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The Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe

The Science Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe


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One of the greatest of all horror writers, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) also composed pioneering tales that seized upon the scientific developments of an era marked by staggering change. In this collection of sixteen stories, he explores such wide-ranging contemporary themes as galvanism, time travel and resurrection of the dead. 'The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfall' relates a man's balloon journey to the moon with a combination of scientific precision and astonishing fantasy. Elsewhere, the boundaries between horror and science are elegantly blurred in stories such as 'The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar', while the great essay 'Eureka' outlines Poe's own interpretation of the universe. Powerfully influential on later authors including Jules Verne, these works are essential reading for anyone wishing to trace the genealogy of science fiction, or to understand the complexity of Poe's own creative vision.

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ISBN-13: 9780140431063
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/09/1976
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 755,204
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.76(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, USA, in 1809. A short story writer, editor and critic, he is best known for his macabre tales and as the progenitor of the detective story. He died in 1849, in mysterious circumstances, at the age of forty.

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