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Early Classics of Science Fiction

Editor: Arthur B. Evans

Wesleyan's Early Classics of Science Fiction series offers scholarly editions of important literary works in the science fiction genre, many in translation for the first time. Our editions contain thoughtfully written introductory material and scholarly notes from experts in the field. In addition, Wesleyan publishes contemporary scholarship in the field of science fiction studies and The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction.

The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction

How women and feminism helped to shape science fiction in America.
Larbalestier, Justine

The Begum's Millions

Verne’s first cautionary tale about the dangers of science -- first modern and corrected English translation.
Verne, Jules, Stanford L. Luce, trs; Arthur B. Evans, ed; Peter Schulman, intro and notes

The Black Mirror and Other Stories
An Anthology of Science Fiction from Germany and Austria
The first collection of classic and contemporary German-language science fiction in English
Rottensteiner, Franz, ed. and Mike Mitchell, trans.

Caesar's Column
A Story of the Twentieth Century
A sensational best-seller envisions the destruction of New York City.
Donnelly, Ignatius. Nicholas Ruddick, ed.

Castaway Tales
From Robinson Crusoe to Life of Pi
A wide-ranging and appreciative literary history of the castaway tale from Defoe to the present
Palmer, Christopher

The Centenarian
Or, The Two Beringhelds
First English translation of a classic gothic novel
Balzac, Honoré de; Chatelain, Danièle: Slusser, George

Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction

Groundbreaking study of science fiction’s relation to colonialism and imperialism
Rieder, John

The Coming Race

The story of a fascinating underground world of winged beings
Bulwer-Lytton, Edward, David Seed, ed.

Cosmos Latinos
An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain
The first-ever collection of Latin American science fiction in English.
Bell, Andrea L. and Yolanda Molina-Gavilán, eds.


The definitive edition of an important 20th-century disaster novel.
Wright, Sydney Fowler. Brian Stableford, ed.

The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction

A fantastic voyage through the early science fiction of Latin America
Haywood Ferreira, Rachel

Fire in the Stone
Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel
The first comprehensive study of prehistoric fiction
Ruddick, Nicholas

Five Weeks in a Balloon
A Journey of Discovery by Three Englishmen in Africa
First complete English translation of Verne’s debut novel from 1863
Verne, Jules; translated with introduction and notes by Frederick Paul Walter, ed. Arthur B. Evans

H.G. Wells
Traversing Time
A look inside one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.
Wagar, W. Warren

Imagining Mars
A Literary History
Mars in the human imagination from the invention of the telescope to the present
Crossley, Robert

Invasion of the Sea

First English edition of a classic Verne novel.
Verne, Jules. Edward Baxter, trans.; Arthur B. Evans, ed. and introd.

The Kip Brothers

Jules Verne’s extraordinary crime drama—now in English
Verne, Jules. Stanford L. Luce, trans. Arthur B. Evans, ed. Jean-Michel Margot, intro and notes.

The Last Man

New English translation of this “demise of the human race” story.
Cousin de Grainville, Jean-Baptiste François Xavier; Clarke I.F. & M., trans.; Clarke, I.F, intro. & critical materials


One of the first science fiction novels to describe alien life forms.
Flammarion, Camille, Brian Stableford, ed. and trans.

The Mighty Orinoco

First English edition of a classic Verne adventure, with a unique feminist twist.
Verne, Jules; Luce, Stanford, trans; Evans, Arthur B., ed.; Miller, Walter James, intro. & notes

The Moon Pool

The first scholarly edition of a classic science fiction novel.
Merritt, A.; Levy, Michael, ed.

The Mysterious Island

First new unabridged translation since 1876 of one of Verne's best-known novels.
Verne, Jules. Sidney Kravitz, trans.; Arthur B. Evans, ed.; William Butcher, introd. and notes.

Sisters of Tomorrow
The First Women of Science Fiction
Anthology of stories, essays, poems, and illustrations by the women of early science fiction
Yaszek, Lisa, and Patrick B. Sharp, Eds.

Star Begotten
A Biological Fantasia
H.G. Wells’s second Martian invasion comes from within.
Wells, H.G.; Huntington, John, ed.

Star Maker

First scholarly edition of this 20th century science fiction masterpiece.
Stapledon, Olaf; McCarthy, Patrick A. , ed.; Dyson, Freeman J., fwd.

Subterranean Worlds
A Critical Anthology
Exploring the hollow earth from the 17th century to the present.
Fitting, Peter

Three Science Fiction Novellas
From Prehistory to the End of Mankind
Three ground-breaking works from a master of modern science fiction
Rosny aîné, J.-H., Danièle Chatelain and George Slusser, trans. & anntd.

The Time Ship
A Chrononautical Journey
Globe-trotting scientists pursue immortality and love in the world’s first time machine
Gaspar, Enrique, Yolanda Molina-Galiván and Andrea L. Bell, intro. & trs.

Travel Scholarships

A suspense-filled adventure tale about piracy on the high seas
Verne, Jules; translated by Teri J. Hernández, edited by Arthur B. Evans, introduction by Volker Dehs

The Twentieth Century

Humorous, illustrated novel by the “father of science fiction illustration”.
Robida, Albert; Willems, Philippe, trans. & intro..; Evans, Arthur B., ed.

Vintage Visions
Essays on Early Science Fiction
Top scholars investigate the nature and variety of early science fiction
Evans, Arthur B., ed.

We Modern People
Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity
How science fiction forged a unique Russian vision of modernity distinct from Western models
Banerjee, Anindita

The World as It Shall Be

The first future dystopia in modern European literature, now available in English.
Souvestre, Émile. Clarke, Margaret, trans.; Clarke, I.F., ed.

The Yellow Wave
A Romance of the Asiatic Invasion of Australia
A classic adventure story of a Chinese invasion.
Mackay, Kenneth. Edited by Andrew Enstice and Janeen Webb