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Science Fiction

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

Finding Books

How to Find Books in the Catalog

The Library of Congress Subject Headings encompass topics within the genres of fantasy and science fiction in a variety of media. The following list may be useful in locating critical/historical books and other secondary materials in the University of Texas Library Catalog. 

Subject headings for fantasy, horror, & science fiction:
ALTERNATIVE HISTORIES (FICTION)

SCIENCE FICTION--ILLUSTRATIONS

SCIENCE FICTION--HISTORY AND CRITICISM
SCIENCE FICTION, AMERICAN--HISTORY AND CRITICISM
SCIENCE FICTION, ENGLISH--HISTORY AND CRITICISM
SCIENCE FICTION FILMS--HISTORY AND CRITICISM
SCIENCE FICTION FILMS--UNITED STATES--HISTORY AND CRITICISM

SCIENCE FICTION--BIBLIOGRAPHY
SCIENCE FICTION, AMERICAN--BIBLIOGRAPHY
SCIENCE FICTION, ENGLISH--BIBLIOGRAPHY
 

Need More Help?

Still not finding what you are looking for? Take a look at these titles from the UT library. These work as basic guides for finding science fiction and exploring the genre's scholarly criticism. 

Can't Find a Book?

Don't give up! 

UT affiliated users - Use the UT libraries' free Interlibrary Loan Service. UT users can request books that our library does not have from other libraries. All you need to do is log in with your UT EID, confirm your current contact information, and enter the book's basic information. You will receive an email from the UT libraries when it is ready to be picked up from the library front desk.

Did we mention that it was free? Expand your sci-fi horizons:


Non-UT students, faculty, staff- Thanks for visiting our guide! Check out WorldCat to find our recommend sources are in your local public or academic library. WorldCat allows you to search the catalogs and collections of over 10,000 libraries around the world. 

 

Classic Works

This list of recommendations is by no means comprehensive. However, it serves as "starter pack" of historically acclaimed, classic sci-fi novels.

Note: There may be other editions in our library, if the linked book is checked out or labeled Lost or Missing. Just re-check the UT catalog.

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