Progress Report: 9 January 2012
09 January 2012
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 now contains about 138,500 more words than the launch
version -- a whole long novel's worth -- spread over existing
entries and more than 300 new ones, while approximately 4900 new
internal links have been added. (Figures taken from the
introductory Statistics page.)
Also, nearly 300 magazine entries now have links to checklists with
cover scans at Phil Stephensen-Payne's Galactic Central.
Reader feedback -- which for a while became overwhelming when we
were linked from Slashdot -- was strongly in favour of a switch
from all-capitals links to upper and lower case: not 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY as
inherited from the book editions via the CD-ROM, but 2001: A Space Odyssey. After
some struggle to change all the headwords and links in 3.36 million
words of text, this new look is now in place. Other suggestions for
improving the appearance, like removing underlines from links, are
in the request queue. Senders of text corrections (via the email contact form)
and PayPal donations,
unless anonymous, are gratefully listed in the Acknowledgments. Our thanks to
Early problems with the search engine have been fixed, and notes on search refinements added.
There is now a Frequently
Asked Questions page. Both can be reached from the SFE home page and through the About us link always visible at top right.
Graham Sleight of the SFE team and Darren Nash of
Gollancz talked about the SFE and SF Gateway in a pair of
Starburst magazine interviews. Later: Peter
Nicholls was also interviewed, by
We're still aiming for four million words by the end of 2012.
Keep watching the skies.
John Clute, David Langford, Peter
Nicholls and Graham Sleight