Hugo Gernsback and the Century of Science Fiction

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McFarland, Jun 19, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 283 pages
An examination of science fiction editor and author Hugo Gernsback's career, this critical study explores the many ways in which his work influenced the genre. It summarizes the science fiction theories of Gernsback and his successors, considers his efforts to define science fiction both verbally and visually, and for the first time offers detailed studies of his rarest periodicals, including Technocracy Review, Superworld Comics, and Science-Fiction Plus. An analysis of his ground-breaking novel, Ralph 124C 41+: A Romance of the Year 2660, and its influences on a variety of science fiction novels, films and television programs is also offered.
 

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Contents

Brian Stableford and John Clute
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The Popular Tradition of Science Fiction Criticism 926980
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A Symbol for Science Fiction
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Hugo Gernsbacks Career as a Science
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The Textual History
97
The Transformations
149
The Forms
164
Cyberpunk in the Context
192
Hugo Gernsbacks Career as a Science
207
Notes
243
Bibliography
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Index
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Gary Westfahl, a professor emeritus at the University of La Verne, California, has authored, edited, or co-edited 27 books about science fiction and fantasy, and hundreds of articles and reviews. In 2003, he received the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award for his lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship.

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