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Transformations: The Story of the Science Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970 (Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies) Paperback – May 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0853237792 ISBN-10: 0853237794

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Product Details

  • Series: Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies (Book 30)
  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853237794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853237792
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,813,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ashley's study of hacks pounding away at typewriters, bullying editors and money-pinching publishers is a rich mine of information. . . . His trilogy will undoubtedly form the definitive history of science fiction from the pulp to the paperback."

(P.D. Smith The Guardian 2005-04-30)

"This is a marvelous work, this history, and the man who does it deserves all our thanks."
(James Sallis Fantasy & Science Fiction 2006-01-30)

About the Author


Mike Ashley has specialised in the history of science fiction and fantasy for over 30 years. He is the author and editor of over sixty books that in total have sold over a million copies worldwide.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Samerdyke on May 31, 2005
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Transformations, the second volume in Ashley's three volume history of the science fiction magazine, is even better than the first volume, The Time Machines. He makes a very convincing case that this era (1950-70) was the most vibrant and creative in the history of the magazines.

What I appreciated most about this book was that Ashley brought new facts and interpretations to light. I never knew that the controversy over horror comics hurt the science fiction magazines, nor was I aware of a similar flap over UFO stories in the late 50s. Also, Galaxy Magazine and Worlds of If, which went out of business in the '70s, were only names to me, but Ashley shows how important they were in earlier decades.

Ashley is not the world's most elegant writer, but he knows his material and brings an enthusiasm that sweeps the reader along. Anyone interested in the history of science fiction would learn much by reading this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Bunker VINE VOICE on August 13, 2005
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I really can't add much to Michael Samerdyke's fine review. This book is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of science fiction.
One semi-complaint: Since cover art played a large part in the story of these magazines (and is often mentioned in this book), I was disappointed that there were no illustrations. But I suppose including color images would have increased the cost of the book a lot. My solution was to read Transformations with a website gallery of old SF magazine covers open on my computer. Since I really love those old covers, this added a lot to my enjoyment of the book. (I can't give the URL of the website I used because Amazon doesn't allow external links in reviews, but if you google around you should be able to find one.)

I'm eagerly waiting for volume 3 of this history, "Gateways to Forever."
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