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Title The perversity of things : Hugo Gernsback on media, tinkering, and scientifiction / Hugo Gernsback ; edited by Grant Wythoff.

Publication Info. Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, [2016]


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 Axe JSTOR Open Ebooks  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Electronic mediations ; 52
Electronic mediations ; v. 51.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Electronic Mediations; Title; Copyright; Contents; FRONT MATTER; How to Use This Book; Acknowledgments; Introduction; "up-to-date technic": Hugo Gernsback's Pulp Media Theory; "a perfect Babel of voices": Communities of Inquiry and Wireless Publics; "'phone and code": Dynamophone, Radioson, and Other Emerging Media; "certain future instrumentalities": The Mineral Proficiencies of Tinkering; "we exploit the future": Scientifiction's Debut; PART I. TINKERING; A New Interrupter (1905); The Dynamophone (1908); The Born and the Mechanical Inventor (1911).
The Radioson Detector (1914)What to Invent (1916); The Perversity of Things (1916); Thomas A. Edison Speaks to You (1919); Human Progress (1922); Results of the 500.00 Prize Contest: Who Will Save the Radio Amateur? (1923); The Isolator (1925); The Detectorium (1926); New Radio "Things" Wanted (1927); PART II. HISTORY AND THEORY OF MEDIA; The Aerophone Number (1908); Why "Radio Amateur News"Is Here (1919); Science and Invention (1920); Learn and Work While You Sleep (1921); The "New" Science and Invention (1923); Are We Intelligent? (1923); PART III. BROADCAST REGULATION.
The Wireless Joker (1908)The Wireless Association of America (1909); The Roberts Wireless Bill (1910); The Alexander Wireless Bill (1912); Wireless and the Amateur: A Retrospect (1913); Sayville (1915); War and the Radio Amateur (1917); Silencing America's Wireless (1917); Amateur Radio Restored (1919); The Future of Radio (1919); Wired versus Space Radio (1927); PART IV. WIRELESS; [Editorials] (1909); From The Wireless Telephone (1911); From A Treatise on Wireless Telegraphy (1913); The Future of Wireless (1916); From Radio for All (1922); Radio Broadcasting (1922).
Is Radio at a Standstill? (1926)Edison and Radio (1926); Why the Radio Set Builder? (1927); Radio Enters into a New Phase (1927); The Short-Wave Era (1928); PART V. TELEVISION; Television and the Telephot (1909); A Radio-Controlled Television Plane (1924); After Television-What? (1927); Television Technique (1931); PART VI. SOUND; Hearing through Your Teeth (1916); Grand Opera by Wireless (1919); The Physiophone: Music for the Deaf (1920); The "Pianorad" (1926); PART VII. SCIENTIFICTION; Signaling to Mars (1909); Our Cover (1913); Phoney Patent Offizz: Bookworm's Nurse (1915).
Imagination versus Facts (1916)Interplanetarian Wireless (1920); An American Jules Verne (1920); 10,000 Years Hence (1922); Predicting Future Inventions (1923); The Dark Age of Science (1925); A New Sort of Magazine (1926); The Lure of Scientifiction (1926); Fiction versus Facts (1926); Editorially Speaking (1926); Imagination and Reality (1926); How to Write "Science" Stories (1930); Science Fiction versus Science Faction (1930); Wonders of the Machine Age (1931); Reasonableness in Science Fiction (1932); PART VIII. SELECTED FICTION; Ralph 124C 41+, Part 3 (1911).
Summary "In 1905, a young Jewish immigrant from Luxembourg founded an electrical supply shop in New York. This inventor, writer, and publisher Hugo Gernsback would later become famous for launching the first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, in 1926. But while science fiction's annual Hugo Awards were named in his honor, there has been surprisingly little understanding of how the genre began among a community of tinkerers all drawn to Gernsback's vision of comprehending the future of media through making. In The Perversity of Things, Grant Wythoff makes available texts by Hugo Gernsback that were foundational both for science fiction and the emergence of media studies. Wythoff argues that Gernsback developed a means of describing and assessing the cultural impact of emerging media long before media studies became an academic discipline. From editorials and blueprints to media histories, critical essays, and short fiction, Wythoff has collected a wide range of Gernsback's writings that have been out of print since their magazine debut in the early 1900s. These articles cover such topics as television; the regulation of wireless/radio; war and technology; speculative futures; media-archaeological curiosities like the dynamophone and hypnobioscope; and more. All together, this collection shows how Gernsback's publications evolved from an electrical parts catalog to a full-fledged literary genre. The Perversity of Things aims to reverse the widespread misunderstanding of Gernsback within the history of science fiction criticism. Through painstaking research and extensive annotations and commentary, Wythoff reintroduces us to Gernsback and the origins of science fiction"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Gernsback, Hugo, 1884-1967 -- History and criticism.
Gernsback, Hugo, 1884-1967. (OCoLC)fst00106188
Science fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Mass media in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Science Fiction & Fantasy.
Mass media in literature. (OCoLC)fst01011404
Science fiction, American. (OCoLC)fst01108635
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Added Author Wythoff, Grant, editor.
Other Form: Print version: 9781517900847 1517900840 (DLC) 2016022208 (OCoLC)951158076
ISBN 9781452953137 (electronic bk.)
1452953139 (electronic bk.)
9781517900847 (hardback)
1517900840 (hardback)
9781517900854 (pb)
1517900859 (pb)

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