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Billion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction., Aldiss,  Brian W.

Author Name    Aldiss, Brian W.

Title   Billion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction.

Binding   Hardcover.

Book Condition   Fine copy in a VG dustjacket.

Edition   First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher    Weidenfeld & Nicholson: London. 1973.

ISBN Number    0297765558 / 9780297765554

Seller ID   42420

340 pages.

''Billion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction (1973), a large survey of sf marked by iconoclasms, enthusiasms, and impatience, is Aldiss's most important nonfiction work as far as the genre is concerned; its central argument - that sf is a child of the intersection of Gothic romance with the Industrial Revolution, and that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein(1818) is the founding text of the genre, gives profound pleasure as a myth of origin. Though it fails circumstantially to be altogether convincing, its focus on the early nineteenth century, a period during which Western consciousness underwent revolutionary change, remains salutary, as is its downgrading (sometimes intemperate) of twentieth-century American sf. The book was much expanded and, perhaps inevitably, somewhat diluted in effect as Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction (1986) with David Wingrove, which won a Hugo'' (John Clute & David Pringle/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).

Price = 10.00 GBP

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