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Rumors of war and infernal machines : technomilitary agenda-setting in American and British speculative fiction

Author: Charles E Gannon
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2003.
Series: Liverpool science fiction texts and studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book places major emphasis on the `predictive' aspects of the future war genre and on the important role that writers played in official US military think-tanks after the Second World War.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gannon, Charles E.
Rumors of war and infernal machines.
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)607050233
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles E Gannon
ISBN: 0853236984 9780853236986 0853237085 9780853237082
OCLC Number: 54506833
Description: 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Assessing Rumors - of War and Infernal Machines1. Armageddon by Gaslight: Victorian Visions of Apocalypse2. Opportunistic Anticipations and Accidental Insights: William Le Queux's Exploitation of Edwardian Invasion Anxieties3. Promoters of the Probable, Prophets of the Possible: Technological Innovation and Edwardian Near-Future War Fiction4. H. G. Wells: The Far-Future War Prophet of Edwardian England5. Hard Numbers, Hard Cases, Hard Decision: Politics and Future-War Fiction in America6. An Imperfect Future Tense(d): Anticipations of Atomic Annihilation in Post-War American Science Fiction7. Nuclear Fiction and Silo Psychosis: Narratives of Life in the Shadow of a Mushroom Cloud8. Radio Waves, Death Rays, and Transgressive (Sub)Texts: Future-War Fiction in the Wide Black Yonder9. Making Man-Machines of Mass Destruction: Future-War Authors as Seers in an Age of Cyborg Soldiers10. Cultural Casualties as Collateral Damage: The Fragment-ing/ation Effects of Future-War Fantasies vs. FictionsAfterword: On Conducting a Literary Reconnaissance in Force - and in EarnestNotesBibliographyIndex
Series Title: Liverpool science fiction texts and studies.
Responsibility: Charles E. Gannon.

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You will come away with some respect to HG Wells and even Robert Heinlein's insight into their war extrapolations.Geoff Willmetts, SFCrowsnest

 
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