Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, 2nd Edition (Reference Sources in the Humanities)

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This revision of Burgess's critically acclaimed guide to reference works in the fascinating genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror thoroughly maps the territory of reference works, covering all major (and some minor) information sources published in the field starting in the 1950s and well into 2001. Annotations are lengthy, detailed, and evaluative, often comparing works to other similar titles. Approximately 160 of the 700 annotations are new to this edition; 50-100 others have been extensively revised. Fan publications, serials, periodicals with reference value and nongenre materials of interest to science fiction researchers are reviewed in addition to such standard tools as bibliographies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, and indexes. Major online resources and printed guides to the Internet have been added on a selective basis. The book also features core collection lists for academic, public, and personal research libraries. Aimed at librarians in academic and large public libraries.

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About the Author:

MICHAEL BURGESS is Head of Technical Services & Collection Development, John M. Pfau Library, California State University, San Bernardino.

LISA R. BARTLE is Reference Librarian at Pfau Library, California State University, San Bernardino.

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"Sometimes you come across a really useful book. This is one of those times. Regardless of whether you are a librarian in a small public library or in a research university, no matter whether you have been a scholar since the dawn of science fiction criticsm or just taking your first steps on the road of fantasy research, you will find something of use in the Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. It provides guidance among the various kinds of reference volumes that are available to scholars of the fantastic....This is an excellent reference guide: comprehensive, easy to use, and clearly written by people with an in-depth knowledge of their subject. It is something any researcher of the fantastic will find useful, and it belongs in all libraries that intend to have reference section on sf, fantasy, or horror literature."-Science Fiction Studies

"This second edition has listings to some 700 titles, about 160 new, and many revised; a number of online sources are also evaluated."-LOCUS

"Highly usable and well-documented update....It is a pleasant surprise to find a reference work on those genres that takes its subject matter seriously but is still readable and even entertaining. The tone throughout is appropriate for those seeking informative critiques of scholarly texts on popular culture....Highly useful reference guide."-Reference Reviews

"[a] useful tool that follows all its own recommendations for the items it covers. It is thorough, well organized, and easy to read and use. The entries are extensive and detailed. In a few cases, they include a title that is in use in the genre, but which they have not seen, so that their coverage is more complete. Finally, it is fun to browse, which is another aspect of a good reference work. Recommended, especially for use in collection development."-Collection Management

"RRB called the first edition of Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror 'one of the best and most complete works to be published on the three popular genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, ' and this is no less true of the second. Because the three genres that are covered have only increased in popularity, most public and academic libraries will want this title on their shelves. Libraries that bought the first edition will certainly want to update."-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

"Ýa¨ useful tool that follows all its own recommendations for the items it covers. It is thorough, well organized, and easy to read and use. The entries are extensive and detailed. In a few cases, they include a title that is in use in the genre, but which they have not seen, so that their coverage is more complete. Finally, it is fun to browse, which is another aspect of a good reference work. Recommended, especially for use in collection development."-Collection Management

?This second edition has listings to some 700 titles, about 160 new, and many revised; a number of online sources are also evaluated.?-LOCUS

?Highly usable and well-documented update....It is a pleasant surprise to find a reference work on those genres that takes its subject matter seriously but is still readable and even entertaining. The tone throughout is appropriate for those seeking informative critiques of scholarly texts on popular culture....Highly useful reference guide.?-Reference Reviews

?[a] useful tool that follows all its own recommendations for the items it covers. It is thorough, well organized, and easy to read and use. The entries are extensive and detailed. In a few cases, they include a title that is in use in the genre, but which they have not seen, so that their coverage is more complete. Finally, it is fun to browse, which is another aspect of a good reference work. Recommended, especially for use in collection development.?-Collection Management

?RRB called the first edition of Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror 'one of the best and most complete works to be published on the three popular genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, ' and this is no less true of the second. Because the three genres that are covered have only increased in popularity, most public and academic libraries will want this title on their shelves. Libraries that bought the first edition will certainly want to update.?-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

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