Science Fiction, The Early Years To Now


Readers initially got a taste of science fiction back in 1818 with all the very imaginative writings of Mary Shelley’s, “Frankenstein.” Readers were electrified by the creative horror but apparently potential thoughts of the delusional albeit often genius character. And who can forget Robert Louis Stevenson’s Creation of “Dr. Jekyll and Hyde” back in 1886. Both stories revolved around the possibilities of the warping of its human characters but not beyond the realm of believability. Science fiction though might shortly to evolve into a entire new level and sci-fi might experience its largest boom in the twentieth century.

Jules Verne, who wrote, “Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” plus H.G. Wells “The War of the Worlds,” and George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” are prime samples of items to come. These stories took visitors to unexplored places on world and beyond. The reading audience was today exposed to an completely unique experience involving historic creatures alive and effectively in present instances or the potential of alien creatures and new worlds invading our own. We were captivated and desired more. Our interest was insatiable. It opened the means for the 1926 pulp magazine, Amazing Stories and then in the 1930s magazine; Astounding Science Fiction!

The pulp publications (thus called due to the inexpensive pulp paper they were printed on) became the guilty fun of the average citizen and lasted to all of the technique into the 1950s! It was the golden age of pulp fiction! So favored were these publications that because numerous because 1 million duplicates per matter were available. Many of our beloved Sci-fi authors appeared at this time. Authors including Isaac Asimov (The Foundation Trilogy), Robert Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land), Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey and The Sentinel, Ray Bradbury (The Martian Chronicles) and L. Ron Hubbard’s (The Great Secret, When Shadows Fall and The Mission Earth series)! These writers not just produced exceptional reading, but paved the technique for future writers.

Science fiction as a genre evolved to encompass not merely alien creatures, new worlds or anomalies on our own world, but provide alternative realities. Sci-fi encompasses the human experience with all the potential of what can or may have been and frequently contradicts the regulations of nature. Unlike fantasy which can have characters including wizards, elves and trolls, research fiction constantly has that believable scientific element that accompanies us on our journey.

With the advent of aged time radio, tv and today sound and e-books, research fiction has become firmly entrenched in every types of our entertainment without signal slowing down. The creativeness and creative skills of older time and present sci-fi writers continue to impress upon us, the reader, that we constantly have that unique destination to escape to be thrilled yet again.

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