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Billion Year Spree: The True History of Science Fiction Hardcover – 1973


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385088876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385088879
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,320,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Adams on December 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Aldiss presents an intelligent history of science fiction from Mary Shelly to 1973. Of course, a lot has been written in the genre since, but this book is still a valuable account of its beginnings. Especially interesting is his comparison of two early sf giants, H.G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TLR on September 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
First published in the early 70s, this is a very well-written account of the origins of science fiction: Shelley, Poe, Wells, Verne, Burroughs. Aldiss also discusses Huxley, Orwell, Lovecraft, C.S. Lewis, Bradbury, Asimov and others, as well as the rise of pulp sci-fi in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
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