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Publishing the Science Fiction Canon
The Case of Scientific Romance

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Part of Elements in Publishing and Book Culture

  • Date Published: November 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108708890

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  • Science fiction was being written throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but it underwent a rapid expansion of cultural dissemination and popularity at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. This Element explores the ways this explosion in interest in 'scientific romance', that informs today's global science fiction culture, manifests the specific historical exigences of the revolutions in publishing and distribution technology. H. G. Wells, Jules Verne and other science fiction writers embody in their art the advances in material culture that mobilize, reproduce and distribute with new rapidity, determining the cultural logic of twentieth-century science fiction in the process.

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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108708890
    • dimensions: 176 x 123 x 4 mm
    • weight: 0.097kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Notes on the concept of a canon
    Scientific romance
    The nineteenth-century book market
    The conditions of development 1880–1910
    The extraordinisation of ordinary voyages
    Science fiction's visual cultures
    Conclusion.

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    Adam Roberts, Royal Holloway, University of London

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