An SF and Fantasy Bibliography

SF Universes and Fantasy Worlds
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Alan Dean Foster

Eddie Jones

The Big Three
--- Isaac Asimov
--- Arthur C. Clarke
--- Robert A. Heinlein

J.R.R. Tolkien

Patrick Moore

Philip E. High

Richard C. Meredith

Robert E. Vardeman

Fighting Fantasy

Science Fiction Magazines

SF and Fantasy Series

SF Universes and Fantasy Worlds
--- Introduction
--- Amtor - Carson Napier of Venus
--- Barsoom - John Carter of Mars
--- Conan the Barbarian - Sphere
--- Darkover - Arrow SF
--- Narnia - Fontana Lions
--- Perry Rhodan - Futura / Orbit
--- Raven: Swordmistress of Chaos
--- The Chronicles of Counter‑Earth
--- The Land - Thomas Covenant
--- Thongor of Lemuria

"They arose in my mind as ‘given’ things, and as they came, separately, so too the links grew. An absorbing, though continually interrupted labour . . . yet always I had the sense of recording what was already ‘there’, somewhere: not of ‘inventing’."
J.R.R. Tolkien discussing his mythology -- from a letter to Milton Waldman, c.1951

Science fiction and fantasy novels are often set in a larger world that the author explores if time or commercial success allows. This may be to see "what lies beyond" the edge of the map, on another planet or in an earlier or later time period, but in all cases, they set out to satisfy their and their readers' desire for a greater knowledge of the whole.

This section of SFandFantasy.co.uk attempts to record the extent of some of these universes and worlds; sometimes by focusing on the editions issued under a particular imprint; sometimes by comparing the cover artwork used by different publishers.

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"Once upon a time (my crest has long since fallen) I had a mind to make a body of more or less connected legend, ranging from the large and cosmogonic, to the level of romantic fairy-story -- the larger founded on the lesser in contact with the earth, the lesser drawing splendour from the vast backcloths -- which I could dedicate simply: to England; to my country. . . . I would draw some of the great tales in fullness, and leave many only placed in the scheme, and sketched. The cycles should be linked to a majestic whole, and yet leave scope for other minds and hands, wielding paint and music and drama."
J.R.R. Tolkien discussing his mythology -- from a letter to Milton Waldman, c.1951


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