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Science-Fiction: The Early Years Hardcover – January 15, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0873384162 ISBN-10: 0873384164
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Everett F. Bleiler, an authority on early science-fiction, is the author of Science-Fiction: The Early Years (Kent State University Press, 1990) and The Guide to SupernaturalFiction (Kent State University Press, 1983) and editor of Science Fiction Writers and Supernatural fiction Writers. He has been awarded the World Fantasy Award and the World Science Fiction President s Award.

Richard J. Bleiler, who has worked extensively in pulp fiction, is Humanities Reference Librarian at the University of Connecticut.


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  • Hardcover: 998 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr (January 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873384164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873384162
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,736,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay on March 14, 2011
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I had no idea what I was really ordering when I ordered this book. I had read some descriptions elsewhere, but nothing prepared me for the level of detail in this astounding book covering over 3000 texts of early science fiction between its covers. Bleiler provides very detailed synopses of each text as well as other publication details, plus insightful commentary and cross referencing. There are levels of indexes, which are amazingly simple to parse through, and Bleiler's list of science fiction categories in early sf is beautiful. Many works mentioned here are not in print and will probably not be seen in print anytime soon, if at all, but they reveal the real depth of the fascination with science, technology and the future that permeates this genre. One might quibble about some works included in this volume depending on one's definition of sf, and also about the fact that science fiction outside the European-American world is not considered, but I would say, what Bleiler has done here is not only a marvellous job for all science fiction fans and researchers, but indeed created a monument to humanity's endless fascination with ideas.

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What a valuable resource this is--It has cross references galore. You can look up by author, subject, time, location. I love the subject headings Bleiler has created. Under "Women" alone there is several subcatagories such as "dressed as men" "as aliens" "as overlords"--it's amazing! The challenges in finding all these awesome sci fi stories is getting your hands on the actual story. If you are a scholar of sci-fi, this is a must have for your research.
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