The Skylark of Space (Amazing Stories, August-October 1928), created in cooperation with Lee Hawkins Garby, is widely regarded as the first major space opera. It combines the typical story of a scientist constructing a space-drive with an Edgar Rice Burroughs-style planetary romance. The novel starts with the Skylark breaking up over India and landing in the Himalayas, where its crew is rescued by Tibetan monks who teach them modern technology.
During World War II space travel was seen as a possible weapon, so any stories about it were banned from publication for many years after the war ended. But in the 1970s a new wave of science fiction started publishing books with space operas as their main theme. The best known of these novels is C. J. Cherryh's Dyanaragan series, which began in 1979 with Cyteen. It features several storylines set several thousand years in the future when humanity has spread across the galaxy.
Cherryh also wrote the Bordertown series, which begins in 1976 with The Borderlanders. This book follows a group of people living on either side of the border between Mexico and America. When they find out that one of their members is being held hostage on the American side, they go there to get him back. Bordertown is full of action and colorful characters.
In space no one can hear you scream (...or can they?).
Ray Bradbury's S is for Space (1966) is a collection of science fiction short tales. It was created for libraries' young adult departments. The book has never before been available in print.
In it, he says: "These stories are for space."
The first story, "The Pedestal", takes place in the future after humans have colonized the solar system. A boy named John Thomas leaves his home on Earth with a group in search of new planets where human beings could live. On one such planet, they discover an ecosystem that resembles late-19th century England. The second story, "The Jar", is about a girl who steals a magic jar and finds herself the target of many criminals. She gets caught up in their schemes until she meets another girl who shares her desire to get away from town. They go on a journey where they encounter gunslingers, Indians, and demons. The third story, "The Halloween Tree", is about a boy who goes into a haunted house on Halloween night and discovers that it is actually a tree full of children's graves. As he is about to be killed by the ghosts, a girl saves him.
Bradbury wrote more than fifty books during his lifetime, including novels, essays, poetry, and folklore.
Romances in Science It is hardly an exaggeration to say that Jules Verne was the first science-fiction author. Mary Shelley may have authored the first great science fiction novel, but Verne churned out these pieces that influenced the genre for the rest of its life. He is a watershed moment in science fiction history.
Verne's works are filled with adventure stories that take place in exotic locations such as Antarctica, the Moon, and Mars. They often include engineering feats that seem impossible today (such as traveling by rocket engine), and many of his novels were made into movies. His books were so popular that they inspired other authors to write in this vein, which led to the creation of the science fiction genre.
Mary Shelley was only 18 years old when she wrote her now famous work, Frankenstein. Although it was not the first science fiction story, it is still regarded as one of the founders of the genre. Like Verne, Shelley was inspired by real events. In addition to writing the story after being struck by lightning, she also based it on a dead scientist named Victor Frankenstein.
Shelley's story is about a young doctor who seeks to reanimate a corpse by adding flesh and muscle using his own blood. However, he ends up creating more than he expected. The monster that results from his experiments causes havoc in the world, so the doctor tries to destroy it, but fails. After this incident, he falls into depression and eventually dies.