Hans Christian Andersen was born in Denmark in 1805, The son of a poor shoemaker. At age fourteen he traveled to Copenhagen, where he sought to become an opera singer. Failing this, he was admitted as a dancing student at the Royal Theatre. There he gained the notice of King Frederick VI, who sent him to the great grammar school at Slagelse. Before he started for school he published his first volume, The Ghost at Palnatoke’s Grave (1822). Further writings gained little success, until his novel, The Improvisatore, appeared to wide acclaim in 1835. Less appreciated were his series of fairy tales, begun in the same year. He continued to write additional fairy tales through 1872, which led to the worldwide fame his work enjoys today. In a Thousand Years, a precursor to the science fiction story, was written in 1852.

Science Fiction Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 17

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from Science Fiction Classics, illustration ©2009 Hunt Emerson