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Futures of the Past

An Anthology of Science Fiction Stories from the 19th and Early 20th Centuries, with Critical Essays

Ivy Roberts (editor)

ISBN: 9781476675046

Publication Date: Oct 2020

Format: Paperback

Science fiction boasts a deceptively long history, extending as far back as the 19th century. This anthology pairs original essays that introduce short stories of vintage science fiction. Critical introductions written by international experts contextualize these stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Science fiction boasts a deceptively long history, extending as far back as the 19th century. This anthology pairs original essays that introduce short stories of vintage science fiction. Critical introductions written by international experts contextualize these stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Inclusions range from legendary authors like Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe to lesser-known figures like E.P Mitchell, George Parsons Lathrop, and Franklin Ruth.
Pages 202
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 8
Date Published 30 Oct 2020
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Literary studies: general   Anthologies (non-poetry)   Literary companions  
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction (Ivy Roberts)–1
  • The Future from the Past: Mary Shelley's "Reanimated
  • Englishman" (Joanna Harker Shaw)–7
  • "Roger Dodsworth: The Reanimated Englishman" (1826/1863)
    by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley–18
  • Lady Mesmer Circumnavigates the Scientific Imagination
    in Poe's "The ­Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade" (Beth Atkins)–26
  • "The ­Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade" (1845)
    by Edgar Allan Poe–36
  • Edward Page Mitchell: Evolution and American Equality (Rob Welch)–50
  • "The Senator's Daughter" (1879) by E.P. Mitchell–57
  • "Runaway Cyclone," Or: The First Bengali Science Fiction Story (Christin Hoene)–72
  • "Runaway Cyclone" (1896/1921) by Jagadish Chandra Bose,
    translated by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay–76
  • Thomas Edison's Hypnotizing Machine: Technology, Science Fiction and "Progress" (Ivy Roberts)–82
  • "In the Deep of Time" (1896–7), Synopsis and Chapter VIII (of VIII): "Sea Signaling–The Final Flight" by George (Parsons Lathrop)–92
  • The Emotional Birth of AI in "Moxon's Master" (Rob Welch)–100
  • "Moxon's Master" (1899), by Ambrose Bierce–108
  • The Science Fiction Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs (Jessie F. Terrell, Jr.)–116
  • At the Earth's Core (1914), Chapter 1: "Toward the Eternal Fires"
    by Edgar Rice Burroughs–126
  • "The Glittering Lady" (Riccardo Gramantieri)–133
  • When the World Shook (1919), Chapter 11: "Resurrection"
    by H. Rider Haggard–143
  • Future Predictions of Past Technologies: "In 1999"
    and the History of the Future (Ivy Roberts)–154
  • "In 1999: Scientific Progress in the Last Century" (1921)
    by B. Franklin Ruth–165
  • Scientifiction, Relativism and the Multiverse: Introduction
    to "The Man from the Atom" (Riccardo Gramantieri)–172
  • "The Man from the Atom" (1923) by G. Peyton Wertenbaker–180
  • About the Contributors–193
  • Index–195
Ivy Roberts is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in film studies, STS and cultural history. She teaches film studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a professor of digital media at the University of Maryland University College. Her research investigates early media history from cultural contexts. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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