Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction, 3d ed.

Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction, 3d ed.

by James Gunn

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476673530
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/03/2018
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,219,625
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James Gunn, emeritus professor of English at the University of Kansas and the author or editor of 45 books and 100+ short stories, has been president of both the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Science Fiction Research Association, receiving their lifetime awards and induction into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Science Fiction, I Love You (Isaac Asimov) 5

 1. The Shape of the Present 9

 2. In the Beginning 23

 3. Toward Verne: 1800–1885 37

Between pages 50 and 51 are 8 color plates with 16 photographs

 4. A Victorian Engineer: 1828–1905 51

 5. The Birth of the Mass Magazines: 1885–1911 66

 6. Prophet of Progress: 1866–1946 77

 7. The Rise of the Pulps: 1911–1926 97

 8. That Amazing Decade: 1926–1936 113

 9. The Expanding Universe: 1930–1940 128

Between pages 144 and 145 are 16 color plates with 46 photographs

10. The Astounding Editor: 1938–1950 145

11. The Big Boom: 1940–1955 171

12. Alternate Worlds: 1949–1965 195

13. The Shape of Things to Come 212

14. The Shape of Things That Came: 1975–2016 231

Appendix 1: Science Fiction Themes 251

Appendix 2: A Basic Science Fiction Libary 254

Appendix 3: A Short History of Western Civilization,

Science, Technology and Science Fiction 267

Index 293

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