This book is a comprehensive and detailed guide to a genre of enduring popular appeal. Several hundred films are covered in entries that provide technical credits and cast lists, a plot synopsis, and a quotation from a contemporary reviewócomplimentary or otherwise. The films are illustrated by over 200 stills. More than 50 biographies of movie personalities, including performers, directors, producers, and writers, are supplied. In addition, the author has written a series of short essays on major themes in science fiction and fantasy films.