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...provides one of the most comprehensive views of the field and should be required reading for all students of sf. It has withstood the test of time, with classic stories....Gunn's headnotes and introductions remain provocative, even years later. The Road to Science Fiction can be read as an historical document, one that says much about Gunn, his mind, and his take on sf as it does about the state of sf from its roots to its full maturity as a genre. (Science Fiction Studies)

An excellent introduction to the history of the genre. (The New York Times)

The best series, historically arranged, of SF anthologies ever assembled...All six volumes belong in the library of every university, school, and teacher and reader of science fiction. Gunn has gathered stories of importance to the development of SF and stories that represent the best writing of the genre. (Anatomy of Wonder, 5th Edition)

...of great use to teachers and students of science fiction. However, Gunn's work is accessible to any serious reader. I recommend it for anyone with an interest in acquiring a useful vocabulary of texts and authors for use during those conversations in which the value of science fiction is questioned...Gunn's prose is serious and well informed without being prolix. (Sfrevu)

About the Author

James Gunn is Emeritus Professor of English at University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
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  • Series: Road to Science Fiction (Scarecrow Press) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (December 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810844141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810844148
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The subtitle for the first of the Road To Science Fiction is 'From Gilgamesh to Wells'. Ancient mythological legends are only talked about in introduction, though.

This is not a volume of short stories in general, as the time period the editor is tracing the changes in human thought and method over didn't have such things. In fact, he points out that 'The Diamond Lens' may be the first SF story 'as such'.

So, here it does make sense to use excerpts where there is no other choice, fro, Verne, Shelley, Swift, etc.

Apart from that, the best three stories are right at the end, so people just interested in that part of it should start there, and browse the rest, which will be of little interest to many. Browsing the intro pieces to the work is worth a look, even if you don't want to read ancient Greek silliness, for example.
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By Joe on January 28, 2014
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You have to be a fan of old classical scifi for this one.
There are four (4) books from this editor and I think I finally got them all!
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Beware--this reprinting of The Road to Science Fiction: From Gilgamesh to Wells does not include everything from the first edition, released in 1977. Missing is an extremely useful appendix containing a reading list of essential science fiction stories and novels up through the mid-1970s. My mass-marked paperback of the first edition had become badly worn so I ordered the new edition as a replacement. But because it lacks the reading-list appendix I am returning it immediately.
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