Wesleyan UP's "Early Classics of Science Fiction"

Edward Bulwer-Lytton. The Coming Race. Ed. David Seed. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan UP, 2005.
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 280 pages
$34.95 Cloth, 0-8195-6749-3

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The Coming Race is arguably one of the most important science fiction novels in the English language. Impressive in its breadth, this edition represents a very valuable teaching aid in both undergraduate and graduate courses on fantasy and science fiction.” — Nicholas Ruddick, author of Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction

The Coming Race is a fascinating novel. Seed's edition of this seminal work is manifestly superior to previous ones and a significant contribution to Lytton studies.”—Toby Widdicombe, University of Alaska, Anchorage

“To date, other editions of this science fiction classic have lacked the heft of David Seed's offering, thus failing to make the strongest case for its historical and cultural importance. David Seed rectifies this failing. Anyone who reads this edition cannot but emerge with a greater respect for Lytton's intellectual and literary achievement.”— Scott Rice, San Jose State University

“David Seed's critical edition of The Coming Race is a model of scholarship. The introduction, acute and brilliantly argued, explores all relevant critical contexts for the novel—evolutionary, political, racial, mystical. At last, significant early works of science fiction are having the scholarly care lavished on them that was formerly reserved only for accepted 'classics.'”— George Slusser, University of California, Riverside