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The History of Science Fiction

By Steven Romano May 31, 2013

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The Late 19th Century

Renowned novelists Jules Verne and H.G. Wells ushered science fiction into the modern era despite their methods being entirely disparate. Where Verne was concerned with attributing a level of plausibility to his otherwise near fictitious technology—as seen in Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea—Wells instead used his novels as vehicles for social commentary, as well as opting to forgo technical jargon. It is these philosophical approaches to science fiction that created two clashing schools of thought that debate this issue even now.

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Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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