Thursday, May 3, 2012

A History of Science Fiction

It's been pointed out to me, and I agree, that this is not an ideal design for this diagram in terms of readability. What excites me, though, is the attempt at a structure of sci-fi history. I like the idea of an overview. This one is colorful and imperfect, but I had not until now even seen such an attempt.

From the artist's site:

"History of Science Fiction" is a graphic chronology that maps the literary genre from its nascent roots in mythology and fantastic stories to the somewhat calcified post-Star Wars space opera epics of today.

The movement of years is from left to right, tracing the figure of a tentacled beast, derived from H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds Martians. Science Fiction is seen as the offspring of the collision of the Enlightenment (providing science) and Romanticism, which birthed gothic fiction, source of not only SciFi, but crime novels, horror, westerns, and fantasy (all of which can be seen exiting through wormholes to their own diagrams, elsewhere).

Science fiction progressed through a number of distinct periods, which are charted, citing hundreds of the most important works and authors. Film and television are covered as well.

A print is available for purchase.

More science-fiction history.

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