Peer review for science fiction

I’ve been a bit distracted tonight by Revish and a group I started there for crime/detective fiction readers: please feel free to stop by. But, I must share a strange, even weird, concept I discovered today — a peer reviewed science fiction journal. Can you imagine it? I can’t. But it exists.

Science Fiction Studies is published three times a year (March, July, November) by SF-TH Inc. at DePauw University. The Science Fiction Studies Website publishes abstracts of all articles, as well as the full texts of all reviews, historical documents, and selected essays appearing in the journal since its founding in 1973 by R.D. Mullen. We normally maintain a one-year blackout before texts published in the journal appear on the website.

Well, beam me up, Scotty. Here is a list of their current articles, published and in review. Can somebody tell me how you peer-review a science fiction article? It escapes me how it could be possible to peer-review anything fictional. But could these science fiction types be thinking that they are somehow "more" than entertainment? Maybe it is peer-review for feasibility, though I doubt that is what they mean. And has anyone heard of "De Pauw University"? 

Pandora and internet radio

Over at Pandora, the music genome project’s ™ backstage blog, we are asked to sign a petition to stop the introduction of internet radio royalty rates. This isn’t an issue I have been following or know about, but if you want to know more, particularly if you are an internet radio listener, please check out the Pandora link. The petition is at this campaign website, SaveNetRadio.org.

(via Antisoshal)