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Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works
Science-fiction & fantasy literature: a critical list with discussions.
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You have apparently come to this page from a link on a search engine or another site. If this is your first visit here, I much recommend that you take a few minutes to look over the introductory material accessible via the red “Introductory” navigation block just below the pictures. An understanding of the purposes and principles of organization of this site will, I hope and believe, much augment your experience here, for this page and in general. You can simply click this link to get at the site front page
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“‘In the meantime,’ continued Mr. Larkin, ‘how would you like to sell some books? That’s always fun. You’d be surprised at the great quantity of odd people who read books. Some even buy them. I wonder why?‘”
– Rain in the Doorway
If you want to buy a used copy of a book—whether or not still in print—you can, if there are some near you, search the shelves of used-book shops; but the odds of finding a given book in a given used-book shop are small to virtually nil. The answer to the problem (which may even hold for new books) is to buy your books on line.
There are numerous online bookseller web sites, but my experience is that the best single source for books on line, new or used, is AbeBooks. If you click that link, you will get (in a new browser tab) to a page at the AbeBooks web site that explains who they are and what they do; but the long and the short of it is that they are a combined virtual storefront for thousands of individual book sellers, large and small, around the world. When you query a book at AbeBooks, each of their member booksellers’ matching stock is displayed. And that stock can include both new and used editions.
Throughout this site, whenever a book is listed with a link, that link is of one of two kinds: usually it is a search by book title and author name, but when it is for what I call a “preferred edition”—a particular edition of some book—it is a search by that edition’s ISBN. At times, books are listed here but not linked—typically because they are components of a recommended omnibus volume that is more convenient, and often rather less expensive, than acquiring each book separately. But, if you want to seek out individual copies of such omnibused works, you can use AbeBooks’ Search Page, which is also good for, obviously, searching out any books not listed here.
If you want to use AbeBooks to look for titles (of any sort, not just speculative fiction) not listed on this site, here is a link to their Search Page, which is pretty much self-explanatory.
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