The Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction


Flame Tree Illustrated (2017), Edition: Illustrated.


Langford, David

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Nonfiction, Hardcover, Dust Jacket, Literature, Film, Science Fiction

Dewey Subjects

By Topic > Fiction > Genre Fiction > History, description and criticism of more than two literatures > Literature > Mystery and Speculative Fiction > Science Fiction > Speculative Fiction


A truly astonishing, illustrated history of Science fiction, covering fantasy and horror, with forays into crime, mystery, and the gothic. Using timelines, online links, illustrations, posters, movie stills, book covers, and more, this fantastic new book propels us into the well of modern imagination, from its roots in Frankenstein, through Verne, H.G. Wells, the late gothic and weird horror of Lovecraft to the mass market sensationalism of the Pulp magazines. The Pulps then invoked a new generation of writers (such as Ray Bradbury and Robert Bloch) of the Golden Age before many transitioned to screenwriting for the movies and early TV (Psycho, Star Trek, Twilight Zone), inspiring, in turn, the invasion of superheroes, gigantic spaceships, and dystopian landscapes onto our data-streaming tablets and computers.

The book explores the interplay between great writers (Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke) and story-telling directors (Kubrick, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, George Lucas) who create powerful Sci-Fi, reflecting and challenging the developments of technology, science, and society. Each has played a significant role in this all-consuming, speculative form of world-building, from its early manifestation as a shocking literary event to the mass market sensation it is today.



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