Science Fiction: A Literary History

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An accessible introduction to science fiction with an unprecedented focus on its global reach. Provides insight into the work of renowned science fiction writers including H. G. Wells, Mary Shelley, Ursula Le Guin and J.G. Ballard.

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Science fiction (SF) has existed as a popular genre for around 150 years. This book offers a survey of the genre from nineteenth-century pioneers to contemporary authors, introducing the plural versions of early SF across the world, before examining the emergence of the ‘scientific romance’ in the 1880s and 1890s. The ‘Golden Age’ of writers’ expansive SF pulp was concentrated in the 1930s, consolidated by best-selling writers like Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. The contributors to this volume also track the increasingly diverse forms SF took from the 1950s onwards.Leading international scholars, writing in an accessible style, consider SF as a ‘world’ literature, referencing works from diverse traditions in Latin America, Europe, Russia and the Far East. This book combines discussion of central figures of the tradition with a new global reach.

Author(s)
Edited by Roger Luckhurst
Publisher
British Library
Publication date
October 2017
Pages
224 pages
Dimensions
229 x 155 mm
Binding
Hardback

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