08 November 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 wins a free lollipop.
These round numbers may not mean anything in particular, but like
the turn of a century or millennium it's a harmless excuse for
celebration. If you feel inclined, please raise a glass.
Today we also celebrate the availability online of the almost
1.2 million words of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997).
This appears with the permission of its principal editors and
authors John Clute and John Grant, to whom huge thanks. Please note
that this isn't a new edition of the EoF, although it does
include a great many corrections, restorations of last-minute cuts
from the book, and minor updates. Now, whenever an SF
Encyclopedia entry rather annoyingly refers you to an
Encyclopedia of Fantasy term or theme, you can follow the
link at the bottom of the SFE entry and read what its
sister volume has to say.