Dave's somewhat complete SF/F Writers' Online Resources. [online resource] Available at: http://rinkworks.com/write/
Reference type: Internet Resource
Authority: The "Dave" of the title is actually webmaster David J. Parker. He has no apparent credentials except that he is a science fiction writer, so he does understand his audience. One thing that does bespeak well of the site is that it's hosted by Rinkworks which is a site much talked about as having comprehensive information in many areas. Most of their pages are compilations of some sort, even if it's just a compilation of jokes.
Audience Relation: This site is designed by and for science fiction writers.
Scope: The introduction to this web site addresses the vastness of the web and how difficult it can be to find information sometimes. Because Dave accepts suggestions for content, and because he updates regularly, this site really does provide current and accurate links to online resources without a lot of "noise" in the "signal". The copyright listed is 1998, but it is not known if this is in reference to the page's creation or last update.
Content Evaluation: This page is very easy to navigate and has minimal graphics which would inhibit fast downloads. The entries are well categorized and the categories sharply divided so that it is easy to scroll down through the list and find the exact resources one needs. It is not a very deep page, most of the information being on the first page, but since it is intended to be sort of an online ready reference shelf, this is an elegant design for its purpose.
The online resources listed are all high-quality sites with much authority in the areas they represent. It is easy to see this page's origin as Dave's bookmark file since the entries are all what might be expected in a science fiction writer's bookmark file. They are all well organized and briefly annotated by Dave.
In addition to online resources, Dave also lists some excellent books that are writing references (Note: some of these are the same titles as reviewed elsewhere on this site) He enhances these listings by linking them to listings at Amazon.com where they can be immediately purchased.
These resources are a great "core collection" for science fiction writers and address many of the basic needs, such as craft and publishing, general reference, and recommended reading. This is one of the best online sources on the subject.