Massive science fiction encyclopedia's third edition will be digital

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13 Responses to “Massive science fiction encyclopedia's third edition will be digital”

  1. Modusoperandi says:

    Digital? (I say, not reading past the title) That’s going to be an awfully thick book.

  2. Flying_Monkey says:

    This makes me unaccountably happy! I love the ESF and I hope with Clute and Langford still in charge it has kept its idiosyncratic and polemic edge.

    • Gunn says:

      Flying_Monkey, John Clute and Peter Nichols are the originators and current editors. David Langford has contributed substantially to all editions. They are all still very involved, not to mention idiosyncratic….

  3. Daemon says:

    Monthly updates up until 2012. They’re stopping there because there won’t be anything more to add after the world is destroyed as predicted by a bunch of white guys who really don’t understand the concept of a calendar.

  4. Philbert says:

    How can it be definitive? Are they going to kill all science fiction writers hereafter?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Apologies for the anonymity – comment 12 was me.

    - Graham Sleight

  6. Anonymous says:

    I picked up the last print edition of the encyclopedia earlier this year. It’s a giant tome, but well worth it. The only thing that could’ve made it better was more photos and if it were in colour (and updated of course).

    The digital edition will address those things, I hope.

  7. Oskar says:

    My dad had the first edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (the one that came out in ’79, with the worlds most awesome cover) in our bookshelf when I was growing up, and I could read that thing for hours at a time. I later got the second edition as a birthday present, and I think I read that thing cover to cover. My favorite articles were the ones about science fiction concepts (like on time travel or mind-altering drugs, for instance) which would trace the history of those concepts and the major authors and works you should read. I would never have known about lesser known guys like Olaf Stapledon without it.

    When the third edition comes out, I’ll be there, day one, picking it up. None of this “free on the internet” crap, those dudes deserve my money, and I need to have it in book form. You know, in case of Zombie apocalypse.

  8. ToMajorTom says:

    Among all your other talents, Cory, you’re a mind reader. Just yesterday I was thinking of a SF reference I saw about 15 years ago, couldn’t think of the name of it, and wondered if anything like that still exists. Thanks for the post! And I hope you can’t read the other thoughts buzzing around in my noggin.

  9. nosehat says:

    Great news that it will be available free!

    That it will be digital is hardly surprising. Is there any major or mid-level encyclopedia that isn’t digital these days?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, all for comments. (And thanks to Cory for the original post.) Some specific comments.

    @Flying_Monkey: Yes, we hope the tone/approach will continue from previous editions. We are very much *not* a neutral point of view – we think the SFE represents an argument about the shape/history of the field.

    @Daemon, @Philbert: the press release may have slightly misled you. The plan is to complete all the entries in the basic Encyclopedia by end 2012. After that, we continue monthly updates to reflect changes in the field – deaths, new movies, etc etc.

    @Oskar: I think we’ve all been a bit surprised by the number of people who’ve said since the announcement that they want a print edition. We’ll look into the economics of it; I strongly suspect the books would be large and heavy enough for defensive use in case of zombie apocalypse.

  11. Kimmo says:

    Nerds of the world, rejoice!

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