Four Million Words
21 January 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 tasteful infographic
tracking the third-edition word count since we began to record it
in February 2008 (1,892,881 words), through the public launch in
October 2011 (3,222,920 words) and so on to the present day
(4,009,844 words) ... but we'll spare you that, and will merely
keep updating the comparisons between past and current editions on
the editors' home page.
However did the primitive, cave-dwelling editors of 1979 manage to
summarize the sf field in just 730,000 words?
Onwards ad astra. Keep watching the skies! Five million
words may seem a long way off, but after that milestone we can look
forward to the utterly science-fictional total of 5,271,009.