Rumors of War and Infernal Machines
Technomilitary Agenda-Setting in American and British Speculative Fiction
Acknowledgements Introduction: Assessing Rumors – of War and Infernal Machines 1. Armageddon by Gaslight: Victorian Visions of Apocalypse 2. Opportunistic Anticipations and Accidental Insights: William Le Queux’s Exploitation of Edwardian Invasion Anxieties 3. Promoters of the Probable, Prophets of the Possible: Technological Innovation and Edwardian Near-Future War Fiction 4. H. G. Wells: The Far-Future War Prophet of Edwardian England 5. Hard Numbers, Hard Cases, Hard Decision: Politics and Future-War Fiction in America 6. An Imperfect Future Tense(d): Anticipations of Atomic Annihilation in Post-War American Science Fiction 7. Nuclear Fiction and Silo Psychosis: Narratives of Life in the Shadow of a Mushroom Cloud 8. Radio Waves, Death Rays, and Transgressive (Sub)Texts: Future-War Fiction in the Wide Black Yonder 9. Making Man-Machines of Mass Destruction: Future-War Authors as Seers in an Age of Cyborg Soldiers 10. Cultural Casualties as Collateral Damage: The Fragment-ing/ation Effects of Future-War Fantasies vs. Fictions Afterword: On Conducting a Literary Reconnaissance in Force – and in Earnest Notes Bibliography Index
You will come away with some respect to HG Wells and even Robert Heinlein’s insight into their war extrapolations.
Geoff Willmetts, SFCrowsnest
Size: 234 x 156 mm
Publication: October 1, 2003
Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 28