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Lost Transmissions

The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Desirina Boskovich, Jeff VanderMeer (Foreword by)


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A fascinating illustrated history of lost, overlooked, and uncompleted works of science fiction and fantasy
Science fiction and fantasy reign over popular culture now. Lost Transmissions is a rich trove of forgotten and unknown, imagined-but-never-finished, and under-appreciated-but-influential works from those imaginative genres, as well as little-known information about well-known properties. Divided into sections on Film & TV, Literature, Art, Music, Fashion, Architecture, and Pop Culture, the book examines Jules Verne’s lost novel; AfroFuturism and Space Disco; E.T.’s scary beginnings; William Gibson’s never-filmed Aliens sequel; Weezer’s never-made space opera; and the 8,000-page metaphysical diary of Philip K. Dick. Featuring more than 150 photos, this insightful volume will become the bible of science fiction and fantasy’s most interesting and least-known chapters.

Praise For Lost Transmissions: The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy

“Boskovich sets the tone with a conversational style that enwraps solid scholarship…the collection will broaden your horizons and turn you on to wonders bubbling under the mass-market commodified pleasures to which we all too often limit ourselves.”
— The Washington Post

“My only complaint about “Lost Transmissions” is that there isn’t more of it…Buy this book because it is beautiful, but also so they’ll make another.”
— The Houston Chronicle

“This treasure trove of secrets, presented in a generously illustrated hardbound volume, is like a gateway into science fiction’s inner sanctum.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“…a fascinating enrichment of the history of sf and fantasy."
— Booklist

“...a fascinating illustrated history…” 

“Boskovich is to be commended for her editorial selection and for doing the heavy lifting of writ­ing 44 well-researched essays on a wide variety of thoughtfully curated subjects and figures.”
— Locus Magazine

Abrams Image, 9781419734656, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2019

About the Author

Desirina Boskovich has written for Lightspeed, Tor, Weird Fiction Review, and the Huffington Post, and she has contributed fiction to Clarkesword Magazine, and F&SF. She is the coauthor of The Steampunk User’s Manual and lives in Nevada, Missouri.

Jeff VanderMeer is the author of the New York Times bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy.