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Número: (118) II
Año: 1994

3. John CLUTE, and Peter NICHOLLS, eds. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993, xxxvi, 1370 p.

The second edition of this reference manual is not just a revision of the first edition published in 1979. It can actually be considered a completely different book (from new publishers) since the editors have rewritten the material to update information that was no longer pertinent or meaningful, and have incorporated new material which was unknown at the end of the 1970s. The first edition had 2,800 entries—excluding cross references—and the new edition has more than 4,360 entries, in addition to 2,100 cross references. As the editors acknowledge in their introduction, this volume is more than a science fiction encyclopedia, “it is an analysis and exhaustive history of this genre.”

The entries are arranged alphabetically, according to 15 different categories: author, themes, terminology, science fiction in various countries, films, film-makers, television, magazines, fanzines, comics, illustrators, book publishers, original anthologies, awards and miscellaneous. The entries by author and subject constitute the bulk of the work, the majority of which are English-speaking North Americans and British.

This reference manual is particularly interesting for scholars and researchers of science fiction, literature, and movies that represent the beginning of the 21st Century.

M. Piedad Alliende