- vii, 304 pages, 24 pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), facsimiles, black and white photographs ; 26 cm
- Additional Authors
- Asimov, Isaac,
- Contents: The shape of the present -- In the beginning -- Toward Verne: 1800-1885 -- A Victorian engineer: 1828-1905 -- The birth of the mass magazines: 1885-1911 -- Prophet of progress: 1866-1946 -- The rise of the pulps: 1911-1926 -- That amazing decade: 1926-1936 -- The expanding universe: 1930-1940 -- The astounding editor: 1938-1950 -- The big boom: 1940-1955 -- Alternate worlds: 1949-1965 -- The shape of things to come -- The shape of things that came: 1975-2016.Includes index.Summary: Alternate Worlds was first published in 1975 and became an instant classic, winning a Hugo award. This third edition brings the history of science fiction up to date, covering developments over the past forty years--a period that has seen the advent of technologies only imagined in the genre's Golden Age. As a literature of change, science fiction has become ever more meaningful, presaging dangers to humanity and, as Alvin Toffler wrote, guarding against "the premature arrival of the future." The world has begun to recognize science fiction in many different ways, incorporating its elements in products, visual media and huge conventions--back cover.