As of today’s upload, the SFE has passed the 4 million word mark. (4,009, 844, to be exact.) As a reminder, the 1993 print edition was about 1.3m words. A little bemused by this landmark, the SFE editors are not quite sure how it was achieved (=> Mad Scientists), except that 4,009, 844 is a lot of words (=> Linguistics). Nonetheless, as a group (=> Hive Minds), they feel reasonably content with progress so far (=> Optimism and Pessimism), and look forward to adding even more entries before too long (=> Near Future). After a brief sip of cheap champagne from a paper cup, they will return to their screens to write yet more words using the traditional SFE research tools (=> Occult Detectives), and hoping not to become too exhausted (=> Zombies).
Science does not yet allow us to discern which of the recently added entries contains the actual 4,000,000th word, though I’d like to think it was in one of Gary Westfahl’s recently added entries for truly terrible movies. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, anyone?