Welcome to the search page. A lot of time and effort has gone into making this section of the site work correctly. The search page is divided into three sections. In the first you can search by all the ordinary book characteristics: Title, author, year published, etc. If you know what you are looking for, this is probably the quickest way to see if a review has been published.

In the second section there is only one text box, labeled as "Text." It allows you to search all of the reviews for certain character strings. Use this if you have read the reviews and want to find a specific term that you remember, or if you want to see if I have commented on a book that has not been reviewed yet.

Below that are the tags. The tags offer the most dynamic method of searching the database. Every book review has been associated with one or more (most often many) of these descriptive tags. This way you can search books by type, or any other number of categories. Using them you will be able to narrow down your book search based on characteristics other than title, author, publisher and date. For example, if you are looking for an end-of-the-world book about plagues, click on either Catastrophe or Eschatology and Plague, and submit the query by clicking on "Search for Books with ALL of these Tags." What you will get are books that have been tagged with each and every tag you submitted a search for. If you get no results by doing that, try backing up and clicking on "Search for Books with ANY of these Tags." By doing that you will get results that show books that have any of the tags you searched for. That result set typically will be bigger, but you can pare results down by eye.

Remember, if you click on multiple tags then click on "ALL," then you are asking the machine to do an "and" Boolean search. If you click on "ANY," then you are submitting an "or" Boolean search. It works here essentially the same way as on Google.

Title Search
Author Search
Publisher Search
Year Search

Text Search

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 Alternate History
 Mainstream Author
 Science Fiction
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 Avant Garde
 Dark SF/Fantasy
 Fairy Tale
 Fan Fiction
 Hard SF
 New Weird
 Science Fantasy
 Scientific Romance
 Traditional Fantasy
 Young Adult
& Tropes,
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 Alien Environments
 Alien Invasions
 Alternate Universe
 Artificial Intelligence
 Atomic Energy
 Big Dumb Object
 Body Jumping
 Breeding Programs
 Capital Punishment
 Changed Earth
 Civil Rights
 Class Distinctions
 Crime & Corruption
 Dark Ages
 Dying Earth
 Engineering Projects
 Etheral Voyages
 Evil Overlords
 Far Future
 First Contact
 Foreign Relations
 Future History
 Future Seeing
 Generational Starships
 Gods & Demons
 Heroic Deeds
 Hive Minds
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 Jupiter & System
 Last Man
 Little People
 Lost Race
 Near Future
 No Children
 Nuclear War
 Origin of Species
 Other Dimensions
 Post Apocalypse
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 Post Human
 Psi Powers
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 Resurrection & Reincarnation
 Saturn & System
 Scientific Method
 Sexes Separated
 Shape Shifters
 Smart Animals
 Social Darwinism
 Social Engineering
 Sol System
 Space as Frontier
 Space Battles
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 Sword Play
 Time is Backwards
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 Time Travel
 Wish Fulfillment
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 Graphic Novel
 Reference, Multi-Volume
 Reference, Single Book
 Short Story
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 Bram Stoker
 BSFA Award
 Campbell Award
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 Hugo Award
 Intl Fantasy
 Lambda Award
 Locus Award
 Nebula Award
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 Prix Apollo Award
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 Sturgeon Award
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Misc Tags
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 Golden Age
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 Post WWII
 Proto SF
 Early 20th Century
 WWII Years
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