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Golden Age Science Fiction 1940–1960

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Abstract

To describe the science fiction published in the 1940s and 1950s as ‘Golden Age’ is — obviously — not to use a neutral or value-free description. Coined by a partisan Fandom, the phrase valorises a particular sort of writing: ‘Hard SF’, linear narratives, heroes solving problems or countering threats in a space-opera or a technological-adventure idiom. Another approach at definition would be to link the Golden Age to the personal taste of John W. Campbell (1910–1971), who played a larger role than anyone else in disseminating prescriptive ideas of what SF ought to be.

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Short Story Science Fiction American Writer Sentient Creature Magic Word 
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