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

The 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 also pushed publishers and authors to look more towards other approaches. As the Golden Age came to a close, the more familiar current model of publishing began to domi­nate. Another aspect of WW II that clearly impacted on science fiction was The Manhattan Project and the split­ting of the atom.

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

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series History Of Science FictionThis 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 so signif­i­cant was his … Read More…
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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 FictionThis 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 against the … Read More…
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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 FictionThis 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 and talking movies all … Read More…
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The History of Science Fiction Part 5: Hugo Gernsback

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series History Of Science FictionThis entry is part 5 of 10 in the series History Of Science FictionThe name of Hugo Gerns­back has come up several times already in this series about The History of Science Fiction and his name is going to keep coming up as I get closer to the present day.  However the only way to prop­erly encom­pass the … Read More…
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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 FictionThis 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 of this … Read More…