MagazineSci-fi news

Just in | Library of scifi news


New SFF encyclopedia

14/12/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

Buy from Amazon US - Buy from Amazon UK
nb: US titles may only be available from Amazon US, and UK titles from Amazon UK.

author pic

There's a lovely new science fiction and fantasy encyclopedia on the block. But have you got $350 to spend? Ouch.

It's called the The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and here's the details.


Works of science fiction and fantasy are enormously popular among students and general readers. The combined effort of some 150 expert contributors, the 600 entries in this comprehensive encyclopedia discuss pervasive themes in science fiction and fantasy and give detailed attention to selected novels, films, and television series. Accessible to a wide range of audiences, this reference is destined to be a favorite resource for anyone interested in fantasy and science fiction. While other references provide relatively brief entries, or offer essays on a limited group of writers, this encyclopedia gives extensive treatment to the most important themes and works of science fiction and fantasy across a range of media.

Gary Westfahl, and internationally recognized authority on science fiction and fantasy, has coordinated the effort of some 150 expert contributors. In addition, the project was shaped by an advisory board of some of the most distinguished names in the field, including:

Richard Bleiler

John Clute

Fiona Kelleghan

David Langford

Andy Sawyer

And Darrell Schweitzer.

The first two volumes of the encyclopedia discuss themes, while the third volume examines classic works.
Volume 1
Included in this volume are 200 alphabetically arranged entries on such themes as:


Black Holes





Ghosts and Hauntings

Imaginary Worlds

And many more.

Volume 2
This volume includes alphabetically arranged entries on 200 additional themes, such as:

Lost Worlds

Mad Scientists



Prehistoric Fiction

Race Relations



And many more.

Volume 3
200 classic works of science fiction and fantasy are given detailed consideration in this volume. Alphabetically arranged entries include:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Brave New World

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Doctor Who

Fahrenheit 451


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Lord of the Rings

And many more.


Includes 400 entries on themes.

Includes 200 entries on classic works.

Covers literature, film, and television.

Employs the talents of roughly 150 expert contributors.

Overviews canonical and contemporary works.

Entries on themes define and discuss the theme, relate it to works of science fiction and fantasy, and cite numerous resources.

Entries on works provide critical information and discuss central themes.

Provides an alphabetical list of entries.

Lists entries grouped in topical categories.

Entries are fully cross-referenced.

Includes a detailed index.

Offers a selected, general bibliography of major works on science fiction and fantasy.

Numerous quotations from classic works highlight themes in science fiction and fantasy.


Students writing essays on particular texts will welcome the extended entries on individual works.

Students writing on themes will enjoy the thematic entries.

Helps students understand and critique canonical works central to the curriculum at all levels.

Helps students analyze popular literary works, films, and television series.

Aids students in comparing and contrasting different works.

Entries serve as models for student analysis and writing.

Encourages student research by citing numerous works for further consultation.

Fosters an appreciation of reading and explication by exploring works popular among students.

Canonical works of science fiction and fantasy are central to the curriculum, while more popular works are being taught with greater frequency and often appear on summer reading lists. The format of this encyclopedia makes it an essential tool for students writing thematic essays, and teachers will also value it as guide for planning lessons. In addition to high school libraries, public libraries supporting student research or book discussion groups will welcome the lucid, thoughtful essays in this encyclopedia.


Sounds like a must-have, but maybe only after I have had this year's pay rise (like, ha ha).

Physical co-ordinates are ISBN: 0-313-32950-8. Get spending.

Magazine > Scifi news

Just in | Library of sci-fi news

Add daily news updates to your own web site or blog - just cut and paste the code below...


The all-new SFcrowsnest is now running at This is now the archive for pre-2012 content. Nothing new is being posted here.

Magazine Articles

- Features

- Movie/TV Reviews

- Book Reviews

- News

- E-mail magazine

- Encyclopedia

- Other formats: Kindle, Nook, Sony Ebook, iPhone & iPod


- Top books

- Top movies/tv series


- SciFi @ FaceBook

- Steampunk @ FaceBook

- Us @ Google+


- Search site

Reader Tools

- RSS news feed

- Facebook page for SFcrowsnest

- Twitter page for SFcrowsnest

- Google toolbar for SFcrowsnest

Webmaster Tools

- Add our content feeds to your site