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  • 18,000 images!

    June 14, 2017

    Less than four months after our slightly bemused announcement  that the SF Encyclopedia  Picture Gallery had more than 17,000 cover images, the total has now passed

  • 17,000+

    February 24, 2017

    Achievement unlocked this month: the SF Encyclopedia now has more than 17,000 entries (most of the recent additions being new author articles by John 5,271,009

    December 14, 2016

    We really meant to have a special celebration when the SF Encyclopedia word count reached the semi-magic figure of

  • Five Years On

    September 03, 2016

    The SF Encyclopedia and SF Gateway are both about to celebrate their fifth anniversary. According to the relentlessly updat

  • Awards Season

    August 25, 2016

    Many sf awards were presented at this year's Worldcon (MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, 17-21 August), and a few

  • SFE in the News

    May 24, 2016

    Good to see that the Guardian story about John

  • Fifteen Thousand Images

    March 09, 2016

    The SF Encyclopedia Picture Gallery has been growing steadily since its launch in May 2013, with most of the cover images coming from John

  • Five Million Words

    November 19, 2015

    Last night's site update finally took the SF Encyclopedia past five million words. As you know, Professor, the first edition of 1979 ran to some 730,000 words and t

  • ID4 Downtime 4-5 July

    July 02, 2015

    To mark Independence Day in the USA, a gigantic alien battleship now hovering above the SF Encyclopedia will reduce

  • Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)

    March 16, 2015

    Sir Terry Pratchett, famed and widely loved creator of the Discworld saga and much else, die

  • The Days of March (again)

    March 12, 2015

    We used this headline just a year ago, but recycling is supposed to be a good thing.... As usual, the SF Encyclopedia editors have been cease

  • Scheduled Downtime: 25 October

    October 20, 2014

    The main SF Encyclopedia and SF Gateway sites are scheduled for downtime on

  • October Country

    October 06, 2014

    We seem to have been too busy since the London Worldcon to issue one of these progress reports, but SF Encyclopedia progress continued steadily. H

  • August Landmarks

    August 03, 2014

    We'd been hoping for some while to push the SF Encyclopedia text past 4,500,000 words in time for Loncon 3, the

  • Frank M Robinson (1926-2014)

    July 03, 2014

    Frank M Robinson died on 30 June at the age of  87. His long publishing career began in the 1940s and included such

  • Daniel Keyes (1927-2014)

    June 18, 2014

    Daniel Keyes, author of the powerful and unforgettable sf tragedy Flowers for Algernon (April 1959

  • Giger and Woodroffe

    May 13, 2014

    We regret to report the deaths this month of two noted genre artists: H R Giger on 12 May 2014 and Patrick Woodroffe<

  • 2014 Clarke Award

    May 01, 2014

    The 2014 Arthur C Clarke Award went to Ann Leckie for her much-praised debut novel Ancillary Justice

  • BSFA Awards and Hugo Shortlist

    April 21, 2014

    Announced over the Easter weekend: the British SF Association Award winners, the 2014

  • 2014 Philip K Dick Award

    April 19, 2014

    The latest Philip K Dick Award, for the best genre paperback original published in the USA during 2013, went to Ben H See London, New York, Balloons, Authors ...

    March 29, 2014

    With the 2014 London Worldcon getting closer, we thought it would be fun to put together a slideshow of London co

  • Lucius Shepard (1943-2014)

    March 20, 2014

    Lucius Shepard, one of the sf world's most remarkable yet academically neglected storytel

  • The Days of March

    March 02, 2014

    As usual, the SF Encyclopedia editors have been toiling away behind the scenes. In mid-February the total text size crept beyond 4.3 million w

  • Downtime Alert: 23 January

    January 21, 2014

    The main SF Encyclopedia and SF Gateway sites are scheduled for roughly

  • Colin Wilson (1931-2013)

    December 07, 2013

    Colin Wilson, initially famous for his philosophical exploration of literary and real-w

  • Doris Lessing (1919-2013)

    November 17, 2013

    Doris Lessing, the distinguished literary author who besides many other honours in her lo

  • November Note

    November 07, 2013

    On 4 November 2013, the ever-increasing tally of images added to the <

  • William Harrison (1933-2013)

    October 31, 2013

    William Harrison, the US author and screenwriter known to sf readers for his 1973 story "Roller Ball Murder" -- which

  • Downtime Alert: 8 October

    September 30, 2013

    The main SF Encyclopedia and SF Gateway sites are scheduled for up to s

  • Frederik Pohl (1919-2013)

    September 03, 2013

    Another of the long-time sf greats has left us: Frederik Pohl died on 2 September at the age of 93. His granddaughter Emily P

  • August Progress Report

    August 13, 2013

    As of Monday 12 August the SF Encyclopedia has 14,000 entries. Not a round enough number to seem magical, but cheering all the same.

    In recent weeks

  • Progress Report and SFE Team Activity

    August 02, 2013

    A couple more small landmarks. On 1 August, after a fairly hefty SF Encyclopedia site update, John Clute's personal total of entries

  • Richard Matheson (1926-2013)

    June 25, 2013

    Another of the genre's grand old men has gone. Richard Matheson died in Los Angeles on 23 June. As our entry says, he was a master of artfully

  • Iain Banks (1954-2013)

    June 09, 2013

    Iain Banks died on 9 June 2013, all too soon after his terminal cancer diagnosis earlier in the year. He was only 59. Many long obituaries and appr

  • Downtime Warning

    May 23, 2013

    It's that time of year again. The main SF Encyclopedia site (the one you're looking at now) will be unavailable from early morning on Saturday 25 May

  • SFE Picture Gallery launch

    May 15, 2013

    The SF Encyclopedia editors have long wanted to add a little tasty eye candy to this website's massive textual presentation. Now at last we have a new page for this purpose,

  • Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013)

    May 08, 2013

    Ray Harryhausen, one of the pioneering greats of sf/fantasy film effects -- he was particularly famed for his work in stop-motion animation -- died in Lond

  • Easter Bulletin

    March 29, 2013

    EightSquaredCon, the 64th British Eastercon, is currently taking place in Bradford, Yorkshire. SF Encylopedia editors

  • Richard E Geis (1927-2013)

    March 04, 2013

    Richard E Geis, novelist and publisher of the fanzine Psychotic and the semiprozine The Four Million Words

    January 21, 2013

    As subtly hinted in the headline, the SF Encyclopedia site update of 21 January 2013 took us comfortably past 4,000,000 words of text. It's tempting to produce a ta

  • Gerry Anderson (1929-2012)

    December 26, 2012

    Gerry Anderson, creator of the much-loved Thunderbirds and other popular children's sf television serie

  • Boris Strugatski (1933-2012)

    November 20, 2012

    The Strugatski or Strugatsky brothers, Arkady and Boris in collaboration, were Russia's best-known and most-translated sf authors. Bot

  • Another milestone

    November 08, 2012

    Today, 8 November 2012, the SF Encyclopedia reached and passed the 3.8 million word mark. The 3,800,000th word was written by Contributing Editor Gary Westfahl, who

  • Alan Hunter (1923-2012)

    November 03, 2012

    Alan Hunter, who died on 1 August 2012 after a long illness, was not only a fine artist but a generous man who drew covers and interiors for very ma

  • Those awards

    September 27, 2012

    Now we have photographs of them all, we've added a discreet page for the Encyclopedia's 2012 awards. Normal modesty wil

  • 2012 Hugos

    September 03, 2012

    The SF Encyclopedia team is enormously thrilled to have been voted the Hugo Award for Best Related work at the 2012 ceremony during the Chicago Worldcon on 2 September. Gra

  • The 2014 London Worldcon

    September 02, 2012

    Today it was confirmed that the unopposed London bid for the 72nd World SF Convention in 2014 was, as expected, successful in the site selection voting at the Chicago Worldcon.

  • SFE site makeover

    August 22, 2012

    Several long-planned SF Encyclopedia website improvements went live on 21 August 2012. These include:

    • A new "widget" (as the technical people call it) in the ri

  • Harry Harrison (1925-2012)

    August 15, 2012

    There is general mourning in sf circles for the loss of Harry Harrison, who died on 15 August (circa 1am) in the East Sussex nur

  • What the Hugo Voters Saw

    August 07, 2012

    Now it can be revealed, with 2012 Hugo voting safely closed: we were encouraged to provide some exclusive extras for the Chicon Hugo Voter Packet, and here they a

  • Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

    August 01, 2012

    Sad to record the death of Gore Vidal (1925-2012) on 31 July at the age of 86. A gifted mainstream novelist, he used sf and fantasy devices

  • July update

    July 12, 2012

    Another small milestone: the editors are modestly pleased that the latest SF Encyclopedia site update has taken us past 3.6 million words.

    Unfortunately t

  • Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)

    June 06, 2012

    Ray Bradbury, one of the best-known sf and fantasy authors in the world, died in Los Angeles on the morning of 6 June 2012. The Martian Chronicles (coll of linked stories 1950) is one of the great mythmaking works of sf. Bradbury's

  • Leo Dillon (1933-2012)

    May 29, 2012

    Leo Dillon, who with his wife and collaborator Diane Dillon formed a remarkable sf/fantasy artistic team, died on 26 May; Diane Dillon survives him.

  • Notes in May

    May 06, 2012

    Regular SF Encyclopedia updates continue; there is still much work to be done. The 2 May presentation of the Arthur C Clarke Award to The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers naturally led to a

  • Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012)

    April 27, 2012

    Ernest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia, died on 16 April.

  • Hugo Nomination

    April 08, 2012

    We are, of course, deeply thrilled to be included in the 2012 Hugo shortlist, Best Related Book category. The day after the Hugo list was announced, the SFE won the BSFA Award

  • Peter Phillips (1920-2012)

    March 30, 2012

    Peter Phillips, author of the pioneering Dream Hacking story "Dreams Are Secred", died on 28 March.

  • Christine Brooke-Rose (1923-2012)

    March 24, 2012

    Christine Brooke-Rose, the critic and experimental novelist who wrote several unusual works of sf, died on 21 March aged 89.

  • M A R Barker (1929-2012)

    March 17, 2012

    M A R Barker (Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman Barker), an important role playing game designer who created the world of Tékumel, died on 16 March.

  • Jean Giraud/Moebius (1938-2012)

    March 10, 2012

    Jean Giraud, the major French sf/fantasy artist who also published as Moebius, died on 10 March.

  • John Christopher (1922-2012)

    February 04, 2012

    John Christopher -- known to friends by his real name Sam Youd -- died on 3 February at the age of 89. His books include the classic disaster novel The Death of Grass (1956; vt No Blade of Grass 1957)

  • Ardath Mayhar (1930-2012)

    February 01, 2012

    Ardath Mayhar died on 1 February 2012, as reported here.

    Her SFE entry has been slightly updated.

    The official author website is

  • BSFA Award shortlisting

    January 25, 2012

    We are very pleased (and also surprised, since this is still a work in progress) that the SF Encyclopedia has been shortlisted in the Best Nonfiction category of the British SF Association Awards for 2011 work.

    Other contenders in the same category include works by our Co

  • Progress Report: 9 January 2012

    January 09, 2012

    It's now three months since the SF Encyclopedia site was launched. We, the editors, and the website experts at STEEL have made a great many changes since October 2011, adding new material, correcting text errors and omissions, and fixing problems with the site.

    The SFE no

  • T J Bass and Russell Hoban

    December 15, 2011

    Sadly, the authors T J Bass and Russell Hoban (of Riddley Walker fame) both died on 13 December 2011. 

    Their entries will be updated as soon as possible. (Now done.)

    You can read more at t

  • SFE Beta Text launches

    October 02, 2011

    On October 3rd, the beta text of the third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction went live.

    To answer some Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q: What exactly is a beta text?

    In this context, it means a text of the SFE that isn't yet complete. W

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