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By Lincoln Geraghty

ISBN-10: 1845207955

ISBN-13: 9781845207953

American technological know-how Fiction movie and tv offers a severe heritage of overdue twentieth Century SF including an research of the cultural and thematic matters of this well known style. technology fiction movie and tv have been in the beginning encouraged through the vintage literature of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. the aptitude and fears born with the Atomic age fuelled the recognition of the style, upping the stakes for either expertise and apocalypse. From the chilly conflict via to America's present struggle on Terror, technological know-how fiction has proved a sophisticated car for the hopes, fears and preoccupations of a kingdom at war.The definitive advent to American technology fiction, this publication can be the 1st research to research SF throughout either movie and television. all through, the dialogue is illustrated with severe case reports of key motion pictures and tv sequence, together with The Day the Earth Stood nonetheless, Planet of the Apes, famous person Trek: the subsequent iteration, The X-Files, and Battlestar Galactica.

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Furthermore, the fact that Klaatu chose to land in Washington and pass on his message to Americans intimates that America will be the Earth’s police force and that only its values and ideologies will help serve to unlock humanity’s potentials in the future. The dangers of nuclear power also appeared in feature films that depicted mutants and monsters created by the leaking or exploding of radioactive elements: Joyce A. Evans (1998: 93) describes this as the ‘radiation-produced monster’ genre. Popular examples of the subgenre include The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), the American version of Japan’s Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956) and Them!

The so-called Kitchen Debate in 1959, when Vice President Richard Nixon travelled to Moscow to meet Nikita Khrushchev at the American Exhibition, symbolised America’s drive to outdo Russia on all technological fronts, both planetary and domestic: ‘the latest in kitchen consumerism stood for the basic tenets of the American way of life. Freedom. Freedom from drudgery for the housewife. And democracy, the opportunity to choose’ (Marling 1994: 243). New technologies, whether the simple electric can opener or the most advanced space rocket, were a sign of national and human achievement and symptomatic of America’s drive to produce more consumable goods than the Soviet Union, a drive described by sociologist David Riesman as ‘Operation Abundance’: ‘In 1951, he argued that Americans should conduct a “Nylon War” with the Soviet Union, in which its citizen comrades would be bombarded with consumer goods rather than weaponry’ (Crowley 2008a: 30).

Kubrick wanted more than to simply chart the meteoric rise of human achievement; he wanted ‘to develop a larger story of human evolution’. With this, the film is split into three distinct narrative segments that chart such evolution over the course of our pre-, current and future history. The first segment, titled ‘The Dawn of Man’, shows our simian ancestors surviving on the plains of ancient Africa; the only preoccupations for the ape men are to survive being eaten by feline predators and protect the waterhole which gives them life.

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