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The Road to Science Fiction: From Gilgamesh to Wells (Road to Science Fiction (Scarecrow Press)) (Volume 1) Paperback – December, 2002
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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)
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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.Read more ›
There are four (4) books from this editor and I think I finally got them all!