quinta-feira, 18 de março de 2010

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is a book written for fans, by a fan. It is a book for anyone who has ever enjoyed science fiction or who wishes to know more about the genre.

My original aim was simple - to provide you, the reader, with an up-todate guide to the science fiction genre. So inside this book you will find entries on both classic and up-and-coming writers, on movies and television
series, as well as the important themes and devices of the genre.

Obviously I have had to limit my remit - some authors only just missed out on an entry. The same can be said about the entries for science fiction movies - 1 have limited myself to the one hundred most influential pieces
of genre film, or those that have a direct link to a classic novel. I have also provided entries on the twenty most important or popular television series from both America and the UK.

Within the author entries are links to various other sections of the book, as well as lists of recommended further reading that suggest authors who explore similar themes or who have written novels in similar styles. I hope you find these useful. I have also included an appendix at the back of the book that gives all the listed titles in alphabetical order, referenced by author. As far as I know this is the first time this has been done and it should enable you to find quickly the name of the author who wrote a particular novel, and then to locate the entry on that author within the book.

Most importantly, I hope that this reference work will allow you to discover new authors and thus broaden your literary horizons. Science fiction is a genre of limitless possibilities and ideas, and there is something
within it for everyone. I hope that this book helps you with your search.
George Mann - October 2000

The History and Origins of Science Fiction
Science Fiction on the Page
Science Fiction on the Screen
Terms, Themes and Devices in Science Fiction
Societies and Awards

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