
just as it sounds, a useful resource for knowing the
ins and outs of the needs and requirements that should
be looked out for by conventions for those with disabilities.
All Facebook's blog entry for How We Got To 40,310 Facebook Fans is a how to from a business point of view getting yourself noticed on facebook. It has some possible good thoughts for con runners on how to get noticed as well.
A Guide for Filk Czars is
the accumulated wisdom of Gary McGath coming from his
putting together Filk programming at Boksone. The lessons
learned there are likely pertinent for those putting
together content for Northwest conventions. Also, of
interest, in the same subject area is InterFilk: Promoting the Sharing of
Filk Music which should be an additional resource
for understanding this aspect of convention fandom
The IFEA or
International Festival and Events Association has
a web site that contains useful information for
any organization wishing to take up the responsibility
of running an event. The current site excludes certain info except to members, but still is a possibility.
Center is a 501C3
with a goal 'to strengthen nonprofit organizations
for a better community'
The Non-Profit Schmoozefest is
a Seattle based online and real life meeting ground for
those involved in non-profit groups and events. Take a
look and see if this might provide useful information.
NPower has a mission of 'helping
other non-profits use technology to better serve their
communities'. There seems to be useful information
here, but some of their services and, especially their
consultants, are for pay. Still, worth a look.
Philanthropy Northwest was
formerly known as the Pacific Northwest Grantmakers Forum,
In their own words. 'Philanthropy Northwest is a
professional association of grantmakers located in or
funding throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and
Washington and British Columbia, Canada.' Looks like
a site well worth exploring.
CIC offers its members many tools and programs
designed to support the industry and meet its challenges,
facilitate the exchange of information and ideas, educate
the public on the industry's profound economic impact,
and ensure its credibility and high standards of quality.
Magazine brings you the best practices in trade show
and corporate event marketing, from the most successful
companies in the world.
Web - The purpose of the EXPOweb is two-fold.
First, it is an educational resource for show organizers.
Second, it is a tool to help exhibitors and attendees
locate the expositions in which they would like to
Meetings & Conventions
been helping meeting and event planners in corporations,
associations, incentive houses and independent planning
companies excel at their jobs and effectively manage
the meeting industry's portal for information and resources
related to planning meetings and events. The Meetings Group
of magazines provides comprehensive coverage of meeting
planning issues, trends, and events in five focused areas,
association, corporate, insurance/financial, religious,
complete online source for news and information for
the meeting, convention, incentive and trade show professionals.
MeetingNews.com features the latest industry news,
searchable article archives, crucial business resources
and much more.
Meetings - SuccessMtgs.com is dedicated
to serving the needs of meeting planners online. As
an extension of Successful Meetings magazine we feature
their in-depth coverage and analysis of key issues
affecting the meetings industry.
IEG established sponsorship as the fourth arm of marketing,
alongside advertising, promotion and public relations.
Festivals & Events
Association WFEA describes thesemlves
as being "a Washington state-based nonprofit organization
whose mission is to 'support
the festival and event industry of Washington State by
providing educational, commercial and networking opportunities,
and by addressing industry concerns and issues.' WFEA
programs educate and support festivals and events, and
the people who manage and supply them. WFEA works to improve
the understanding, recognition, andappreciation of the
vital role of festivals and events in society, as people
come together to share and celebrate community."
Convention-Guests.com describes itself as "We represent
Artists who worked on Star Wars, Harry Potter, Dr Who, James
Bond and other cult sci-fi classics who can be seen on our
web page" I take no opinion on this site, but it may be useful
for those beginning to create a media presence at a con.
Fannish History Sites and Museums
The Geocon Pages is is
a site that preserves past web sites and information
about this convention that seems to have passed into
Norwescon Archives is a
slowly growing site of archived web sites and information
about past Norwescons. Norwescon is a major regional
science fiction covention taking place in the Seattle
area usually over Easter weekend. This also includes
general informationa bout the con as well.
SWOC archives of past Westercons and NASFICs in the Pacific Northwest as run by that organization. This includes a link to the old Westercon 56 page for which I was bid chair.
Seattle EMP/Science Fiction Museum located at the Seattle Center is an exemplary venue of artifacts and events relating to fannish history. It also a venue for the experience music project which is well worth seeing as well.
Timebinders - Preserving Fannish
History is primarily a link to the mailing list but
also a community of people intent on preserving fannish
AV Club Primer to Doctor Who 101 is a well laid out article with video clips of previous iterations of the Doctor. For anybody new to the subject or would just like to do a refresher course, this might be a good spot to check out.
The Fanac Fan History Project is
an awesome compilation of documents and photographs,
information and more. Whether you want to discover
an odd bit of filking or see a photograph of Harlan
Ellison this is the place to find it. Check it out.
Seattle Museum of Mysteries describes itself as " a paranormal science museum with exhibits, library and cultural center
exploring the legends,lore, UFO history, Bigfoot and haunted locations of the Northwest." From their west Seattle location they also have comedy events and other interesting things to check out. Check out their facebook page for additional info.
All Things Steampunk
In terms of communities check out some of these blogs, magazines and other purveyors of information about this fast growing part of fandom
Boiler Plate the Mechanical Marvel is an ongoing both internet and print account of a robot created in the 19th century who branches out into all sorts of historical venues. Hollywood Reporter reports that J.J.Abrams, Paramount and his Bad Robot are taking the project on as a movie. In any case, it is definitely steampunk and definitely looks like it could be fun. Oh, and do not miss the facebook presence of the Boilerplate Historical Society
Chrono Hoard is an etsy sale site for steampunk jewelry. Check it out and see if this is something for you.
Gentleman's Emporium is a source of Victorian and Eduardian costumes that is based out of San Jose, California, but has an exemplary online layout for those in need of steampunk accessories. Also, check out their facebook presence.
Steampunk Adventurer is in their own words "Intended for the exploration of Victorian-set, Steampunk and other turn-of-the-19th century RolePlaying Games." Check out their facebook presence for additional info.
Urban Threads describes itself as "Hip designs for hand and machine embroidery. Steampunk, gothic, tattoos, retro and more swank art. New freebies often" . Be sure to check out their facebook presence as well
Web Urbanist has a display of steampunk tattoos that are an example of why they, at least, think that steampunk is here to be an enduring fannish phenomena if people are willing to sport some very elaborate and very beautiful tattoos. I leave it for you to decide on either count, but take a look.
Dress Like A Pirate is a phenomenal site for all manner of different costuming needs including steam punk, pirate, bucaneer, victorian, burlesque and more. Also, check out their facebook page for other details and notifications.
Fingers describes itself as "making costumes
professionally since 1997 and has gained a wide range of
skills in that time. Whether the ensemble is clean and
simple or flamboyant and ornate, the first priority is
to provide people with beautifully well made costumes that
make them look and feel like a million."
High Tactical Corsets is exactly what it sounds like and an amazing site to go along with it. For those into corsets or high function high fashion with milspec pouches and buckles this is the costume accessory site for you.
Laughing Moon Mercantile is purveyor of sewing patterns, clothing and accessories, with a special emphasis on Victorian balls, Dickens Faires and a host of others. For the costumers in the audience with obvious interest for those into Victoriana and Steam Punk fair, this may be a site for you.
Magical Fashions is a source for " belly dance costumes from saris, banjara cholis, skirts, salwar-kameez, lehnga, cholis, jewelry, hand bags, home decor and other bellydance accessories" Not specifically fannish, but potentially a source for certain costuming needs that make this a site of interest. There facebook page can be found here.
Forge describes itself as being 'functional
art for the passionate adult' and warns that it is
appropriate for those 18 and older. These include collars,
whips and more. In the latest visit there is only an email contact on the web page.
Like Magik by maryJane is a source for
custom designed renaissance and medieval clothing.
Knights are a live action, live steal and equestrian
group that do a variety of shows at various events
as well as television and movies, including Sleepless
in Seattle, Northern Exposure and more. They also 'teach
historical performance fighting techniques for a variety
of weapons as well as hand-to-hand combat'. Check their
web site for details.
Armories specialise in custom-made armor and
authentic historical reproductions. Their Northwest
representative also indicates that they do rentals.
The rep also indicates they will have a presence at
Rustycon and Norwescon.
Wizard and Warlock Tatooing is a one person show with a facebook page and a phone and is just starting up in the Bellevue area. Check out his photos of some of his body art and see if it is of interest.
All Things Zombies
A World On Fire - A Zombie Blog is, well, a Zombie blog. For those who are in search of information on those undead critters in search of braaaiiins, this is one place to peruse.
All Things Gaming
Resources for expanding the Gaming Experience
Escapist Magazine is an online installment of reviews and commentary on a wide ranging number of games, court cases that impinge upon gaming and much more.
All Things Comic Book Fandom, Graphic Novels and Comic Books in General
Comic Alliance describes itself as "home of the ComicsAlliance blog, where comics and things that are awesome team up and crossover to your FACE." and that makes it an appropriate links for All Things Comics. You might want to also check out their facebook presence.
Comic Book Price Guide is the portal for the print mainstay for collecting comic books. It is also an interesting portal for a veriety of news surrounding the collecting of comics.
Invest Comics or "Your Entertainment Investment Guide" is a wide ranging portal for those interesting in using comics as an investment resource. No comments in this regard, but the site does have some eye candy and interesting items to look at.
Move over Klingon speakers, here come to Na'vi. If you are a fan of Avatar and what with the prospect of at least three movies in all, you might want to think about becoming blue. Learn Na'Vi will get you started in that direction.
The Na'Vi Wiki is another great place to check out for an ever growing compendium of information about this invented language.
These are a couple of YouTube searches that might prove useful: one is a search on Na'Vi Language Lessons. Start though since this is a dynamic search you will still get some non language related videos such as photoshop tutorials on changing a photo to Na'Vi. Some other attempts at searching YouTube for Na'Vi and language brought up some even more surprising things from photoshop tutorials I alluded to above to, well, I will let your imagination go to items not even closely related to Avatar and Cameron.
This is not related to the learning of Na'Vi, but for those that would like to transform a photo of themselves into Na'Vi avatar, visit avitizeyourself.com and get the blue look on.
All Things Media
Airlockalpha describes itself on its facebook info page as a " The science-fiction, fantasy and comic book-related Web site that has been informing and entertaining the masses for more than a decade. You haven't soaked in the news until you've made a home at Airlock Alpha."
Beyond Hollywood is a collection of news, reviews, trailers and more about movies, television, games and more, not all genre, but should be of interest whether the big screen, the small screen or a game console near you.
Comic Book Resources or CBR is an extensive resource for those in love with the whole comic book genre, with the latest news, thoughts and reflections and much much more in an attractive web package. Well worth taking a look. And don't miss their Spinoff Online, which is an intersting and eye candy for all things surrounding scifi entertainmentment programming and more.
Comingsoon.net has a wealth of reviews, preview video, pictures and much much more in a thoroughly eye candied web environment whether they are highlighting upcoming movies, television shows, dvd, bluerays and more. If you want to get possible insights, potential release dates and more this is a good place to start. Also, check out their facebook presence. Not strictly fannish in content, it will still have lots of interest.
hulu.com is not so much a site to find information about genre news, but an exemplary site to actually watch the shows you hear about. While many shows, particularly US will be unavailable or only showing clips, the site has a surprisingly complete set of anime series in complete form albeit subtitled in Japanese. Goto their anime channel or to one of the individual series pages. Ones that come to mine include Bleach (155 episodes), Naruto Shippuden (173 episodes), Full Metal Alchemist and more. Where available they have English dubbed offerings. They do encourage a paid service, but you can watch many series offerings for the price of enduring advertising, sometimes being offered watching a longer advert for the freedom the watch the rest without any. You will need to register with the site. A site worth looking at, at least.
io9 is a site that warns "we come from the future". With a wide ranging mixture of all things popular culture in the media realm, whether movie, television, comics, gaming or speculation. Check out their facebook presence as well.
Inside Trekker describes itself as a blog about all things Star Trek, Doctor Who and Sci Fi. A great site with lots of info and video.
The Motion Pictures Props Company is an " Online magazine dedicated to movie props and the love of film and the film making process. Props, Models, Wardrobe and Sets the whole shebang!" You can also find out more from them on their facebook presence.
Rabiddoll is a darker and edgier media news site with lots of interesting news and more. Check it out.
Scifi Movie Page is everything you might want from a site concentrating on the motion picture
side of science fiction, fantasy, animation and everything else along those lines. It is also an attractive design with lots and lots of eye candy. You can also discuss things and find out additional information on their facebook presence.
SuperheroHype is a site with news about upcoming superhero and genre movies and television projects, forums and much more. Well worth a look. Also, check out their facebook presence to get more info and get your word in.
SyFy.com, of course, given some of the great televised series including Eureka, Warehouse 13, Sanctuary and Haven, to name only a few. Also, check out their facebook presence for additional info or just visit their SyFySocial page.
For those looking for a wide range of online video choices the hulu Anime Channel is a good place to start. While not perfect, they have a wide range of series choices with some dubbed and many more subbed.
Online Communities of interest to Fandom
Gaiaonline is an online anime community forum and fan site that I list with some cautionary notes noted. In checking reviews it is indicated that though an extensive community site it is in the words of reviewers a PG-13 site.
I include MyOuterspace.com with some caution in order. Apparently a William Shatner project, it cites itself as The SciFi Industry Community. This almost is an indictment by itself, but I include it here for those so interested.
SyFySocial is where you can get it touch with your favorite science fiction channel about its programming via twitter, facebook and more.
Trek Passions describes itself as "100% free online community site
for singles with a passion for Sci Fi." I take
no opinion for or against, but include as a
site of possible interest to some.