Sci-Fi and Fantasy Stories From ‘The Sun’

Later described as “the lost giant of American science fiction,” Edward Page Mitchell wrote many science fiction and fantasy short stories in the 1870’s to 1890’s, nearly all of which were published anonymously in the The Sun daily newspaper of New York. Mitchell was editor-in-chief of The Sun and was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board for many years. Mitchell introduced many technological and social predictions which were daring for the time, prior to similar predictions by famous authors, such as travel by pneumatic tube, electrical heating, newspapers printed in the home by electrical transmission, food-pellet concentrates, international broadcasts, suspended animation of a living human being through freezing (cryogenics), a man rendered invisible by scientific means, a time-travel machine, faster-than-light travel, a thinking computer, a cyborg, matter transmission or teleportation, voting by American women, and interracial marriage. His fantasy stories dabble with the occult and bizarre, involving ghosts, the Devil, masochism, inanimate objects coming to life, and more.

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  1. The Book of Genesis for all SciFi readers!! Mitchell was one of, if not the first, SciFi authors. Given his time, the future views expressed are quite thrilling given what we have had since his writing as well as we we are now getting. He even wrote tales about “The Invisible Man” and “The Time Machine” quite before the ‘more famous’ stories were published by others. While many of the stories deal with science they were not always ‘serious’ aka character Dr. Dummkopf. Thus, while anyone interested in SciFi will like…

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