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Science Fiction by the Rivals of H.G. Wells by Alan K. Russell
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Jan 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: sf, anthologies
Recommended for: those with a serious interest in Victorian/Edwardian-era science fiction
Read in January, 2007

The stories and authors presented in this anthology have long since faded into obscurity; even the great writer that is noted in the title is now little more than a footnote in English literature, at least if one looks at American bookshelves. But if one is interested in the early history of the genre that Wells helped to popularize, it is probably worth looking out for this out-of-print volume, which contains much in the same vein that wells was mining, if little of bears anything like the stamp of his genius. Disaster and future-war stories are commonplace; the last few stories in the book are a whole cycle by Fred M White about different ways in which London might be destroyed. Lost worlds and undiscovered races are also present here, as are a few trips around a fanciful solar system. Little in the way of editorial comments here; virtually the whole volume is taken up by the stories, presented in close 2-column type with their original illustrations from the magazines that published them (mostly The Strand or Pearsons). A nice companion piece to Sam Moskowitz's "Science Fiction by Gaslight"; between the two books all but the most dedicated will probably be satiated on Victorian SF.
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DavidO Thanks for making me aware of this book. Looks liek one to get!


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