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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."

Le 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 Yahoo Internet Life "must-see" site for the week of July 8-15, 1997.

Astonishing Sci-Fi 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."

Stacey 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."

Web-ku -- 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..."

Grolier Interactive's 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 University, Haiku Universe, Brazilian Haiku Page, and even the science-fiction oriented SciFaiku.
(Sydney Morning Herald; November 7, 1995)"

The 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 Communications:
"The only real rules seem to be that each poem be short and that it invoke some 'science' word to capture the tone"

EZY LYNK Arts and Entertainment Links:
"Esoteric, yet strangely... strange."

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