Anatomy of Wonder

A Critical Guide to Science Fiction, 5th Edition

by Neil Barron


A classic updated, this completely revised fifth edition offers a historical perspective on science fiction plus incomparable coverage of contemporary and early SF titles.

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December 2004

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Pages 1016
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools

Barron's classic work has been updated and reorganized to reflect changes in the genre over the past decade, and meet the needs and tastes of today's readers and those who work with them. Renowned experts in the field have contributed to this new edition, providing authoritative historical and contemporary coverage of the best in science fiction. Users will find succinct, critical discussions of more than 1,400 SF novels, story collections, and anthologies. In addition, there is a comprehensive survey of the secondary literature-books and other resources that discuss fantastic literature, film, and illustration-plus chapters on teaching SF and a directory of libraries containing significant collections of science fiction. Titles appropriate for or appealing to teens are noted, as are award-winning titles and titles of literary merit. Author, title, and theme indexes provide additional points of access. An essential tool for collection development, research, and reference, this book also supports readers' advisory work. Young adult and adult. Grades 9 and up.



In its fifth edition, Barron's Anatomy continues to be a wonder. Part bibliography, part best books list, it is a Swiss Army tool for sci-fi scholars, librarians, and fans. Following a critical survey of the genre, Anatomy offers a selected list of 1,400 novels, stories, and anthologies that represent the best of science fiction. Annotations outline each work's plot, historical significance, and theme. The rest of Anatomy consists of lists of secondary literature: reference works, criticism, author studies, even resources for teaching science fiction. Updates include integration of young adult titles, an expanded theme index, and a list of online resources.... Anatomy remains the seminal guide for the genre, a science fiction universe which readers and researchers will find worth exploring. Highly recommended. All collections.—Choice


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