The Science Fiction Museum had its beginnings as an online version of
Galaxy Magazine. At the time, the internet was new--full of
promise and problems for writers and publishers alike. Many of the
issues raised during those fledgling moments on the internet
have yet to be answered adequately. Issues such as: viable business models,
and how can authors best deal with the creative and economic issues
of the internet.
These are issues each of us deal with on a daily basis. But then again
that should be no surprise. Authors and artists have this same problem
in every publishing arena. How can we tap into the creative potential
of the media, and how in the heck can be make a living at it?
We don't have the answer--but we do see the question.
And as authors and artists ourselves, we very much appreciate
the importance of the question.
As any physic will tell you, if you want better answers make better
questions. Or, in other words an answer is only as good as the question.
So to get better answers we need to refine the questions. The
Science Fiction Museum, in addition to its obvious nature as a
museum of science fiction, is also a contraption designed to delve
into the question of how best to tap the creative potential
of the internet, and how to nurture and support the use of the internet
by authors and artists--both old and new.
Part of this process involves providing a forum for exposure and
experimentation. Part of this process involves gathering community
voices so that a wider dialog may be had. Part of this process
involves giving props to specialities within the field of science fiction
that may typically go unherald. These are some of the tasks we have set
At the moment, the Science Fiction Museum has no business model--unless you can
call "don't worry about it, let's just do what we can, as we are able,
and see how far we can get before we croak" a business model.
That in the nutshell is our plan. There is no paid staff, no one has
quit their day job. The lack of a payroll to meet week after week
makes SFMuseum almost immune to the economic ebb and flow of the
Doing what we can, as we are able, might give rise to
a rather odd periodicity of development, but at least the
evolutionary curve is mostly forward.
Science Fiction Museum is in it for the long haul. As you can see
from the site framework. we have bitten off a rather large chunk to
chew. Not a problem. We'll poke along byte by byte as long as we
can until there is a gentlemen at the door with something about