Golden Age of Science Fiction

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The period between the late 1930's through the 1950's is often considered to be The Golden Age of Science Fiction[1]. The genre saw a strong increase in popularity as stories came out focusing on scientific realism and in depth characterization. Much of this rebirth in popularity was due to the influence of John W. Campbell, whose tenure as editor of the science fiction magazine Astounding began in 1938. Most science fiction authors of the time credited Campbell as their greatest influence, including Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein. Another major figure was the editor and publisher, Hugo Gernsback.


  1. David Hartwell suggests in His book, Age of wonders, that "the golden age of science fiction is twelve" -as in the age at which most readers discover science fiction. Hartwell, David G. (1985-11). Age of wonders: exploring the world of science fiction. McGraw-Hill, p.3. ISBN 0070269637, 9780070269637.