The Time Machines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the Beginning to 1950 Paperback – January 2, 2001
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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.
- Lexile Measure : 1320L
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0853238650
- ISBN-13 : 978-0853238652
- Product Dimensions : 9.1 x 0.9 x 6 inches
- Publisher : Liverpool University Press; 1st Edition (January 2, 2001)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ashley looks at the history of science fiction magazines from the origin of magazines themselves to 1950. There is an awful lot of interesting information here on how magazines developed differently in Britain and the US.
When Ashley gets to the 1926-50 era, he is marvellous when covering the major magazines. He avoids overt deification or demonization and seems quite even-handed when dealing with the "Shaver hoax." Also, he does not take the route that when John W. Campbell became editor of Astounding all the other magazines ceased to be of interest.
This is essential reading for those interested in the early development of science fiction.
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Paperback 312 pp.
6" x 9"
Imprint: Liverpool University Press
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The Time Machines
The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the Beginning to 2000
Series : Liverpool University Press
This is the first of possibly 5 volumes that chart the history of the science fiction magazine from the earliest days to the present. This first volume looks at the exuberant years of the pulp magazines. It traces the growth and development of the science fiction magazines from when Hugo Gernsback launched the very first, Amazing Stories, in 1926 through to the birth of the atomic age and the death of the pulps in the early 1950s. These were the days of the youth of science fiction, when it was brash, raw and exciting: the days of the first great space operas by Edward Elmer Smith and Edmond Hamilton, through the cosmic thought variants by Murray Leinster, Jack Williamson and others to the early 1940s when John W. Campbell at Astounding did his best to nurture the infant genre into adulthood. Under him such major names as Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, A. E. van Vogt and Theodore Sturgeon emerged who, along with other such new talents as Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke, helped create modern science fiction. The 4th volume unfortunately was only printed as a Hardcover and spoils the Paperback sets.. I hope this has been rectified as the first book The Time Machines has been reprinted after a couple of years of cajoling to Liverpool Press, so thank you so much for listening to your customers. Odd thing though the 2nd reprint retains the original printing date but is a glossy cover different from the first edition Paperback, a most qualm but one nonetheless. Who has the real first edition ?. I believe Mike is writing presently the 5th incarnation and may continue until the subject has been fully expored, so don't just think Triliogy job done as it's gonna get costly folks, the 4th incarnation in hardback is getting on for £60 used more in other instances, it was reduced by Liverpool Press to £40 for a limited time during the new year. So if you want that 4th copy in Paperback start bitching now before the 6th one becomes available whenever ?.