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Andrew M. Butler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318344

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317798

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Chariots of the Gods: Pseudoscience and Parental Fears

Chariots of the Gods: Pseudoscience and Parental Fears

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(p.192) 14 Chariots of the Gods: Pseudoscience and Parental Fears
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Solar Flares
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317798.015

Science fiction of the 1970s catered to audiences who believed in pseudoscience and the paranormal over the rational explanation. Writers produced works that shared many similarities with supernatural horror and expressed anxiety about the state of the family. This is evident in the pseudoarchaeology books written by Erich von Däniken, Charles Berlitz and Robin Collyns, challenged by authors such as John Sladek but inspired Steven Spielberg's 1977 blockbuster Close Encounters of the Third Kind as well as novels by Richard Cowper and television series such as Quatermass and The Omega Factor. Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) had implied that human evolution has been influenced by aliens since prehistoric times. Science fiction writers appeared to be content in using pseudoscience to come up with novels and short stories.

Keywords:   Erich von Däniken, science fiction, pseudoscience, paranormal, aliens, novels, short stories, horror, Steven Spielberg, television series

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