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A Map of the History of Science Fiction

Ward Shelley, Artist & Teacher at Parsons the Newschool for Design in Easton, CT, has created a map showing the History of Science Fiction.


Why? It was one of several maps submitted for the 7th Iteration on “Science Maps as Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries“. A little about the project from their website:

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. It has two components: the physical part supports the close inspection of high quality reproductions of maps for display at conferences and education centers; the online counterpart provides links to a selected series of maps and their makers along with detailed explanations of how these maps work. The exhibit is a 10-year effort. Each year, 10 new maps are added resulting in 100 maps total in 2014.

The map is pretty complicated and what blows my mind is that the original is hand drawn and painted on Mylar!! Holy crap! That is awesome!

Anyway, wanted to share.

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7 Comments on A Map of the History of Science Fiction

  1. This is indeed a marvelous thing (reminds me of an intestinal tract) and with a few tweaks here and there would be near perfect:

    Buck Rogers is not mentioned in the film area

    Battlefield Earth is connected via arrow to the statement “bad movie”;  I may have missed it, but I don’t see any other works or names being connected to similar subjective statements.  The movie wasn’t ‘bad’ – it was atrocious

    Amazing ran, in fits and starts, through 2004, not 1978

    and I’m sure there are other, minor edits needed, but



  2. D Armstrong // March 10, 2011 at 5:41 am //

    A most triumphant thing! And one showing excellent knowledge of the genre(s). The odd small typo aside, I definitely want one.

    Kind of reminds me of Sleigh’s “Ancient Map of Fairyland,” only in a gnarly, Cthulhuesque kind of way.

  3. damn it I want a 84inch monitor so I can actually see the full diagramn in enough detail to take it in as a whole.

  4. I want to make it a goal to read or watch every single thing on that poster! It’s my geek bucket list!

  5. Sam Curry // March 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm //

    I truly love this, but I have one tiny nit…

    I can’t find Fred Hoyle!  That’s a big miss for me…I can even see where I’d like to see him pop up!

    I also must, must, must have a poster-sized version!

  6. Moonbase Alphan // March 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm //

    Space: 1999 can easily fit into that open area of 1970’s TV.

  7. This is not a history of Science fiction… It’s a history of fiction. Fantasy, Westerns, Horror, etc. do not inherently have science in them. I’m tired of everyone trying to lump them all together. Especially SyFy who changed their name so they could purposely mix a large helping of Horror in with legitimate SciFi – to subconsciously encourage people to be afraid of science.

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