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Author Topic: Frank Reade: Adventure in the Age of Invention  (Read 983 times)
Dr von Zarkov
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« on: February 01, 2012, 03:40:46 am »

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Before Jules Verne's flying machines and H. G. Wells's spaceships, there was Frank Reade,
globe-trotting inventor and original steampunk hero. Frank Reade magazines were the world's
first science fiction periodicals, enthralling millions of readers with tales of fantastic inventions
and adventures. Now many of the spectacular images from the vintage dime novel series are
being reprinted for the first time in more than a century, along with excerpts from the action-
packed stories. Read an account and view the video at BoingBoing

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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 10:26:39 pm »

Wonderful stuff there, I'll have to see if I can get my hands on some of this Frank Reade stuff.

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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2012, 09:07:36 pm »

The Boilerplate website made by the same people as that book was rather wonderful.

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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2015, 03:04:11 pm »

Here's an extended version of Reade's visions of technology, it even has gotten the attention of the Smithsonian. markf

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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2015, 05:30:32 pm »

As this series of Edisonades is period literature, I have put in a request to the moderators to move this thread to Textual.

Doctor, may I suggest you post a version of your original comment onto this thread:,46166.0.html , "Victorian & Earlier Science Fiction/Adventure Stories that Influenced Steampunk"? It's specifically for authors and stories beyond the big names (Verne, Wells, etc.), so that these may be brought to the attention of those to whom these works are unfamiliar.* You could then provide a link back to this thread so the readers there can check out the additional commentary here.

(I was actually thinking of adding a post about the Reades there, but you will have just saved me the trouble!)

More info on the Reades on Jess Nevins' site here:

*Yes, of course, we all know about the Reades, but we have newer members on the forum who may not.
von Corax
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2015, 06:18:45 pm »

As this series of Edisonades is period literature, I have put in a request to the moderators to move this thread to Textual.
At present I'm inclined to leave it here for its more general inspirational value.

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