The Origins of Science Fiction (Clothbound Hardcover)

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The Origins of Science Fiction (Clothbound Hardcover)

A delightful anthology of early science fiction from the close of the Romantic period to the early twentieth century, showing the extraordinary imaginative diversity of the genre.

"Since then how many have been my cares and woes, how few and empty my enjoyments! I pause here in my history--I will pursue it no further. A sailor without rudder or compass, tossed on a stormy sea--a traveller lost on a wide-spread heath, without landmark or star to him--such have I been: more lost, more hopeless than either. A nearing ship, a gleam from some far cot, may save them; but I have no beacon except the hope of death." - The Mortal Immortal, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The Vitality and Literary Diversity of the Field

An excellent resource for those interested in science fiction, and also an essential volume for understanding the development of the genre.


In his introduction, Michael Newton draws together literary influences from Jonathan Swift to Mary Shelley, the interest in the irrational and dreaming mind, and the relation of the tales to the fact of Empire and the discoveries made by anthropology. He also considers how the figure of the alien and non-human 'other' complicated contemporary definitions of the human being.

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