Poe: A scientist at heart: The history of science fiction


When we talk about the origins of science fiction and literature, the names Herbert G. Wells or Jules Verne immediately come to mind, indeed these prolific late nineteenth-century authors inspired later generations. However, few take account of Edgar Allan Poe, an author from the beginning of that century who inspired the aforementioned authors. In fact, if Verne and Wells were the fathers of science fiction, then Poe was undoubtedly the grandfather.


Poe; science; science fiction; literature


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