19th Century Science Fiction (Science Fiction History – Part 2)

19th Century Science Fiction (Science Fiction History – Part 2)
Part the second of the Science Fiction History series. In which we, like Orlando, continue our gender-bending journey through history whilst looking at some great science fiction from the 1800s. AKA the one with even more costumes and many hats.

Introduction: http://youtu.be/DzZ3Mr8dhKc
Part 1: http://youtu.be/Q3stVxluhbQ
Part 3: http://youtu.be/_MInC56LA90
Part 4: http://youtu.be/i7wUz5dmR6I
Part 5: http://youtu.be/L3TI_Rrxhsc

Books mentioned and further resources:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Roger Dodsworth, the reanimated Englishman by Mary Shelley (short story).
The Last Man by Mary Shelley.
The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen.
The Forebears (Ancestors) of Kalimeros: Alexander, son of Philip of Macedon by Alexander Veltman.
The Mummy! A Tale of the 22nd Century by Jane Loudon.
The Extraordianary Voyages/Journeys by Jules Verne. Particularly 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain.
Looking Backward: 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy.
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott.
The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells.
The War of the Worlds by by H.G. Wells.
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells.
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.
For details of 19th century time travel before The Time Machine (including the first ‘time machine’) I suggest this nice list from the Philosopher’s Guild – http://www.philosophersguild.com/blog/?p=2996 .
There’s a lovely article about the day science fiction began (claiming it to be 1st May 1871) which includes some titles mentioned in this and some I didn’t include. Worth checking out – http://io9.com/5796919/may-day-1871-the-day-science-fiction-was-invented .

The majority of these works are now out of copyright and available online at sites like Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive. However, any translated works are copyrighted from the date of translated publication and thus less likely to be freely available online. Don’t forget to check your libraries for a paper copy though!

The next video in this series will be about the early 20th century when science fiction really kicks off and should be up next Wednesday. If you’ve got any suggestions for books, authors or ridiculous costumes to be included then let me know in the comments or on twitter!

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New video up every Wednesday.


  1. the3spoonsOFsugar

    awesome vid, subscribed!ย 

  2. Cera Topsian

    Another great video :). You should try to visit the archives at Liverpool Uni sometime, there is an entire archive dedicated to sci-fi!

  3. dani! dany! danie!

    Love the series and the costume changes! I can’t wait for what you’re going to give us next! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

  4. Sarah Were

    Very informative but can l just say, this outfit really suits you! I had to do a double take lol! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Sarah Were

    P.s The Victorian out.

  6. Gaia Steinbuch

    This is such a great video series! And it’s very educational too. I have a copy of Flatland inside an omnibus and it sounds amazing. I quite enjoyed reading The Time Machine, several other books you mention are on my TBR or wishlist. I love your costumes too :)!

  7. booksandpieces

    +NeonRaine I really, really want to go to Liverpool. I wish I could just go and study there, it’s like the SF mecca library. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  9. Kathleen Ann

    I definitely want read all of the H.G. Wells.

  10. Let's Read

    This is so good. Nice array of costumes.


  11. Hannah Lou

    Really enjoyed this! I have been trying to read Flatland for a while but it’s just completely bonkers. The satirical parts where it talks about Inferiority and Restriction of Lady Flatlanders, even though they are clearly satirical, still make me cross–but I want to read it so much because it’s such a genius idea. I will persevere!

  12. cupofbooks

    Excellent video! This is such a fun series and I’m learning so much from it, not to mention adding books you’ve mentioned to my TBR list. I also loved the costume changes!

  13. ottoismy1dog

    This is wonderful.

  14. The Marvelous Reading Room

    This is wonderful and really informative. Bravo!

  15. Robert Faux

    Have you done a review of quantum thief? Is it good?

  16. Rebecca Gatzlaff

    I love these videos! I am learning so much.

  17. PaperbacksandCats

    I’m absolutely loving this series so far, thanks so much for making it!

  18. booksandpieces

    +Robert Faux – Yes I’ve read Quantum Thief and it was AMAZING. There’s a tiny mini-review in my January roundup but I want to try and read the next books and maybe do a series review one day. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

  19. LMuse9

    Fantastic. And I think Flatland is wonderful.

  20. Benjamin Nash

    The Last Man’s been on my to-read shelf for a long time. Perhaps it needs a bump.

  21. TheSkepticalReader

    I <3 THIS! ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. Daniel Muli

    Really enjoying this series!

  23. Courtney Pickles

    This series is great! You’re so entertaining. My favourite 19th century Science Fiction novel, aside from Frankenstein, of course, is A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder. It’s an early Canadian novel about a man who discovers a whole other society living on earth.

  24. Gareth Lloyd

    I’m liking the series a lot. For someone who has only recently started READING SF I find it very interesting to learn the history of the genre. One question. My favorite HardSF author wrote two of my favorite books ever. Childhoods End, or The City and the sky? Also, have you read Metro 2033?๏ปฟ

  25. Heather ~Illogical Betty~

    I love that a female author is like the mother of science fiction, kind of, whatever, Mary Shelley – woo! Go girl! I must read Frankenstein.
    Again, another wonderfully entertaining and informative video – thanks!

  26. WhatKamilReads

    Loved Julius Verne, I’ve read it being around 15 and found it so entertaining. Great stuff.

  27. MagicOfBooks

    I’m so in love with the costumes! Excellent part 2! I feel ashamed that I haven’t read “The Time Machine.” I need to go look up those other two Mary Shelley books. Everyone’s always going on about “Frankenstein” and never once did I hear mention of those other books in my literature courses. And they sound just as interesting.

  28. Cristina Louro

    I’m loving watching these videos ! Excellent work! ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. T.L. Young

    I left a comment prematurely. I’m surprised you omitted “The Coming Race” by Edward Bulwer Lytton which dealt with a subterranean race which used a metaphysical life force called Vril as an energy source.

  30. K. A. Werts

    I love Jules Verne, he was my Asimov. My father had a bookshelf full of them and I was reading them as soon as I could read. They were my biggest intro into sci-fi, or rather “scientific romantic” novels.ย 

  31. nanasewdear

    very nice.ย I really enjoyed your report and all the fun costume changes. Your posting came up whileย I was looking for Mystery Science Theater movies on time travel. Sure glad I clicked on your bit. Thanks for the educational journey.

    Cheers from Oregon

  32. MartianManFromMars

    I was afraid you weren’t going to mention H.G. Wells.

  33. Starchild Banjaxed

    Ooh aliens visiting Earth place. ‘Sentient intelligent aliens couldn’t ever visit earth because we are simply too far away’
    So we are developing wormhole technology by using the super collider as a starting point to make black holes into wormholes to cover astounding distances. Bit ignorant to think we are the first universal species to have came up with the idea. Miss Pieces could you please post a pic of yourself on Redhead Goddesses on fb. Brains and beauty are sorely lacking on it. Sorry Mr pieces there is no sexual undertone. I just think your wife could be a great example that you don’t need your clothes off to be awesome. You can have brains, beauty and a whacky sense to humour.

  34. Siddhartha Zelazny

    Thank YOU!! I really enjoyed it!

  35. swirlcrop

    how do you do that?

  36. Sasha Campbell

    Is that a Jasper Fforde novel in the lower right corner of that bookcase?

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