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The Road to Science Fiction : From Gilgamesh to Wells - James Gunn

The Road to Science Fiction

From Gilgamesh to Wells

By: James Gunn (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 2002
ISBN: 9780810844148
Number Of Pages: 349

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Between an ancient Roman's trip to the moon and the fantastic tales of H.G. Wells lies a journey through time and space and an awesome evolution in scientific thinking. From Gilgamesh's search for immortality to Lucian's odyssey on the moon; from Jonathan Swift's hilarious satire on scientists in Gulliver's Travels to Mary Shelley's horrifying description of a scientist who has gone too far inFrankenstein from Edgar Allan Poe's balloon trip in the year 2848 to Jules Verne's prophesies of the impact of scientific inventions on future civilization; from Edward Bellamy's utopian escape from the industrial Revolution to H.G. Wells's magnificent story of Earth threatened by an inescapable menace-here are the chief ancestors of the modern science fiction story. For the first time, these and other key works are gathered together in one anthology, complete with revealing commentary on the authors, their eras, and the role each played in establishing what we today recognize as science fiction.

The Road to Science Fiction is a six-volume anthology of science fiction that covers the development of science fiction from its earliest prototypes in the Sumerian Gilgamesh and the Greek epics to approximately 1990. Created originally to provide anthologies for use in classes, these volumes have become mass-market sellers as well, since they are not only a source of outstanding stories but also explain what constitutes science fiction, how it developed and the contribution the authors and the stories have made to the evolution of science fiction.

Cloth edition previously published in 1979.

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...provides one of the most comprehensive views of the field and should be required reading for all students of sf. It has withstood the test of time, with classic stories....Gunn's headnotes and introductions remain provocative, even years later. The Road to Science Fiction can be read as an historical document, one that says much about Gunn, his mind, and his take on sf as it does about the state of sf from its roots to its full maturity as a genre.--Science Fiction Studies

Introductionp. vii
The First Voyage to the Moonp. 1
From A True Storyp. 3
Strange Creatures and Far Travelingp. 13
From The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandevillep. 16
The Good Place That Is No Placep. 22
From Utopiap. 25
The New Science and the Old Religionp. 31
From The City of the Sunp. 33
Experience, Experiment, and the Battle for Men's Mindsp. 42
From The New Atlantisp. 44
A New Look at the Heavens and Another Trip to the Moonp. 63
Somnium, or Lunar Astronomyp. 65
Commuting to the Moonp. 79
From A Voyage to the Moonp. 81
The Age of Reason and the Voice of Dissentp. 87
From "A Voyage to Laputa"p. 90
Imaginary Voyages in the Other Directionp. 119
From The Journey to the World Undergroundp. 122
Vistors from Spacep. 128
From Micromegasp. 130
Science and Literature: When Worlds Collidep. 146
From Frankensteinp. 149
Science as Symbolp. 159
Rappaccini's Daughterp. 162
Anticipations of the Futurep. 186
Mellonta Tautap. 189
Expanding the Visionp. 201
The Diamond Lensp. 203
The Indispensable Frenchmanp. 224
From Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seap. 227
From Around the Moonp. 245
Lost Civilizations and Ancient Knowledgep. 256
From Shep. 259
The New Frontierp. 276
From Looking Backwardp. 279
New Magazines, New Readers, New Writersp. 304
The Damned Thingp. 307
A Flying Startp. 315
With the Night Mailp. 318
The Father of Modern Science Fictionp. 336
The Starp. 339
About the Editorp. 349
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ISBN: 9780810844148
ISBN-10: 0810844141
Series: Road to Science Fiction (Scarecrow Press) : Book 1
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 349
Published: 1st November 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 14.99  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.5