Is there a reasonably complete online database of sf works?

What about other media, such as comics, and radio programs?

(SF as in speculative fiction: science fiction, alternate history, fantasy… Note that I'm looking for a database aiming at exhaustivity in its domain, not a selection based on notability or tastes.)

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    had a good search last, seems their aint one, which is shocking really. One needs to be started to seperate it away from Speculative Fiction, which is a superset and includes lots and lots fantasy of dubious quality. Jan 17, 2011 at 19:58
  • Science fiction is large. Use library catalogs and meta-catalogs.
    – b_jonas
    Jan 2, 2014 at 23:56

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Pick your poison…

General Reference

and of course

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Search Engines/Directories

Other Lists

If that doesn't fit your needs, I could always provide more… but this should help on your quest.


I would also add Fantastic Fiction as another source for written SF.


The wikipedia portal on Sci-Fi is a good start. It's not the best, but it is a very good one.

I think it is a main starting point to develop a full SF database.

  • I wouldn't count Wikipedia as “reasonably complete”. IMDB and ISFDB have no notability requirement.
    – user56
    Jan 19, 2011 at 8:06
  • IMDB is movie centered. ISFDB is book centered. Wikipedia is an starting point agnostically centered.
    – Gelvis
    Jan 20, 2011 at 0:39
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    @Gilles, me. There is a vast number of good sf books that will NEVER make into wikipedia. Deletionists are too strong. Jan 20, 2011 at 3:45

http://sf-encyclopedia.com/ I found Science Fiction Encyclopedia to be most fruitful! They even have artists in the mix of literary greats; the list goes on extensively.


Although still currently incomplete, Elders of Genova is working very hard at creating the world's first unabridged encyclopedia of science fiction and fantasy. It is unique in that it also catalogs the fantastic elements in each work and allows you to do cross-medium searches for similar forms of entertainment. E.g. you can click on Star Trek and see that they have laser weapons in that franchise, then you can see all of the other works that have laser weapons as well.

As a user generated encyclopedia, even though it is still in early stages, it is growing very fast.

  • Link seems to be broken? Is there an alternative?
    – Bookeater
    Sep 25, 2017 at 17:29

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