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“I regret to announce that — though, as I said, 12 years and 10 months is far too short a time to spend among you — this is the END! I am going. I am leaving NOW! GOODBYE!”

[Slips ring on]

– Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (paraphrased)

When we started SF Signal in 2003, it was because we loved speculative fiction. Having a blog allowed us to share that love with other fans. We never dreamed it would have grown like it has. In these past 12 years and 10 months, we’ve shared our love of genre, we’ve provided a forum for other fans to come on board as contributors to also share their genre love, we gave authors a place to tell us about the exciting new worlds they’re creating, and I like to think we’ve made a ton of new friends. We even picked up a few Hugo Awards along the way. It’s been quite a ride.

But all good things come to an end.

It was a very hard decision to make, but we have decided to close down SF Signal. The reason is boringly simple: time. As the blog has grown, so has its demands for our attention. That is time we would rather spend with our families. We considered scaling back posts, but it felt like SF Signal would only be a shadow of its former self. So yes, it feels sudden, but a “cold turkey” exit seems like the right thing to do.

We’d like to thank our readers for stopping by and making SF Signal a fun place to be every single day. We’d like to thank our tireless and selfless contributors for providing insightful and entertaining articles purely for the joy of sharing their mutual love of geekdom with like-minded fans. We’d like to thank our hundreds of guest contributors for allowing us to peek inside their creative processes. Thanks to you all! Without you, this fun ride would have been much shorter.

The speculative fiction community continues to be a strong and vibrant one. We may pop up on social media at times, so we’re only partly “slipping the ring on”. For now, we’ll just say…

See you later. In spaaaace! πŸ˜€

John DeNardo
JP Frantz

P.S. We believe SF Signal’s archives are a valuable community resource. We’d love to keep it around for a while, even as a static website. We have paid for web hosting through the first week of June. By then we will have to either find a new home for it or say goodbye to it forever. If anyone knows of any free/super-cheap hosting solutions that can hold about 100GB worth of data (and an easy way to migrate it), let us know.

UPDATE: We now have several hosting solutions to review since the announcement. Many of them quite promising. Thanks, folks!

About John DeNardo (13014 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

167 Comments on All Good Things…

  1. I have made many (many!) friends thanks to SF Signal. I will sincerely miss having this place to “hang out”.

  2. S.C. Flynn // May 5, 2016 at 10:20 am //

    Sad news. Thanks for all your work and good luck!

  3. A massive loss to the science fiction community. Thanks for all the fish!

  4. I will miss the site. Thank you for all the time and work you’ve put in.

  5. Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) // May 5, 2016 at 10:29 am //

    Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, he said sadly.

  6. This is sad news. As a fellow blogger, I admire your site so much. You will be missed!

  7. Lee Harris // May 5, 2016 at 10:34 am //

    Thank you to the whole of the SFSignal team! You have been a great asset to the genre community, and will be sorely missed.

  8. Well darn. I’m saddened to hear this.

    But moving on with unseemly haste, can anyone recommend their second-favorite blog/website for keeping an eye on the SF community? Seems like there are plenty that focus on TV, movies, video games, Star Wars toys, etc., but I loved SF Signal for the attention it paid to written SF.

  9. John and team,

    Words cannot express my gratitude for your time and efforts all these years. You have not only been a welcoming light to authors new to the SF&F community, but you have shared your love of the genre for fans of every stripe. This site kept the torch burning for SF&F through difficult times, and reminded us why we keep coming back to participating in the genre.

    Thank you. May you fare well in your future endeavors, and I hope you find the solution to your web hosting woes.

  10. I’m so sorry, John. I understand why, but it still makes me sad. [hugs] Thank you so much for all your (and the team’s) hard work (and bagels.) I can’t help but feel you all are a substantial reason my work actually got the attention it did. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. You’re a wonderful person. And next time we run into one another, I’ll be buying you a drink. [hugs]

  11. Really sorry to see you go – always loved reading SFsignal.com

    Stephen

  12. This is the saddest news I’ve heard in a long time. SF Signal is a fantastic site, run by wonderful people, and I am sad to see it go. You guys did great things here.

    Thank you so much for inviting me to contribute to this amazing place. John and Kristin made me a better writer. The Mind Melds made me a more thoughtful reader. The community here is top notch. I can not put into words how grateful I am that you gave me a chance. John, you are a goddamn wizard.

    I’m so sorry this has to end but I understand why. It’s been amazing. In the words of the Doctor, you’ve were brilliant. SF Signal and it’s impact on the genre won’t be forgotten any time soon.

  13. Oh, I will miss the site, especially MindMeld! Best of luck in whatever new endeavors you pursue.

  14. Scott Shaffer // May 5, 2016 at 11:00 am //

    I’m proud to have gotten to participate in a part of this (however small it was!) and even more awed at the site and community John and JP built.

    Most people don’t seem to know that these two sci-fi fans have day jobs, aren’t professional journalists, and weren’t professional writers or anything close to that. They are just a couple of very talented and dedicated nerds who could setup a blog back before that was as trivial as it seems today.

    I tip my cap to them and to all the contributors throughout the years. It was an awesome ride!

  15. We will miss you!!! As a fellow manager of a group SFF blog, I have always admired you guys!! Best wishes!

  16. John — thank you so much for all of your support and professionalism over the years, both by maintaining such a great website and taking such good care of myself and so many other authors I know, and celebrating our genre and the books written in it, plus so much more. We understand why you’re riding off into the sunset, but you’ll be sorely missed.
    Best, Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.

  17. Nooooo! SF Signal is a class act and a very welcoming space for the SF community. Thank you so much for all the hard work and support you have given us over the years. You will be missed. A lot.

  18. Thanks to everyone involved in SF Signal over the years, and especially to John and JP. I’ve made many, many friends through SF Signal’s auspices, and had lots of good times hanging out with SF Signal people at conventions. And of course, SF Signal was my go-to source for genre news, as well as great reviews and articles. You will be missed.

  19. Peter Nel // May 5, 2016 at 11:16 am //

    John, I’m shocked and saddened. SF Signal has been my first stop every morning when I switch the computer on. As a fan of short fiction, I especially loved the announcements and tables of contents of new anthologies and author collections. These cannot be replaced. There is no other website that provided this information as fully and regularly as SF Signal.

    But …

    How can I not be supportive, when you’ve given us so much, and all for the price of a few zillion electrons?

    The old words are the best: Thank you. You have given us so very much, and SF Signal will be missed, missed, missed …

  20. Have you contacted archive.org, this seems like their thing.

  21. I’m terribly sad to see you go, but I understand and respect the reasoning behind this. Thanks for all the amazing times and content.

  22. Sorry to hear this. There were some things I loved about this site. There were some things I disliked about this site. I always appreciated this site and the work you put into it. It was one of a kind and will be missed.

  23. Oh, I’m so bummed. But — thank you for the fun, and at least hoping to put up the archives. All the Sunday Cinema, weird clips, and Special Needs pieces will be sorely missed – there’s just not another site like yours.

  24. Sorry to hear it. Much against my will I had to say a similar farewell in my final column for SFX magazine (published last month) and with startling originality wrote …

    “Lastly, adapting the words of a famous fantasy character: though twenty-one years is far too short a time to spend among you – this is the END. I am going. I am leaving NOW. GOOD-BYE! (Puts on the Ring and vanishes.)”

  25. The sun will still come up, I suppose, but my daily first web stop will be gone when it does. Congratulations on a superb body of work here, and best wishes for your futures. I have learned so much, and about so much, on this blog. I do hope there is a web host for the archives! With vast appreciation, thank you so much.

  26. Valentin D. Ivanov // May 5, 2016 at 11:32 am //

    Thanks for the fish… and for the great site!
    Best of luck!

  27. Richard Derus // May 5, 2016 at 11:33 am //

    I’m very sad to see such an amazing and interesting and useful resource play taps. I know that I, and I’m sure many others, are deeply grateful to you all for your very, very hard work.

  28. Brett Stevens // May 5, 2016 at 11:50 am //

    Thank you to the sfsignal team. Without you guys I don’t know I would’ve been published so soon. I will be forever grateful and wish you all nothing but the best in your future endeavors best regards, Brett Stevens

  29. Oh man, this is sad news. Totally understand, but the SFF world will be diminished without you. Thanks for all you’ve done throughout the years, you’ve certainly been an inspiration and friend to Sword & Laser.

  30. What can I say that’s not been said already. There goes a daily routine that was quite pleasant. I hope some energetic kids see an opportunity to fill a void.

  31. Oh, this is really sad news, but it sounds like a really sensible decision for you guys. I’m so glad SF Signal existed, and I’ll really miss it.

  32. SF Signal has been such a wonderful endeavor and I’m so sorry to see you go, but thank you to the whole team for all the time you’ve invested, and your terrific work. We will miss you! Wishing you the best on all your new adventures.

  33. Oh, gosh, I’m terribly sorry to read this. Not a day passed that I didn’t check in, and I’ve enjoyed so very many of your wonderful articles. But to gain the extra time — well, that’s a huge blessing, and I definitely get it. Best of luck to you and all your contributors as you move on to whatever is next!

  34. As someone who manages a couple SF/F sites with contributors in addition to producing and hosting a couple of SF/F podcasts, I completely understand the incredible demands on time, energy, mental space and more. SF Signal has been around a smidge longer than Slice of SciFi, and I will miss the collection of links suggestion which ‘net rabbit hole I should follow next.

  35. Dang, John. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to start my day without a dose of SF Signal. It’s been a great source of entertainment and information, and I’ll really miss it. I can understand why you’re retiring, though. Everybody needs a break.

  36. Glenn Hauman // May 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm //

    Sorry to hear it. Email me about hosting.

  37. You will be missed. God luck in all your future endeavors.

  38. That’s “Good luck,” not “God luck”! Although God luck, too, if it helps. πŸ™‚

  39. Diane Urbanec // May 5, 2016 at 12:51 pm //

    But, but, but…..can’t you at least send me an email telling me what to read next? We like the same books and I always knew I could trust your reviews. Do I even need WiFi anymore?

  40. You guys did the best job ever! All good things do have to come to an end. Your work was so much appreciated by so many. You are all wonderful and the very best! I hope someone can and will help out with the hosting. So very grateful and appreciative of all you have done – you gave so much enjoyment and news to so many for so long.

  41. Travis Creason // May 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm //

    Damn, what disappointing news for many of us! I do hope that will still see John posting on Facebook at times when when he has the time.

  42. Wow. Damn. Wow.

    Thanks for the years and years of fantastic articles, leads, information, and good times. I completely understand about things taking too much time and too much energy. I push myself to the edge on that on a daily basis, and I’ve always wondered how you manage to crank out such great content with regularity and quantity.

    Thanks for all you’ve done for the SF community. You’ll be missed, but I still hope to be able to buy you a beer at a con sometime in the future.

  43. Ah damn. Really sorry to hear this. What a wonderful run, and what an amazing site it’s been. Well, you have a few more ARCs coming your way that went in the mail before this news, so … enjoy!

  44. John, and the SF Signal family,

    First, thank you for all of the tireless work you’ve done for the community and our authors. We, I, all owe you a debt.
    Secondly, I hope I can repay this debt a bit at Armadillocon this summer.
    “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”

  45. Sorry to hear you’re shutting down. I only recently began following the site. Lots of solid info on a wide range of SF subjects. You’ll be missed.

  46. You will be sorely missed. I loved this site. Life needs must, I suppose, and I wish you well moving on – but damn you will be sorely missed.

  47. Now this is a blooming shame. SF Signal is – was- a cracking site that focusses on written SF, and is refreshing for that reason. It’s one of the reasons why we set up Shoreline of Infinity: it demonstrates that written SF is alive and well despite all the movies, comics, and TV out there.

    I hope there’s some way at least to keep this site viable as an archive – you should be proud of what you’ve achieved here.

  48. John and team, congratulations on an outstanding run that (obviously) goes in the history books of science fiction fandom. Thank you for your work, enthusiasm, support, encouragement, conversations, and for using your signal to boost so many others for so long. I hope that the archives can be available for many years to come.

  49. Really sorry to hear this. I love this site and the variety of posts that get published here. You’ve been my main source of genre news for years. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your team. This site will be missed.

  50. Thanks for the kind words, everyone! It is truly heartwarming.

  51. So sorry to hear – you were a huge asset to the genre community and will definitely be missed.

  52. Saddened by the news, but also want to express my appreciation for the wonderful place SFSignal has been. Thank you!

  53. Adrian Dobrin // May 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm //

    Truly sorry to see the end of Signal. Thank you for all the time I’ve spent here!

  54. Very sorry to hear this, and so grateful to you for all the work you’ve put into this amazing site over the years. I have been honored to contribute in a small way to the sum of this blog, and I wish you both great joy and success in whatever comes next for you.

  55. Thank you for all that you’ve been doing!!! I don’t know how long I’ve been following SF Signal, but I’m hooked! Even with 15 or so years of reading SF/F, I still have felt like a rookie. The Mind Meld in January where various people said what they wanted to read in 2016 has been a guide for my SF/F reading this year! I am selfishly sad, but happy you’ve made a decision to take care of yourself. Happy trails!

  56. You are going out on a high note, leaving us all wanting more. Kudos for all you’ve accomplished. We’ll muddle along.

  57. I’ve enjoyed your website for years. Thank you and enjoy your “retirement.”

  58. I will miss your site. It was one of my first stops every morning. Thank you for all you have done.

    Will any of the features be appearing on other sites?

    Are any of the podcasts continuing?

    • Jim: It is the intention of The Three Hoarsemen to continue. Watch for an announcement on The Twitters. We’re working on it.

  59. Michael Kohne // May 5, 2016 at 4:14 pm //

    Sorry to see it go, it’s been interesting.

    Step 1 is that you should be contacting the Internet Archive (they of the wayback machine among other projects). They’ll want a copy. (Actually, they mostly already HAVE a copy, but there’s no sense in not discussing a final archiving with them).

  60. Ancillary John C. Wright Jenner // May 5, 2016 at 4:28 pm //

    “The speculative fiction community continues to be a strong and vibrant one.”

    I’d have to disagree. Seems to me SF is dying a slow, agonizing death from a number of causes, all fatal.

    • I’m sorry you feel that way.

      I disagree, but if I’m wrong, here’s hoping it outlives me so I can enjoy it for as long as possible.

  61. Dear John, first of all, thank you for everything you did for us.
    Then… I like to think that this story might end with “I’ll be back”. Or with ”maybe I’ll be back”. πŸ™‚
    All the best!

  62. Shoot. Darn. Dang and stuff. Now I’ll never find the name of that book about that kid and his angry father that live on a farm…or someplace like that. I forgot to write it down. Curse you, Red Baron for taking this away from us! Good night and good luck.

  63. Sorry to hear this and thanks for all the great work in the past twelve years.

  64. So sorry to see SF Signal go – your site has been hugely supportive to writers and their careers, particularly those published outside the US. Thanks for all your wonderful work.

    SF Signal has been very good to me, and I will miss it greatly. Good luck to the whole team as you go forward with new projects.

  65. Kathy F // May 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm //

    I will miss you! I’ve met so many fantastic folks through this site, found books that I love, and working with you was wonderful.

  66. SF Signal has been wonderful to me over these last years. I will miss reading the blog and listening to the interviews. Thank you for everything, and looking forward to seeing you at conventions. Wishing you joy in your new projects, whatever they are.

  67. Oh, my. I have loved this site from the beginning. I was desperately looking for an April 1 date on this post. I will be very sorry to see you go.

    Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it at times. And yes, I hope you do find a good place for it to be archived.

  68. Lynn Flewelling // May 5, 2016 at 5:54 pm //

    John, I just wanted to thank you before you go for all the support I’ve had from you over the years through your reviews of my work. So, thank you. You’ve been an amazing support to writers as well as readers.

  69. “Meps!” Seriously, I’ve enjoyed this site—-all the best to you folks and thanks for the good reads!

  70. I’m really very worry to see this, even though I understand and appreciate the reasons. I’ve been following your blog very nearly since the beginning, and it’s become one of my all-time favorite web sites. I’m sad to see it go, and I’m going to miss it — especially the bad movies on Sunday! — but y’all have done a great job and a real service to the field.

  71. “Correction to my last comment: “sorry,” not “worry.” AutoCorrect shrieks again.

  72. Joe H. // May 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm //

    Also very, very sorry to say goodbye.

  73. Thanks again for the kind words, everyone.

  74. Noooooo! Don’t go! *grabs trouser legs and holds on*

    Thanks for the wonderful years. One of my very first “I’m a published author and someone cares!” moments was with SF Signal. I will always <3 what you guys created. This will be missed. Terribly, terribly missed.

    Best of luck in all your endeavors and don't be strangers!

  75. OK, I thought I would be able to reply to everyone individually…but that’s proving to be difficult..so let me give a big Dating Game Kiss to everyone and say THANK YOU! πŸ™‚

  76. This is truly a sad day for fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Best Wishes to you all, and thank you for all that you have done.

  77. William Kingsley // May 5, 2016 at 7:39 pm //

    Oh no!
    Thank you very much for all of your efforts over the years. It’s been educational and entertaining.
    You have done excellent work and performed a great service to fandom and to science fiction in general.
    This is a sad day…
    I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

  78. John, everyone, thank you, nice job, much appreciated.

  79. Cathy greytfriend // May 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm //

    I’m actually distraught. This is the only blog I get in my email every day, I’ve counted on it for years for news and tips and so many resources. I am really going to miss it. But I wish you guys all the nest, truly.

  80. Wiley Saichek // May 5, 2016 at 9:01 pm //

    I am so sorry to hear this news! Thank you so much for all of the support you have given my clients over the years via reviews, giveaways, guest posts, interviews, you name it. It is truly appreciated. You all produced quality work that will be missed. I wish you all the best of luck on your other projects.

    All best,
    Wiley

  81. Time is a language we all speak, and even moreso the lack of it. Thanks for all you did to boost the SF–and SFR–signal. This will surely leave an asteroid crater in my list of go-to sites. (That’s my tragic way of saying “job well done.”) Goodbye, farewell, and thanks for everything.

  82. πŸ™ Without SF Signal, there will be a huge spot on all my Internets. I’m going to miss it, but we can understand your decision. So, thanks for all the good read, thanks for your podcasts and for your effort.

    Why did you put that quote from Blad Runner? It always makes me cry!

  83. Chris McClelland // May 5, 2016 at 9:30 pm //

    I was shocked to read this post. I read this site every day and took it for granted that it would be here every day in the future. Sorry to see it go but thanks for all the hard you’ve done to make it such a fantastic site. Enjoy your well deserved rest.

  84. Thanks for all your work and passion over the years. The site’s been more than a pleasure to read, and it’s always hung out among the top feeds in my RSS reader. (Since Google Reader days!) Best of luck in whatever the future brings.

  85. DavidW // May 5, 2016 at 9:46 pm //

    I first stumbled on this website over a Mind Meld article about space opera. It had alot of great recs and got me back into reading science fiction. The first thing that I bought after reading that article was House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds.

    Over the years I came to check it almost daily for interesting articles and ebook bargains. I think I only posted once or twice, probably being grouchy… but wanted you to know that appearances can be deceiving. I loved this site and will be sad to see it go.

  86. Jeff Smith // May 6, 2016 at 12:03 am //

    I can completely understand but know this you’re going out on the top of your game.

    I hope one day after the kids get older and you’re able to recharge your batteries you find your way back to a spot in the SF Internet community. For now we will leave light on for you in hopes of your return one day on your terms. Excelsior!!!

  87. Graham Vingoe // May 6, 2016 at 2:58 am //

    Wow- didn’t expect that at all. This is one of my favourite sights and helped to rekindle my enthusiasm for Science Fiction in the last couple of years. Really won’t be the same without it but I can fully understand why. best wishes to everyone involved in the site

  88. I’m sorry to hear it, John. I can only guess at the massive amount of time you and others put into this every day and can empathize with the desire to use that time elsewhere. I thank you for the opportunities you have given to me over the years. SF Signal has been a bright light in a community that is often filled with contention and everyone involved should be immensely proud of the daily impact this gathering place had on the genre community. Goodbye to a truly class act, and congrats on the new trails all of you will be blazing.

  89. Well, this news came lke a bolt from the blue.

    It only seems like a few days ago you were calling for new Mind-Meld contributors.

    But, your decide to go is quite understandable. We (http://www.concatenation.org @SF2Concat) are only seasonal (spring, summer and autumn) and have have been thinking of closing for a while now but have been hanging on till our 30th anniversary. Signal is (now ‘was’) daily. A huge feat. Well done.

    Regarding archiving Signal – have you thought about archinving the site with your Congress? https://www.loc.gov/webarchiving/

    Meanwhile, thanks for all the fish.

    Jonathan

  90. You guys will be missed. Sorry to see you go. . . =(

  91. thanks for all the fish?

    well, this was the best fish I ever had.

    I hadn’t been in the blogging game long when SFSignal gave me a chance. Being part of SFSignal made me want to step up my game. Even though we’re all amatuers, I knew I needed to show I deserved to be here. Thanks to SFSignal, my reviews got better, my interviews got my focused and more researched, I learned more about the Convention scene through Convention Attention, sending out Mind Meld invites let me reach out to superhero authors, people I never thought I’d be able to talk to. I blossomed.

    SFSignal helped me become the person I am, and because of SFSignal my attitude towards writing and blogging and interviewing has become “pay it forward”. This isn’t a place I wrote or reviewed or interviewed, this is the place were I became.

    John, JP, you’ve earned the best retirement in the world. I expect the two of you to do a whole lotta nuthin’ for a while! chase your kids, walk your dogs, watch some sportsball, fall asleep on the sofa because you stayed up too late watching tv.

  92. David Keith // May 6, 2016 at 8:29 am //

    WHOA!! Now, that’s a bit of a shock! SF Signal has been such an integral part of my life for years and years I never thought it would go away… I’ve followed this blog every morning since nearly the beginning.
    Thank you so, so, so very, very much!!
    John, you really are my HERO!
    Big LOVE! Three Cheers!
    FOR HE’S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW!
    FOR HE’S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW!
    FOR HE’S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW!

  93. Nicole Kastronis // May 6, 2016 at 8:42 am //

    It was an honor to write for SF Signal. John was the first person to take a chance on me since I graduated from university, and it means the whole world to me. Thank you so much John, and all the very best to you.

  94. Josh R // May 6, 2016 at 9:06 am //

    πŸ™

    Sorry to see you go. Thanks for running the blog as long as you did.

  95. Joerg Grau // May 6, 2016 at 9:10 am //

    Noooooo!!!

    While I understand, I will thoroughly miss the site!

  96. Helmut Stransky // May 6, 2016 at 9:33 am //

    dear john,

    i do not think closing the site is the best solution, why not find someone who is able to continue? i do not know your numbers but i consider your site high-quality, and in the right hands there is some money to be earned for sure.

    you delivered great content and built a nice community,i am quite sad to lose probably the best and most informative sciencefiction site on the net.

    hope you change your mind, if not i still thank you for all.

    greetings
    helmut

  97. gryllus // May 6, 2016 at 10:06 am //

    What a huge loss. Thanks, John, for all the work!

  98. John,

    I’ve been enjoying SF Signal for about six years now, and am sad to see it go. My favorite SF Signal moment was meeting you and some of the regulars in 2012 at the SFS meetup during Chicon7.

    Thanks again for all your hard work, and good luck in all your future projects!

    Lonnie

  99. Gary Flood // May 6, 2016 at 11:18 am //

    Nooooo!!!!

    I love this site. What a terrible shame :(((

  100. Ty Myrick // May 6, 2016 at 11:33 am //

    So sorry to hear this, but all the best on your future endeavors. And thank you for the wonderful times you have given us all.

  101. The site will be missed, but of course, it’s completely understandable since it had to take a HUGE amount of time to do everything that you all did here. Thanks for all of the work on the site over so many years and best of luck!

  102. Danny Sichel // May 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm //

    ‘s a shame, but I understand that life is calling.

    That said, I strongly recommend that you (at the very least) get the site archived by the Library of Congress. Seriously, they love this sort of thing. I’m sure the Archive Team would be eager to back you up also.

  103. Best wishes, and I definitely enjoyed it while it lasted.

  104. this is horrible!

  105. You guys gave so much to the community and it’s incredibly sad to see you go. The news came as a huge shock, I will miss this site a lot, especially Mind Meld and Indie Author Spotlight.

  106. Best wishes. Your web presence will be missed.

  107. James K // May 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm //

    Oh No! Say it ain’t so.

    I’m sad to read about this turn of events but, I understand.
    I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

  108. seriously, can we do a kickstarter to stop this shutdown or something? anything, I really need this website, I use it a ton!!!

    • I mean really really, I need my daily link post, the book cover posts, this site is hugely useful!
      hell I don’t do anything all day, I would be willing to help out or something, let us know!!!

  109. Trent "tditaaaay" Ditto // May 6, 2016 at 5:34 pm //

    John / JP, I didn’t know?!?!? You guys would tell me though. “You would have known if you would just come in to work.” πŸ˜› Well I will be back in the office on Monday. (So there!) Seriously though you two. This is tough news. You guys were kind enough to let me write for the blog and do a little art for it every now and then. I took it seriously because I know how much you guys put in to it. Accolades came! We were all very proud of you both then and now. I’m sad that the end is here! I will miss seeing “Thanks Trent / TDitty” posts for whatever stupid video I shared with you recently.

    John, I’ll look forward to my next WI-FI tech support phone call from you soon. I’m pinning the hours already.

    JP, I’ll blow you up later online, in game. Tonight even. πŸ˜›

    Goodnight SFSignal.

  110. Mervius // May 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm //

    Good luck, you guys! I’ll miss SF Signal. πŸ™

    • Wow! There’s a name from long ago!

      Hope all is well, Mervius. Thanks for sticking around and thanks for the warm well-wishes. .

  111. Trent "tditaaaay" Ditto // May 6, 2016 at 11:24 pm //
    • Trent "tditaaaay" Ditto // May 6, 2016 at 11:26 pm //

      I tried to post a pic to commemorate things. It didn’t let me. πŸ™

  112. Well, that just sucks.

    You were on my daily rotation, I loved coming to this site daily. I understand why you are moving on, but, still sucks. πŸ™‚

  113. Interesting you use a Blade Runner clip to close this out. It’s a movie your revile…for reasons I’ll never understand. I lost a lot of respect after reading your Blade Runner review. Anyway, good luck I guess.

  114. Very sad news. You’ll be missed, SF Signal.

    Best wishes.

  115. Rodney S. // May 7, 2016 at 8:10 pm //

    Truly terrible news. This leaves a gaping hole in the online SF/Fantasy world. There truly hasn’t been another site that comes close to the breadth and depth of what you have provided here.

    I do understand your desire to do other things with your time, though. I really appreciate your efforts over the last few years.

  116. Days later, I stumble onto the terrible news, proving I was not as regular a visitor as some of the above, But I loved you no less! You took me seriously as a professional even though nobody had ever heard of me. You provided me a channel for my ravings, when nobody I knew would listen to me.. I bragged to people I knew you. I will miss you so sorely.

  117. Richard Grant // May 8, 2016 at 8:14 am //

    Your ending SF Signal is both understandable and regrettable. Thank you for years of service.

    It would be greatly appreciated if you would provide all of us with your online sources for information on bargain ebook reads.

  118. Nooooo! πŸ™ Very sad news, indeed. You are (were, sigh) my favorite SF/Fantasy web site. I’ll miss you too much. Thanks for all the great works. Best wishes from Turkiye.

  119. Merci beaucoup pour tout le travail fournit. On vous suivait tous les jours depuis la France πŸ™‚
    Good luck for the future John πŸ™‚
    Best wishes

  120. Thanks for all your work! I’ve been reading your posts almost every day! T-H-A-N-K-S from Italy for all the shoutouts and for having invited me to several Mind Meld! Best of luck,

    Maurizio Manzieri, Illustrator

  121. Still can’t believe it, but understand. Just wanted to add my heartfelt thanks for all the posts. Best wishes to you and all of your contributors!

  122. Ha ha. Very funny. You got us.

    Now everybody get back to work.

  123. Bravo pour tout le travail. On vous suivait beaucoup depuis la France.
    Best wishes !

  124. I’m very sad to see you go but most grateful for all of the years and work you’ve devoted to this invaluable resource. You will be missed! Best wishes to you and all of your contributors!

  125. Sad to see it go. Does anyone know of a place that does a similar listing of “new books out this month?” πŸ™

  126. Well this is just not what any of us geeks ever wanted to hear. But the visored-helmet is tipped to you for such an amazing run and for doing all that you did for any of us who luv us some genre. Thanks and enjoy your well-earned time off. And then come back and do this all over again, OK? OK.

  127. James K // May 10, 2016 at 4:23 pm //

    “Sad to see it go. Does anyone know of a place that does a similar listing of β€œnew books out this month?” ”

    Look here: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/top50year.cgi
    or
    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/fc.cgi

  128. James K // May 10, 2016 at 4:25 pm //

    Seriously, get back to work.
    I’m having SF Signal withdrawal.

  129. Alverant // May 10, 2016 at 7:54 pm //

    Thanks for everything. I’ve loved your podcast since I discovered it. Life gets in the way sometime. But you know, Slice of Sci-fi had to go on hiatus for about a year. I won’t say it’s back better than ever, but it’s been going strong every week for some time. Maybe you’ll come back in some form or another. It won’t be becoming a shadow of your former self, but a chance to reinvent or (dare I say) reboot down the road may be good for the community. Just sayin.

  130. Extremely sad new to hear, but thanks for all the work you put in to this! This is a site that I looked forward to reading every single day, and knowing that everything is going to archived for the future is great news πŸ™‚

    Thanks again for SFSignal!

  131. From Dominican Republic thanks for all these years making me feel the magic and fantastical experience of being part of a kingdom like anyone in this reality, in this universe… in this third dimension: tha FANDOM… Good life.

  132. I’m sorry to see you guys go, though I completely understand the reasons.

    A bit draw to the site was the monthly cover gallery. I got into a lot of books I might otherwise have missed because I saw it here. Would you be willing to share details about how that information was collected? You mention that information came from Locus and Amazon so I’m assuming it was a fair amount of data entry, but I’m curious to know if I can easily recreate those lists for myself in the future.

    Thanks again for all your hard work.

    • Hi Tom. Yeah, those posts were a big draw every month.

      Here’s how I did it: Essentially, I would troll Amazon, Locus and isfdb.org for new release info, collect the hundreds (500-700) ASIN numbers for those books, then input them into a homegrown computer program to generate the HTML. Then I would go through that list of 500-700 titles and yank out the self-pubs, dupes and foreign language editions. Then I would regenerate and repeat until I ended up with a more concise list (200 – 300 books). It was a very tedious process that took hours for each post.

      • Wow! We all sort of knew you must be working hard to produce the Signal. But I don’t think any of us guessed (I certainly didn’t) how VERY hard you worked on any one individual post. No wonder you want to retire! So thanks again (more sincerely because better informed) for all your hard work

  133. Personally I think SF signal is (on no… was) the best site for SF books on the net. I based a lot of buys for the library I work for and for myself on recommendations I found here. SF Signal will be missed sourly… Good luck with your other projects for all of you!

  134. I am missing for a few weeks and you close! I’m so sad to hear this.

    I love SF Signal and it’s going to be a big loss to the SF community. We’ve all benefited so much from the website – I hope that you are all rewarded with good and happy futures containing much awesome SF.

  135. Man, what a bummer!!!
    One feature I absolutely loved and looked for every day was the [SF/F/H Link Post] posts. Those were such a treasure trove of wonderful information. I do not know of anywhere else on the internet to get something like that πŸ™

  136. Kenneth // May 24, 2016 at 12:31 pm //

    Sorry to see you go, one of my favorites sites on the web.

  137. You’ve done an amazing job here. Congratulations.
    Going out with a goodbye is such a great way to go. (Wish I’d done that!)
    Now enjoy your spare time.

  138. Thanks, Everyone!

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