Trillion Year Spree: The History Of Science Fiction (from the author's own library).

By: Aldiss, Brian W. (& David Wingrove)

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Grading: Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new) but for a touch of spotting to front free endpaper.


512 pages. Greatly expanded and updated (mostly by Wingrove, I believe) from the earlier volume Billion Year Spree (1973, by Aldiss alone). Winner of a Hugo for best non-fiction. This copy is from Brian Aldiss's own library, with a white printed label pasted in, stating/''This book was a personal copy of the author Brian W. Aldiss, part of his effects at his home at the time of his death in August 2017. Wendy Aldiss, Literary Executor Brian Aldiss Estate''.

''Billion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction (1973), a large survey of sf marked by iconoclasms, enthusiasms, and impatience, remains Aldiss's most important single nonfiction work; its central argument - that sf is a child of the intersection of Gothic romance with the Industrial Revolution, and that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is the first true sf writer, and Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831) 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 (sometimes intemperate) downgrading 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).

Title: Trillion Year Spree: The History Of Science Fiction (from the author's own library).

Author Name: Aldiss, Brian W. (& David Wingrove)

Categories: REFERENCE & NON-FICTION,

Edition: First American edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Atheneum: NY.: 1986.

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new) but for a touch of spotting to front free endpaper.

Seller ID: 46673