The Road to Science Fiction: From Gilgamesh to Wells (Road to Science Fiction (Scarecrow Press)) (Volume 1)

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Between an old Roman's journey to the moon and the wonderful stories of H.G. Wells lies a trip via time and house and an grand evolution in medical pondering. From Gilgamesh's look for immortality to Lucian's odyssey at the moon; from Jonathan Swift's hilarious satire on scientists in Gulliver's Travels to Mary Shelley's scary description of a scientist who has long past too some distance in Frankenstein from Edgar Allan Poe's balloon journey within the 12 months 2848 to Jules Verne's prophesies of the influence of medical innovations on destiny civilization; from Edward Bellamy's utopian break out from the economic Revolution to H.G. Wells's marvelous tale of Earth threatened by means of an inescapable menace-here are the executive ancestors of the trendy technological know-how fiction tale. For the 1st time, those and different key works are accumulated jointly in a single anthology, entire with revealing remark at the authors, their eras, and the position each one performed in setting up what we at the present time realize as technology fiction.

The highway to technology Fiction is a six-volume anthology of technological know-how fiction that covers the advance of technology fiction from its earliest prototypes within the Sumerian Gilgamesh and the Greek epics to nearly 1990. Created initially to supply anthologies to be used in sessions, those volumes became mass-market dealers besides, considering they aren't just a resource of remarkable tales but additionally clarify what constitutes technological know-how fiction, the way it built and the contribution the authors and the tales have made to the evolution of technological know-how fiction.

Cloth version formerly released in 1979.

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