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Nuclear holocausts : atomic war in fiction, 1895-1984

Author: Paul Brians
Publisher: Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, [1987] ©1987
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The anxiety caused by the thought of nuclear war causes some people to avoid the topic altogether, some to despair, and others to place unwarranted confidence in scientific or governmental control. However, the vivid characters and realistic settings of fiction can bring home the impact of a nuclear war in a way that makes the topic difficult to avoid and allows readers to confront their fears and phobias. This  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bibliographies
Bibliography
Fiction Bibliography
Romans, nouvelles, etc. Bibliographie
Bibliographie
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Brians
ISBN: 0873383354 9780873383356
OCLC Number: 13581546
Description: xi, 398 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The history of the Holocaust --
The causes of nuclear war --
The short-term effects of nuclear war --
The long-term consequences of nuclear war --
Avoiding the Holocaust.
Other Titles: Atomic war in fiction, 1895-1984
Responsibility: Paul Brians.

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"The anxiety caused by the thought of nuclear war causes some people to avoid the topic altogether, some to despair, and others to place unwarranted confidence in scientific or governmental control. However, the vivid characters and realistic settings of fiction can bring home the impact of a nuclear war in a way that makes the topic difficult to avoid and allows readers to confront their fears and phobias. This bibliography study is the only compliation of its kind to deal exclusively with nuclear war in fiction. The first five chapters provide a historical survey of the development of the nuclear war theme and a study of the causes and aftermath of nuclear war as treated in literature. In addition, Brians considers the significant failure of some works to confront the subject and the success of others as educational tools. With a clear focus on the subject of war, this work does not deal with such related topics as nuclear accidents, reactor disasters, or near-war situations. The bulk of the book is given over to the detailed, annotated bibliography which consists of over 800 entries with associated checklists. Intended to provide scholars, librarians, and general readers with ready access to a great variety of information about his body of writing, the bibliography lists both hardcover and paper editions of books and the reprinting of each short story and corrects several errors in other standard reference works. In his critical analysis and through the annotations in the bibliography, Brians attempts to improve our understanding of cultural attitudes toward the dangers posed by the ever-present reality of nuclear weaponry"--Jacket.

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