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Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia Hardcover – September 9, 1995
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Rumor has it that critic John Clute, in the aftermath of the success of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, was given carte blanche to develop an illustrated reference. This lavish volume, studded with graphics and nuggets of information, is the pleasing result. Science Fiction : The Illustrated Encyclopedia showcases the prophecy and pageantry of science fiction. It weaves together world history with literary history and technical developments with SF trends, providing a cultural context to the Zeitgeist of the genre. Words truly cannot do justice to the visual delights of this colorful tome: time lines, charts, author biographies and bibliographies complete with photos and signatures, illustrated analyses of SF traditions, magazine covers, classic book covers, film and television snapshots, and historical photos. Use it as a reference, read it through, or pick it up and enjoy it in bits. Science Fiction : The Illustrated Encyclopedia will arouse curiosity, joy, and pride in the hearts of SF lovers. --Bonnie Bouman
From School Library Journal
YA?Clute defines science fiction as "...any story that argues the case for a changed world that has not yet come into being." Arranged primarily by decade within each of eight chapters, the book covers visions of the future (accurate and off the mark); themes in history; influential magazines (from early pulp to the present); major authors (there are sketches of over 100 writers, photographs, signatures, and chronological bibliographies of major works); classic titles; graphic works; and genre films and international television. Timetables in the chapter on history include science-fiction events; film, radio, and TV; and magazines and world events. Pictures of magazine and book covers are first or early editions.?Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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When I bought if for 5 dollars I was very suspicious whether the book was actually going to be a book or just the cover or something... but was I wrong! It barely looks used!
Furthermore, it is an excellent encyclopedia. I use it as a resource for a college-level science fiction class and I recommend it for the multiple valuable pictures it has and for the timelines of SF. The written part is not as brilliant, but for 5 dollars, you can't go wrong. Useful for little kids, for old folks, and for college students.
After reading this and some other, deeper and harder book about SF (I recommend Adam Roberts' "Science Fiction: the New Critical Idiom"), you will never watch movies or read science fiction like before.
At only 312 pages long it is truly just a snapshot.
It has some great eye candy in the inclusion of some older science fiction books and magazines that you will probably never run into.
It highlights what the author considers the main science fiction authors of their times with a short history of their books.
Movies are covered as well as illustrators , only a few, as well as foreign and Japanese science fiction.
A nice read with lots of great illustrations covering the period from 1818 to 1995.
Reccomended as part of your reference library or just like I said as a great introduction to the Science Fiction genre