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Tales of Wonder by Mark Twain, David Ketterer
  

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Tales of Wonder by Mark Twain, David Ketterer

Mark Twain's unsettling imagination and passionate curiosity roamed far and wide-racing across microscopic worlds and interstellar voids, leaping ahead to fearful futures, and speculating on dazzling inventions to come. Tales of Wonder features some of the most notable but little-known science fiction available, penned by the famed American humorist and writer. With characteristic wit and acuity, Twain embarks on an epic journey into a drop of water, catches a glimpse of an invisible man, reveals a generation-starship-type world in the heart of a drifting iceberg, and imagines futuristic devices of instantaneous communication such as the phrenophone and telelectroscope. Twain pioneered the use of time travel to the past in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. As for the future, he envisioned a radical utopia of absolute suffrage and future histories in which a global theocracy holds sway or a monarchy rules America. This entertaining and absorbing collection of tales reminds us that the former steamboat pilot dreamed about the stars, anticipated and dreaded the future, and above all was continually surprised and enchanted by the world around him.

Reviews

The author's masterful writing in many little-know tales and Ketterer's introdution and notes make Tales of Wonder a book every Twain fan and science fiction lover should have. -Mark Graham, Rocky Mountain News -- Mark Graham * Rocky Mountain News * Tales of Wonder . . . gathers the American master's shorter imaginative fiction in a handy scholarly volume. -Publishers Weekly * Publishers Weekly *


About the Author

Mark Twain (1835-1910) was the author of such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well as many short stories, including those appearing in the recent collection, How Nancy Jackson Married Kate Wilson and Other Tales of Rebellious Girls and Daring Young Women (Nebraska 2001). David Ketterer is an emeritus professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal and an honorary research fellow in the Department of English at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of numerous books, including Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy and Imprisoned in a Tesseract: The Life and Work of James Blish.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st March 2003

Author

Mark Twain, David Ketterer

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Publisher

Bison Books an imprint of University of Nebraska Press

Format

Paperback
387 pages

Categories

Short stories

ISBN

9780803294523

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