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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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Alien Invaders: Vietnam and the Counterculture

Alien Invaders: Vietnam and the Counterculture

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(p.92) 7 Alien Invaders: Vietnam and the Counterculture
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Solar Flares
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317798.008

The Vietnam War has been a central theme in American science fiction, which, according to H. Bruce Franklin, shaped and was reshaped by the conflict. Filmmakers were initially reluctant to portray the Vietnam War in their works, with the pro-military The Green Berets (John Wayne and Ray Kellogg, 1968) the only one to make a significant dramatisation during the conflict. A decade later, three films were released: Hal Ashby's Coming Home, Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter and Ted Post's Go Tell the Spartans. Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was released in 1979. This chapter looks at works that all take a negative view of the Vietnam War: Bernard Girard's 1972 film The Happiness Cage (also known as The Mind Snatchers), the Star Wars trilogy and fiction by Harlan Ellison, Harry Harrison, Gene Wolfe, Ursula Le Guin and Joe Haldeman. It also considers counterculture in Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film A Clockwork Orange and novels by Philip K. Dick.

Keywords:   Vietnam War, science fiction, counterculture, Stanley Kubrick, films, novels, Bernard Girard, The Happiness Cage, Star Wars, Philip K. Dick

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