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Astounding Days

Astounding Days PDF
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0575121874
Size: 65.16 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 224
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Arthur C. Clarke acquired his first science fiction magazine - a copy of Astounding Stories - in 1930, when he was 13. Immediately he became an avid reader and collector: and, soon enough, a would-be-writer. The rest is history. Now, in Astounding Days, he looks back over those impressed by him, discussing their scientific howlers, and their remarkable proportion of predictive bulls-eyes - and writing of his early life and career. Written with relaxed good humour, Astounding Days is full of fascinating comment and anecdote.

Astounding Days

Astounding Days PDF
Author: Arthur Charles Clarke
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 9780575047747
Size: 67.31 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Authors, English
Languages : en
Pages : 224
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Astounding Wonder

Astounding Wonder PDF
Author: John Cheng
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812206678
Size: 75.31 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 400
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When physicist Robert Goddard, whose career was inspired by H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds, published "A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes," the response was electric. Newspaper headlines across the country announced, "Modern Jules Verne Invents Rocket to Reach Moon," while people from around the world, including two World War I pilots, volunteered as pioneers in space exploration. Though premature (Goddard's rocket, alas, was only imagined), the episode demonstrated not only science's general popularity but also its intersection with interwar popular and commercial culture. In that intersection, the stories that inspired Goddard and others became a recognizable genre: science fiction. Astounding Wonder explores science fiction's emergence in the era's "pulps," colorful magazines that shouted from the newsstands, attracting an extraordinarily loyal and active audience. Pulps invited readers not only to read science fiction but also to participate in it, joining writers and editors in celebrating a collective wonder for and investment in the potential of science. But in conjuring fantastic machines, travel across time and space, unexplored worlds, and alien foes, science fiction offered more than rousing adventure and romance. It also assuaged contemporary concerns about nation, gender, race, authority, ability, and progress—about the place of ordinary individuals within modern science and society—in the process freeing readers to debate scientific theories and implications separate from such concerns. Readers similarly sought to establish their worth and place outside the pulps. Organizing clubs and conventions and producing their own magazines, some expanded science fiction's community and created a fan subculture separate from the professional pulp industry. Others formed societies to launch and experiment with rockets. From debating relativity and the use of slang in the future to printing purple fanzines and calculating the speed of spaceships, fans' enthusiastic industry revealed the tensions between popular science and modern science. Even as it inspired readers' imagination and activities, science fiction's participatory ethos sparked debates about amateurs and professionals that divided the worlds of science fiction in the 1930s and after.

The Fortean Influence On Science Fiction

The Fortean Influence on Science Fiction PDF
Author: Tanner F. Boyle
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476677409
Size: 72.43 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 188
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Charles Fort was an American researcher from the early twentieth century who cataloged reports of unexplained phenomena he found in newspapers and science journals. A minor bestseller with a cult appeal, Fort's work was posthumously republished in the pulp science fiction magazine Astounding Stories in 1934. His idiosyncratic books fascinated, scared, and entertained readers, many of them authors and editors of science fiction. Fort's work prophesied the paranormal mainstays of SF literature to come: UFOs, poltergeists, strange disappearances, cryptids, ancient mysteries, unexplained natural phenomena, and everything in between. Science fiction authors latched on to Fort's topics and hypotheses as perfect fodder for SF stories. Writers like Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein, H.P. Lovecraft, and others are examined in this exploration of Fortean science fiction--a genre that borrows from the reports and ideas of Fort and others who saw the possible science-fictional nature of our reality.

The Gernsback Days

The Gernsback Days PDF
Author: Mike Ashley
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 0809510553
Size: 15.48 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 499
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"In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in Hugo Gernsback, and the start of a serious study of the contribution he made to the development of science fiction. . . . It seemed to me that the time was due to reinvestigate the Gernsback era and dig into the facts surrounding the origins of Amazing Stories. I wanted to find out exactly why Hugo Gernsback had launched the magazine, what he was trying to achieve, and to consider what effects he had-good and bad. . . . Too many writers and editors from the Gernsback days have been unjustly neglected, or unfairly criticized. Now, I hope, Robert A. W. Lowndes and I have provided the grounds for a fair consideration of their efforts, and a true reconstruction of the development of science fiction. It's the closest to time travel you'll ever get. I hope you enjoy the trip."-Mike Ashley, Preface

Off The Main Sequence

Off the Main Sequence PDF
Author: Tom Easton
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 080951205X
Size: 57.76 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 352
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Tom Easton has served as the monthly book review columnist for Analog Science Fiction for almost three decades, having contributed during that span many hundreds of columns and over a million words of penetrating criticism on the best literature that science fiction has to offer. His reviews have been celebrated for their wit, humor, readability, knowledge, and incisiveness. His love of literature, particularly fantastic literature, is everywhere evident in his essays. Easton has ever been willing to cover small presses, obscure authors, and unusual publications, being the only major critic in the field to do so on a regular basis. He seems to delight in finding the rare gem among the backwaters of the publishing field. "A reviewer's job," he says, "is not to judge books for the ages, but to tell readers enough about a book to give them some idea of whether they would enjoy it." And this he does admirably, whether he's discussing the works of the great writers in the field, or touching upon the least amongst them. This companion volume to "Periodic Stars" (Borgo/Wildside) collects another 250 of Easton's best reviews from the last fifteen years of "The Reference Library." No one does it better, and no other guide provides such lengthy or discerning commentary on the best SF works of recent times. Complete with Introduction and detailed Index.

Benchmarks Concluded 1987 1993

Benchmarks Concluded 1987 1993 PDF
Author: Algis Budrys
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1291455272
Size: 29.87 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Science fiction
Languages : en
Pages :
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Consists of book reviews and essays written for The magazine of fantasy and science fiction.

The Agony Column

The Agony Column PDF
Author: Earl Derr Biggers
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3734084229
Size: 63.69 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 76
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Reproduction of the original: The Agony Column by Earl Derr Biggers

Pseudoscience And Science Fiction

Pseudoscience and Science Fiction PDF
Author: Andrew May
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319426052
Size: 55.14 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Science
Languages : en
Pages : 181
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Aliens, flying saucers, ESP, the Bermuda Triangle, antigravity ... are we talking about science fiction or pseudoscience? Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference. Both pseudoscience and science fiction (SF) are creative endeavours that have little in common with academic science, beyond the superficial trappings of jargon and subject matter. The most obvious difference between the two is that pseudoscience is presented as fact, not fiction. Yet like SF, and unlike real science, pseudoscience is driven by a desire to please an audience – in this case, people who “want to believe”. This has led to significant cross-fertilization between the two disciplines. SF authors often draw on “real” pseudoscientific theories to add verisimilitude to their stories, while on other occasions pseudoscience takes its cue from SF – the symbiotic relationship between ufology and Hollywood being a prime example of this. This engagingly written, well researched and richly illustrated text explores a wide range of intriguing similarities and differences between pseudoscience and the fictional science found in SF. Andrew May has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD in astrophysics from Manchester University. After many years in academia and the private sector, he now works as a freelance writer and scientific consultant. He has written pocket biographies of Newton and Einstein, as well as contributing to a number of popular science books. He has a lifelong interest in science fiction, and has had several articles published in Fortean Times magazine

The Charlie Chan Megapack

The Charlie Chan MEGAPACK    PDF
Author: Earl Derr Biggers
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 1434446247
Size: 10.84 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 2462
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When Earl Derr Biggers created Chinese detective Charlie Chan, he had no idea he had created a media sensation. Novels, movies, TV series, radio programs, comic books—Charlie spawned a whole industry. Now all 6 novels are collected in one ebook, along with 16 more novels and short stories by Biggers (many of them mysteries). In this volume are: THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY THE CHINESE PARROT BEHIND THAT CURTAIN THE BLACK CAMEL CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON KEEPER OF THE KEYS THE AGONY COLUMN SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE MOONLIGHT AT THE CROSSROADS SELLING MISS MINERVA THE HEART OF THE LOAF POSSESSIONS THE DOLLAR CHASERS IDLE HANDS THE GIRL WHO PAID DIVIDENDS A LETTER TO AUSTRALIA NINA AND THE BLEMISH BROADWAY BROKE THE EBONY STICK FIFTY CANDLES LOVE INSURANCE INSIDE THE LINES And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Wildside Megapack" to see many more entries in this series, covering westerns, mysteries, science fiction, and much, much more!