His works lend themselves well to film adaptation and through this he has won an even wider audience.
One of his main contributions to literary studies is his fearless exploration of the human ...?
Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work! Though writers in antiquity sometimes dealt with themes common to modern science fiction, their stories made no attempt at scientific and technological plausibility, the feature that distinguishes science fiction from earlier speculative writings and other contemporary speculative genres such as fantasy and horror.
The genre formally emerged in the West, where the social transformations wrought by the Industrial Revolution first led writers and intellectuals to extrapolate the future impact of technology.
Some critics see this line of storytelling as a reflection of the early history of America, in which white settlers sought out the distant frontiers and killed the Indians whom they met on the way.1 This may well be true, but it also true that the fictional exploration of space gave Rice Burroughs some insights into the mentality of the frontiersman and he wrote a number of Western themed novels later in life including Apache Devil in 1933 and The Deputy Sherriff of Commanche Country in 1940.
In this case it seems, science fiction helped him to imagine historical situations and write engaging stories about confronting the unknown.
This paper analyses the impact of Science Fiction on historical and Modern Literature by looking at five writers in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre.
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is one of the first and best known writers of science fiction.
By the 21st century, science fiction had become much more than a literary genre.
Its avid followers and practitioners constituted a thriving worldwide subculture.