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New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Paperback – November 25, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1408 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (November 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857238974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857238976
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,030,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Clute is an award-winning SF and fantasy author and in 1994 received the Pilgrim award for distinguished contributions to the study of science fiction. Peter Nicholls has won the Hugo Award and the Pilgrim Award for scholarship in science fiction.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Muzzlehatch VINE VOICE on September 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
First off, I'd like to tell you a bit about what you WON'T find in this hefty volume filled with small print: you won't find pictures - no photos, no illustrations, no book covers, no maps. You won't find entries on specific science fiction characters - no page for Valentine Michael Smith - or aliens: look under Hal Clement and Larry Niven if you want anything at all on the Mesklinites and Puppeteers. And you won't find anything about what's been happening over the past decade, or more, in the field, as the book was last updated in the 1990s.

What you WILL get though is the best reference work covering the major authors, books, films, countries with science fiction writing traditions, comics, magazines, and themes and concepts in the field. The authors have said that neither it nor its equally indispensible "Fantasy" companion will be updated in print again -- they will be online only. That's a shame for paper-lovers like me; I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent in the company of this, paging back and forth between entries. Sure, clicking through a website is easier in some ways, but thus far that hasn't materialized. Virtually every writer and novel that I've ever heard of that could be considered part of the genre is in here; the authors seem to have missed nothing. Founding names in the field like Wells, Verne, Stapledon and Heinlein not surprisingly receive several page entries apiece, but it's rare to find any figure at all - at least any writing in English, I think the coverage outside of the language is a bit sparser - who doesn't get a fairly thorough bibliographic listing at the least.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on September 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
Clute and Nicholls have produced a masterful piece of work here, the breadth and detail is immense, and even includes errata and other information at the end. An amazing treasure trove of information and is something I have found myself using many, many times this year, having gone through it from cover to cover. If you see one lying around at what looks like a decent price, get it without hesitation!

You could also use it to bludgeon camels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald D. Hawkins on April 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is simply a fabulous resource despite it being somewhat outdated and having opinions one might not accept. I was fortunate enough a decade ago to find a used paperback copy.
The excellent news is that a new version is being created online, as reported by Indiana Science Fiction Sojourns, and can be read while it is a work in progress.
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