Saturday, 15 April 2017
Mary Shelley wrote the first modern science fiction novel, Frankenstein;
Wells wrote a history of the world, a fictional history of the immediate future, an account of time travel to the remote future and an alternative history novel;
Stapledon wrote a fictional history of the entire human (Terrestrial, Venerian and Neptunian) future, then a Neptunian time traveller's perspective on past Terrestrial history, then a history of the cosmos;
Lewis argued against the possibility of time travel and wrote a fragment set on an alternative Earth and a Christian alternative to Wells' and Stapledon's anthropocentric futures;
Heinlein pioneered a different future history model, not a fictional text book but a series of stories and novels set in successive periods, and also developed one time travel paradox;
Asimov wrote a long future history series projecting past historical processes into a future period but also speculating about Artificial Intelligence and "the Frankenstein Complex";
Blish wrote a Heinleinian future history and a trilogy including two post-Lewis volumes;
Anderson wrote historical fiction, alternative history fiction and eight future histories covering Artificial Intelligence and the Frankenstein issue, historical processes repeated in the future, a synthesis of the Wellsian and Heinleinian models and a longer Heinleinian series including two episodes addressing theological issues and also developed every aspect of time travel;
Turtledove and Stirling have specialized in alternative history fiction, developing it further than either Wells or Anderson.
And that still gives me a sense of completion.