The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Third Edition

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Orbit is delighted to announce the long-awaited 3rd Edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1979; 1993).

Contracts have just been signed by John Clute, David Langford and Peter Nicholls to begin work on an online version of the world's most authoritative science fiction resource. Scheduled for release in late 2007, the text of the new version will launch at something close to 50% longer than the Second Edition, and there will be added bibliographical features. The online version will be offered on an annual subscription basis and each subscription will include the latest form of the Third Edition, which will be globally updated on a monthly basis. Peter Nicholls will serve as Editor Emeritus, with David Langford and John Clute dividing the shop-floor duties.

Overseeing the project at Orbit will be Senior Editor Darren Nash: 'This is a tremendously exciting project to be involved with - not just because it's breaking new ground for Orbit, but because the online nature of the ESF will allow John, David and Peter to be as comprehensive as they wish without being bound by the constraints of a printed work. This is destined to be the SF reference work, as well as a fascinating overview of the history and development of the genre. We haven't decided on the subscription cost yet, but we see the online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as being of interest to everyone who reads SF, not just critics and academics, and will therefore be keeping the price at a level that reflects a mass market audience.' More information will be available from the Orbit stand in the [2005 World SF Convention] Dealers' Room, including an email sign-up to receive regular reports on the progress of the project.