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Stover, Leon E.

Works: 48 works in 229 publications in 4 languages and 7,452 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Satire  Science fiction  Juvenile works  Miscellanea  Fantasy fiction  Young adult works  Horror tales 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Interviewer
Classifications: PR5774, 823.912
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Leon E Stover
Stonehenge : the Indo-European heritage by Leon E Stover( Book )

35 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale set in Celtic Britain
Robert A. Heinlein by Leon E Stover( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 1,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A critical introduction to the prolific science fiction author."
The cultural ecology of Chinese civilization; peasants and elites in the last of the agrarian states by Leon E Stover( Book )

26 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in 3 languages and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harry Harrison by Leon E Stover( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

China : an anthropological perspective by Leon E Stover( Book )

7 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Above the human landscape; a social science fiction anthology by Willis E McNelly( Book )

3 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The island of Doctor Moreau : a critical text of the 1896 London first edition, with an introduction and appendices by H. G Wells( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The time machine by H. G Wells( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A scientist invents a time machine and uses it to travel into the future, where he discovers the childlike Eloi and the hideous underground Morlocks
Science fiction from Wells to Heinlein by Leon E Stover( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Science fiction may have begun in the American pulp magazine industry in 1926 but its origins lay in the British tradition of the scientific romance, whose mastery by H.G. Wells in his Victorian youth (1895-1901) makes him the "father of modern SF" (Jules Verne is a more distant ancestor who lived to be a rival). Wells's most self-conscious descendant is Robert Heinlein, whose rapid rise to fame during the magazine era made him "the dean of American SF." He so succeeded in winning literary recognition for the genre that it all but vanished into the mainstream, save for a lingering identity in classified paperbacks and in television programming." "The present work, by a man who taught the subject at the university level for decades, is a critical examination of the literary trajectory of science fiction from the scientific romances of H.G. Wells to the era of Robert Heinlein. Such luminaries as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, A.E. van Vogt, L. Sprague de Camp, Harry Harrison, Kurt Vonnegut, Brian Aldiss, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Fritz Leiber, C.S. Lewis, and Arthur Conan Doyle are discussed along the way. The roles of various magazines in establishing the genre, an area of the author's special expertise, are fully examined (Hugo Gernsback's Science and Invention, Amazing Stories, and Weird Tales, among others)."--Jacket
The prophetic soul : a reading of H.G. Wells's Things to come, together with his film treatment, Whither mankind? and the postproduction script (both never before published) by Leon E Stover( Book )

11 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The war of the worlds by H. G Wells( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"H. G. Wells' novel, a "scientific romance," attained perhaps its greatest fame in another form, the infamous realistic 1939 radio broadcast "Invasion from Mars" by the redoubtable Orson Welles. It was also notably made into an early fifties science fiction adventure movie (and there have been other adaptations as well). So indelible is the association that the novel, like the panic inducing broadcast and the Hollywood flick, now is taken as little more than a light fantasy of outerspace terror and human heroism. This is far from the author's original vision. Like the other scientific romances treated in the Annotated H.G. Wells series, The War of the Worlds is a philosophical tale and as such, is profoundly ideological. The world of the Martians represents the progressive future of humanity in a cultural war with our world of tradition and reaction - these are the two worlds in question. The Mars from which the invaders come is united by a planet-wide system of irrigation canals; for Wells this indicates a socialist world-state, as claimed by the American astronomer Percival Lowell. The red planet is red in more than one sense, pointing the direction of terrestrial progress. The Martians in the novel are octopoidal monsters, bodily anticipating the tentacular, all-controlling totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. To those familiar with Wells' works only through film, this acclaimed series annotated by the world's premier Wellsian scholar, Leon Stover, will be a real eye-opener."--Jacket
Ralph Ellison's Invisible man by H. G Wells( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses, and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin--the new guest at the Coach and Horses--is at first assumed to be a shy accident victim. But the true reason for his disguise is far more chilling: he has developed a process that has made him invisible and is locked in a struggle to discover the antidote. Forced from the village and driven to murder, he seeks the aid of an old friend, Kemp. The horror of his fate has affected his mind, however, and when Kemp refuses to help, he resolves to wreak his revenge
The first men in the moon by H. G Wells( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When penniless businessman Mr Bedford retreats to the Kent coast to write a play, he meets by chance the brilliant Dr Cavor, an absent-minded scientist on the brink of developing a material that blocks gravity. Cavor soon succeeds in his experiments, only to tell a stunned Bedford the invention makes possible one of the oldest dreams of humanity: a journey to the moon. With Bedford motivated by money and Cavor by the desire for knowledge, the two embark on the expedition. But neither are prepared for what they find - a world of freezing nights, boiling days and sinister alien life, on which they may be trapped forever."--Jacket
Apeman, spaceman; anthropological science fiction by Leon E Stover( Book )

15 editions published between 1968 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stonehenge city : a reconstruction by Leon E Stover( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stonehenge, the megalithic monument in southern England that dates in its Bronze Age phase to 2000 B.C. (but with a history stretching back yet another thousand years to Neolithic times), attracts more than a million tourists a year, but is much more than a visible array of great standing stones. The entire region includes a vast cemetery and a number of other sites that indicate the remains of sizeable wooden buildings. Stonehenge was indeed its own city, the metropolitan center of a powerful kingdom heretofore unsuspected." "That city is reconstructed by the author from the archaeological evidence - royal palace, banquet hall and tomb, among other buildings. In passing, the author incisively demolishes the popular theory that Stonehenge served as a prehistoric astronomical observatory. He rather advances a political theory grounded in cultural continuities that carry forward into the early Iron Age, best documented in ancient Ireland. Here (apart from Homer) begins European literature, derived from oral traditions. The entire book is richly illustrated."--Jacket
Imperial China and the state cult of Confucius by Leon E Stover( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work explores the political logic of old China's archaic civilization, where court protocol was the essence of a liturgical government whose philosophical basis rested on the scriptural authority of Confucian teachings. The historical paradox (vast empire, weak state) is resolved in this book. Over 100 photographs and drawings are included, along with an appendix covering the Great Chinese Museum of New York and a bibliographic essay on important Sinologist works."--Jacket
The sea lady : a tissue of moonshine by H. G Wells( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much attention has been paid to the "scientific romance" novels of H.G. Wells, a founder of modern science fiction and one of the genre's greatest writers. In comparison, little attention has been given by critics to his works of fantasy, which in the opinion of many, are just as artistic and worthy of study. This work takes a critical look at Wells' little known fantasy The Sea Lady: A Tissue of Moonshine, which is "a parable of dark foreboding that unveils the nothingness of utopian dreams" and foreshadows Franz Kafka's dark fables of the totalitarian age. A lengthy introduction by the editor provides a comprehensive overview of the text and the story of The Sea Lady, and serves to explain the ideas of civil death and every citizen's acting as a public servant, and the concept of totalitarian metaphysics, which deals with a revolt against the limits of the human condition. This work provides a complete, extensively annotated text of the 1902 London first edition of The Sea Lady. Prepared by the world's leading Wellsian scholar, the volume also provides germane appendices and a bibliography."--Jacket
When the sleeper wakes by H. G Wells( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Graham, an 1890s radical pamphleteer who is eagerly awaiting the twentieth century and all the advances it will bring, is stricken with insomnia. Finally resorting to medication, he instantly falls into a deep sleep that lasts two hundred years. Upon waking in the twenty-second century to a strange and nightmarish place, he slowly discovers he is master of the world, revered by an adoring populace who consider him their leader. Terrified, he escapes from his chamber, seeking solace-- only to realize that not everyone adores him. In fact, some wish to destroy him."--Back cover
Man who could work miracles; a film by H.G. Wells based on the short story entitled The man who could work miracles by H. G Wells( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Man Who Could Work Miracles (without a The) is a film, ostensibly a comedy, that H.G. Wells (1866-1946) scripted late in life for London Film Productions. The present volume is a literary text of the scenario and dialogue published in advance of the movie's release in 1937. Wells himself says it is "a companion piece" to Things to Come, his deadly serious film done a year before. Both films were produced by Alexander Korda, who extended to Wells unprecedented control over them."
Things to come by H. G Wells( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Things to Come is the 1936 release of London Films, produced from the 1935 "film story" by H.G. Wells, the text of the present work. It reflects on a long literary career often given to the fate of man and the prospect of a unified world state, a utopian future realized in the film by A.D. 2036"--Provided by publisher
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The island of Doctor Moreau : a critical text of the 1896 London first edition, with an introduction and appendices
Alternative Names
Leon Stover American anthropologist

Leon Stover Amerikaans antropoloog (1929-2006)

Stover, Leon.

Stover, Leon 1929-

Stover, Leon 1929-2006

Stover, Leon Eugene 1929-

English (162)

Russian (2)

Dutch (2)

Polish (1)

The time machineScience fiction from Wells to HeinleinThe war of the worldsRalph Ellison's Invisible manThe first men in the moonStonehenge city : a reconstructionImperial China and the state cult of ConfuciusThe sea lady : a tissue of moonshine