Science Fiction

Voyage to the Edge of Imagination


This book is not yet published, but will be available from November 2022.

ISBN: 9780500252390 Category:


A compelling, fully illustrated account of the worldwide phenomenon of science fiction as depicted in film, literature and art, and the scientific advances and imagination behind it.

Drawing on a wide range of examples from the literary and visual canons – short stories, novels, films, television programmes, video games, graphic novels, artworks and more – in both cult and popular culture, this extensively illustrated book examines how science fiction has provided a human response to science, exploring every reaction from complacency to exhilaration, and from hope to terror.

Across five chapters this volume reviews the role played by science fiction in exploring our world and a multitude of ideas about our relationship with the human condition. This encompasses a fascinating range of themes – machines, travel, aliens (the Other), communication, threats and anxiety. Featuring a range of essays by experts on the subject as well as interviews with well-known science-fiction authors and reproductions of classic ephemera, graphics and objects throughout, it also focuses on the darker elements of this fascinating genre – the anxieties, fears, dystopias, monsters and apocalypses that have populated science fiction from the beginning. Ultimately, science fiction asks what makes us human, and what lies in the future to test, threaten and even destroy humanity. This publication has these questions at its core, making it especially relevant for a contemporary readership in an age preoccupied with the climate emergency, the coronavirus pandemic, the development of nuclear missiles and military technologies, and other global challenges.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 21 x 24.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 29 November 2022
Number of pages 288
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Glyn Morgan
Dimensions 21 x 24.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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Dr Glyn Morgan is the project curator for the 'Science Fiction' exhibition at the Science Museum, London. He is a former editor of Vector: The Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association. He frequently contributes to journals including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Science Fiction Studies Review and European History Quarterly. His publications include Imagining the Unimaginable: The Holocaust in Speculative Fiction and as editor, Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction.