Yoshiko Ishii
Librarian
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April 30, 2008
Learning Tools: Class Guides: Dana Class Guides:
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

Dana Library has a small collection of science fiction books, concentrating primarily on older rather than on current works, and has few modern fantasy or horror books. The library at the New Jersey Institute of Technology has a science fiction collection of approximately 350 volumes in a separate section in the back corner of the first floor.

Guides

Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction (DANA REF PN3433.8.A52 1987).
The major critical guide to science fiction. Has annotated listings of over 1,500 English language and translated science fiction books, 500 books in 12 other languages, and over 500 reference and critical works. Includes a fairly lengthy history of English language science fiction, a brief history of young adult science fiction and brief histories of science fiction in 13 other languages. Has author/subject and title indexes.
Fantasy Literature: A Reader's Guide (DANA REF Z5917.F3F36 1990).
Has annotated listings of over 1,000 English language and translated fantasy books, and over 400 reference and critical works. Many of the reference works are also cited in Horror literature. Includes lengthy history of fantasy and a brief history of young adult fantasy. For each author included indicates whether the author is listed in any of the encyclopedias or biographical sources cited below. Has author, title and a very useful theme index.
Horror Literature: A Reader's Guide (DANA REF PN3435.H67 1990).
The major critical guide to horror. Has annotated listings of almost 800 English language and translated horror books, and about 350 reference and critical works. Many of the reference works are also cited in Fantasy literature. Includes lengthy history of horror. For each author included indicates whether the author is listed in any of the encyclopedias or biographical sources cited below. Has author, title and a very useful theme index.

Reference Books

The Science Fiction Encyclopedia (DANA REF PN3448.S45S29).
The most useful encyclopedia for science fiction, although it is now becoming dated. It does include some fantasy and horror information. Articles on 1,817 authors, editors and critics, 175 themes, and 342 films and television programs. There is good coverage of international science fiction. Author entries include bibliographies of works. The theme entries are very useful and consist of one-third of the total length.
Critical Terms for Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Glossary and Guide to Scholarship (DANA REF PN3433.4.N48 1988).
Definitions of almost 500 terms and concepts used in science fiction and fantasy criticism. They range from brief definitions to essays and cite where the term/concept is used. Also includes history of science fiction and fantasy criticism.

Bibliographies

Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: A Checklist, 1700-1974. Vol 1: Indexes to the Literature (DANA REF PS374.S35R42 v.1).
The most comprehensive bibliography of English language science fiction, fantasy, and horror books. It lists the first editions of 15,884 books and pamphlets written between 1700 and 1974. The entries are listed under author, with title and series indexes. Also included are an awards index and an Ace and Belmont Doubles index. Authors with biographical information in volume 2 are indicated.
Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary Sources (DANA REF PS374.S35S38 1984).
Annotated bibliography of 838 English language science fiction (defined very broadly) books published between the 1870s and the late 1930s. Primarily about American authors, but selected works by some British and other European authors in translation are included. The paragraph-long annotations are primarily descriptive, but do indicate historical importance. Arranged alphabetically by author with author and short-title indexes.
Index to the Science Fiction Magazines, 1926-1950 (DANA REF Z5917.S36D3).
Index to 58 English language science fiction magazines from their first issues to 1950. The only comprehensive index for this time period. Stories are listed under author and under title. There is also a checklist of issues indexed.
Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections (DANA REF PS374.S35).
Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections, 1977-1983 (DANA REF PS374.S35 V.2).
Index to approximately 21,000 English language works of science fiction, fantasy and horror short fiction from over 1,900 anthologies and single- author short story collections from 1927-1983. Access is by author, story title and book title. The original source of most stories is also given.
The Guide to Supernatural Fiction (DANA REF PN56.S8B57 1983).
Bibliography of 1,775 English language and translated fantasy and horror books published from 1750 to 1960. Each item includes a detailed plot synopsis and a biocritical essay. Single-author short story collections and anthologies have plot synopses for each story (6,000 total). listed by author. Includes author and title indexes, as well as an over 40,000 entry motif and story type index.

Criticism and Reviews

Survey of Science Fiction literature (DANA REF PN 3448.S45S88).
Survey of Science Fiction literature: Bibliographical Supplement (DANA REF PN3448.S45S88).
A major critical source. Contains 513 critical essays on science fiction novels and short story collections by 280 authors. Ninety works covered are foreign language works. Each essay is six p$ages in length and contains basic bibliographic information, setting and cast of characters, the essay, and a bibliography of reviews. The supplement contains citations to critical works about each work. The essays are arranged by title of book with an author index.
Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature (DANA REF PN56.F34S97 1983).
A major critical source. Contains about 500 critical essays on fantasy and horror novels and short story collections by 341 authors. Each essay contains basic bibliographic information, setting and cast of characters, the essay, and a bibliography of reviews and critical works. Essays on lesser works are three pages in length, most works get six pages, and major works and series get 9 to 30 pages. The essays are arranged by title of book with an author index. There are also nineteen 12 to 20 page topical essays (theories of fantasy, fairy tales, Arthurian legends, mythology, religion, etc.).
Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference Index, 1878-1985: An International Author and Subject Index to History and Criticism (DANA REF PN3433.5.S297 1987).
Index to over 19,000 books, articles, essays, news reports, and audiovisual items in the secondary literature of science fiction, fantasy and horror. The time period covered is 1878-1985, with primary concentrations on 1945-1985. Ninety percent of the items are in English, with foreign materials in French, German and Italian. Volume 1 is a listing by author, volume 2 is a listing by subject.
Science Fiction Criticism: An Annotated Checklist (DANA REF Z5917.S36C55).
Annotated bibliography of over 800 English language articles on science fiction from popular and scholarly magazines. Includes articles on film and the teaching and publishing of science fiction. Includes book reviews from general magazines not covered in the Science Fiction Book Review Index, 1923-1973. Each item has a one paragraph, descriptive annotation. Arranged in nine subject areas with an author index.
Science Fiction Book Review Index, 1923-1973 (DANA REF PN3433.8.H35).
Science Fiction Book Review Index, 1974-1979 (DANA REF PN3433.8.H36).
Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review Index, 1980-1984 (DANA REF PN3433.8.H36 1985).
Index to 43,400 English language reviews of science fiction, fantasy and horror books. Reviews are from the science fiction, fantasy and horror magazines from 1923-1984 and from the general review magazines (such as Publishers Weekly) from 1970-1984. Access is by author with indexes by magazine editor (1923-1973 only) and book title.

Biographical Sources

Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: A Checklist, 1700-1974. Vol 2: Contemporary Science Fiction Authors II (DANA REF PS374.S35R42 v.2).
Directory of 1,443 modern science fiction, fantasy and horror authors, editors and critics. Gives basic information (family, education, career, memberships, etc.) supplemented in many cases by biographical essays written by the authors or their literary executors. Bibliographies of authors' works are in volume 1.
Science Fiction Writers: Critical Studies of the Major Authors from the Early Nineteenth Century to the Present Day (DANA REF PS374.S35S36).
Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror (DANA REFPN3435.S96 1985).
Biocritical essays on major science fiction, fantasy and horror authors. Each entry provides a biographical and critical essay ranging from 5 to 10 pages and primary and secondary bibliographies. The entries are well- written and very informative; they cover the authors' importance to the field and critically discuss the authors' works. The science fiction volume covers 73 English language authors plus Capek, Lem and Verne. The fantasy and horror volumes cover 145 authors from ancient Greece to the present; American, British, French and German authors predominate.
Twentieth-Century American Science Fiction Writers (DANA REF PS374.S35T88 v.8).
Biocritical essays on 90 American science fiction authors writing from 1900-1970. The essays include basic information, critical essays on major works and primary and secondary bibliographies; they range in length from 2 to 16 pages.
Twentieth-Century Science Fiction Writers (DANA REF PS374.S35T89 1986).
Biocritical essays on 609 twentieth-century science fiction writers and 5 fantasy writers. Thirty-eight of the science fiction writers are foreign language authors. Gives basic information supplemented with very useful and current brief critical essays. Also provides bibliography for each writer; these can be inaccurate and should be used "with care. Includes title index to all bibliographies.
Contemporary Authors (DANA REF PN771.C65).
Directory of over 92,000 nontechnical authors. Concentrates primarily on living writers or those who have died since 1960; some twentieth-century writers who died prior to 1960 are now being included. Only English language writers or writers whose work has been translated into English or published in the U.S. are included. Entries include basic biographical information-!. Samuelson. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1984.* bibliography of books, information on works in progress, brief essays and brief bibliography of biographical of biographical and critical sources. A cumulative index is published in every even numbered volume.
Dictionary of Literary Biography: Cumulative Index (REF DESK).
Index to all volumes of the Dictionary of literary Biography. See Twentieth-Century American Science Fiction Writers for a description of the contents of the volumes of this series. It is the only volume devoted specifically to science fiction, fantasy or horror; other authors are scattered throughout other volumes, eg. J.G. Ballard is included in the volume for British novelists since 1960.

Author Information

* For books on a particular author do a subject search for the author's name in the catalog, eg:
HEINLEIN, ROBERT ANSON, 1907-
Robert A. Heinlein: America as Science Fiction. H. Bruce Franklin. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.
* For bibliographies of the works by and about an author use the subheading BIBLIOGRAPHY, e.g.:
CLARKE, ARTHUR CHARLES, 1917- -- BIBLIOGRAPHY
Arthur C. Clarke: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography. David N. Samuelson. Boston: G.K.Hall, 1984.
* For critical works on an author use the subheading criticism and interpretation, eg:
WELLS, H. G. (HERBERT GEORGE), 1866-1946 -- CRITICISM AND INTERPRETATION
An H.G. Wells Companion: A Guide to the Novels, Romances, and Short Stories. J.R. Hammond. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1979.
* Authors may be entered either under the full form of their name, as for Clarke and Heinlein above, or as the name is most commonly used, as with Wells. Some authors will be entered both ways, eg:
WELLS, HERBERT GEORGE, 1866-1946
H. G. Wells. Kenneth Young. Harlow, England: Longman Group, 1974.
* Books written about an author prior to that author's death will not include the death date, eg:
WELLS, HERBERT GEORGE, 1866- -- THE OUTLINE OF HISTORY
. . . Mr. Belloc Objects to "The Outline of History." H.G. Wells. New York: George H. Doren Co., 1926.

Selected Websites

Science Fiction Resource Guide: Bibliographies and lists (http://www.sflovers.org/SFRG/sfrgh.htm)
Science Fiction Studies (http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/)
Science Fiction and Fantasy World (http://www.sffworld.com)

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