Cinescape Online. [online resource] Available
Reference type: Internet Resource
Authority: Cinescape is the title of a well-known magazine addressing the entertainment industry with a focus on the science fiction genre. This website is the online presence of this publication.
Audience Relation: This site is useful to science fiction writers because some of them might be in a position to have their work made into a movie someday. This site would help them to follow the progress of their project as it is perceived by the media and general public. Also, keeping an eye on the entertainment industry is a good way to stay familiar with current cultural trends. This is useful for adding "flavor" to one's writing as well as providing set dressing for alternate timelines, etc. Also, it helps to provide the reader with the kind of detail that places one firmly in the setting and gives the writing a "real" feeling.
Scope: This site addresses the same information as its paper version, the entertainment industry. Included are rumors and news about current and forthcoming projects, as well as reviews of movies, television programs, computer software, and books.
Content Evaluation: This site is not for the faint of eyes. The front page itself is very small with only the left-frame index, that is sustained throughout the site, but the "home" page on the inside is cluttered with text (some of it blinking) and pictures in four columns. There is some attempt at organization with headers over some areas, but overall, it just looks overwhelming.
The pages of reviews are somewhat better. The most current review is placed in its entirety in the center column. Off to the right is a pull down menu of past reviews. Thus the heart of the content is in readable form.
The entries at this sight are very "chatty" and opinionated. When one is trying to get a feel for how a project is received, this can be a good gauge. One of the worst features of each entry is that it's sometimes difficult to find a date for the writing unless it is one of the articles from the front page where the dates are still listed. However, one of the best features of the articles is that if it includes rumors, they are never passed off as truth.
All in all, this resource does not provide as much or as detailed information as the Internet Movie Database (reviewed elsewhere on this site). However, it does a far better job at giving an overall picture of sci-fi entertainment trends and is useful for that reason.