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Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years : A Complete Coverage of the Genre Magazines Amazing, Astounding, Wonder, and Others from 1926 Through 1936 [Hardcover]

by E. F. Bleiler, Richard Bleiler
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August 1998 0873386043 978-0873386043 First Edition
Complementing Science-Fiction: The Early Years, which surveys science-fiction published in book form from its beginnings through 1930, the present volume covers all the science-fiction printed in the genre magazines--Amazing, Astounding, and Wonder, along with offshoots and minor magazines--from 1926 through 1936. This is the first time this historically important literary phenomenon, which stands behind the enormous modern development of science-fiction, has been studied thoroughly and accurately.

The heart of the book is a series of descriptions of all 1,835 stories published during this period, plus bibliographic information. Supplementing this are many useful features: detailed histories of each of the magazines, an issue by issue roster of contents, a technical analysis of the art work, brief authors' biographies, poetry and letter indexes, a theme and motif index of approximately 30,0000 entries, and general indexes.

Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years is not only indispensable for reference librarians, collectors, readers, and scholars interested in science-fiction, it is also of importance to the study of popular culture during the Great Depression in the United States. Most of its data, which are largely based on rare and almost unobtainable sources, are not available elsewhere.


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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: 730 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr; First Edition edition (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873386043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873386043
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Survey of Early 20th Century SF May 17, 2000
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Simply put: an essential survey/guide to the 1926-1936 era of (mainly) American sf. Bleiler has read _everything_ published in the magazines during this time period, gives a synopsis of the story, offers historical notes, and quite often comments on the importance (or lack thereof) of the story. David H. Keller comes in for some deadly bone-crushing comments. Bleiler has also tracked down biographical information, going so far as to search Social Security death records. And there's much more, far too much to list here.
Having read a fair number of these stories, his comments are quite accurate (most of what was published by Gernsback is awful dreck, but there were a few important stories published too).
If you have any interest in the this early era of SF this is an essential book for the shelf. And it's fun to read the plot summaries of some absolutely dreadful stories!
Nonminated for the 1999 Hugo for Best Related Book (previously the Non-Fiction category).
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