I’ve had the website The Eternal Night in my links page on my own website for more than a year, but I thought it merited a push here as well. The Eternal Night (meaning Steve and Lesley Mazey) do more for the promotion of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy and horror) than anyone I know.
Many experts speculate that the release of the first Star Wars film in 1977 (damn, that was nearly 30 years ago) if not killed written sf, at least wounded it seriously. Science fiction is now equated by audiences (and potential readers) with special effects. Case in point: the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which on screen was short on story but loaded with s/fx. Even the latest fantasy film, The Narnia Chronicles: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, although faithful to its wonderful and solid story is one special effects after another. Science fiction and fantasy is now what magic companies such as Light and Magic can produce.
Yet, the writing of speculative fiction is far from dead. It is more vibrant than ever, often straddles genres, and continuously calls on us to take out and dust up our imagination, then give it an airing.
The Eternal Night helps with that, every week, most often every day. There are reviews of various authors –and not all of them well-known, thank the Lord, bibliographies of authors, archives of magazines, most of those out-of-print, stories, sample chapters, interviews, press releases, and chronicles such as books received or trip photos.
I’ve spent many an hour roaming through the site, learning about new authors, finding books that interest me. One fantastic feature in the bibliography section, for instance, is the linking of the author’s name to amazon in the UK, US and in Canada. You can also click on the author’s name and get to the same place. So you have no excuse not to buy a book you find interesting.
So visit this incredible site, find a couple of authors that attract you, and start reading. Reading SF if much more fun than watching it. Believe me. And if you don’t, believe Steve and Lesley.