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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:05 pm 
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Mike A wrote:
Dan McNeil wrote:
Does HG Wells exist in his universe?

Most people put the start of science fiction at Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.


Only ever half-convinced by Aldiss' TYS argument...
I prefer to accept Wells as the starting point. He launched 'proper' SF as the genre of ideas & change, but it's fair to say that Wells created SF based on/ inspired by other writers plans (sketched-on-napkins variety).
I always liked the term 'proto-SF' for everything SFnal that came before Wells.

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Well I guess any genre's temporal boundaries are just as disputed as its "spatial" ones. If you take the ideas angle, I agree Wells is your man. But for the techno-adventure angle it's probably Verne.

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