The SF&F Canon Project, etc.


Well, I said I was thinking of doing it, and so I have. I’ve created a blog for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Canon Project. The name is changeable, but right now it suits because it says what the project is about. Now, there isn’t much there right now. I have the template up, but really there isn’t any information, just a single post. Feel free to check it out, give some opinions on the look. Perhaps there are some things you think should be added, etc. The site doesn’t look like much, but it’ll get going pretty soon–this weekend hopefully–and we’ll see how things go. Remember, spread the news about this! The more people we get in on this idea the better.

To other news, I was reading a post here and I thought I’d ask anyone here what magazines you read. I mean any magazines, even ones that aren’t literature based. If you read Vogue, well, then say so. Only zines count too! Reading that post, though, made me realize how much I’m missing out. I had hoped after I quit working and started packing to come to UC Santa Cruz that I would get to subscribe to a whole bunch of magazines. I even made a list, but unfortunately that never happened.
I’m currently subscribed to:
Reptiles Magazine
Writer’s Digest
Smithsonian Magazine

Yeah, nothing really related to the field I am writing short stories for, which disturbs me. I might have to dig up some money and buy some subscriptions. It’s also sad that the short story market is dying! There has been a lot of talk in the blogging world about this and it really scares me. Some of the best stories out there are short stories. I’ll have to write a post about why I think the short is dying!

Anyway, so there you all have it! Comment and join up in the canon project!

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

3 thoughts on “The SF&F Canon Project, etc.

  1. The short is dying because it’s a weird … thing. Yeah, I can’t explain that thought any further, but you were crying about my lax commenting habits, and this is the best you’re going to get. :p

  2. I can agree that shorts are a totally different thing than the novel, not just because of length, but in form too.
    And you didn’t tell me what magazines you subscribed to, if any!

    Also, I hope you’ll be joining in the discussions on the canon project! You’ve read a lot more in the genre of fantasy than I have, mostly because I got tired of reading the same story over and over, so I think your input would be great. You’ve read a lot of older fantasy too–pre-1990–so I hope you would join in!

  3. *Grumble*

    I don’t subscribe to magazines. Short stories irritate me, since my7 favourite aspect of any story is the characterisation and that’s usually minimal in shorts.

    And yeah, I’ve read a fair amount of older fantasy, but that doesn’t mean I finished it. :p There are huge amounts of dross out there, and while much of it is rubbish, some is decent dross … but not decent enough for a canon. Also, I have weird taste.

    Anyway, I’m sure you’ll press-gang me into it …

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