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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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Beyond Apollo: Space Fictions after the Moon Landing

Beyond Apollo: Space Fictions after the Moon Landing

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(p.38) 3 Beyond Apollo: Space Fictions after the Moon Landing
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Solar Flares
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317798.004

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, taking the space race to a whole new level. Following the success of Apollo 11, Apollo 12 reached the moon on November 19 of that same year. However, Apollo 13, launched in April 1970, was not as lucky due to equipment failure, signalling the end of the programme. If space travel fell out of favour with the American public in the early 1970s, it had been met with scepticism by science fiction writers since the days of Sputnik. Writers were no longer content with just seeing a man step on the moon. This chapter considers several of Barry Malzberg's novels, focusing on film and television. Malzberg's fiction explores astronauts' psyches, for example, in The Falling Astronauts (1971), Beyond Apollo (1972) and The Day of the Burning (1974).

Keywords:   Barry Malzberg, science fiction, novels, Apollo, space travel, astronauts, film, television, The Falling Astronauts, The Day of the Burning

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