The History of Science Fiction and its Toy Figurines


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The History of Science Fiction and its Toy Figurines by Luigi Toiati

Hardcover – Pen & Sword – Dec 2023 – 515 pages

Science fiction, as the name suggests, is the combination of science and fantasy. In addition to a literary form, it also encompasses film, TV, comics, toys and our beloved toy astronauts, or other figures such as aliens, monsters and other playable genres.

The term science fiction was coined by publisher Hugo Gernsbach around the first decades of the last century to refer to the predominantly ‘space’ adventures covered in his magazines. Space invaded radio, cinema, TV, and consequently for a long time toy figurines were predominantly space-related, later evolving into other themes.

This lavishly illustrated book covers both the history of literary science fiction, following in the footsteps of contemporary official criticism, and toy figurines inspired by science fiction. You will also find several other themes, such as the link between science fiction figures and cinema, radio, TV, comics, and more.

Luigi Toiati offers to both guide the reader on an often-nostalgic walk through science fiction in all its various forms, and to describe the figurines and brands associated with it.



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