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The World Beyond the Hill

The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence
cover of The World Beyond the Hill
Author Alexei Panshin and Cory Panshin
Country United States
Language English
Genre Literary criticism
Publisher Jeremy P. Tarcher
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 685 pp

The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest for Transcendence (1989) is a book about the history of science fiction, written by Alexei Panshin and Cory Panshin. It took them about ten years to research and write, though they had made earlier attempts at writing a book on the genre.

It was first published in hardcover by Jeremy P. Tarcher in August 1989 in a limited signed and numbered edition of 500 copies; a broader hardcover edition for general release and a trade paperback edition followed from the same publisher in the same year. An ebook edition was issued by in December 2002, and a new hardcover edition by Phoenix Pick in April 2010.

The book looks at the evolution of science fiction from Horace Walpole's 1764 fantasy, The Castle of Otranto to modern science fiction writers through the middle of the twentieth century.

The book was received wide critical acclaim and won the 1990 Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book.



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