Dr Will Tattersdill: Late-Victorian Sci-Fi Magazines

Wednesday 26th October, Heritage Quay – The University of Huddersfield, 7:00PM.


Before ‘Science Fiction’ was even a recognised term, the authors of the 1890s were writing imaginative tales of technology, exploration and the future. They largely published them not in dedicated sci-fi magazines – which did not yet exist – but in general interest mass-market publications which also printed adventure fiction, westerns, crime writing, celebrity gossip, light verse, political editorials, and popular science. Taking us on a brisk tour of these periodicals, Dr Will Tattersdill from the University of Birmingham offers insight into the publishing milieu that gave rise to a genre, asking not only how SF has shaped (and been shaped by) other kinds of writing, but also how the magazine format itself played a crucial role in its creation.

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