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The mechanics of wonder : the creation of the idea of science fiction

Author: Gary Westfahl
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 1998.
Series: Liverpool science fiction texts and studies, 15.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a sustained argument about the idea of science fiction by a renowned critic. Overturning many received opinions and sacred cows, it is both controversial and stimulating." "Much of the controversy arises from Westfahl's resurrection of Hugo Gernsback - for decades a largely derided figure - as the true creator of science fiction. Following an initial demolition of earlier critics, Westfahl argues for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Westfahl, Gary.
Mechanics of wonder.
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)607122706
Named Person: Hugo Gernsback; John W Campbell, Jr.; Hugo Gernsback; John Wood Campbell; John W Campbell, Jr.; Hugo Gernsback; Hugo Gernsback; John Wood Campbell
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Westfahl
ISBN: 0853235635 9780853235637 0853235732 9780853235736
OCLC Number: 40990589
Description: viii, 344 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: The true history of science fiction: an introduction --
'An idea of tremendous import': Hugo Gernsback's theory of science fiction --
'The Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Edgar Allan Poe type of story': Hugo Gernsback's history of science fiction --
'This unique document': Hugo Gernsback's Ralph 124C 41+ --
'A lot of rays and bloodshed': Hugo Gernsback's career as a science fiction editor --
'Carefully projected scientific thought': critical voices between Hugo Gernsback and John W. Campbell, Jr. --
'A convenient analog system': John W. Campbell, Jr's theory of science fiction --
'A characteristic symptom of this stage of evolution': John W. Campbell, Jr's history of science fiction --
'A full-view picture of the world that would result': Robert A. Heinlein's Beyond this horizon --
'Can openers, clichés and case studies': John W. Campbell, Jr's career as a science fiction editor --
'Slow sculpture': conclusion.
Series Title: Liverpool science fiction texts and studies, 15.
Responsibility: Gary Westfahl.
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The Mechanics of Wonder will arouse debate and force the questioning of presuppositions. No other book so closely examines the origins and development of the idea of science fiction, and it will  Read more...

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