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The way to ground zero : the atomic bomb in American science fiction

Author: Martha A Bartter
Publisher: New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
Series: Contributions to the study of science fiction and fantasy, no. 33.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martha A Bartter
ISBN: 0313258929 9780313258923
OCLC Number: 17982356
Description: xii, 278 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: INTRODUCTION: THE SUPERMAN SYNDROME --
Why fiction? --
Why science fiction? --
The plan of the book --
Chronology: the Atomic Bomb --
PART I. THE WAY TO HIROSHIMA --
1. INTERNATIONAL WATERS: BEFORE WORLD WAR I --
The "Lone Inventor" --
Wars to end War --
Creating scenarios --
Fictional tactics --
Further assumptions --
2. "I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE": BEFORE WORLD WAR II --
A new genre --
Atoms for Fun and Profit --
Saving the world --
Losing the race --
Research gone wrong --
Repel the invaders --
Return to the wilderness --
Fictional tactics --
Assumptions --
3. DARK WORDS OF WARNING --
Awful warnings --
Return to the wilderness II --
Down with the Tyrants --
Fictional tactics --
Assumptions --
4. SCIENCE AND SCIENCE FICTION --
Images of the scientist --
Scientist amd science fiction --
The social institution of science --
Lived assumptions --
5. A SCIENCE FICTION WORLD --
The bomb and boom --
Guilt and Glory --
Reactions --
Assumptions --
PART II: CIRCLING GROUND ZERO --
6. THE NATURE OF "HUMAN NATURE" --
Models of human nature --
The problem of control --
The problem of war --
The problem of Language --
7. THE HERO AND SOCIETY: STURGEON VERSUS HEINLEIN: --
The protagonist --
The society --
Before the bomb --
The bomb and after --
The contrasting vision --
Summary: stories by Robert A. Heinlein --
Stories by Theodore Sturgeon --
8. HUMANS AND HISTORY --
War prevented --
War presented --
The postwar community --
Cycles of history --
Circling Ground Zero --
PART III: LEAVING GROUND ZERO --
9. NEW ASSUMPTIONS.
Series Title: Contributions to the study of science fiction and fantasy, no. 33.
Responsibility: Martha A. Bartter.

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"Bartter surveys 250 American science-fiction stories and 131 American SF novels--with occasional overlaps of stories made into episodic novels--that have some relationship, often direct, sometimes Read more...

 
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