Sci-Fi Heaven.net news.

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Sixteenth Birthday

Sci-Fi Heaven celebrates its 16th Birthday this month.

The site first went online in 1997, before moving to its current domain thirteen years ago in 2000.

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To celebrate, we have a few nice updates coming before the end of the year.

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15 Years of Sci-Fi Heaven

It was in September 1997 that the first incarnation of Sci-Fi Heaven stumbled onto the internet.  Containing a list of Starfleet ships, a guestbook and some forums, the site grew and grew.

There have been ups and downs, but we’re still fighting strong and better than ever!  And so, 2013 is the fifteenth anniversary of Sci-Fi Heaven.

As Russell Watson crooned, it’s been a long road, but we’re planning some special celebrations for September…

P.S. Yes, we are older than Google…

P.P.S. Here’s the earliest decent archive image of Sci-Fi Heaven, taken in early 2001.

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Forums Launched

We haven’t had a forum system for about seven or eight years, but we’ve decided that the time is right to add the capability again.  Quite a few people over the last few months have asked why we don’t have one, and whilst they’re becoming less common, it seems that there is still some demand.

You can find our system by clicking the Discuss button on the main menu above.

If you want to use them, you need to have an account, so simply head to the sidebar and find the Register button.  If you already have an account, just log-in as normal.

Happy foruming!

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1,000th Post

A little milestone for the site today, as we hit 1,000 posts.

A big thank you to all our contributors and readers over the last seven years on this system.

Here’s to the next thousand posts!

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Stats: August 2012

A big thank you to all our readers for keeping our revival on track!

August saw some big boosts in traffic, thanks in part to our Best Sci-Fi Show poll.

Despite a mid-month hiccup as we moved servers, we enjoyed a 200% increase in traffic over July, and 30,000 of you enjoyed reading and interacting with our content.

We enjoyed just shy of 50,000 visits for the month, and over 200,000 pages accessed, with over 1.7 million hits worldwide.

Thank you for visiting!  Keep it up!

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New Comment System

Hello, world.

We’ve upgraded our comment system to Disqus, in order to allow you to connect easily with your social network accounts, as well as the accounts you use on other blogs.

It should make it easier for everyone to comment, and get involved in discussions.  Feel free to test it below!

All old comments should be back in place within the next 24 hours, so don’t worry – they’re not gone!

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What next for Sci-Fi Heaven?

In planning the development of Sci-Fi Heaven, we thought it would be a good idea to ask the most important people: the users!

If you’re reading this, you’ve wound up at Sci-Fi Heaven, by accident or by design.  If you’re a frequent visitor – great!  If not, what would bring you back?

The best sites grow with their users demands (take note, Facebook!), and so we’ve asked you in our poll.  Please feel free to elaborate in further detail in comments.

You can pick up to three answers.

What would you like to see more of on Sci-Fi Heaven?

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Please let us know, and help us grow!

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We’re Looking For New Writers

Fancy yourself a bit of a Sci-Fi Guru?  Do you spend your life on Reddit, finding new and intriguing bits of sci-fi news and gossip?

Maybe you just like science?  Perhaps you’re just a dab hand at gadgets and gizmos.

Whatever your poison, we’re interested.  We’re looking to expand and take on some new freelance writers.  The position is – at present – unpaid, although if enough content gets put online, and our revenue increases by enough, then this may well be revised.

Most importantly, you’d be joining a small, quirky and very pleasant team who love to chat and discuss sci-fi.  If you’ve got a spare few hours in the day that you want to fill, it’s ideal.  It also doesn’t look too bad on the CV (not a joke!)

If you’re interested, drop us an e-mail at staff@scifiheaven.net to discuss further.

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Server Upgrade Complete

Thank you for your patience over the last 48 hours.

We are now back up and running, with some higher quality hardware behind the website.  This should prevent future slowdowns during periods of exceptionally large traffic.

The transition wasn’t as smooth as we might have liked, but it’s all done now.