SciFi.com, the purveyer of good shows such as the Stargates and Galactica, and of truly miserable shows such as -- almost everything else -- had a wonderful area that hardly anybody knew about called SciFiction, where Ellen Datlow, who has been an editor of science fiction and fantasy for more years than she probably cares to admit, gathered some of the best short fiction around. The section was almost impossible to find -- it was buried at the bottom of the main page -- but those of us who looked for it, loved it.
And now they're shutting it down.
According to the announcement
on the SciFiction main page, "As SCIFI.COM gears up to expand with exciting new ventures utilizing the newest technology, it will discontinue SCI FICTION, the online publishing division of of the site, at the end of 2005."
Of course it will. Actually, those of us who actually (gasp! choke!) read were wondering how long it would be before some of the suits looked around, found SciFiction in its happy little corner, and said, "Hey! What's this doing here! It's not about speaking to dead people, it's not about dripping blood and nasty monsters, and it's not a successful franchise. Why are we paying for it?"
But damn! It was at least some acknowledgement that SciFi.com was about something other than visual media -- that there was actually a literature involved here. And now it's going away.