Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jeff Allred

Second Advisor

Alan Vardy

Academic Program Adviser

Janet Neary


This thesis explores the creation of the science fiction genre through the pulp magazines of the 1920s. Hugo Gernsback, the creator of Amazing Stories is the first to title the budding genre as science fiction. Through his editorials, one can see a desire to create a wide community heavily involved in genre creation. By exploring these initial stories and editorials we can better understand how science fiction began as well as evolved into what it is today.



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