Site ColumnsBy Christian
November 1, 2000 - 9:30 PM
Has anyone else noticed the rapid decrease in the number of independent big SF sites over the past couple of months? About a year ago, there were still quite a lot of them, but these days it seems as if they're all part of either Fandom.com or SciFi.com. Fandom, which didn't even exist a year ago, bought Cinescape today, after already buying up AnotherUniverse/Mania a while ago, while SciFi.com of course recently allied with the Mothership (previously Eon Magazine). Besides these conglomerates, there really isn't that much else left - those five sites also make up my own top-5. Of course, there's IGN Sci-Fi and Space.com, but they're both part of fairly large sites not dealing specifically with science-fiction.
I'm not sure if this consolidation process will really turn out well for sci-fi on the internet. Mania Magazine is just a shadow of its former self, mostly consisting of Fandom reprints, so I certainly hope that won't happen to Cinescape as well. Then again, I suppose having a couple of large high-quality sites also has its good sites - certainly Fandom has been doing pretty well over the past couple of months in getting exclusive interviews with some of the biggest stars, so maybe mergers really are the way to go for sci-fi sites on the net. I'll be sure to warn you well in advance when TrekWeb and us decide to merge.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
-Which actors do you think should really have guest-starred on Star Trek?
-Should Voyager's series finale be a sequel to 'Living Witness'?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Today On TV
-At 9:00pm (8:00pm Eastern Time), UPN will be showing Voyager's 'Critical Care'. Here's how the network describes the episode:
The Doctor is hijacked to a planet where critical medical treatment is dispensed by social rank and a patient's importance to the colony, leaving many in desperate need. The Doctor's techniques and knowledge are crucial to this alien society, but the kidnappers didn't plan on Voyager's tenacious search and rescue, nor the Doctor's inventiveness in deceiving the authoritarian rule.
Thanks go out to Media Trek for the above image, which is of course copyrighted by Paramount Pictures.
-In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series' 'The Lights of Zetar' at 10:00am and at 4:00pm Eastern Time, DS9's 'Past Tense, Part Two' at 5:00pm, and Voyager's 'Fair Trade' at 10:00pm.