29 March 2013
the 64th British Eastercon, is currently taking place in Bradford,
Yorkshire. Editors of this Encyclopedia are somewhat thin on the
ground (John Clute is in the USA, David Langford is ill, Peter
Nicholls is in Australia, and so on) -- but our Research Editor,
Roger Robinson, can probably be
found in the dealers' room.
of genre notables include James Herbert on 21 March, who as a
horror novelist doesn't have an SFE entry (although enough
of his works have sf elements that he's on our list for inclusion),
and Paul Williams on 27 March.
Though better known for rock music criticism than sf, Williams was
instrumental in nurturing Philip K Dick's posthumous career in times
when it might have fizzled, and edited (most of) the definitive
collections of Theodore Sturgeon's short fiction.
Malcolm Edwards remembers them both in Gollancz blog posts:
New developments at the SFE website have been
relatively low-key. Following our January trumpet-blowing and
cymbal-banging at having reached four million words, another 78,000
have been quietly added. Sharp-eyed users of the site may have
noticed that the Connect with SFE box (front page,
right-hand panel) now has extra links, e.g. to John Clute's
prolific SFE tweets and the email feedback
form that some of you found less than easy to locate. Behind
the scenes we're testing a Picture Gallery option
that will add a little tasteful eye candy in the form of sf book
cover images from the mighty Clute Collection, the L W Currey
dealer site, and anywhere else we can scrounge them.