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, one of the
pioneering greats of sf/fantasy film
effects -- he was particularly famed for his work in stop-motion
animation -- died in Lond
the 64th British Eastercon, is currently taking place in Bradford,
Yorkshire. SF Encylopedia editors
Richard E Geis, novelist and publisher of
the fanzine Psychotic and 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, creator of
the much-loved Thunderbirds and
other popular children's sf television serie
The Strugatski or
Strugatsky brothers, Arkady and Boris in collaboration, were
Russia's best-known and most-translated sf authors. Bot
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, 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
Now we have photographs of them all, we've added a discreet page for
the Encyclopedia's 2012 awards. Normal modesty wil
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Another small milestone: the editors are modestly pleased that
the latest SF Encyclopedia site update has taken us past
3.6 million words.
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, who with his wife
and collaborator Diane Dillon formed a remarkable sf/fantasy
artistic team, died on 26 May; Diane Dillon survives him.
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, author
of Ecotopia, died on 16 April.
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, author of
the pioneering Dream Hacking
story "Dreams Are Secred", died on 28 March.
Brooke-Rose, the critic and experimental novelist who wrote
several unusual works of sf, died on 21 March aged 89.
M A R Barker (Muhammad
Abd-al-Rahman Barker), an important role playing game designer who
created the world of Tékumel, died on
Jean Giraud, the major French
sf/fantasy artist who also published as Moebius, died on 10
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
Ardath Mayhar died on 1 February 2012,
as reported here.
Her SFE entry has
been slightly updated.
The official author website is
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
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
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
You can read more at t
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