AUTHORBartter, Martha A.
TITLEThe Way to Ground Zero: The Atomic Bomb in American Science Fiction
PUBLISHERGreenwood Press
CITYWestport, CT
DATE PUBLISHED1988
ISBN0-313-25892-9


Using stories related to superweapons and superwar, the author of this book discusses nuclear war as seen from the perspective of science fiction. The science fiction stories analyzed are by American authors or were published in American science fiction magazines. Grounded in a view of fiction as important in both reflecting and molding cultural assumptions, Bartter starts with analyses of the science fiction published prior to each of the two world wars. She then presents analyses of the themes of awful warnings, images of scientists, superbombs, views of human nature, heroes in society, and war in human history. Bartter makes the underlying assumptions explicit in each anaylsis, and provides an overall summary and conclusion arguing that science fiction authors now need to work with new assumptions, especially in presenting peace processes as strong and active, rather than simply as the absence of war.


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