Evolution of Science Fiction

Paul Levinson talks about Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, George Melies, Hugo Gernsback, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, and everything in between in this 2002 interview.

[Snagged from Paul’s Confessions of a Science Fiction Chauvinist post.]

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  1. Hugo Gernsback – new book is an un-attributed autobiography. It was found after I closed down Gernsback Publications in 2003.

    In one huge heap of old musty paper I uncovered an ancient box that once was home for a ream of bond letter paper. Inside, yellowed with age, was the manuscript that comprises the body of this book. After reading it carefully, several times, it became obvious that this was Hugo Gernsback’s autobiography. It was written in the mid 1950’s, about seventeen years before his death. I deduced that it was an autobiography because of the editing notes on the text written in his stilted handwriting and by the style of the writing. In the text itself, he slipped once or twice and wrote in the first person, revealing himself as the author of the manuscript.

    Why the text was never before released will remain a mystery. Perhaps Hugo, despite his huge ego, did not want to see it published while he still walked on this earth. Perhaps, his family did not like the way it portrayed him. No matter what the reason, after reading the first few chapters, I decided it was well worth publishing. This amazing man, relatively unknown despite his remarkable contributions, is worth taking another look at. I believe that this book does explain his efforts, his frustrations, and his success.

    Here is a link to the book on Amazon.com

    http://www.amazon.com/Hugo-Gernsback-Well-Ahead-Time/dp/1419658573/ref=sr_1_4/002-4886670-9411251?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1178130215&sr=1-4

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