March 09, 2005

OED Science Fiction update

A note from Jesse Sheidlower about improvements in the (already very cool) OED Science Fiction site:

For those interested: the Oxford English Dictionary Science Fiction project at has been redesigned and relaunched.

The biggest change is that the OED's database of citations of SF words is now made (mostly) available via the website. The OED does not usually make its work available in this way, but OED has agreed to publicly open up this part of its database to acknowledge the great contribution volunteers have made to this project.

That means that if you contribute a cite, it's viewable by everyone. Here's a link with more information about the citations

We are also adding quite a few new words: there is an internal list of pending words we have been maintaining and over the next few weeks many of those words will be moved to the main pages. This link:

takes you to a list of the most recent additions.

We hope these changes make the site into more of a general resource for the vocabulary of SF, instead of just a catalogue of OED research needs.


Posted by Mark Liberman at March 9, 2005 03:14 AM