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date: 25 May 2022

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This essay traces a literary history from Poe’s tales and essays in which imaginative speculation and rationalist explanation are fused to create an effect of verisimilitude. Poe’s pioneering prose techniques had a decisive influence on the emerging history of science fiction as a genre, which this essay considers in relation to Jules Verne, Raymond Roussel, the pulp magazine Amazing Stories, Isaac Asimov, Alan Turing, and the emerging philosophy of artificial intelligence, Philip K. Dick, and the filmmaker Ridley Scott.

Keywords: science fiction, verisimilitude, genre, Verne, Roussel, Turing, artificial intelligence

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