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The History of Science Fiction

A graphic novel with illustrated text that traces, in detail, the history of a literary genre, from the 1800s to present day.

For the first time in illustrated form, this comprehensive history of science fiction traces its origins and, in fascinating detail, charts its history from its beginnings as a “schlock” genre to its respected status today. Who was the first author to write a science fiction story? How did American science fiction begin? What SF novel is the world’s best-seller? What were the “pulps,” and how did they predict with uncanny accuracy the 21st century world around us? These are just some of the questions answered in chapters dedicated to the founding mothers and fathers of the genre and the creations to which they gave birth. More than just a simple history lesson, The History of Science Fiction is a thoughtful and analytical reflection on the genre itself.

Bookseller, author, editor, speaker at the University of Rennes 2 on the history of imaginary literatures, Xavier Dollo is a lover of books, which he likes to publish (Le cycle de Lanmeur at Ad Astra, Dominium Mundi at Critic) as much as reading or writing (Alone, American Fays).

His awards include the "Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire" (as a publisher), the Rosny senior (for his short story Les Tiges) and the Prix Imaginales (for the collection Chuchoteurs du Dragon & Other Whispers, 2019, Elenya).

In recent years, he has refocused his literary activity on writing in short form. Thus, publishes, for free, on his blog ( series of texts entitled Apocalyptic Suites.

In 2020, his space opera Under the Shadow of the Stars was released in the Hélios des Moutons Électriques collection.


Djibril Morissette-Phan is a Montreal comic book illustrator. He began his career in 2014 after completing his studies in cartooning. Mainly active in the American community, he has notably worked on titles such as All-New Wolverine , X-Men: Gold and Star-Lord at Marvel. 

In 2016, he teamed up with American author Jim Zub to create the Hollywood horror series Glitterbomb , published by Image Comics. In 2017, while continuing his work as a designer, he returned to university, completing a minor in philosophy and undertaking a bachelor's degree in visual art.

In 2018, he joined Tristan Roulot to complete Crypto , his first project published in Europe at Le Lombard.