13 Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Encyclopedias

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling Science Fiction & Fantasy Encyclopedias in 2020


Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia

Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Size: Standard

The Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

The Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
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Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia

Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • With a galaxy of information on every page, the Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia Hardcover Book is the perfect illustrated guide to everything Star Wars . This beautiful visual tour of the Star Wars universe includes gallery upon gallery of stunning images and fascinating facts.
  • The object-themed spreads focus down onto hundreds of topics, from Star Wars fashion and food, to vehicles and creatures.
  • Explore a range of droids, from medical to spy droid, or discover the different snacks you can eat in the Star Wars universe.
  • The Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia Hardcover Book has 200 pages.
  • Measures about 11 12-inches tall x 10 9/10-inches wide.

Encyclopedia Of Fantasy And Science Fiction Art Techniques: A Comprehensive A-z Directory Of Techniques, With An Inspirational Gallery Of Finished Works

Encyclopedia Of Fantasy And Science Fiction Art Techniques: A Comprehensive A-z Directory Of Techniques, With An Inspirational Gallery Of Finished Works
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Fantasy Encyclopedia

Fantasy Encyclopedia
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

Monster Girl Encyclopedia Vol. 2

Monster Girl Encyclopedia Vol. 2
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy's Greatest Science Fiction

Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy's Greatest Science Fiction
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
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Zardoz (1974): Sean Connery Does Sci-Fi

Another cult classic and one of Sean Connery's post-007 movie gigs (in which he played a leading role), Zardoz is the epitome of corny '70s Science Fiction...

It's as weird as it sounds, but read on! In this "wondrous" future, a single man, Arthur Frayn, has constructed a giant floating (and bearded) head of stone that sails through the skies, carrying rifles that it spews out for the barbarian tribes in the "outlands" while claiming in a thunderous voice "The penis is evil! The gun is good!"

But not all the barbarians trust in the giant stone head's wisdom. Zed (Sean Connery,) an outlander who has somehow taught himself how to read using only the old and moldy books preserved in the burnt-out hulk of an ancient city, has grown restless since the head began to tell them to farm instead of kill; risking his life to climb aboard the head and hide in the latest stockpile of grain, he discovers that the head is not the god he originally thought, but a vehicle, a flying chunk of stone that sets down in the middle of a significantly more civilized and prosperous world than the one he left!

But, within this more civilized and prosperous world, there is a growing state of unrest; immortality is slowly driving everyone insane, and as the film picks up in intensity, we see a trend in the people of the "vortex," (The shielded, perfect world in which they live) a trend toward actively wishing for death, until the entire vortex explodes in a colorful and primitive hunt for Zed that is filled with everything from jealous lovers, insane elderly, and a three-man orchestra, playing a happy tune as they are cut down, one by one, by barbarian invaders from the outlands, who are only too happy to oblige them in their quest for death.

Though Zardoz features only one well known actor, it hosts a number of other actors and actresses that have had extensive film time, though primarily in international films. The three most famous of these are Charlotte Rampling, (Imperium: Augustus, Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction) Sarah Kestelman, (Mind Games, Anna Karenina) and John Alderton, (Calender Girls, Operation Crossbow) but you may also recognize the names of Niall Buggy (who plays Arthur Frayn) and Bosco Hogan, as most of these actors and actresses are still active in Cinema today.

At the very least, Zardoz is a supremely weird and inventive piece that tells a great deal about where society could go in the distant future, were we to isolate ourselves from life itself, and at most, it is a celebration of man's right to die, of all things. It's definitely worth a watch, as the philosophy behind it is brilliant, if hokey, and if you're a fan of Sean Connery, it's a must see. (he runs around in a loin cloth throughout the entire film.)

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