October 06, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A

Mercifully short on bug-eyed monsters and long on scholarly information, The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Science Fiction does an excellent job of pulling together the literary, cinematic, and philosophical galaxies that constitute the sci-fi universe. (I was especially impressed by its knowing treatment of the obscure Russian movie Solaris, including a text link to visionary Polish author Stanislaw Lem.) The encyclopedia features only six film clips, but its strength lies in the sophisticated selection of essays and photos. Not that the disc ignores the genre’s latter-day manifestations, but it’s nice to see such classic tale spinners as Cordwainer Smith presented on a par with Michael Crichton. A

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