Hello. This is author Gary Westfahl's official website, featuring his venerable (and recently rechristened) Biographical Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Film, 1901-2016; numerous other samples of his published and unpublished writings, as categorized below; and links to additional online articles and reviews.

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Encyclopedia Entries   Wil Wheaton   Barbara Bain (revised)
Eaton Volumes   George Slusser Conference

Biographical Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Film 1901–2016
Each entry begins with the subject's name, given name and years of birth/death, a brief identification, and a link to the individual's complete film credits. As existing entries are updated, and new entries added on key figures, the intent of the revised edition is to eventually provide a comprehensive survey of all of the important people who contributed to science fiction film during the referenced time period.
Introduction to Revised Edition  All Entries
Unknown Menaces to Civilization
These rants appear in their own section because, along with the film encyclopedia, they are the only features of this site that regularly inspire reader responses (usually negative, but I have become accustomed to that). Come learn about the seemingly innocuous aspects of contemporary life that are really appalling problems!
Soccer  Marching Bands  The Nutcracker Suite  Girl Scout Cookies
Meetings  Apple Pie  Parades  Job Interviews
Books about Science Fiction Films
Two of my books focus exclusively on science fiction films: The Spacesuit Film: A History, 1918-1969 (2012), from McFarland Publishers, and A Sense-of-Wonderful Century: Explorations of Science Fiction and Fantasy Films (2012). from Borgo Press/Wildside Press.  This section includes pages of information about each book, and early versions of one essay later incorporated into The Spacesuit Film (on the television series Men into Space), and four essays later incorporated into A Sense-of-Wonderful Century.
The Spacesuit Film  A Sense-of-Wonderful Century
Space Films Before 1950  What Is an Animated Movie?
2001: A Space Odyssey  St. Elsewhere
An Alien Abroad
This book contains all thirty-eight of the bimonthly columns I wrote for the British science fiction magazine Interzone (one in collaboration with David Pringle) as well as one new column written especially for this volume. Here are pages with information about the book; the three columns that I previously posted to this website; and a link to a version of the final column written for the magazine, misplaced during the transition to a new publisher, that was later revised and published at Locus Online.
An Alien Abroad  The Sky Is Appalling  A Modem Utopia
Big Dumb Opticals  Surprising Sci-Fi Soul Brothers
A Day in a Working Life
My only book to date that does not involve science fiction is a three-volume compilation of 315 original essays about common professions in twenty-one eras ranging from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century, accompanied by sidebars with interesting observations and relevant historical documents. Here are a page with information about the book and one sample entry, with accompanying sidebars and documents, on eighteenth-century "Novelists."
A Day in a Working Life  Novelists
William Gibson/Arthur C. Clarke
I have now contributed two books to the University of Illinois Press's Modern Masters of Science Fiction series: William Gibson (2013) and the forthcoming Arthur C. Clarke. Here are pages with information about these books and a comprehensive Gibson bibliography.
William Gibson  Gibson Bibliography
Arthur C. Clarke
Eaton Volumes
I long served as one coordinator of the Eaton Conferences on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, and as one editor of Eaton and Eaton-related volumes. Here are a history of the conferences, an unpublished essay about the Eaton Collection, Eaton links, and information about three special projects related to Eaton: a published book of Frank McConnell's Eaton Conference essays; a forthcoming collection of the best essays from the first 25 Eaton Conferences; and an upcoming conference dedicated to the career of the late George Slusser, founder and long-time coordinator of the Eaton Conferences.
Eaton Conference History  Inside the Eaton Collection
Eaton Links  Frank McConnell Book  Best of Eaton
George Slusser Conference
Science Fiction Quotations
This is probably my best-known work, a Hugo Award-nominated compilation of 2928 quotations from science fiction and fantasy. Here are some information about the book and, with permission from Yale University Press, one sample chapter containing 28 quotations about "The Future," along with a list of unverified quotations I could not include and downloadable files of a radio interview about the book.
Science Fiction Quotations  Quoted Authors  Popular Topics
The Future  Unverified Quotations  Radio Interview
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy
My largest science fiction project, this three-volume encyclopedia features 400 essays about major themes in science fiction and fantasy, and 200 essays on classic works of science fiction and fantasy. Here are some information about the book and, with permission from Greenwood Press, one of the thematic entries I contributed to the book, on "Heroes."
Greenwood Encyclopedia  Heroes
Other Books
To provide a complete picture of my career, here are pages of information about seven other books that I have published, including two books about space stations in science fiction and an unpublished article about my space station research.
Cosmic Engineers  The Mechanics of Wonder  Hugo Gernsback
Science Fiction, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture
Islands in the Sky  The Other Side of the Sky  The Endless Frontier
For many years, I focused primarily on writing articles. Below are "Arguing with Idiots," the first essay on science fiction that I ever wrote, way back in 1987 and never published; two essays that appeared in scholarly journals, "Superladies in Waiting" and "Who Governs Science Fiction?"; eight articles published in The Internet Review of Science Fiction; and some unpublished musings on "Technocracy and Plutocracy," writer H. G. Wells, and artist Chris Foss.
Arguing with Idiots  Superladies in Waiting  Who Governs Science Fiction?
What Science Fiction Leaves Out of the Future, Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4
How to Make Big Money   Earth Abides  J.G. Ballard  Men into Space
Technocracy and Plutocracy  H.G. Wells  Chris Foss
I have reviewed dozens of books and films, in print and online. To represent this work, here are a published review of the science fiction anthology Full Spectrum 4, four unpublished book reviews, and a parody review of a non-existent book.
Full Spectrum 4  Hugo Gernsback
The Norton Book of Science Fiction  Nemesis
Writings of Passage  Realm of the Enchanted Unicorn
Reference Material
I cannot post entries written for reference books as "work for hire," but here are several unpublished items: ten entries rejected by the editors of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, one rejected by the editors of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, and two entries written for a reference book that I withdrew from consideration upon realizing that that they did not match the editor's guidelines.
Batman  Captain Marvel  Definitions of Science Fiction  Field of Dreams
The Incredible Hulk  Interactive Fantasy  Mario Brothers  Ali Mirdrekvandi
Ronald McDonald  "SF"  Series Fiction  Superman  Wonder Woman
In print, on the radio, and in private correspondence, I have been interviewed several times about science fiction and related matters, and this section offers five examples.
Radio Interview (Quotations)  Time Travel Inverview
Homo aspergerus Interview  Robots Interview
I have interests other than science fiction and fantasy, though I rarely write about them. But here are four random items: a discussion of "illegal immigration"; a review of a self-improvement book; a memoir about my year on a basketball team; and the toast I delivered at my daughter's 2007 wedding reception.
America's Second Marshall Plan  A Review of The Little Book of Coaching
My Life as a Court Jester  My Wedding Toast
Biography and Links
No, I'm not quite ready to write my autobiography, but you can find some more information about me by consulting the Westfahl entries in Wikipedia, which I did not write, and two reference entries that I did write—for the online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and my own film encyclopedia. There is also a complete list of links to my other publications now available online, recently double-checked for dead links.
Westfahl at Wikipedia  Westfahl in the SFE
Westfahl Entry  Westfahl Links

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