As the editor points out, this is ""the first comprehensive selection of the science-fiction story in its most powerful sphere, the novel"". Though pulp magazines, comic strips, etc. have long featured rockets, planetary visits, and the like there has been little attention give to science-fiction as serious literary work. The four novels included: THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON by H.G. Wells, BEFORE THE DAWN by John Taine, THE SHADOW OUT OF TIME by H.P. Lovecraft, and ODD JOHN by Olaf Stephenson. These combine exciting scientific speculation with good writing, thereby earning a place of their own in literature.