The Free Searchable Science Fiction Encyclopedia that You Can Read Right Now

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Back in July, we reported that the Science Fiction Encyclopedia would be going online as a free, searchable resource — with 3.2 million words, as opposed to the 1.3 million words the Hugo-winning second edition had in 1993. Now it's up, and it's a pretty neat resource. It's especially good for some writers who are underrepresented elsewhere online — the entry on the massively underrated William Barton is pretty extensive, for example. The editors hope to expand the encyclopedia to over 4 million words, but it's already pretty darn handy. [SF Encyclopedia via JS Online]

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I was always under the impression that encyclopedias were supposed to not be full of editorializing, so, this SF encyclopedia kinda leaves a lot to be desired. As a B5 zealot, I had to check to see what it said about the show. Among the facts are quite a few opinion pieces, including:

A spinoff series, CRUSADE (1999), set five years after the show's events and centering around an Alliance SPACESHIP, was just as poorly written as the worst of the first season's episodes but had nowhere near as interesting a plot hook, and was justly cancelled after half a season.

A SF encyclopedia that applauds the cancellation of a show that it apparently didn't like. That's not how to help SF grow and expand, guys.