By Lincoln Geraghty
American technological know-how Fiction movie and tv offers a serious historical past of overdue twentieth Century SF including an research of the cultural and thematic matters of this well known style. technological know-how fiction movie and tv have been firstly encouraged through 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 struggle via to America's present warfare on Terror, technology fiction has proved a sophisticated motor vehicle for the hopes, fears and preoccupations of a country at war.The definitive advent to American technology fiction, this publication is additionally the 1st examine to research SF throughout either movie and television. all through, the dialogue is illustrated with severe case experiences of key motion pictures and tv sequence, together with The Day the Earth Stood nonetheless, Planet of the Apes, megastar Trek: the following iteration, The X-Files, and Battlestar Galactica.
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At that time, such masculinity was valorised as part of the nation’s communist containment strategy: ‘The decade’s focus on rigid gender roles, respect for authority, patriotism, and hygiene was part of a larger fear that [America] might unravel from within’ (Caputi 2005: 142). For Elaine Tyler May (1999), the communist threat could be contained by a return to the family values of a pre–World War II America where men went to work and women stayed at home. However, with the disruption that the war brought, husbands were displaced in both the home and at work by their wives; this led to a sense of masculinity in crisis as the traditional male breadwinning role became increasingly obsolete.
The optimism felt for NASA’s continuing Apollo missions and the multitude of mediated images of the Moon, space and space flight ensured a receptive audience for Kubrick’s film. Yet, interestingly, 2001 would not be quite the science fiction film such anticipation demanded. The film would certainly be visually spectacular, but its message would in fact be less affirmative about humanity’s technological and scientific achievements to date. J. P. Telotte (2001: 100–1) suggests that the film followed the documentary style of Destination Moon (1950) and The Conquest of Space (1955), offering a visual experience coupled with the promise and wonder of science fiction.
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).
American Science Fiction Film and Television by Lincoln Geraghty