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Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
  • Format
  • Authored by: Don D'Ammassa
  • From the Series: Literary Movements
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816059241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5924-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 813
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 544


Written by a well-known science fiction writer, Encyclopedia of Science Fiction provides comprehensive coverage of the major works and authors that make up this popular genre, in approximately 500 detailed A-to-Z entries. Author entries include a discussion of the writer's life and work. Entries on works discuss the work's literary merits and its place in the tradition of the genre. A glossary of science fiction terms, a bibliography of secondary sources, and a complete bibliography of the science fiction works of all authors mentioned add to this unique reference.

Coverage includes:

  • Isaac Asimov
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Robert Heinlein
  • The Left Hand of Darkness
  • Ursula LeGuin
  • Stranger in a Strange Land.


Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Glossary. Cross-references. Chronology of award winners.

About the Author(s)

Don D'Ammassa is one of the world's leading experts on contemporary science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He has reviewed all three genres professionally for approximately 30 years and has interviewed many of the genre's most important writers. In addition to book reviews, he has written extensively about the history of the field and has contributed articles to various reference books and magazines. D’Ammassa has written two horror novels and one science fiction novel, as well as more than 100 short stories for leading science fiction magazines.

Reviews and Awards

"D'Ammassa is a near-legendary figure in science-fiction fandom and undoubtedly one of the best-read authorities in the genre...D'Ammassa's opinions are always intelligent and worthwhile...readable..."
The Science Fiction Research Association

"...so clear and comprehensive that the reader will come away with a fine sense of the field's history and current state...this book offers many hours of sheer browsing pleasure."
Asimov's Science Fiction

"...a useful starting point for young students of the genre or for anyone who is new to it...recommended for high school and public libraries."
American Reference Books Annual

"...provides comprehensive coverage of the major works and authors in science fiction..."
Reference & Research Book News

"...has earned the right to a spot on library reference shelves."
The Science Fiction Research Association

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