Dinosaurs in Fantastic Fiction
A Thematic Survey
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About the Book
From the first illustrated edition of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth in 1867, dinosaurs and prehistory have fascinated readers. Writers would time and again come back to dinosaurs as an element of fantastic fiction, often using these creatures—through the venue of the written word—to reflect the world of the writers’ own time.
This literary survey examines how “paleoliterature” originated, developed and matured to the present day. Also discussed are the ways in which dinosaur fiction mirrors contemporary ideas about subjects such as geology, the Cold War, environmentalism, time travel, evolution and bioengineering.
Featured authors include Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, and Poul Anderson, among others. In select cases, the novelizations of movie scripts are also examined. An appendix provides brief summaries of deserving dinosaur texts.
About the Author(s)
Allen A. Debus
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 32 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013 
Table of Contents
Foreword by Donald F. Glut 1
Foreword by Mark F. Berry 3
1. Verne’s Subterranean “Museum” 17
2. Lost and Found: The Mystique of Lost Worlds 36
3. At War with Dinosaurs 56
4. Shadow of Gojira 73
5. Time-Relativistic Dinosaurs: Bradbury’s Legacy 85
6. Dino-Trek 103
7. Rise of the Raptor 124
8. Infiltration: Living with Dinosaurs 146
Select Bibliography 211
Book Reviews & Awards
“comprehensive”—Catholic Library World; “a great reference”—Prehistoric Times; “excellent”—www.sfsite.com; “well designed…authoritatively researched”—www.sfrevu.com; “an interesting history of how dinosaurs have been treated in SF”—Critical Mass; “if you are interested in the history of dinosaurs in popular culture, Debus is an author you simply cannot ignore…Debus does a huge service to those who work in the history of science”—H-Net Reviews.