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Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s

Andrew M. Butler

Abstract

Science fiction produced in the 1970s has long been undervalued. The New Wave was all but over and cyberpunk had yet to arrive. The decade polarised sci-fi; on the one hand it aspired to be a serious form, addressing issues such as race, Vietnam, feminism, ecology and sexuality; on the other hand it broke box office records with ‘Star Wars’, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, ‘Alien’, and ‘Superman: The Movie’. Across the political spectrum, writers perceived a series of invisible enemies: radicals addressed the ideological structures of racism, sexism, homophobia, colonialism, pollution, a ... More

Keywords: science fiction, racism, sexism, homophobia, colonialism, pollution, capitalism, pseudoscience, feminism, postmodernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781846318344
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317798

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew M. Butler, author