The Gernsback Days by Mike Ashley

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"In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in Hugo Gernsback, and the start of a serious study of the contribution he made to the development of science fiction. . . . It seemed to me that the time was due to reinvestigate the Gernsback era and dig into the facts surrounding the origins of Amazing Stories. I wanted to find out exactly why Hugo Gernsback had launched the magazine, what he was trying to achieve, and to consider what effects he had-good and bad. . . . Too many writers and editors from the Gernsback days have been unjustly neglected, or unfairly criticized. Now, I hope, Robert A. W. Lowndes and I have provided the grounds for a fair consideration of their efforts, and a true reconstruction of the development of science fiction. It's the closest to time travel you'll ever get. I hope you enjoy the trip."-Mike Ashley, Preface

About Mike Ashley

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Michael Ashley has created crostic puzzles for "Games, Dell," and other magazines. His taste in literary excerpts runs the gamut from Elie Wiesel to Jeff Foxworthy.
Published December 1, 1997 by Borgo Pr. 500 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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SF fans have long had a love-hate relationship with Hugo Gernsback (1884–1967), the immigrant from Luxembourg who founded the first true science fiction magazine in 1926 as a means of popular

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Wells and then jump to the creation of Amazing Stories, Ashley carefully traces the roots of Gernsbackian science fiction through Gernsback's earlier magazines as well as those stories which appeared in places like Argosy and All Story.

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