What is Science Fiction
SF/FANTASY
index

- 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

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Frankenstein, the complete book in different ebook formats

  • Edgar Allan Poe, big collection of links to texts and webpages

  • Jules Verne, everything about the french author

  • HG Wells, free ebooks:
    Island of Doctor Moreau, The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man

  • More links to sites about science fiction can be found among my
    science fiction links
  • Science fiction within literature, What is Science Fiction?

    What is Science Fiction?

    Science Fiction as a genre is hard to define. The plot in a sf-novel is often based on real science and follows specific laws in physics, math and technology, opposite to fantasy. The story often takes place in a real and reliable way, in a world that is not yet reality.

    The difference between Science Fiction and Fantasy is very much disputed, but my generalization of the concepts is:

    Science Fiction
    how the world one day can look (in worst(?) case), technology plays an important part.

    Fantasy
    takes place in an alternative world, often in an era that has similarities to the Middle Ages where magic often is an important ingredience and technology seldom is very far developed.

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    Books at Amazon.co.uk (Europe):
    The Encyclopedia of Fantasy John Clute, John Grant (1996)
    The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction John Clute, Peter Nicholls (1993)
    Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia John Clute (1995)

    Books at Amazon.com (USA):
    The Encyclopedia of Fantasy John Clute, John Grant (1996)
    The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction John Clute, Peter Nicholls (1993)
    Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia John Clute (1995)

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