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Emmett, Klaude, & Mingan Davenport (theclockworkcabaret) | 12 comments Mod
"Edisonade" is a modern term, coined in 1993 by John Clute in his & Peter Nicholls' The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, for stories based around a brilliant young inventor and his inventions, many of which would now be classified as science fiction. This sub-genre started in the Victorian and Edwardian eras and had its apex of popularity during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Other related terms for fiction of this type include scientific romances and Voyages Extraordinaires. The term is an eponym, named after famous inventor Thomas Edison, formed in the same way the term "Robinsonade" was formed from Robinson Crusoe.

Have you read any?


message 2: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I'm not sure if I'm understanding it right but I think James P Blaylock's "Homunculus", "Lord Kelvin's Machine" and his "Leviathans" books all fit this. They are all based around inventors and their inventions with the first 2 listed being set in the Victorian era


message 3: by Kevin (new)

Kevin (thecrowsayskaw) I think the only book I've read so far that's strictly considered an Edisonade is "The Huge Hunter, The Steam Man of the Prairies" (1868) by Edward S. Ellis. It wasn't the best thing I've ever read but you can't go too far wrong with a story about a giant steam driven robot.


message 4: by Liam (new)

Liam | 5 comments Jess Nevins talks about this in his introduction to the Vandemeers' Steampunk anthology (I recommend the anthology and the introduction). It seems to be a 19th-century dime novel phenomenon.


message 5: by Kevin (new)

Kevin (thecrowsayskaw) Just finished Edison's Conquest of Mars. While it wasn't horrible, it came across as a sort of fan-fic sequel to War of the Worlds.


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