The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy
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- Publication Date: September 10, 2019
- Imprint: Abrams Image
- Trim Size: 7 1⁄4 x 9
- ISBN: 9781419734656
- Page Count: 288
- Illustrations: 150 color photographs and illustrations
- Rights: World English
A fascinating illustrated history of lost, overlooked, and uncompleted works of science fiction and fantasy
Science fiction and fantasy reign over popular culture now. Lost Transmissions is a rich trove of forgotten and unknown, imagined-but-never-finished, and under-appreciated-but-influential works from those imaginative genres, as well as little-known information about well-known properties. Divided into sections on Film & TV, Literature, Art, Music, Fashion, Architecture, and Pop Culture, the book examines Jules Verne’s lost novel; AfroFuturism and Space Disco; E.T.’s scary beginnings; William Gibson’s never-filmed Aliens sequel; Weezer’s never-made space opera; and the 8,000-page metaphysical diary of Philip K. Dick. Featuring more than 150 photos, this insightful volume will become the bible of science fiction and fantasy’s most interesting and least-known chapters.
“Boskovich sets the tone with a conversational style that enwraps solid scholarship…the collection will broaden your horizons and turn you on to wonders bubbling under the mass-market commodified pleasures to which we all too often limit ourselves.”The Washington Post —
“My only complaint about “Lost Transmissions” is that there isn’t more of it…Buy this book because it is beautiful, but also so they’ll make another.”The Houston Chronicle —
“This treasure trove of secrets, presented in a generously illustrated hardbound volume, is like a gateway into science fiction’s inner sanctum.”Kirkus Reviews —
“…a fascinating enrichment of the history of sf and fantasy."Booklist —
“...a fascinating illustrated history…”TOR.com —
“Boskovich is to be commended for her editorial selection and for doing the heavy lifting of writing 44 well-researched essays on a wide variety of thoughtfully curated subjects and figures.”Locus Magazine —
About the author
Desirina Boskovich has written for Lightspeed, Tor.com, and Weird Fiction Review, and coauthored The Steampunk User’s Manual (Abrams, 2014). Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, F&SF, and Nightmare magazine.
Jeff VanderMeer is the author of the New York Times bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy, The Steampunk Bible (Abrams, 2011), and Wonderbook (Abrams, 2013), and coauthor of The Steampunk User’s Manual (Abrams, 2014). His recent novel Borne was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.