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Condition: Neat inked name on front free endpaper, page edges a little browned, else a fine copy in a fine dustjacket.
340 pages. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
''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).
Title: Billion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction (signed by the author).
Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).
ISBN Number: 0297765558
Location Published: Weidenfeld & Nicholson: London.: 1973.
Grading: Neat inked name on front free endpaper, page edges a little browned, else a fine copy in a fine dustjacket.
Categories: Reference & Non-Fiction
Seller ID: 05656