What They're Saying About SciFaiku...
Yahoo Internet Life (June 1998):
"What combines the serenity and economy of Japanese minimalist poetry
with the asteroids and spaceships of science fiction?
SciFaiku, of course!
But before you start deploying the 5-7-5 haiku syllable pattern into the outer
reaches, we suggest you read this reference first, which provides
a primer on the finer points of writing haiku, such as Immediacy, Minimalism,
and Human Insight."
maître du Haïku:
"Oui papa! Le haïku appliqué à la science-fiction.
Et avec sérieux!
...Si jamais vous avez rêvé de rencontrer Dax ou Ryker (au choix)
dans un environnement poétique (en fait très
Asimov, Van Vogt, Weird Tales), voilà votre chance. Klingons s'abstenir."
Yahoo Internet Life (July 8-15, 1997):
The SciFaiku Manifesto was a
Internet Life "must-see" site
for the week of July 8-15, 1997.
Site of the Week (May 26, 1997)
"Most science fiction poetry is atrocious and seems only to serve as filler
material to break up odd-sized spaces between stories in the magazines and
fanzines. As a result, it's never been taken very seriously by the rockets
and robots crowd. That might change if they tried some SciFaiku, a fusion
of science fiction and the traditional Japanese poetry form, haiku."
Wired Magazine (March 97):
"Since the sparse Japanese poetry form haiku hit the American consciousness
in the late 19th century like so many detonated cherry blossoms, Westerners
have infused the petite 17-syllable frame with everything from Hollywood
mojo to beatific acid trips to corporate melancholy. But hold on to your
Mount Fuji. A new season in three-line verse has hit the Web....
Check out the elegant, techie, and tripped-out text known as The
SciFaiku Manifesto and peek at some possible scenarios."
Science Fiction Age (March 97):
"At first glance, it seems like the kind of silly word-game that science-fiction
is full of...but some of the pieces are quite beautiful and evocative."
Hirose Review is a good review of several SF sites:
"Perhaps SciFaiku is a major historical event in
the creation of a new form of writing-and
it happened in cyberspace, not on paper!"
"The Web" (a UK magazine):
"This bastardised version of the Haiku...
Some of them are actually very good, and despite my cynicism, there isn't a
single Star Trek reference." [well, okay, maybe there are a few...]
Matter: SF Links
from Microsoft Network:
"We can't decide whether the idea of science-fiction haiku is absurd or
inspired, but maybe that just reveals our own prejudices. The best of
these little nuggets do indeed evoke the unexplored worlds of good
speculative fiction. At worst they provide something to contemplate while
awaiting the next episode of Babylon 5."
Sunny Gleason's links:
"What would you do while traveling to
distant galaxies and faraway worlds? If you answered "I'd write
haiku" then you would probably find this site quite interesting..."
NetGuide Issue 301, January 1, 1996, gave me 3 stars and
says in it's CyberGuide (Science Scope):
"...some really good haiku poetry. Enjoy minimalist insights..."
Link Madness gives SciFaiku a nice review:
"This page is based on a fascinating literary form. Faiku 'til you can't faiku anymore here."
Excite International Poetry Index has even
more to say:
"SciFaiku is where Jack Kerouac meets Jim Kirk -- sci-fi haikus for when "on the road" becomes a line through
space. "Digging up an ancient city, finding the print, of a tennis shoe." Things like that."
Net across the
World Nov. 13, 1995:
"Thanks to the
Internet, haiku appears to be a global phenomenon, and has spread
to other languages like English and Portuguese too. Useful sites
include the Shiki Internet Haiku Salon maintained at Matsuyama
Brazilian Haiku Page,
and even the science-fiction oriented SciFaiku.
(Sydney Morning Herald; November 7, 1995)"
Sydney Morning Herald actually seems to have said (Nov. 7, 1995):
"...It was obviously in this spirit that some Net jockey arrived at the (inevitable really) idea of SciFaiku..."
Geek Site of the Day
Nov. 1, 1995:
"It frightens me that I may never find anything more appropriate than this."
Review by Point
"The only real rules seem to be that each poem be short and that it invoke
some 'science' word to capture the tone"
Arts and Entertainment Links:
"Esoteric, yet strangely... strange."