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R.I.P. SF Signal

I was saddened by the news today that SF Signal is shutting down. For nearly 13 years, it has been a great source of news, reviews, and articles about speculative fiction, a nice mix of content by passionate fans and professional authors alike, myself included. John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and their stable of “SF Signal irregulars” created something truly special, and I’m very sorry to see it go.

They’re going to try to keep the archives online as long as they can, but they’re only paid up with their current web host through June. If they don’t find something cheaper after that, their archives will disappear from the Internet, which would be a shame.

Hopefully that won’t happen, but in case it does, I thought this might be a good time to link to my three contributions to SF Signal over the years.

First, back in 2011, I was interviewed by Lee Thomas on the subject of Literary Awards: Be My Victim: Nicholas Kaufmann – A Chat About Awards

In 2013, I wrote a guest post when Dying Is My Business was released: Nicholas Kaufmann on Why Some Boxes Should Never Be Opened

And in 2014, I wrote another one when Die and Stay Dead was released: Nicholas Kaufmann Goes Beyond “The Exorcist” with Demons of a Different Type

I suppose it’s silly to hope for some sort of last-minute change of heart, but the Internet needs more websites like SF Signal — sites that focus on and value speculative fiction instead of just film and TV properties — not fewer. Whatever the future holds, whatever websites might spring up to take SF Signal’s place, they will owe quite a bit to the groundwork John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and the rest of the crew laid down. We have a lot to thank SF Signal for. They’re leaving behind big shoes to fill.

3 responses to “R.I.P. SF Signal”

  1. John DeNardo says:

    Thanks for the kind words. My ego is your new best friend 🙂

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