The Science Fiction Source Book
edited by David Wingrove
Van Rostrand Reinhold Company, New York. 1984. Hardcover in dust jacket. 320 pages. (5¾ X 6). Foreword by Brian W. Aldiss. Aldiss also provides a brief history of SF. Brian Stableford has a section where he attempts to cover all of the SF sub-genres. Next, we have a section introduced by Frederik Pohl on writers at work. A number of writers, including Poul Anderson, Ray Bradbury, Robert Silverberg, Larry Niven, Roger Zelazny, and Ursula K. LeGuin tell about their writing procedures. At this point, a number of reviewers provide comments on SF books, listed alphabetical by author and title. Each author has a brief writeup on their life and writings. The science fiction magazines are examined by Wingrove. There is a good list of books on science fiction criticism at the end. And finally, Kingsley Amis gives an afterword. There is an index in very small print. There are many photos of authors and their books included in the text. This book seems to be structured very much like a combination of Whodunit? edited by H.R.F. Keating and The Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction edited by Brian Ash. A good reference book of SF.
Scan and Commentary by Bob Gaines