The World SF Blog

Speculative Fiction from Around the World

A Last Word

I started the World SF Blog in February of 2009 – a century in Internet time! – partly as an excuse to promote my then-forthcoming anthology of international speculative fiction, The Apex Book of World SF – but mostly out of what can only be described as an ideological drive, a desire to highlight and promote voices seldom heard in genre fiction.

The blog ran for about a year on Live Journal – yes, people still used Live Journal back then! – but shortly made the transition to WordPress, where this current site and archive remain.

From the very beginning, I was aided and abetted by Charles Tan, who was chiefly responsible for the original content we were able to provide, conducting many of our interviews and contributing editorials and essays, as well as helping with soliciting material for the site (and taking over every time I was moving countries!). Anil Menon, too, was an early supporter, occasional book reviewer and guest-blogger, and a steadfast friend to the site.

We began publishing fiction in 2010 and by 2011 have taken on a dedicated fiction editor, Debbie Moorhouse. Debbie kept the fiction side going until stepping down in 2012, when Sarah Newton took over. We were also able to incorporate the entire The Portal web site archive, which was edited by Val Grimm (Val is also making the entire archive available through the Merril Collection).

I was incredibly gratified, over the past few years, with the level of enthusiasm and support the site has received. It felt to me that we were able to partly-initiate, and to encourage, a conversation that the genre had not had before, and in a very real way is only now beginning to seriously engage in.

Along the way, I was privileged enough to be able to publish The Apex Book of World SF 2, with a third volume scheduled for 2014. I am very grateful to Jason Sizemore of Apex Book Company for his unstinting support for this project from the very start, and in a very real way making it all happen.

Along the way, too, and with the help of Sean Wallace, we were able to establish The World SF Travel Fund, for facilitating the visit of international genre people to a major convention, the World Fantasy Convention. It began by wanting to help Charles Tan travel from the Philippines to the United States, where he was nominated for a World Fantasy Award, in 2011, but we continued the fund, helping Swedish authors Karin Tidbeck and Nene Ormes in 2012 and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz of the Philippines, and Csilla Kleinheincz of Hungary, in 2013.

The change I have seen in the four years of the blog is heartening. In a way, I have decided to stop now because the blog has fulfilled everything I ever wanted it to, and so much more.

And then, too, there is the fact that it has been four years. I’m not sure I ever intended the site to run for that long, and I did begin to feel a certain fatigue around a year ago. This entire crazy enterprise was run on enthusiasm and a certain desire for change, and I did not want to become resentful of the time or effort I was spending. To do a thing it must be done with joy, or not at all.

So I am – with joy, at everything we’ve accomplished! – shutting it down. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. And I’m grateful to all the wonderful people who supported the blog, contributed to the blog, wrote for us, but most of all for the conversation, which exists outside of this site, of different communities across different countries and language now talking to each other, and may you never stop. Too many people to thank, but you know who you are.

So here it is: The World SF Blog, over four years and hundreds of blog posts, all available online, on every aspect of international speculative fiction, from almost every country in the world. I hope it’s useful. I hope it’s fun.

And thank you.

- Lavie Tidhar

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June 18, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

13 Comments

  1. I’m so sad right now. I love this blog :(. Hopefully someone takes up the mantle and continues exposing our community to SF/F from elsewhere.

    Comment by shaunduke | June 18, 2013

    • @shaunduke…. Well, in our own small way I hope we might help here.

      Our site has some articles on SF from non-Anglophone countries and our seasonal news page regularly carries news of awards from non-English speaking nations and we do occasionally highlight names of people that recur and so may be worth checking out for English translatons (Indeed commissioning editors have been know to come to us for advice and there is even one article by a Lavie Tidhar.)

      Though being mainly seasonal (Spring, summer and autumn) we are not as regular as World SF Blog but might perhaps begin to fill a non-Anglophone hole.

      Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation

      Meanwhile happy retirement World SF Blog.

      Comment by Science Fiction News | June 19, 2013

      • Thanks for the info. Now I’m trying to figure out how to get Concatenation in a form appropriate for my tablet :P

        Comment by shaunduke | June 19, 2013

  2. Congratulations on an amazing run, and thank you to everyone who worked on the site. I’m sad to see it end, but I have tremendous respect and appreciation for everything you’ve done here.

    Comment by Jim C. Hines | June 18, 2013

  3. will miss this.

    Comment by Alexander Osias | June 18, 2013

  4. Thanks to you and entire team for all your hard work and a superb stop on the web.

    Comment by John D. | June 18, 2013

  5. Thank you and best wishes.

    Comment by Radu Romaniuc | June 18, 2013

  6. Well done sir. Thank you for all your work.

    Comment by Wesley Chu | June 18, 2013

  7. I’m so sad to see this end! I’ve loved following this blog, and enjoyed the stories and conversations here. Thank you to everyone involved, and best wishes for all your future projects!

    Comment by Vicky Hooper | June 18, 2013

  8. Sad to see this stop. It was a good job, well done, and thank you.

    Comment by Gavin Grant | June 18, 2013

  9. Well done! and thank you for all your work on the blog. It’s been enjoyable and eywe-opening.

    Comment by caseyparry | June 19, 2013

  10. Sorry to see this stop, but I can surely understand (says the man who dropped DayBreak).

    For one, I hope someone else is willing to carry the torch (Calling Charles A. Tan, Ken Liu, Rochita Luinen-Roez, or anybody else).

    Having said that: many thanks for the past four years: they were great!

    Comment by Jetse | June 19, 2013

  11. Sorry to see the blog come to an end. There was some great fiction on here, so thanks for that.

    Comment by James Bacon | June 24, 2013


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