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Hard Cover. Brand New/Brand New Book Jacket. Oversize. A magnificent 9-3/4" x 12" hardcover volume with decorative book jacket and 312 pages that are chock full of the information ... that sci-fi buffs will want to know! Published in 1995, this tremendously interesting book covers the history of sci-fi in ALL its forms, and is lavishly illustrated with images from books, films, magazines, comics and graphic novels. It presents a one-of-a -kind, decade-by-decade time charts with fascinating insight into the cultural influences that shaped the Science Fiction of each period. Over 100 detailed biographies introduce the world's greatest Sci-Fi writers. Their works and those of other literary legends are brought to life in a gallery or over 100 enduring novels, all in early or 1st edition jackets! This is truly an unparalleled reference work and a stunning visual adventure! Read more Show Less

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School Library Journal
YA-Clute defines science fiction as ``...any story that argues the case for a changed world that has not yet come into being.'' Arranged primarily by decade within each of eight chapters, the book covers visions of the future (accurate and off the mark); themes in history; influential magazines (from early pulp to the present); major authors (there are sketches of over 100 writers, photographs, signatures, and chronological bibliographies of major works); classic titles; graphic works; and genre films and international television. Timetables in the chapter on history include science-fiction events; film, radio, and TV; and magazines and world events. Pictures of magazine and book covers are first or early editions.-Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA
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Clute, coauthor of the award-winning "Encyclopedia of Science Fiction" ["RBB" N 1 93], has compiled a beautifully illustrated work on the same subject. Not alphabetically arranged, the book is divided into chapters that cover themes in science fiction, history, magazines, major authors, classic titles, graphic works, film, and television. It concludes with a glossary of terms and an index with page numbers in boldface type for main entries The intelligent use of illustrations in this work truly demonstrates the old maxim that a picture is worth a thousand words. Clute is very clever in selecting just the right images to illustrate his theme. For example, in the section titled "The 1900s: The Future of the City" are juxtaposed drawings of future cities as seen by H. G. Wells and Winsor McCay with views of New York City in ruins from John Ames Mitchell's "The Last American". Clute includes photographs or sketches of authors, stills from movies and TV programs, and covers of magazines and books to show the depth and range of science fiction literature. He also makes effective use of chronology to show both the history of science fiction and contemporary world events that affected the writers. A brilliant illustration of this technique is the section on the years 194049, which recounts World War II with Pearl Harbor, atomic weapons, paper shortages, and such publications as "The Gremlins" and such movies as "The Purple Monster Strikes" and "Superman" The section on authors is one of the book's greatest strengths. Following a picture of the author, and his or her dates, nationality, other names, and key works, an essay characterizing the author's work is interspersed with book covers and a boxed bibliography giving date, title, and publisher. For major authors such as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke, the coverage is more than two pages. Newer authors such as David Brin and Connie Willis are given about half a page The "Encyclopedia of Science Fiction", which Clute coauthored with Peter Nicholls, is more scholarly and more detailed but does not have any illustrations. Libraries that own the earlier encyclopedia may not need to buy the illustrated one, but it would be a shame to deprive readers of this attractive volume. It is highly recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries.
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This stunning visual adventure through the history of the science fiction genre covers it like never before. Illustrated with color images from books, films, magazines, comics, and graphic novels, this book presents a decade-by-decade study of influences, authors, artists, ideas, more. Full of rare book-cover classics, movie stills, archival photos, period graphics, timelines, and biographies. A Hugo Award winner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789401854
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/9/1995
  • Edition description: 1st American edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 9.99 (w) x 11.78 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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