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Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction the wesleyan early classics of science fiction series General editor Arthur B. Evans The Centenarian Honoré de Balzac Cosmos Latinos: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain Andrea L. Bell and Yolanda MolinaGavil án, eds. Caesar’s Column: A Story of the Twentieth Century Ignatius Donnelly Subterranean Worlds: A Critical Anthology Peter Fitting, ed. Lumen Camille Flammarion The Last Man Jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainville The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction Justine Larbalestier The Yellow Wave: A Romance of the Asiatic Invasion of Australia Kenneth Mackay The Moon Pool A. Merritt Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction John Rieder The Twentieth Century Albert Robida The World as It Shall Be Emile Souvestre Star Maker Olaf Stapledon The Begum’s Millions Jules Verne Invasion of the Sea Jules Verne The Kip Brothers Jules Verne The Mighty Orinoco Jules Verne The Mysterious Island Jules Verne H. G. Wells: Traversing Time W. Warren Wagar Star Begotten H. G. Wells Deluge Sydney Fowler Wright Colonialism and the EMERGENCE of Science Fiction John Rieder wesleyan university press middletown, connecticut Published by Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT 06459© 2008 by John Rieder All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America 5 4 3 2 Wesleyan University Press is a member of the Green Press Initiative. The paper used in this book meets their minimum requirement for recycled paper. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Rieder, John. Colonialism and the emergence of science fiction / John Rieder. p. cm. — (The Wesleyan early classics of science fiction series) Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn-13: 978–0–8195–6873–1 (cloth : alk. paper) isbn-10: 0–8195–6873–2 (cloth : alk. paper) isbn-13: 978–0–8195–6874–8 (pbk. : alk. paper) isbn-10: 0–8195–6874–0 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Science fiction, American—History and criticism. 2. American fiction—19th century—History and criticism. 3. American fiction— 20th century—History and criticism. 4. Science fiction, American— History and criticism. 5. English fiction—19th century—History and criticism. 6. English fiction—20th century—History and criticism. 7. Literature and science—English-speaking countries. 8. Imperialism in literature.9. Colonies in literature. I. Title. ps374.s35r45 2008 823'.0876209—dc22 2007041722 To David F. Rieder, who gave me science fiction; and, with love, to Cristina Bacchilega The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future. —Karl Marx, Preface to the German Edition of Capital ...


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