Astounding Wonder: Imagining Science and Science Fiction in Interwar America

Astounding Wonder: Imagining Science and Science Fiction in Interwar America

by John Cheng
     
 

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Astounding Wonder explores the emergence and dynamics of science fiction in interwar popular culture.

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Astounding Wonder explores the emergence and dynamics of science fiction in interwar popular culture.

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Named in Locus magazine's 2012 Recommended Reading List

"Astounding Wonder is an absorbing book. It tells fascinating tales of an often-neglected period of SF's history and brings contemporary actors to life through frequent quotation from archival sources."—Los Angeles Review of Books

"Truly a multidisciplinary work with a unique perspective. . . . Cheng clearly loves his subject matter and infuses the book with a sense of humor."—Journal of American Culture

"A wide-ranging, meticulously researched account of the emergence of science fiction as a genre in the United States during the interwar period. . . . Cheng's interpretations are often sophisticated, supporting his wider claims about the popular imaginings of science within the pulps."—Science Fiction Studies

"Science fiction fans have long been the most avid aficionados in any arena of popular culture. Now with pioneering research and deep knowledge, John Cheng tells how thousands of Americans formed and sustained communities to pursue their visions of a future made better by science. Cheng's book chronicles a generation of young people inspired, engaged, and transformed by the possibilities of imaginary new worlds, ideas, and devices, so many of which inhabit our lives today. We live in a world they dreamed up, from space travel to cell phones, computers to nanotechnology. Cheng shows how readers and fans transformed science fiction from a marginal genre in the pulp magazine industry to a major cultural force."—Charles McGovern, College of William and Mary

"John Cheng's highly readable book imaginatively shows the science fiction community's role in, and ways of, perceiving science. Cheng displays the ways in which readers incorporated science fiction into their lives, how this led them to think about science, and further still how some of them imagined aspects of that science into being. Displaying sure-handed use of challenging sources as well as deep knowledge of scientific as well as social theory, Astounding Wonder is cultural history at its best, and so much more."—Ian Gordon, author of Comic Strips and Consumer Culture

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812206678
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/19/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
3 MB

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