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News item dated 3 August 2014

We’d been hoping for some while to push the SF Encyclopedia text past 4,500,000 words in time for Loncon 3, the London Worldcon in August 2014. As revealed in today’s blog post, we passed this hurdle on 1 August ... and, coincidentally, John Clute’s personal SFE word count broke the 2,000,000-word barrier on the same day.

That blog post also reports the two major SFE events on the official Loncon 3 programme. The SFE will probably also get a mention or two in John Clute’s guest-of-honour talk, and will be on show as part of the John Clute’s Study display in the main Exhibits Hall.

As usual, more figures than anyone could possibly wish to know are recorded on the SFE Statistics page. However, two items of behind-the-scenes work don’t show up there. One is the result of our ongoing liaison with the invaluable Internet Speculative Fiction Database, which now routinely links to SFE entries and to which we are linking in return: as of today, 6570 of our entries link to a corresponding ISFDB page. Secondly, the SFE Picture Gallery continues to grow with well over 11,000 images. and 2785 of our entries now link to a relevant selection of Gallery images – an author’s book cover or covers, for example, or an artist’s jacket paintings. And thirdly, Roger Robinson (who does the great majority of our image uploads) very recently crafted his 10,000th Gallery caption.

Onward, now, towards 5,000,000 words ... and after that, the very special landmark number (for Alfred Bester fans) of 5,271,009.

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