Kathy, this is a superior idea!! I love it.
I'll get things started with what I think is one of the best advice-from-a-writer-to-writers sites. It's Holly Lisle's website (she's a fantasy novelist) and it has a wealth of excellent articles she's written about how to write, submit, etc. To me, I find it an excellent resource.
Here's two I've been bouncing around: Ellen Datlow is the editor of Sci-Fiction, the magazine and e-zine for the Sci-Fi channel. This is her personal website, and there's a bunch of pictures of her cats and stuff, but also a bunch of pictures of her mingling with famous authors. She also has a message board where she answers questions. Also, she tends to hang out at the Sci-Fiction forum, which I think is interesting. Her website is: http://www.datlow.com Another is Elizabeth Bear's personal site. This one is interesting, both from a literary standpoint, and also just from an oddly curious standpoint. Visit it, and you'll see what I mean. She has a running journal she keeps online. A bit odd, but kinda neat. Her website is www.elizabethbear.com.
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Just ran over this, and after browsing it for a few hours, am convinced this is one of the best sites for sci-fi writers on the web. This guy has a TON of links to other sites, ranging from nanotech to terraforming Las Vegas. The website is: www.orbit6.com. Really cool spot.
Interested in other writer's sites with critiques and links? See www.writerbuddy.com and www.critiquecircle.com. Since my interests are not exclusively sci-fi and fantasy, it's nice to get involved elsewhere too.
here's a writer's community which is actually pretty old, but appears to be about ready to go through a new growth spurt... who know's what it might develop into...
they have an IRC channel, which I already frequent, a web forum which seems to not have much activity yet (it was just added not too long ago) and an internet radio stream for writers... i personally have never listened to the radio stream, so i can't tell you what that's like...
It's a great resource for anyone doing historical or fantasy stories that are set in a medieval style world. Using real-life statistics, the website gives you a great idea on what population per square mile would (and should) be, what sorts of occupations would be likely, and a ton of other useful demographics for creating a "real" feel for your world. There is also a "calculator" to help you come up with the demographics that fit your own data.
The most exhaustive site for spec. fic. markets I have seen. There's a list of average response times, several categories of markets, from adult to humor, from semi-pro and paying markets to nonpaying ones, "4TheLove", as well as contests. Also a large list of links for writers.
I found this site off of Writer's Digest's top 100 sites, and upon seeing it, said "Eureka!" more times than perhaps was necessary. It will take me a long time to exhaust its resources.
(Edited to fix a typo that could too easily be misconstrued as bad grammar.)
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I have two sites I really like, the first is a great place to look up meanings of any name, or just to research names for characters: http://www.behindthename.com/ They even have a random name generator, though I haven't used that feature.
This is an awesome thread! I've gotta write all this stuff down. Mike, that Great Britain one looks like just what I'm looking for, so thanks! I wish I had something cool to contribute, I'm just scratching the surface still.
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http://www.saradouglass.com/epic.html - speech notes by Sara Douglass on the subject of fantasy in general and its role in a world dominated by science. Plus some thoughts on world building, writing series, and dealing with numerous characters. Much more old school than Mieville.