Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur's Collection Of Victorian Science Fiction by Michael SimsFrankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur's Collection Of Victorian Science Fiction by Michael Sims

Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur's Collection Of Victorian Science Fiction

byMichael Sims

Paperback | September 5, 2017

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From Mary Shelley to H.G. Wells, a collection of the best Victorian science fiction from Michael Sims, the editor of Dracula's Guest.

Long before 1984, Star Wars, or The Hunger Games, Victorian authors imagined a future where new science and technologies reshaped the world and universe they knew. The great themes of modern science fiction showed up surprisingly early: space and time travel, dystopian societies, even dangerously independent machines, all inspiring the speculative fiction of the Victorian era.

In Frankenstein Dreams, Michael Sims has gathered many of the very finest stories, some by classic writers such as Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, and H.G. Wells, but many that will surprise general readers. Dark visions of the human psyche emerge in Thomas Wentworth Higginson's "The Monarch of Dreams," while Mary E. Wilkins Freeman provides a glimpse of "the fifth dimension" in her provocative tale "The Hall Bedroom.'

With contributions by Edgar Allan Poe, Alice Fuller, Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, and many others, each introduced by Michael Sims, whose elegant introduction provides valuable literary and historical context, Frankenstein Dreams is a treasure trove of stories known and rediscovered.

Michael Sims is the author of The Story of Charlotte's Web, which the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and other venues chose as a Best Book of the year; The Adventures of Henry Thoreau; and Arthur and Sherlock, among other books. He edits The Connoisseur's Collection series of Victorian anthologies, including Dracula's Guest, The Dead W...
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Title:Frankenstein Dreams: A Connoisseur's Collection Of Victorian Science FictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.21 × 5.58 × 1.13 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1632860414

ISBN - 13:9781632860415

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"Even the most devoted science fiction reader will find unfamiliar treats in this assemblage of foundational fiction." - Publishers Weekly"A highly entertaining fusion of visionary speculation and primordial terror, the stories included [in Frankenstein Dreams] merged cutting-edge science with fiction and essentially created a new category that explored what it means to be human in a world irrevocably changed by technological innovations and conceptual advancements . . . It's the lesser-known short stories that make this anthology so thematically compelling . . . A thought-provoking and undeniably entertaining read." - Kirkus Reviews"Sims, whose elegant introduction provides valuable literary and historical context, has gathered many of the finest stories, some by classic writers such as Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley and H.G. Wells, but many that will surprise general readers . . . Perpetual human concerns meet modern anxieties in these tales that grapple with time, mortality, the senses and the unknown . . . The major themes of modern science fiction emerge: Space and time travel, dystopian societies, dangerously independent machines, all inspiring the speculative fiction of the Victorian era." - The Entertainment Report"Michael Sims always does a fabulous job of finding and editing collections of Victorian stories. This one focuses on early science fiction, inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It's a great selection of little-known stories by well-known authors, as well as tales forgotten to history." - Meaghan Walsh Gerard"Brilliant . . . Entertaining . . . Wonderful, over-the-top atmosphere." - starred review, Library Journal on DRACULA'S GUEST"Barzun considered the ghost story 'more artful -- and more productive of shivers -- than the straight tale of horror,' an assertion that is abundantly substantiated by Michael Sims's delightful anthology of Victorian ghost stories." - Washington Post Book World on THE PHANTOM COACH"Just in time for All Hallow's Eve, Sims has released The Phantom Coach, a collection of classic Victorian ghost stories published by Bloomsbury in a softcover edition. The book includes creepy tales from Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and Ambrose Bierce, among others." - Christian Science Monitor on THE PHANTOM COACH