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SF Encyclopedia Online!

Straight from the desk of John Clute:


Encyclopedia of Science Fiction to be published online, with text available free

The third edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, the definitive reference work in the field,
will be released online later this year by the newly-formed ESF, Ltd, in association with Victor
Gollancz, the SF & Fantasy imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, whose support will enable the
text to be available free to all users. This initial “beta” version, containing about three-quarters of the total projected content, will be unveiled in conjunction with Gollancz’s celebrations of its
50th anniversary as a science fiction publisher.

The first edition of the Encyclopedia, whose founder and general editor was Peter Nicholls,
appeared in 1979, and contained over 700,000 words. A second edition, edited by John Clute and
Peter Nicholls, appeared in 1993 and contained over 1.3 million words. Both editions won the
Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention, in addition to numerous other honours.
The beta version of the third edition will contain some 3 million words, including about 12,000
entries and well over 100,000 internal links. The entries cover every area of science fiction,
including authors, illustrators, movies, music, games, and fanzines. The text will be completed,
through monthly updates, by the end of 2012.

The third edition has been produced by editors John Clute and David Langford, Editor Emeritus
Peter Nicholls, and Managing Editor Graham Sleight. Contributing Editors for the third edition
include Mike Ashley on magazines, Paul Barnett on artists and illustrators, Jonathan Clements on
all aspects of Japanese and Chinese SF, Nick Lowe on movies, Abigail Nussbaum on television, John
Platt on comics, and Adam Roberts on music. During the Encyclopedia’s development, the project
has been supported by Clare Coneyas Technical Editor, Roger Robinson as Research Editor,John
Lifton-Zoline, and Pamela Lifton-Zoline. Robert Kirby of United Agents,The Bookseller’sLiterary
Agent of the Year 2011, represents theEncyclopedia.

On behalf of Gollancz, Orion Deputy CEO and Group Publisher Malcolm Edwards commented:
“We’re delighted to have been able to facilitate the online publication of this monumental and
definitive work –more than ever the single, reliable reference source which anyone interested in
SF needs. As a contributing editor to that long-ago first edition, it’s a particular pleasure to me to have been able to play a part in making this happen.”

Anyone interested in signing up for the latest news on theproject can do so
at The Encyclopedia is also on Facebook at and on
Twitter at @SFEncyclopedia.

For general enquiries, please contact

For rights enquiries, please contact Charlotte Knee at United Agents,

For Gollancz enquiries, please contact


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