Best of Ellen Online

In attempting to compile the Best of Ellen Online: 1995 – 2005, I was struck by how difficult it is to find solid information on the fiction published by Omni between 1995 and 1998. While Omni debuted online with the Chrysler Neon series of six novellas, I could only find information on maybe a dozen stories published over the three year period. This is almost certainly only a third of what was actually published. This compares with the 23 stories published by Event Horizon, and the 225 stories published by SciFiction.

Winnowing these 260 stories down to a ‘best’ list was nearly impossible, especially given Ellen’s taste for some of my favorite writers like Waldrop and Blaylock, who she published repeatedly. Still, here goes:

1. Greetings, Terry Bisson
2. Thirteen Phantasms, James P. Blaylock
3. The War of the Worlds, James P. Blaylock
4. The Pottawatomie Giant, Andy Duncan
5. The Empire of Ice Cream, Jeffrey Ford
6. Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol, Elizabeth Hand
7. At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson
8. It’s All True, John Kessel
9. The Specialist’s Hat, Kelly Link
10. New Light on the Drake Equation, Ian R. MacLeod
11. Andy Warhol’s Dracula, Kim Newman
12. Get a Grip, Paul Park
13. The Dragons of Summer Gulch, Robert Reed
14. The Voluntary State, Christopher Rowe
15. Jailwise, Lucius Shepard
16. Looking for Kelly Dahl, Dan Simmons
17. Mr Goober’s Show, Howard Waldrop
18. The Tang Dynasty Underwater Pyramid, Walter Jon Williams

There were many, many other fine stories, but I think this handful make a persuasive case for the influence Ellen’s had online over the past decade. I can only hope we’ll see more of her editorial tastes on or off line soon.

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