Brave New Words – The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction edited by Jeff Prucher, Oxford University Press, 2007, soft cover edition 2009, non-fiction
This dictionary of science fiction terms won a Hugo Award in 2008 for non-fiction, and it’s easy to see why. Loaded with words, names, and terms having their derivation in science fiction, the well-read SF fan will recognize most, but probably not all, of the contents here, but may be surprised, pleased and reminded of books they have read or intend to read.
There’s a lot of “Oh, I didn’t know that’.” between the covers here, and that’s half the fun.
This isn’t a books to read straight through, though it’s easy to get caught up in browsing right along, but is great for having handy when there are a few minutes to kill before something else requires your attention. Or maybe you want to keep it handy for reference. However you choose to use this, you’ll be glad you have it.