Progress Report and SFE Team Activity
02 August 2013
A couple more small landmarks. On 1 August, after a fairly hefty
SF Encyclopedia site update, John Clute's personal total of entries
written solo passed the 5000 mark. On 2 August, the Picture Gallery
count went past 6000 images (most of the uploading and captioning
having been carried out by Roger Robinson). Another six entries and
the overall SFE total will reach 14,000. Onward, ever
Although the SFE may feel like a full-time job or life
sentence, team members are usually very busy elsewhere too. John Clute recently reviewed Christopher Priest's The Adjacent
Strange Horizons, and Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of
the Lane for
The Los Angeles Review of Books. David Langford relentlessly publishes Ansible
and writes for SFX; his
small press Ansible Editions
has released the first book versions of all Algis Budrys's "Books" review
and essay columns as published in F&SF, 1975-1993.
Several Contributing Editors have also been hard at work:
- Mike Ashley hopes despite many
distractions to complete The Cyber Chronicles, fourth and
final volume of his Story of the Science Fiction
Magazine, by the end of 2013.
- Jonathan Clements has
been toiling at his doctoral thesis on the history of anime, to be
published by the British Film Institute (Autumn 2013).
- John Grant deserted us to work
on his massive solo project
A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir (October
- Nick Lowe continues to write his "Mutant Popcorn" film review
column in every issue of Interzone, and promises more
SFE film entries some day.
- Neal Tringham has published
Fiction Hobby Games: A First Survey, based on a subset --
tabletop sf gaming franchises -- of his immense array of Games entries for the SFE, which
gets a welcome credit.
- Gary Westfahl's critical
William Gibson is published this month by Illinois
University Press as part of the Modern Masters of Science
Fiction series, and the book's bibliography -- "it really
is the first comprehensive bibliography of the author" -- is available