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David Seed

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317552

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317224

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The Strategic Defence Initiative: A Utopian Fantasy

The Strategic Defence Initiative: A Utopian Fantasy

(p.180) 10. The Strategic Defence Initiative: A Utopian Fantasy
Future Wars

David Seed

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the debate over President Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI), which marked one of the last crises of the Cold War and had a divisive effect on the scientific and science fiction communities. The debate over SDI, which was triggered initially over the possibility of preventing future wars, was informed throughout by science fiction tropes and, among other issues, the problematic relation of science fiction writers to government or military agencies. SDI appealed to two fantasies: security and power.

Keywords:   SDI, defence policy, defence systems, nuclear weapons, science fiction, security, power

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