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The World of Science Fiction, 1926-1976
The History of a Subculture



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ISBN 9780367748395
May 18, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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This book, first published in 1980, is a guide to the major forces in the subculture of science fiction. It analyses the history of the field and the related developments, for instance the Bomb, that have shaped the literature. It examines the complex of activity and background tradition, the body of accepted beliefs and conventions, and the ethics and values of the world of science fiction.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Background  1. What Science Fiction Is  2. The Beginnings of Science Fiction  3. The Rise of the Pulps  4. The Third Source  Part 2. The Age of Wonder (1926-1937)  5. The Magazines of Hugo Gernsback  6. The Dawn of Astounding  7. The Crucial Years  8. The Active Fan  9. The Shaping of the Future  Part 3. The Golden Age (1938-1949)  10. Campbell’s Astounding  11. The War and the Bomb  12. A Proliferation of Magazines  13. Science Fiction in Books  14. The Growth of Fandom  15. Reshaping the Future  Part 4. The Age of Acceptance (1950-1961)  16. The Quest for Magic  17. The Big Boom  18. And the Collapse  19. The Magazine Business  20. Wider Horizons  21. FIAWOL or FIJAGH?  22. Watershed  Part 5. The Age of Rebellion (1962-1973)  23. The Survivors  24. The Torch Passes  25. Rebellion: the New Wave and Art  26. Enter: Academe  27. The Big Con Game  28. The Fifth Age (1974- )  Part 6. Parallels and Perspectives  29. Fantasy  30. Buck Rogers and Mr. Spock  31. Glossary  32. Themes and Variations  33. Utopias and Dystopias  34. But What Good Is It?  35. Mene, Mene, Tekel…  36. After Star Wars

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Lester del Rey