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Science Fiction: Ed McKnight Science Fiction Collection

Where is Science Fiction?

Unlike public libraries which have separate sections for fiction, the Thrift Library catalogues its books using the Library of Congress System. All fiction is stored in the P's, and books by an author are stored alongside books about that author - biographies and analytical works. This is because public libraries emphasize reading for pleasure and academic libraries emphasize the study of literature. 

This makes browsing for science fiction much more difficult in an academic setting as books by Issac Asimov will be found alongside books by Maya Angelou and books by J.R.R. Tolkien alongside books by Dylan Thomas.

The best way to find science fiction is to search OneSearch by known author or title or the subject - science fiction.

Another way is to use this LibGuide to lead you to recommended selections.

Call Numbers and Subject Headings

Here are some call numbers related to specific aspects of Science Fiction

  • P96.S34 (Mass media)
  • PN3433-PN3433.8 (History)
  • PN6120.95.S33 (Collections of fiction)
  • PN3433-PN3433.8 History and criticism

Here are some useful subject headings for use in OneSearch.

  • Science fiction
  • Science fiction - Awards
  • Science fiction - History and criticism'
  • Science fiction - Psychological effects
  • Science fiction - Religious aspects
  • Science fiction - Authors
  • Science fiction fans
  • Science fiction films
  • Science fiction illustrators
  • Science fiction in art
  • Science fiction television programs

See also

  • Fantasy fiction
  • Fantasy films
  • Fantasy literature

See also various Science Fiction Motifs such as

  • Time travel
  • Immortality
  • Alternative histories (Fiction)
  • Space and time
  • Human-alien encounters
  • Utopias
  • Life on other planets


Ed McKnight Science Fiction Collection

The Ed McKnight Science Fiction Collection is named after Dr. Ed McKnight, a long time member of the English department faculty here at Anderson University and a science fiction aficionado.

The collection was made possible thanks to Dr. McKnight's generous donation of a large number of well-selected science fiction novels, anthologies, critical biographies, histories, criticisms, and reference works.

Dr. McKnights Recommended List of Critical Readings

PN3448 S45 B27 1972   J.O. Bailey. Pilgrims through Space and Time. New York: Argus, 1947.         

Kingsley Amis. New Maps of Hell. A Survey of Science Fiction. New York: Harcourt, 1960.

PN3448 S45 F7   H. Bruce Franklin. Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century. New York: Oxford UP, 1966.

Tzvetan Todorov.  The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre, trans. Richard Howard. Cleveland: Case Western Reserve UP, 1973.

Robert Scholes. Structural Fabulation: An Essay on Fiction of the Future. Notre Dame, IN: U of Notre Dame P, 1975.

PS3554 E437 J4 2009   Samuel R. Delany. The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction. Elizabethtown, New York: Dragon, 1977.

PN3448 S45 S26   Robert Scholes and Eric S. Rabkin. Science Fiction: History/Science/Vision. New York: Oxford UP, 1977.

Darko Suvin. Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre. New Haven: Yale UP, 1979.

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction. Ed. Susan Wood. New York: Perigee, 1980

Walter E. Meyers. Aliens and Linguists: Language Study and Science Fiction. Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 1980.

PR830 S35 A38 1986   Brian W. Aldiss with David Wingrove. Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction. London: Gollancz, 1986.

Paul K. Alkon. Origins of Futuristic Fiction. Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 1987.

PN3503 M24 1993   Brian McHale. Postmodernist Fiction. New York: Methuen, 1987.

Darko Suvin. Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction. Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 1988.

John Huntington. Rationalizing Genius. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1989.

Alexei and Cory Panshin. The World beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence. Los Angeles: Tarcher, 1989.

PN3433.5M35   1991   Carl Malmgren. Worlds Apart: Narratology of Science Fiction. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 1991.     

PN3433.4 E53 1995  John Clute and Peter Nicholls, eds. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's, 1993.

Carl Freedman. Critical Theory and Science Fiction. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan UP, 2000.

Jeff Prucher, ed. Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction. Intro. Gene Wolfe. New York: Oxford UP, 2007.

Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 2008.