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An old man discovers a baby the size of his thumb in a glowing stalk of bamboo, and the baby grows into a beautiful woman princess from the moon. The emperor of Japan falls in love with her, but the moon people come to take her away in a flyingMoreAn old man discovers a baby the size of his thumb in a glowing stalk of bamboo, and the baby grows into a beautiful woman princess from the moon. The emperor of Japan falls in love with her, but the moon people come to take her away in a flying saucer. So goes a tenth-century Japanese fairy tale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, one of the earliest known examples of science fiction.But can we call a fairy tale, science fiction? The experts dont agree. Many old stories feature the moon, other planets, and scientific advance but none call themselves science fiction. Instead, experts apply the term proto-science fiction to these historic works.This book is a brief introduction to the genre. It provides the history of science fictions origins, and shows the culture that influenced the work.More than an introduction, however, it is also an anthology of the work- not only do you get to read the history behind the work--you actually get to read the work.Dozens of works are included in this large collection- authors and works include:Mary ShelleyFrankenstein, or the Modern PrometheusThe Last ManEdgar Allan PoeThe Unparalleled Adventures of One Hans PfallJules Verne20,000 Leagues Under the SeasAround the World in Eighty DaysFrom the Earth to the MoonA Journey to the Interior of the EarthThe Mysterious IslandEdward BellamyDr. Heidenhoffs ProcessLooking BackwardEqualityH.G. WellsThe First Men in the MoonThe Invisible Man: A Grotesque RomanceThe Island of Doctor MoreauThe Time MachineThe War of the WorldsThe World Set FreeThis work is part of a large collection titled The History of Science Fiction.