Astounding wonder : imagining science and science fiction in interwar America /

Main Author: Cheng, John.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2012.
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This readable book provides a broad exploration of the importance that scientific developments and concomitantly science fiction played in what Cheng, a Chicago-based writer, refers to as "interwar" America. The author provides many fascinating insights regarding the popular excitement of the day about both the scientific knowledge being developed and popularized and its reflection in the fiction published in the pulp magazines that began to proliferate. An interesting corollary is the connection between these fields and some of the social policies put into play simultaneously. Albert Einstein, both in his actual theories and in the many ways his work was distorted in the popular imagination, is naturally an important figure in any understanding of this melded world of science appreciation and appreciation of science fiction as a unique genre. Even those not particularly well read in this area will find much material of interest here. And readers of this field will not be disappointed with this pleasurable volume. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. S. Raeschild Northern New Mexico College

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