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.
Neil Barron's ^IAnatomy of Wonder^R is one of the small number of reference books which are truly essential to scholars starting out investigating science fiction... This is a book which anyone engaged in the study or teaching of sf will need to consult regularly, and will expect to find in their libraries... [I]t will make their lives so much easier.
A few works of science fiction criticism are so significant as tools for the researcher, student, and casual reader that they are on the short list of must-haves for any science fiction library. Barron's ^IAnatomy of Wonder^R is one such book. From its opening poem, The End of Science Fiction, to its indices, this book is essential for its valuable and insightful essays, its very thorough annotated bibliographies, and its extensive listings of books (fiction and nonfiction), awards, foreign language works, and organizations.... This is a powerful work that belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who engages in the world of science fiction, whether as a teacher, researcher, student, or casual reader. Bravo.
The opening essays brilliantly sum up the canon; the crisp, evocative paragraphs on individual titles pique readerly interest; and the massive guide to further critical reading is a map for future study.
An indispensable work, thoughtful, clear, well-written, overwhelmingly reliable, and--in the absence of an update of the Clute/Nicholls ^IEncyclopedia of Science Fiction^R--probably the most useful single-volume reference to English-language written.
This guide serves many audiences. For the devoted reader; the librarian providing readers' advisory; the collection development librarian; the teacher, from elementary school to college, it is an excellent resource. I would recommend this title as a necessary addition to college and large public library collections. It should be seriously considered for any library with a large readership of science fiction fans.
The fifth edition of this comprehensive, weighty guide features many enhancements over the fourth. The overall coverage is extensive, with three major sections presenting a series of essays on the history of science fiction; annotated bibliographies of primary and secondary literature; and author, title, and theme indexes.... This resouce is a definitive work on the field of science fiction, and would be of use in most college and university libraries, as well as public libraries where genre readership is significant.
An update of a book widely considered to be one of the bibles of scholarship on the genre. It offers an overview of the English-language science-fiction field for a wide audience, including casual readers, devoted fans, librarians, teachers, and scholars. The volume is divided into three parts: a history of science fiction; a critical examination of 1400 novels, single-author collections, and multiple-author anthologies; and a survey of the secondary literature such as film and illustration.... There have been many changes made since the fourth edition: young adult books have been integrated with the adult books in the annotated bibliography section, Web sites and author e-mail addresses have been added, and the comics section and poetry have been dropped. The third edition was the last to have an extensive listing of science fiction in 13 languages, so libraries that still have it may want to keep it even if they plan to update. This is a book that belongs in every public library.
It is the best, up-to-date, all-in-one reference guide to what's available for pleasure reading in the market today...a real bargain. I'd certainly say without hesitation that it's an essential acquisition for librarians and serious readers of this genre.
^IAnatomy of Wonder^R should be one of the standard tools kept over the workbench. No electricity or ISP required.
A top pick any serious science fiction collection should include.