A terrifying vision of scientific progress without moral limits, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein leads the reader on an unsettling journey from the sublime beauty of the Swiss alps to the desolate waste of the arctic circle.
The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light…
First published in 1827, Loudon’s novel is one of the earliest examples of women’s science fiction. Set in the twenty second century, the novel features a society which is technologically advanced but which for all its knowledge is defunct of morality and reason.
First Men in the Moon is a scientific romance by H G Wells which was first published in 1901. It documents a journey to the moon taken by two men who discover a way to defy the laws of gravity and go on to discover a sophisticated extra-terrestrial civilisation who inhabit the moon.