List of Early Science Fiction (not yet in the catalog!)

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Post by ChuckW » February 11th, 2017, 7:16 pm

annise wrote:that's good
I don't think you'll find many from that era - girls weren't meant to be interested in Science and space and those things and boys were just as type cast. You only have to look at the covers to see that the girls who did appear in SciFi couldn't even find enough clothes to wear :D

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You're not kidding! The only stuff I've found in the public domain that might qualify (aside from Thoth) are feminist utopias, like Herland and New Amazonia. In the rest, women are often just window dressing and door prizes.

(And for the record, modern SFF has gotten way better with this stuff.)
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Post by Carolin » March 15th, 2017, 3:46 am

https://archive.org/details/lastinvasion00brotgoog
The Last Invasion
by Donal Hamilton Haines , Harper & Brothers

https://archive.org/details/clearingseasorl01haingoog
Clearing the Seas: Or, The Last of the Warships
by Donal Hamilton Haines
Haines, Donal Hamilton (1886-1951) US writer, in his later career usually about American football; his two connected sf novels for Young Adult readers, The Last Invasion (1914) and Clearing the Seas; Or, the Last of the Warships (1915), describe various aspects of a moderately futile Future War in which the United States is invaded by the "Blues" (whom E F Bleiler thinks must be Germans), who are eventually driven off, and war itself discounted for good. [JC]
quote from http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/haines_donal_hamilton
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Post by ChuckW » March 16th, 2017, 9:50 am

Two more recommendations -- and pretty big ones, at that. I'd probably adopt one of them as a group project right now, if not for the fact that I'm already putting together several group projects and don't want to overburden our MCs.

Riallaro: The Archipelago of Exiles

Limanora: The Island of Progress

Both are written by New Zealand novelist Godfrey Sweven and follow each other sequentially. Taken together, the two books are like a monster-length utopian epic with a Swiftian sense of political satire. The series documents the fantastical journeys of an unnamed protagonist, who roams around on his flying machine seeking out the mystical, super-scientific utopia of Limanora. Obviously, he encounters many interesting characters along his journey... and the whole thing is apparently quite lively and imaginative. The second book is particularly noteworthy. According to Everett F. Bleiler:
Limanora is one of the great masterworks of science-fiction. It is not easy reading and is very long, but in imagination and profundity (whether one agrees with it or not) it overshadows similar works and is probably the greatest of all early utopian novels.
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Post by sjmarky » March 23rd, 2017, 9:33 am

Gloriana, or The Revolution of 1900 (Lady Florence Dixie) - Feminist utopian fiction that features cross-dressing, kidnapping, and a matriarchal political revolution.
Just adopted Gloriana and it's on the launch pad. Thanks, Chuck, for finding this!
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Post by ChuckW » March 26th, 2017, 10:50 am

sjmarky wrote:
Gloriana, or The Revolution of 1900 (Lady Florence Dixie) - Feminist utopian fiction that features cross-dressing, kidnapping, and a matriarchal political revolution.
Just adopted Gloriana and it's on the launch pad. Thanks, Chuck, for finding this!
That's great! I can't wait to listen to this!
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Post by AdeledePignerolles » March 27th, 2017, 8:56 am

I think I saw a suggestion posted somewhere for "The Man Who Ended War" by Hollis Godfrey (sort of like Jules Verne's 20,000 leagues under the sea). I've started it as a group if anyone's interested!
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Post by Grothmann » March 28th, 2017, 1:32 pm

Hello:

I would like to record The Dwindling Years by Lester Del Rey (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/50103).

Thank you for posting it.

Also, would you consider adding Diplomatic Immunity, by Robert Sheckley, although I am thinking of doing this one too.

Thanks
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Post by Elizabby » March 28th, 2017, 3:05 pm

Hi Dale! Both of these suggestions are short stories, so you can record them and submit them to one of the short story collections currently open. If there's a SCI-FI collection currently open that would be best (check in the Short Works Forum) but you can submit to the general ones as well. Your story will be individually searchable, and it makes the catalogue neater to group short projects together.

EDIT: I see the current SF collection has just completed, but don't let that stop you! Go ahead and record, and there will be another SF collection opening up as soon as that one is catalogued. SF is very popular around here!
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Post by Grothmann » April 8th, 2017, 2:56 pm

Hi:
I added -- The Dwindling Years by Lester Del Rey -- to Short Science Fiction 058.

Thanks for the suggestion
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Post by Newgatenovelist » April 17th, 2017, 1:30 pm

I'd like to suggest Robert Cromie (1855-1907), a Belfast author who hasn't been recorded yet. His 1895 novel The Crack of Doom is on PG:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26563

It's great fun. It begins with the sentence "The Universe is a mistake!" and goes on from there. It features a homicidal secret society, communication after death and the possible destruction of the planet. There are twenty chapters and it's short, so it might make a good project for someone looking for the satisfaction of a solo but not necessarily a really long commitment.

The Internet Archive and the British Library have a couple more of his novels, if anyone is interested.

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Post by Carolin » May 12th, 2017, 2:12 am

https://archive.org/details/demigodnovel00jackiala
A demigod; a novel
by Jackson, Edward Payson, 1840-1905
Jackson, Edward Payson (1839-1905) Turkish-born US educator and author, of missionary parents, in America from 1845; of sf interest is A Demigod: A Novel (1886), published anonymously, in which a Eugenics programme, begun in Greece in the seventeenth century, generates in the late nineteenth century a Superman who boasts extraordinary strength and agility, plus a massive intellect, out of which pours Inventions galore, including a process by which artificial diamonds are created, and a superior hand-gun. (from http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/jackson_edward_payson)
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Post by Carolin » May 22nd, 2017, 7:07 am

im just stumbling over this one. author is james otis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Otis_Kaler
but i couldnt find a text.
Captured by Apes: The Wonderful Adventures of a Young Animal Trainer. By Harry Prentice. 12mo, cloth, $1.00.

The scene of this tale is laid on an island in the Malay Archipelago. Philip Garland, a young animal collector and trainer, of New York, sets sail for Eastern seas in quest of a new stock of living curiosities. The vessel is wrecked off the coast of Borneo and young Garland, the sole survivor of the disaster, is cast ashore on a small island, and captured by the apes that overrun the place. The lad discovers that the ruling spirit of the monkey tribe is a gigantic and vicious baboon, whom he identifies as Goliah, an animal at one time in his possession and with whose instruction he had been especially diligent. The brute recognizes him, and with a kind of malignant satisfaction puts his former master through the same course of training he had himself experienced with a faithfulness of detail which shows how astonishing is monkey recollection. Very novel indeed is the way by which the young man escapes death. Mr. Prentice has certainly worked a new vein on juvenile fiction, and the ability with which he handles a difficult subject stamps him as a writer of undoubted skill.
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Post by gweeks » July 28th, 2017, 11:50 am

The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond F. Jones
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/33660

I thought this had been done already, but I couldn't find it in the catalog.

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Post by annise » July 28th, 2017, 7:55 pm

looks interesting - I liked this -
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