Web Site Reviews

Beth Adele Long, Associate Editor, 
Young Writer's Scene

Issue # 3: 04/01/01

A Note from Holly Lisle
What Matters
A Note for Lazette Gifford
Gauging Success

Deeper People
Feature Articles
Otherwhens: A Theory of Alternate History
By J. S. Burke
Blunting the Knife
By Alison Sinclair
Reporting for Fiction
By Katherine Derbyshire
Making Dreams into Reality
By Jennifer St. Clair Bush
Fear and Crisis
By Michael E. Norman
A Triad of Religious Articles
By Sarah Jane Elliott 
     Peggy Kurilla 
     Bryn Neuenschwander
Classic Structure in the Horror Novel
By Ron Brown
Poetry Revival
By Lazette Gifford
E-Books and the Romance Field
By Anne M. Marble
Science Fiction: 
By Bob Billing
Suspense & Mystery:
Preparing for Your First Mystery
By Lazette Gifford
Young Adult & Children:
Turn Personal Struggles into Books for Children
Laura Backes
Young Writer's Scene:
Write What You Know -- Or What You Want?
By Beth Adele Long
Book Reviews
Screenplay: The Foundations
of Screen Writing

Reviewed by Shane P. Carr
Web Site Reviews
AImovie.Com, Tangent Online
By Beth Adele Long
So What's New?
By Jim Mills
From the Writers' Board
News from Forward Motion



And you thought time travel was impossible.


The Steven Spielberg film AI, based on Brian Aldiss's story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long," will be released this summer, and the film's publicity campaign has apparently opened a port to the 22nd century using---what else?---the Internet.  Astute web surfers of 2001 have uncovered numerous websites related to the untimely death of a Donu-Tech scientist in 2142.  The timelines of the two centuries seem to be moving in tandem: news flashes and updates from 2142 appear on their equivalent dates in 2001.  The alternate timeline is accessible by email, telephone, and even fax, and today's web denizens are hot on the trail.  This could be the first crime to be solved almost 150 years before it even takes place.


The cleverest have found the puzzle's earliest entry point: a phone number encoded in the AI film trailer (also found here).  Others have depended on various tip-offs regarding Jeanine Salla, whose interesting role in the film trailer's end credits has pushed sharp-eyed surfers to run Internet searches to uncover Salla's identity and, ultimately, the vast story behind Evan Chan's death.


No single person is likely to have the time or wide-ranging knowledge needed to unravel this tangled skein, and curious researchers will find ample help from the underground community that has been laboring to solve the puzzle since late March.  Collaborative groups seem to be popping up across the Internet, each at a different stage of investigation, though patient investigators should be wary of the various think-tanks and clues pages lest they run across too much information too soon.


Who is Jeanine Salla?  How did Evan Chan die?  Only the patient and dedicated will be able to find out.




Tangent has been around for quite a while, providing good short fiction reviews of both print and online stories.  For the past few weeks, though, their site hasn't been accessible.  But recently they relaunched with their new, independent domain (www.TangentOnline.com) and a redesigned site. 

As before, the site has reviews of print magazines, listed by how often the magazine is published (monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, irregular).  It also has reviews of online publications (right now, just SciFiction.com) and anthologies and collections.  Plus, if you have a question or comment about Tangent, you can post it on their newsgroup, which the editor and webmaster seem to keep close track of. 

The new site will be updated as reviews come in, so you'll be able to see things faster than before.  There is one catch; to help with site costs, they're asking people to subscribe for $2 or more per year.  If you subscribe, you get a login and password, and you'll be able to see updates as soon as they go up.  If you don't subscribe, you'll eventually get to see everything, but you'll have to wait until reviews are two weeks old.  This sounds like a good way to get support from people who want to contribute while still keeping Tangent's resources free for those who don't want to pay.

 All material 2001, Holly Lisle except where noted

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