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By Lincoln Geraghty

ISBN-10: 1845207955

ISBN-13: 9781845207953

American technology Fiction movie and tv provides a severe heritage of past due twentieth Century SF including an research of the cultural and thematic matters of this renowned style. technological know-how fiction movie and tv have been at first encouraged by way of the vintage literature of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. the capability and fears born with the Atomic age fuelled the recognition of the style, upping the stakes for either know-how and apocalypse. From the chilly conflict via to America's present battle on Terror, technology fiction has proved a sophisticated car for the hopes, fears and preoccupations of a country at war.The definitive advent to American technological know-how fiction, this publication can be the 1st research to investigate SF throughout either movie and television. all through, the dialogue is illustrated with serious case experiences of key motion pictures and tv sequence, together with The Day the Earth Stood nonetheless, Planet of the Apes, megastar Trek: the subsequent new release, The X-Files, and Battlestar Galactica.

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There was no need to go to the cinema when ‘the ideal home theatre was precisely “the room” that one need never leave, a perfectly controlled environment of mechanized pleasures’ (Spigel 1992: 108). David Marc and Robert J. Thompson (2005: 76) state that ‘By 1960 TV use had soared to some five daily hours per household’, and as a result other forms of media, such as radio and the cinema, ‘had to redefine themselves to fit the new communications regime’. At the same time that Hollywood was facing this competition from television, the studio system was breaking up and undergoing significant changes in how movies were funded, produced and distributed.

Two strands began to emerge in the genre: one continued to use the potential threat and consequences of nuclear war as a backdrop to its stories, including On the Beach (1959) and Fail Safe (1964), and the other has been identified by John Brosnan (1978: 139) as ‘a small trend in satirical [science fiction] films’, including Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and Barbarella (1968). However, Dr. Strangelove clearly combined elements of the nuclear theme and satirical form, offering audiences different perspectives on America’s national agenda.

Society was starting to break apart as the nation’s youth began to drift from the more conservative politics shared by their parents and demand social and political change. In a reactionary move away from the consensus of the 1950s, this counterculture movement was shared across the globe—running parallel with the spread of socialism and communism in Eastern Europe and the Cultural Revolution in China. Students and young people were demanding changes to the social structures they saw as impinging on personal freedoms.

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