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Although science fiction got its name in the pages of inventor Hugo Gernsbacks 1920s pulp magazine Amazing Stories , its development can be plausibly traced to Horace Walpoles fantasy The Castle of Otranto (1764). In a massive, colorful history sure to please SF fans, the Panshins, a husband-wife team ( SF in Dimension ; Earth Magic ), link the genres pedigree to Mary Shelleys Frankenstein , Poe, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells. They call Edgar Rice Burroughs the first great SF innovator of the 20th century. By extrapolating trends in science and technology, SF writers create symbols of transcendent possibility, yet their art, as the study demonstrates, has also mirrored earthly changes--the horrors of two world wars, the holistic universe posited by quantum physicists. The Panshins carry their story through 1945, focusing on such writers as Olaf Stapledon, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Lyon Sprague de Camp and A .E. Van Vogt. -- Publishers Weekly
Won 1990 Hugo for best non-fiction.
Trade Paperback, Pub. Date: September 1989 (1)
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