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Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with the impact of imagined innovations in science or technology, often in a futuristic setting. USC Libraries attempts to collect at the instructional support level, a collection that is adequate for undergraduate instruction or sustained independent study.

Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting. Many works within the genre take place in fictional worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction in that it does not provide a logical (or pseudo logical) explanation for the scientifically impossible events that occur, though there is a great deal of overlap between the two (both are subgenres of speculative fiction).

Donehy Library has a collection of science fiction and fantasy books, mostly in English. In order to find a particular author that we might have, you need to know the author. Use the sectiion on this guide to search and locate guides to help you identify an author or a subject.



These guides to the field are useful to identify authors and subjects.

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Anatomy of wonder: A critical guide to science fiction - Barron, Neil, 1934-
Call Number: Z5917.S36A52 2004
ISBN: 1591581710
The overall coverage of this edition 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.

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Reference guide to science fiction, fantasy, and horror - Burgess, Michael.
Call Number: Z5917.S36B87 2002
ISBN: 1563085488
This volume presents annotations for the major and many of the minor science fiction reference volumes published. Books are grouped in sections by subject, then listed alphabetically by main entry.

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Fantasy literature: A reader's guide - Barron, Neil, 1934-
Call Number: Z5917.F3F36 1990
ISBN: 0824031482
The editor has covered over 1700 works of fiction and nonfiction. History and criticism, reference works, film and television, art, magazines, core collections, awards, and organizations are surveyed. Numerous works combining science fiction and fantasy are carefully delineated.

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The Cambridge companion to utopian literature - Claeys, Gregory.
Call Number: PN56.U8C36 2010
ISBN: 9780521886659
This Companion presents an extensive historical survey of the development of utopianism, from the publication of Utopia to today's dark and despairing tendency towards dystopian pessimism, epitomised by works such as George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

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