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Science Fiction & Fantasy: A Research Guide: Home

This research guide to science fiction/fantasy literature and film emphasizes reference resources and databases available at the FSCJ Library/Learning Commons (and beyond).

Science Fiction & Fantasy

This online guide emphasizes reference resources and databases available at the FSCJ Library to support the research interests for the intersection of science fiction literature, film, art, philosophy, and game narratives that explore how this genre influences social change and presents alternative futures based on cultural practices, values, and technological advancements. 

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Objective of this Guide

This guide contains links to information resources related to your course, including indexes and databases that can be used to find publications, reference works, data resources, style guides, and pages linking to resources on specific topics.

We hope you find it helpful for all your research needs in this class.



When you begin to research your topic in the area of Science Fiction or Fantasy it is helpful to know that there are many sub genres that may pique your interest.  Some points to consider when developing your paper:

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject.  For sci-fi you may want to search by author/title/sub genre or keywords. Suggested terms may include:
    • androids
    • cyborgs
    • cyberpunk
    • postcyberpunk
    • speculative fiction
    • alternate history
    • military sf
    • superhuman
    • apocalyptic
    • space opera
    • space western
    • time travel
  • Search the FSCJ library catalog and subject oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

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