Astounding Wonder

Astounding Wonder explores the emergence and dynamics of science fiction in interwar popular culture.

Astounding Wonder
Imagining Science and Science Fiction in Interwar America

John Cheng

2012 | 400 pages | Cloth $45.00 | Paper $24.95
American History | Cultural Studies
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Table of Contents

Introduction. "The Hope of Today and the Reality of Tomorrow": Popular Science, Popular Culture, and Science Fiction

PART I. CIRCULATION
1 "Magazines for Morons": Pulp Magazines and the Emergence of Science Fiction
2 Conversations from the "Backyard": Reading and Imagining Community

PART II. READING
3 Discovering the Freedom of Facts: Fact, Fiction, and the Authority of Science
4 Involving Adventure, Reassuring Romance: Engendering Science Fiction's Domestic Tranquillity
5 Human Martians and Asian Aliens: The Racial Nature of Wondrous Worlds
6 The Progress of Time: Einstein, History, and the Dimensions of Time Travel

PART III. PRACTICE
7 "Fandom Is Just a Goddamn Hobby": The Industry of Fans and Professionals
8 "We Want to Play with Spaceships": Popular Rocket Science in Action
Epilogue. Beyond the "Gernsback Continuum": Science Fiction's Community and Social Networks

List of Abbreviations
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments