Ralph 124C 41+

Ralph 124C 41+, by Hugo Gernsback

Synopsis: “Ralph 124C 41+” by Hugo Gernsback is an early science fiction novel, written as a twelve-part serial in “Modern Electrics” magazine beginning in April 1911. It was compiled into novel/book form in 1925. It is considered one of the most influential science fiction stories of all time. The title itself is a play on words, ( 1 2 4 C 4 1 + ) meaning “One to foresee for one another”. Some successful predictions from this novel include television (and channel surfing), remote-control power transmission, the video phone, transcontinental air service, solar energy in practical use, sound movies, synthetic milk and foods, artificial cloth, voiceprinting, tape recorders, and spaceflight. It also contains “…the first accurate description of radar, complete with diagram…” according to Arthur C. Clarke in his “non-genre” novel “Glide Path.” (1963)

First Published: 1925 | ISBN: 978-1614275770

Mini-bio: Hugo Gernsback was a Luxembourgish-American inventor, writer, editor, and magazine publisher, best known for publications including the first science fiction magazine. His contributions to the genre as publisher—although not as a writer—were so significant that, along with the novelists H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, he is sometimes called “The Father of Science Fiction”. In his honour, annual awards presented at the World Science Fiction Convention are named the “Hugos”. – Wikipedia

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Paperback Edition: Ralph 124c 41+


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