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The Internet Speculative Fiction Database is a database of bibliographic information on science fiction and related genres such as fantasy fiction and horror fiction. It is widely viewed as an authoritative source of information, and is constantly being updated.


Although it is an extensive collection of references, it is by no means exhaustive. It compilers estimate, as of 2003, that whilst they have most science-fiction authors on the database, they probably have only listed a fraction of the novels and short stories written.

The ISFDB was created by Al von Ruff in 1995.

After years of being hosted at www.sfsite.com/isfdb/, ISP problems forced it to be taken off-line in 2003. Soon afterwards, Texas A&M University responded by providing hosting for the ISFDB at a new address, www.isfdb.org.

The data of the ISFDB is an OSI Certified Open Source, licensed under the OpenContent License. However, the OpenContent License appears not to be compatible with the GFDL used in some other online information sources, restricting the ISFDB to being used only as a reference rather than copied wholesale into other databases.


The ISFDB contains:

  • Author bibliographies
  • Publication bibliographies
  • Award listings
  • Magazine content listings
  • Anthology and collection content listings
  • Yearly fiction indexes
  • Forthcoming books
  • Numerical statistics of data contained in the database
  • Graphed statistics of data contained in the database
  • A discussion board

As of 27th March 2004 the ISFDB contains data on 27362 authors, 26743 awards and 132850 titles (including 33397 novels and 62039 unique pieces of short fiction).

Compare with these other online sources:

  • the Locus Index to Science Fiction
  • the Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Weird Fiction Magazine Index

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  Results from FactBites:
Speculative fiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (456 words)
Speculative fiction is a term which has been used in multiple related but distinct ways.
For example, in Harlan Ellison's writing, the term may signal a wish not to be pigeonholed as a science fiction writer, and a desire to break out of science fiction's genre conventions in a literary and modernist direction.
The use of "speculative fiction" in the sense of expressing dissatisfaction with science fiction was popularized in the 1960s and early 1970s by Judith Merril and other writers and editors, in connection with the New Wave movement.
Internet Speculative Fiction Database - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (817 words)
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database is a database of bibliographic information on science fiction and related genres such as fantasy fiction and horror fiction.
Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections, edited by William Contento.
During the period of 1984-1994, a series of speculative fiction author bibliographies were posted to the Usenet newsgroup [1].
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