The Science Fact & Fiction Concatenation

SF2 Concatenation is an annual review zine distributed annually from 1987 to 1997 at the British Eastercon by Jonathan Cowie, Graham Connor and Tony Chester. Subsequently it became a text-only archive website. In the early 2000s it added new content and developed into a seasonal news and reviews e-zine (http://www.concatenation.org) by webmaster Matt Freestone. Alan Boakes replaced Matt Freestone as webmaster in the early 2000s: Jonathan Cowie remained as news and reviews editor continuing with the support of Graham Connor and others. Tony Chester left the editorial team in 2009. The full team (http://www.concatenation.org/stuff/biog.html) consists largely of scientists and engineers who have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, science fiction.

In addition to producing the zine, throughout its history (http://www.concatenation.org/stuff/history.html), the SF2 Concatenation team has engaged in a number of projects. Following the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1990, several cultural exchange projects were conducted with eastern Europeans including visits both ways: east to west and west to eastern Europe. In 2005 Jonathan Cowie and Tony Chester conducted a formulaic analysis of the genre listing popular vote (as opposed to juried) award winning works using a crafted algorithm . This was published as Essential Science Fiction: A Concise Guide (http://www.concatenation.org/essentialsf.html).

SF2 Concatenation has won a number of awards (http://www.concatenation.org/stuff/eurocon_award_2012.html) including European SF Awards in: 1994 (Best Fanzine); 1997 (Best Promoter European SF); 2004 (Honorary); and 2012 (Best website). In 2006 ESFS gave Essential Science Fiction: A Concise Guide a commendation. No other person, group or publication has won as many or in as wide a range of categories of European SF Awards as has SF2 Concatenation.


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