Category Archives: The History Of Science Fiction

An ongoing project in which I attempt to cover the entire history of science fiction and fantasy from it’s origins through to today in chronological fashion. I’m currently working my way through the decades with some special posts to highlight particularly significant individuals.

My thought is that the articles could be continually revised and expanded based on reader feedback, becoming steadily more comprehensive.

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The History of Science Fiction Part 10: 1950 – 1959 (Books)

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series History Of Science Fiction

The 1950s were a peak in American culture in some ways. It was also a time when television was established, radio still had a presence and movies and magazines were still big business. There’s a fair amount of dispute over when the Golden Age of Science Fiction actually ended, but certainly we were still in it at the beginning of the decade. Not only were many of the established writers still publishing furiously, but many new names were coming up and the variety of science fiction being published was about to explode. And it wasn’t just in books and magazines that science fiction was taking off.

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The History of Science Fiction Part 9: 1940 – 1949

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series History Of Science Fiction

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series History Of Science FictionThe forties were of course dominated by World War II and its after-effects. Perhaps the biggest immediate influence that had on science fiction was the peak and decline of pulp magazines. Paper shortages caused the cancellation of some lower selling titles, but […]

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The History of Science Fiction Part 8: John W. Campbell

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This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series History Of Science FictionThere are a lot of very colorful characters from the early days of science fiction. But a handful of them were so influential that they influenced the direction of the whole genre. John W. Campbell undoubtedly falls into this category. In fact […]

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The History Of Science Fiction Part 7: 1930 – 1939

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series History Of Science Fiction

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series History Of Science FictionEnter The Golden Age With the genre now defined and growing, the 30s were when it spread across media. Books, magazines, movies, radio and comics, all were fertile ground for science fiction. New authors began to make their names. And all this […]

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The History of Science Fiction Part 6: 1920 – 1929

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series History Of Science Fiction

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series History Of Science FictionIn the 1920s everything was no set up for science fiction to burst forth as a genre in its own right. Out of the shadow of the great war, literacy was spreading as was science and a fascination with gadgets. Radio, Television […]

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The History of Science Fiction Part 4: 1910-1919

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series History Of Science Fiction

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series History Of Science FictionThe 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 […]

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