There are three major sections to this pathfinder: free Internet resources, print resources, and academic resources. This has been done to show off the different kinds of materials which users can access at different price points, from the free and easy to access websites to the more closed off academic databases and university Special Collections.
Free Internet Resources
An online index of citations for stories in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other genre fiction, the The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database (SFFRD) is a useful tool for locating books, short story collections, reviews and articles related to science fiction, and even “fan writings” (The science fiction and fantasy research database, n.d., para. 2). It does not provide full text access to these resources, but it can help to find information about what exists to be accessed elsewhere.
Galaxy Magazine at Archive.org
Online Reference Resources
A free online encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is a great resource for looking up information about the genre and authors of interest. Although it might seem small, the site has won multiple awards, including “the 2012 British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Nonfiction, the 2012 European SF Society award as Best Promoter (of the sf genre) and the 2012 Hugo for Best Related Work” for its third edition, which is currently in use (Clute et al., 2016, para. 4).
An online bibliography of science fiction and fantasy authors, Fantastic Fiction allows users to search by genre, author, and even award winners. Its bibliographies are extensive and feature the books, short stories, and anthologies in which particular authors’ works are published. With over 40,000 authors featured on the site, it is extremely useful for researching works by a particular New Wave author.
The entropy exhibition: Michael Moorcock and the British “new wave” in science fiction. Greenland, C. 1983. Boston, MA: Routledge.
The first and most intense book focusing on the New Wave in science fiction, The Entropy Exhibition “examines the history of [New Worlds] magazine and its background in the popular imagination of the 1960s, traces the strange history of sex in science fiction and analyses development in stylistic theory and practice” (The entropy exhibition, n.d., para. 2). It is the perfect addition to the library of any fan of the New Wave, and a must-read for those interested in the movement.
The World of Science Fiction, 1926-1976: The History of a Subculture. Del Rey, L. 1980. New York, NY: Garland Publishing.
This book explores the history of science fiction and the culture surrounding it, from the fans to the editors and illustrators. Since its timeframe is focused on the late 20th century and the author, Del Ray, stresses the importance of science fiction magazines in particular, this work would be particularly useful to the scholar or individual exploring the New Wave (Nickerson, 1980, p. 613).
Queer universes: Sexualities in science fiction. Pearson, W., Hollinger, V., & Gordon, J. 2008. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
This unique collection of essays may not focus on the New Wave of science fiction outright, but it does provide a look into the kind of themes present during that movement. Queer Universes looks at the ways in which science fiction can “‘intersect’ [with queer theory] in profitable, enlightening ways, encouraging readers to acknowledge science fiction’s capacity to pose questions that unsettle their normative beliefs” (Johnstone, 2013, p. 598). This mirrors the same openness to sexuality which was present in the New Wave, and some of the essays presented do talk about that time in depth.
Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction. Barron, N. 1995. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
Anatomy of Wonder is, as one critic writes, “a laudable and invaluable work” which provides excellent reference resources for those interested in exploring the works of a single author or the themes in a specific work, but does not lend itself to easy reading (Sleight, 2006, p. 347).
Historical dictionary of science fiction in literature. Booker, M.K, 2014. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
This dictionary of science fiction contains many useful tools for someone researching the genre, from a timeline of the history of science fiction to an explanation of the genre’s history in media (Svitavsky, 2015, p. 1286). Information in the book’s main section includes entries on authors, specific works, themes, awards, and sub-genres.
Academic resources are journals, databases, and other collections which are usually more scholarly in tone and also often require a subscription to access. Because of this, the following resources may be unavailable to readers who do not have a subscription through a university or other institution; however, the Science Fiction Studies journal does have some articles available for free, and the Special Collections mentioned below may be accessed by appointment.
Literature Resource Center is a database with in-depth articles, reviews, essays, and “a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements” (Quick summary, n.d., para. 2).It does require a subscription, so it is advised that you check with your university or library to see if you have access before buying articles, but it is definitely a useful tool for all aspects of literary study, if you can access it.
Created by the Modern Language Association, MLA International Bibliography contains information on “literature, language and linguistics, folklore, film, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing.”(MLA international bibliography, n.d., para. 2). Although it is not specific to science fiction, its wide coverage would make it useful to any interested user. Again, it is important to note that this database requires a subscription to access its articles without a fee.
Science Fiction Studies is a journal, published three times a year, which contains book reviews, criticism, and articles about science fiction (Science fiction studies, n.d.). Although access to their newer materials requires a subscription, back issues of some of their older publications, particularly those printed in the 1970’s and 90’s, are available for free on the journal’s website.
Strange Data, Infinite Possibilities, San Diego State University
San Diego State University’s Strange Data, Infinite Possibilities collection began in 1977 and contains “nearly 5,000 titles” from science fiction authors, with a strong focus on the New Wave and Golden age of the genre (Strange data, infinite possibilities, n.d., para. 1).
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Collection, Northern Illinois University
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) collection at Northern Illinois University holds “over 2,000” volumes of science fiction, with new titles added often (Science fiction & fantasy literature, 2016, para. 1). Although it does not specialize in New Wave science fiction, its holdings include copies of New Worlds magazine, a science fiction magazine credited with starting the New Wave movement, as well as works from many prominent New Wave authors.
Clute, J., Langford, D., Nicholls, P., & Sleight, G. (2016). Introduction to the third edition. Retrieved from http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/introduction_to_the_third_edition
The entropy exhibition. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.fantasticfiction.com/g/colin-greenland/entropy-exhibition.htm
Johnstone, W. (2013). Queer universes: Sexualities in science fiction. University of Toronto Quarterly, 82(3): 597-599.
MLA international bibliography. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ebscohost.com/academic/mla-international-bibliography
Nickerson, S. (1980). The world of science fiction, 1926-1976. Library Journal, 613(2): 613-614.
Quick summary. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://gdc.gale.com/gale-literature-collections/literature-resource-center/
Science fiction & fantasy literature. (2016). Retrieved from http://libguides.niu.edu/c.php?g=113077&p=735589
The science fiction and fantasy research database. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://sffrd.library.tamu.edu/about/
Science fiction studies. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.depauw.edu/site/sfs/index.htm
Sleight, G. (2006). Anatomy of wonder: A critical guide to science fiction. Science Fiction Studies, 33(1): 343-347.
Strange data, infinite possibilities. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://library.sdsu.edu/scua/new-notable/strange-data
Svitavsky, W.L. (2015). Historical dictionary of science fiction in literature. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 52(8): 1286.