A magnificent, if flawed, work of scholarship.
This must be the definitive guide to TV-SF! Seemingly every UK, US, Canadian and Australian SF series from 1946 to 1996, is listed alphabetically by series name, from Ace of Wands and Adam Adamant Lives to X-Files and Xena Warrior Princess. No matter how short or obscure, each entry has a couple of paragraphs describing the series concept and production history, and then every episode is summarised in a couple of lines. Original airdates, episode lengths, and actor, director and writer credits are given throughout. This information has been gleaned from recordings of the episodes, and from old TV listing guides, and is very thorough. Most of the descriptions are factual, with little critical addition, except for the several cases along the lines of "possibly the worst SF series ever".
It doesn't include everything:
But even with these restrictions, the result runs to nearly 1000 crammed pages.
There are flaws. Firstly, and most importantly for a reference work, there is no index. Apparently, a 400 page index does exist, but the total work would then have been too long to publish. It may be released as a companion volume. Secondly, the quality of the printing is execrable. A fixed-width sans serif daisy-wheel-like typeface is used throughout, right-justified by adding double spaces between some words, and with the comma looking almost identical to the full stop. This makes it awkward to read. Thirdly, there are quite a few typos.
But even with these flaws, this is an indispensable addition to one's SF reference shelf. I am looking forward to a CD-ROM version (provided it's done well!)