A Victorian Science-Fiction Reading List



Edwardian and Victorian Science Fiction Must Reads:

TIME TRAVEL

  • Irving, Washington. RIP VAN WINKLE. (1819)

  • Poe, Edgar Allan. SOME WORDS WITH A MUMMY. (1845)

  • Morris, William. A DREAM OF JOHN BALL. (1888)

  • Twain, Mark. A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT. (1889)

  • Wells, H.G. THE TIME MACHINE. (1895)

  • London, Jack. THE STAR-ROVER. (1915)

HOLLOW EARTH

  • Verne, Jules. JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. (1864)

  • Butler, Samuel. EREWHON. (1872)

  • Harben, William. THE LAND OF THE CHANGING SUN. (1894)

  • Merritt, A. THE MOON POOL. (1918)

UTOPIA/DYSTOPIA

  • Bellamy, Edward. LOOKING BACKWARD. (1888)

  • Howells, William Dean. A TRAVELER FROM ALTRURIA. (1894)

  • Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. HERLAND. (1915)

FUTURE OR STRANGE WORLDS

  • Swift, Jonathan. GULLIVER’S TRAVELS. (1726)

  • Verne, Jules. PARIS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. (1863)

  • Abbott, Edwin. FLATLAND. (1884)

  • Forster, E.M. THE MACHINE STOPS. (1909)

JOURNEYS TO OTHER PLANETS

  • de Bergerac, Cyrano. L’AUTRE MONDE: OU LES ÉTATS ET EMPIRES DE LA LUNE. (1657)

  • Serviss, Garrett P. EDISON’S CONQUEST OF MARS. (1898)

  • Griffith, George. A HONEYMOON IN SPACE. (1901)

  • Arnold, Edwin. LIEUTENANT GULLIVAR JONES: HIS VACATION. (1905)

  • Burroughs, Edgar Rice. A PRINCESS OF MARS. (1912)

FANTASTIC INVENTIONS/DISCOVERIES

  • Shelley, Mary. FRANKENSTEIN. (1818)

  • Stevenson, Robert Louis. THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE. (1886)

  • Verne, Jules. FACING THE FLAG. (1896)

  • Lewis, Sinclair. ARROWSMITH. (1925)

FLYING MACHINES

  • Poe, Edgar Allan. THE UNPARALLELED ADVENTURE OF ONE HANS PFAALL. (1835)

  • Poe, Edgar Allan. THE BALLOON-HOAX. (1844)

  • Verne, Jules. ROBUR THE CONQUEROR. (1886)

  • Verne, Jules. MASTER OF THE WORLD. (1904)

  • Kipling, Rudyard. WITH THE NIGHT MAIL. (1905)

  • Doyle, Arthur Conan. HORROR OF THE HEIGHTS. (1913)

LOST WORLDS

  • Donnelly, Ignatius. ATLANTIS: THE ANTEDILUVIAN WORLD. (1882)

  • Doyle, Arthur Conan. THE LOST WORLD. (1912)

  • Merritt, A. THE METAL MONSTER. (1920)

SUPERNATURAL

  • Lang, Andrew. THE BOOK OF DREAMS AND GHOSTS. (1897)

  • Hodgson, William Hope. CARNACKI THE GHOST-FINDER. (1913)

WORLD CATASTROPHES

  • Shelley, Mary. THE LAST MAN. (1826)

  • Donnelly, Ignatius. RAGNAROK, THE AGE OF FIRE AND GRAVEL. (1883)

  • Flammarion, Camille. THE END OF THE WORLD. (1893)

  • Doyle, Arthur Conan. THE POISON BELT. (1913)

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL REVOLUTIONS

  • Griffith, George. THE ANGEL OF THE REVOLUTION. (1893)

  • Griffith, George. OLGA ROMANOFF. (1894)

  • Conrad, Joseph and Ford Madox Ford. THE INHERITORS. (1901)

  • London, Jack. THE IRON HEEL. (1908)

  • Kipling, Rudyard. AS EASY AS ABC. (1912)

  • Lewis, Sinclair. IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE. (1935)

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