The history of science fiction – Xavier Dollo (Writer), Djibril Morissette-Phan (Art)
The European tradition of long thematic graphic novels is finally entering the American market, and there is cause for celebration.
As I often say here, there is no better way to learn about a given subject than a graphic novel. The combination of data with artwork that really connects to it is simply irresistible. My husband has a wealth of knowledge that can be directly attributed to this – and an understandable side effect is that he can name any superhero, but I digress.
I totally agree with the introduction of this graphic novel, in particular, that science fiction will always be a conversation about possible futures.
As Ted Chiang puts it:
Science fiction, as I understand it, is a kind of post-industrial revolution storytelling. […]
Science fiction tells stories that only make sense to people who have seen how technology can change the world in their lifetime.
It is about the realization that the future will not simply be a version of the past with changed names; the future will be different.
Advances in science fiction are traced here citing all kinds of thinkers, from Thomas Edison to Elon Musk.
The graphics are very traditional but encompass a wide range of movie scenes that have also shaped our view of possible futures. There is a mastery displayed by Djibril Morissette-Phan in this kind of representation, a very sought-after piece where a reference can lead you to a film and vice versa.
While not all of the answers are here, it’s a great place to start asking the right questions about the history and purpose of science fiction. In a time of great information poisoning, it is very nice to see such a dedicated data mining, presented in illustrated form, as a full history of all our possibilities.
The History of Science Fiction: A Graphic Novel Adventure is available from November 23, 2021.
Release Date: November 23, 2021
Format: 200 pages – Color
Price: $ 29.99 – £ 24.99 – Can $ 39.99
Featured image by Djibril Morissette-Phan, all images are owned by Humanoids.