Wednesday, October 28, 2009

R.I.P., Made in Canada

The Aurora Award-winning webiste MADE IN CANADA -- Don Bassie's elaborate and detailed repository of information about Canadian science fiction and fantasy -- is no more. It had been hosted on Yahoo's Geocities service, and, in a spectacular act of online genocide, Yahoo wiped out all free Geocities sites on 26 October 2009.

Don's site had been an enormous asset to us all, and it's terrible that it's gone. For the record, the URL for it was

Don had stopped updating the site -- which won Auroras in 2000, 2003, and 2004 -- some time ago, but it was still an enormously valuable historical resource.

Thank God for the Internet Archives. The most recent version from there, dated August 2004, can be accessed here. Sadly, it only contains bits and pieces of the now-gone full site, though.
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At October 28, 2009 5:42 PM , Blogger Sullo said...

The man behind had recently been on a tear trying to archive all of Geocities, and some volunteers were (automatically) downloading and archiving sites. Hopefully if/when they make it online they'll be more complete than what has.

At October 29, 2009 5:56 PM , Blogger Kirstin said...

That is remarkably sad.

As is the closing is all of Geocities. This is the first time in over ten years that I have not had a website.

I've lost a lot of trust in Yahoo! over this.

At October 31, 2009 9:24 PM , Blogger Dwight Williams said...

Hoping for the best of luck for the would-be rescuers here!


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