Science Fiction: The Evolutionary Mythology of the Future

Volume One: Prometheus to the Martians

Thomas Lombardo

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Science Fiction

  • Science Fiction as a Way of Life
  • Science Fiction as Futures Narrative
  • The Future of Everything
  • Cosmic Consciousness
  • The Evolutionary Adventure of Science Fiction
  • Resources on Science Fiction

Chapter 2: Mythology and Science Fiction

  • The Mythic, the Fantastic, the Scientific, and the Real
  • The Value of Myth
  • The Mythic Dimensions of Science Fiction
  • Science Fiction versus Myth and Fantasy
  • The Evolutionary Mythology of Science Fictio

Chapter 3: Ancient History through the Middle Ages

  • The Apollonian and the Dionysian and Ancient Greek Mythology
  • Greek Science, Technology, and Philosophy
  • Prometheus, Progress, and Self-Determination
  • Lucian's True History
  • The Fantastical and Futuristic
  • The Divine Comedy
  • Medieval Thought and The Garden of Earthly Delights

Chapter 4: The Rise of Modernity

  • The Age of Exploration
  • The Scientific Transformation of Nature and the Heavens
  • The Synthetic Genius of Kepler—Journeys to the Moon
  • Utopian Visions and Technological Dreams

Chapter 5: The Age of Enlightenment

  • Western Enlightenment and the Theory of Progress
  • Alien Visitations and Extraordinary Adventures
  • Utopian Visions and Futuristic Fiction

Chapter 6: Romanticism and the Gothic

  • Romanticism and Romantic Science
  • The Gothic: Horror, Mystery, Madness, and the Supernatural
  • Grainville?s The Last Man and Shelley?s Frankenstein
  • The Double-Edged Sword of Science Fiction - Hope and Fear

Chapter 7: The Mysteries and Romances of Science

  • Futuristic Fiction and The Mummy!
  • Horror, the Gothic, and Science Fiction: Edger Allan Poe
  • The Extraordinary Voyages of Jules Verne

Chapter 8: Evolution and Science Fiction

  • The Theory of Evolution
  • Entropy and the Heat Death of the Universe
  • Invasions and War—Evolution and Machines

Chapter 9: Utopias, Robots, and Cosmic Journeys

  • The Cosmic and Mystical: Camille Flammarion
  • Visions of Future Utopian Societies: Morris, Bellamy, and Robida
  • Steam Men, Robots, Fiends, and Thomas Edison

Chapter 10: Adventures into the Solar System and Encounters with the Martians

  • Across the Zodiac and the Canali of Mars
  • The Great Romance and A Journey in Other Worlds
  • Two Planets and Edison?s Conquest of Mars
  • The War of the Worlds
  • Summary and Conclusion

Preview of Volume Two

Non-Fiction Bibliography

Index