Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology / Edition 1

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Critics, science fiction writers, scientists, and scholars throughout the world hailed the original publication of Future Perfect in 1966 as a book that would transform our evaluation of science fiction and our understanding of American culture. The praise has proved well founded, for Future Perfect has been more responsible than any other single work for the recognition of the value and significance of science fiction.

In this first new edition since 1978, H. Bruce Franklin has made major revisions and additions, including a new section displaying remarkable contributions to science fiction by nineteenth-century American women. Future Perfect now offers a stunning perspective on the relevance of nineteenth-century science fiction in the dawn of the twenty-first century, illustrated by wonderfully enjoyable stories by obscure figures and by well-known authors, including:
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne
-- Washington Irving
-- Jack London
-- Herman Melville
-- Edgar Allan Poe
-- Mark Twain

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813521527
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/1995
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Bruce Franklin is the John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University in Newark and the author or editor of sixteen books on culture and history. He has been a leading international figure in the teaching and study of science fiction for over three decades.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Nathaniel Hawthorne and Science Fiction 7
The Birthmark 23
The Artist of the Beautiful 39
Rappaccini's Daughter 61
Edgar Allan Poe and Science Fiction 87
A Tale of the Ragged Mountains 96
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar 106
Mellonta Tauta 115
Automata 131
Herman Melville and Science Fiction 134
The Bell-Tower 140
Humans as Machines 154
Dr. Materialismus 156
Marvelous Inventions 173
The Atoms of Chladni 175
Medicine Men 202
Jack London and Science Fiction 204
A Thousand Deaths 211
Into the Psyche 220
Thomas Wentworth Higginson and His Dreamer 223
The Monarch of Dreams 226
Ambrose Bierce and Science Fiction 240
A Psychological Shipwreck 242
Space Travel 246
Washington Irving and Science Fiction 249
The Men of the Moon 251
Edward Bellamy and Science Fiction 255
The Blindman's World 261
Fitz-James O'Brien and Science Fiction 277
The Diamond Lens 285
Dimensional Speculation as Science Fiction 307
Four-Dimensional Space 309
From "Four-Dimensional Space" 311
Women's Work 312
From Man's Rights; Or, How Would You Like It? 317
From Mizora: A Prophecy 337
Time Travel 360
Beyond the Past 362
Christmas 200,000 B.C. 365
Mark Twain and Science Fiction 370
From the "London Times" of 1904 376
The Perfect Future 386
In the Year Ten Thousand 389
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