What is Science Fiction
SF/FANTASY
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- What is Science Fiction?
- The first science fiction novel
- SF as a genre
- Science fiction pulp magazines
- Themes in Science Fiction
- The Golden Age
- New Wave
- Cyberpunk

  • A brief history of Science Fiction & Pulp Magazines

  • More links to sites about science fiction can be found among my
    science fiction links
  • Astounding Science Fiction - Magazine cover Astounding Stories of Super-Science changed name in 1938 to Astounding Science Fiction. The earlier stories had mostly consisted of action and not very much science. When John W. Campbell Jr. started edit the magazine he instantly demanded stories of higher quality.

    Science fiction pulp magazines

    Within a few years SF became a subculture with authors, editors, and fans. The stories in this subculture shared assumptions, themes and langugage. The whole subculture and not just the stories became "Science Fiction".

    When the atomic bomb were used in a way that sf hade predicted, Science Fiction got more promotion and found many new readers. Science Fiction was seen as serious literature, perhaps because one thought that sf could predict the future.

    Several anthologies with stories from "Astounding" where published and two new magazines were started: "Galaxy" (1950) and "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction" (1949).
    Both of these magazine had a more humanitarian and satiric view on the classic themes.
    New themes were created and many of the authors that would become famous, started out publishing stories in these magazines.

    - Themes within science fiction


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