Contento, William G

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(1947-    ) US hardware technical support engineer for Cray Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and bibliographer. His books, beginning with Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections (1976; exp 1978) and Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections: 1977-1983 (biblio 1984), are essential tools of reference for researchers needing to locate short stories in collections and Anthologies; these texts are also highly useful as they clearly show how often individual stories have been republished. From coverage year 1984 through coverage year 1991, the annual Locus Annual Roundup sequence, compiled with Charles N Brown, assembled in corrected form the monthly Books Received lists published in Locus, plus other material. In terms of coverage years, the sequence begins with Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror: 1984 (biblio 1990) and ends with Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror: 1991 (biblio 1992), all volumes with Charles N Brown. Despite very occasional omissions – due mostly to Brown's initial insistence on including only books actually received by the magazine – these are still by far the most comprehensive annual Bibliographies for their period, most citations containing useful comment as well on the content of each title; from 1988 onwards, each volume also included a Research Index by Hal W Hall. Several years later, without the Research Index but incorporating in each iteration all data from 1984 on, the sequence was continued, beginning with The Locus Index to Science Fiction (1984-1998) (1999 cd-rom), and continues to be released on an annual basis. Less complexly formatted, but equally as thorough, the Annual Magazine Roundup sequence, beginning with Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Weird Fiction Magazine Index (1890-1997) (biblio 1998 cd-rom) with Stephen T Miller, covers all magazines in the overall field of the fantastic. [The generic sequence titles above do not exist in the texts; they were created here for readers' convenience.]

Contento has also compiled, with Martin H Greenberg, Index to Crime and Mystery Anthologies (1990), and edited some further large-scale bibliographies of crime fiction (not listed below) by Allen J Hubin (1936-    ) and others. The Supernatural Index: A Listing of Fantasy, Supernatural, Occult, Weird, and Horror Anthologies (biblio 1995) with Mike Ashley is also comprehensive. He is a prime mover in the Fictionmags Index project, in collaboration with and hosted by Phil Stephensen-Payne, with input from many others [see links below]. [PN/JC]

see also: Eaton Award.

William Guy Contento

born Cortland, New York: 13 April 1947

died

works as editor

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Locus Annual Roundup

Annual Magazine Roundup

other works as editor

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