The Gernsback Days: A Study of the Evolution of Modern Science Fiction from 1911 to 1936

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Wildside Press LLC, Jan 1, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 499 pages
"In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in Hugo Gernsback, and the start of a serious study of the contribution he made to the development of science fiction. . . . It seemed to me that the time was due to reinvestigate the Gernsback era and dig into the facts surrounding the origins of Amazing Stories. I wanted to find out exactly why Hugo Gernsback had launched the magazine, what he was trying to achieve, and to consider what effects he had-good and bad. . . . Too many writers and editors from the Gernsback days have been unjustly neglected, or unfairly criticized. Now, I hope, Robert A. W. Lowndes and I have provided the grounds for a fair consideration of their efforts, and a true reconstruction of the development of science fiction. It's the closest to time travel you'll ever get. I hope you enjoy the trip."-Mike Ashley, Preface
 

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Contents

Romanticism versus Realism
194
Science Fiction Depression
202
Amateur Pressure
214
The Year of the Great Change
221
Other Worlds
230
United We Stand
236
Divided We Fall
241
The Final Days
245

The Pulp Perspective
56
Testing the Market
63
Through the Ether
70
Amazing Stories
77
Where Has All the Talent Gone?
85
The Image Dilemma
93
The Growth of Scientifiction
103
The Birth of Fandom
115
Televisionary Days
120
Financially Embarrassed
123
The Birth of Wonder
136
Enter Science Fiction
142
Science and Image
148
Science Fiction Takes Hold
158
Sons of SuperScience
168
The Voice of Fandom
178
Per Ardua ad Astra
183
Wonder Anew
189
Aftermath
250
Foreword
256
Interlude April 1929
279
The First Science Fiction Boom 19291930
285
The Tide Recedes MayDecember 1930
308
The SuperScience Year 1931
319
Marking Time 1932
335
The Dark Days 1933
348
Science Fiction Reborn 1934
360
Wonders Dwindling Light 1935
374
The End 1936
386
Index to Scientific Fiction and Speculative Articles
400
Index to Amazing Stories Amazing Stories Annual
427
Index to Air Wonder Stories Science Wonder Stories
440
Index to Scientific Detective Monthly and Amazing
466
Selected Bibliography
477
General Index
485
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