Foundations of Science Fiction: A Study in Imagination and Evolution

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Greenwood Press, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 290 pages
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This important contribution to the study of science fiction explores the origins of the basic literary traditions of the genre. Thematic, rather than chronological, organization sets this work apart from previous analyses. The entire range of literary invention within science fiction is explored from its earliest beginnings through the past hundred years of serious development. Emphasis is on enabling the reader to perceive the evolution of science fiction as an organic whole, rather than a mere accumulation of works linked solely by popular publishing trends.

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

A very good study of science fiction that uses an evolutionary metaphor to trace influences and themes in the genre. The only fault I could find with the book is that sometimes Pierce fell into simply recounting plots without explaining the work's importance or significance in the genre. Read full review

Contents

IN THE BEGINNING
3
THE CREATION OF A GENRE
33
THE UNIVERSE OF SCIENCE FICTION
109
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JOHN J. PIERCE is associate editor of Private Label magazine.

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