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The History of Science Fiction Part 4: 1910 – 1919

The period from 1910 to 1919 was domi­nated by war. The First World War erupted in 1914 and ended in 1918. That would have been enough for one decade but in 1917 the Russian Revolution(s) occurred. It’s not surprising then that all of this death, destruc­tion and polit­ical turmoil had an impact on the works produced during the time. But that wasn’t the only thing driving culture and society. Scien­tific advances continued at a rapid pace. One huge break­through was Albert Einsteing’s General Theory of Rela­tivity which lead to spec­u­la­tion about time-travel and anti-gravity, both of which still feature in science fiction. Another major advance was Ernest Rutherford’s discovery of the atomic nucleus which signif­i­cantly reshaped our view of the world.

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