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The Mummy! & The Retrofuture

By Marri Lynn (W&M Regular Contributor) Jane C. Webb wrote the The Mummy!: Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century when science fiction was still a toddler, very shortly after Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein helped to build the very nursery in which the genre would gain its legs. When compared to most well-known nineteenth-century science fiction,...
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Before Science Fiction: Romances of Science and Scientific Romances [Secret History]

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History / Ancient History : The History Blog

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