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|Authors||Wayne Barlowe, Ian Summers, Beth Meacham|
|Cover artist||Wayne Barlowe|
|Publisher||Workman Publishing Company|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials (1979; second edition 1987) is a science fiction book by artist Wayne Barlowe, with Ian Summers and Beth Meacham (who provided the text). It contains Barlowe's visualizations of different extraterrestrial life forms from various works of science fiction, with information on their planetary location or range, biology, and behaviors, in the style of a real field guide for animals. It was nominated for an American Book Award and for the 1980 Hugo Award for Best Related Work.
After the success of the work, in 1996 Barlowe and Neil Duskis wrote a second book, Barlowe's Guide to Fantasy.
The book contains descriptions of the following species:
- Abyormenite - Hal Clement's Cycle of Fire (1957)
- Athshean - Ursula K. Le Guin's The Word for World Is Forest (1975)
- Black Cloud - Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud (1957)
- Chulpex - Avram Davidson's Masters of the Maze (1965)
- Cinruss - James White's Sector General series (1957-)
- Cryer - Joseph Green's Conscience Interplanetary (1972)
- Cygnan - Donald Moffitt's The Jupiter Theft (1977)
- Cygnostik - Michael Bishop's A Little Knowledge (1977)
- Czill - Jack L. Chalker's Well World series (1977)
- Demon - Keith Laumer's A Plague of Demons (1977)
- Demu - F. M. Busby's Cage a Man (1973)
- Dextran - David J. Lake's The Right Hand of Dextra (1977)
- Dilbian - Gordon R. Dickson's Spacial Delivery and Spacepaw (1961)
- Dirdir - Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure series (1968)
- Garnishee - Harry Harrison's Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers (1973)
- Gowachin - Frank Herbert's The Dosadi Experiment (1977)
- Guild Steersman - Frank Herbert's Dune (Barlowe mistakenly believed that Steersmen are aliens, whereas they are in fact altered humans)
- Ishtarians - Poul Anderson's Fire Time (1974)
- Ixchel - Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time
- Ixtl - A. E. van Vogt's The Voyage of the Space Beagle
- Lithian - James Blish's A Case of Conscience
- Masters - John Christopher's The Tripods trilogy
- Medusan - Jack Williamson's The Legion of Space
- Merseian - Poul Anderson's Ensign Flandry
- Mesklinite - Hal Clement's Mission of Gravity
- Mother - Philip José Farmer's Strange Relations
- Old Galactic - James H. Schmitz's Legacy
- Old One - H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness
- Overlord - Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End
- Pnume - Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure series
- Polarian - Piers Anthony's Cluster series
- Pierson's Puppeteers - Larry Niven's Known Space series
- Radiate - Naomi Mitchison's Memoirs of a Spacewoman
- Regul - C. J. Cherryh's The Faded Sun: Kesrith
- Riim - A. E. van Vogt's The Voyage of the Space Beagle
- Ruml - Gordon R. Dickson's The Alien Way
- Salaman - Brian Stableford's Wildeblood's Empire
- Sirian - Frederik Pohl's The Age of the Pussyfoot
- Slash - Piers Anthony's Kirlian Quest
- Soft One - Isaac Asimov's The Gods Themselves
- Solaris - Stanisław Lem's Solaris
- Sulidor - Robert Silverberg's Downward to the Earth (alternately spelled 'Sulidoror' by both Barlowe and Silverberg)
- Terran - humans; no specific novel - an image of a human (the author) used in the size comparison chart in the book.
- The Thing - John W. Campbell's Who Goes There?
- Thrint - Larry Niven's Known Space series
- Tran - Alan Dean Foster's Icerigger
- Triped - Damon Knight's Rule Golden
- Tyreean - James Tiptree's Up the Walls of the World
- Uchjinian - Jack L. Chalker's Well World series (1977)
- Vegan - Robert A. Heinlein's Have Space Suit—Will Travel
- Velantian - E. E. Smith's Lensman series
Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials received a mixed review from Wendy Bousfield in Library Journal. Bousfield commented that the book's drawings were "colorful", but also "somewhat static and artificial-looking, with less vitality than the preparatory sketches from the artist's notebook included at the end." She also criticized the omission of "the facts of publication of the novels", but concluded that public libraries might still be interested in the work. The book received a positive review from Claudia J. Morner in School Library Journal. Morner praised the book's "colorful drawings" and "fold-out comparative size chart" showing the size of aliens relative to human beings. She concluded that it was a "fun browsing book" that would appeal to "young people fascinated by monsters" as well as to science fiction readers.
- Barlowe, Wayne (1987). Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials. New York: Workman Publishing Company. ISBN 0-89480-500-2.
- Even though the first book of the Tripods trilogy, The White Mountains, is listed as a source, the Masters do not actually appear in it; they are revealed in the second book of the trilogy, The City of Gold and Lead.
- Bousfield, Wendy (1 January 1980). "Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials (Book Review)". Library Journal: 190. – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)
- Morner, Claudia J. (May 1980). "Barlowe's Guide to Extra-Terrestials (Book)". School Library Journal: 92–93. – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)
- 1980 Hugo Awards Archived 2012-02-11 at the Wayback Machine
- Liptak, Andrew (2017-02-16). "Wayne Barlowe's Illustrated Aliens". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2018-06-05.