Monsters, Mushroom Clouds, and the Cold War: American Science Fiction and the Roots of Postmodernism, 1946-1964

Monsters, Mushroom Clouds, and the Cold War: American Science Fiction and the Roots of Postmodernism, 1946-1964

M. Keith Booker


The Nineteen Fifties are commonly considered as the golden age of yank technology fiction. This booklet surveys a variety of significant technology fiction novels and flicks from the lengthy 1950s--the interval from 1946 to 1964--when the tensions of the chilly conflict have been at their height. the yankee technology fiction novels and flicks of this era basically mirror chilly battle anxieties and tensions via their specialise in such subject matters as alien invasion and nuclear holocaust. during this experience, they resemble the observations of social and cultural critics through the comparable period.

Meanwhile, American technological know-how fiction of the lengthy Nineteen Fifties additionally engages its old and political contexts via an interrogation of phenomena, comparable to alienation and routinization, that may be noticeable as outcomes of the improvement of yankee capitalism in this interval. This financial pattern is a part of the increase of the worldwide phenomenon that Marxist theorists have referred to as past due capitalism. hence, American technology fiction in this interval displays the increase of past due capitalism and participates within the beginnings of postmodernism, defined by means of Frederic Jameson because the cultural good judgment of overdue capitalism.

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