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.
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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