I received my contributor’s copy of The Cambridge History of Science Fiction this week.
This book is a thorough, thoughtful collection of essays about key developments in the history of SF worldwide. Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link have done a splendid job in making this project happen and editing the edition. My essay on American Edisonades (19th-century “proto-steampunk” inventor tales) is just one of 46 chapters in over 800 pages(!) taking science fiction from antiquity to today.
It’s comprehensive, which is often publishing speak for very big and somewhat expensive. If you can’t buy it, ask a local library to pick up a copy for everyone to access.
Photos (with help from my office staff, Sam and Ed) are below: