Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century
This work is an attempt to look beyond science fiction as a series of texts and authors, and to try to see it for what it is - a peculiarly 20th-century genre of literature, which tries to make sense of the changes which science and technology has brought to modern society. It is also a cultural phenomenon which had had a considerable impact upon the way in which people view the world and their place in it. The book traces science fiction from the 19th century, through the establishment of American domination of the field after 1945, to the large-scale industry which it has now become. It also examines the special pleasures experienced by the science fiction reader, and the way in which this has brought into existence a community of readers and writers. Edward James is the editor of "Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction" and the first volume of "The New Cambridge Medieval History".
- Paperback | 264 pages
- 147.32 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 113.4g
- 01 Nov 1994
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford Paperbacks
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Introduction: browsing through the categories; labels. Part 1 The development of a genre, 1895-1940: science fiction in 1895 - the extraodinary voyage, the tale of the future, the tale of science; Herbert George Wells; science fiction in Britain and America - publishing history; science fiction between the wars outside North America; science fiction in the American pulps; defining the genre. Part 2 The victory of American science fiction, 1940-1960: Campbell and new definitions of science fiction; "Astounding" in the 1940s; American science fiction and the rest of the world; the publishing boom of the 1950s; classic themes. Part 3 Reading science fiction: science fiction and the main stream; the sense of wonder; reading strategies; three tales. Part 4 The science fiction community: the growth of fandom; the community of writers; beyond the fringe; fandom today. Part 5 From New Wave to Cyberpunk and beyond, 1960-1993: the New Wave; new directions in the 1970s; Cyberpunk and its aftermath; current trends in science fiction.
About Edward James
About the Author: Edward James is Director of the Center for Medieval Studies and Senior Lecturer at the University of York.