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Science Fiction

A guide to the UT Libraries science fiction collection for research and leisure reading.


"Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."- Arthur C. Clarke

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Hello, and welcome to the University of Texas Libraries' Science Fiction Research Guide! The UT Libraries has a sizeable collection of science fiction materials, both for leisure reading and research inquiry

How to use this guide

This guide aims to assist University of Texas students, faculty, and staff in identifying and accessing books, journals, and electronic materials that treat science fiction/speculative fiction literature and film as objects of serious study. The widespread acceptance of science fiction literature and film as rich areas for academic research has spurred the creation of many specialized print and online resources for literary theorists, cultural historians, film scholars, and others. 

In this research guide for science fiction, you will  find:

  • Background information, including information on theories, history, and encyclopedias
  • Journals and peer-reviewed articles. 
  • Suggested databases for research
  • Criticism on films and books
  • Diverse Science and Speculative Fiction and literary criticism that addresses diverse themes
  • Staff recommendations, noteworthy reads, and links to outside UT sources
  • Library Updates due to COVID-19 Closures

    The main floor of the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) is open for study and book pick-up. Library stacks are closed for browsing, and other branch libraries remain closed. Please check the Libraries Service Continuity guide for more information, including service hours and occupancy limits. 

    You can request print books through our Pick It Up service using in the library catalog. You can pick up books at the PCL main desk. Books duplicated in the HathiTrust digital library will not be eligible for the Pick It Up service. 

    See the tab "Science Fiction eBooks" for a selection of science fiction series, novels, and short stories in ebook format.

    Many library services are available online. Gina Bastone, the English Librarian, is available for:

    • Research consults via Zoom
    • Questions over email
    • Library purchase requests for ebooks only. (We are not buying new print books at this time.)

    Help Us Expand Our Collection

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    We pride ourselves in giving our patrons what they want. If you see that we are missing a book in a series, please help us out! Please use the Purchase Request form and your request will be distributed to the appropriate library staff person. 


    This Science Fiction Library Guide was created by Adriana Casarez and Victoria Pena in 2018. Additions and edits by Katy Tuck in 2020.

    Contact Gina Bastone, Humanities Librarian:

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