Did you know that you can find many issues of the SFRA Review, the official publication of the Science Fiction Research Association, online for free?
There are two online repositories for back issues of the SFRA Review. First, all issues from 2001 (beginning with issue #250) to the present are available for download in PDF format from the SFRA’s official website here. This is also the primary place to find new issues as soon as they are published.
Second, you can find many of the earliest issues of the SFRA Review at the University of South Florida Library’s Special and Digital Collections website here. They provide scanning and hosting services for (currently) 118 Newsletter/SFRA Review issues from 1974-2008.
The SFRA Review is a leading source for original scholarship, conversation, and reviews in the field of science fiction and fantasy. In more recent years, it has expanded into other media in a big way including teaching guides, research, and reviews of genre film and video games.
The SFRA is the oldest professional organization for the study of science fiction and fantasy in all media. The SFRA promotes scholarship, teaching, and professional discourse through awards, publication, and its annual conference.
Carter Kaplan sent out a cfp for a new anthology (official blog here):
The editors of Emanations seek fiction, poetry, essays, manifestos and reviews. The emphasis is on alternative narrative structures, new epistemologies, peculiar settings, esoteric themes, sharp breaks from reality, ecstatic revelations, and vivid and abundant hallucinations.
The editors believe that recognizable genres are fit points of departure—science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, local color, romance, realism, surrealism, postmodernism—but the idea behind the idea is the thing, just as the magician behind the magician is . . . the magician. In other words, Emanations seeks to say something new, but the illusion of something new can be just as important. Essays should be exuberant, daring, and free of pedantry. Length is a consideration in making publication decisions, but in keeping with the spirit of the project contributors should consider length to be “open.”
Send files with brief cover note to Carter Kaplan:
Board of Editorial Advisors
Horace Jeffery Hodges
Norman Spinrad, blog
Kai Robb, 2
Joel K. Soiseth
Darren R. Partridge
Emanations is a not-for-profit literary project and contributors cannot be compensated at this time. All proceeds from the sale of Emanations will support the efforts of International Authors to publish new voices from around the world.
Published By International Authors
Over the years, I have occasionally run across the Internet Speculative Fiction Database when I would perform Google searches as I began researching a particular topic or work. Back at IAFA, Ritch Calvin told me that the ISFDB is a very important research tool that he uses a lot. Based on his recommendation, I have used it explicitly a few times in my recent work–including my entry on Bicentennial Man for Peter Wright’s The Critical Companion to Science Fiction Film Adaptations. If you need to find reviews of works and print histories of SF and fantasy works, then I would recommend you check out the ISFDB when you start your research.
Another cool aspect of the ISFDB is that Ritch is tirelessly posting SFRA Review metadata to the ISFDB, which means that my reviews are now indexed on there, too (see here). Thanks, Ritch!