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Futuristic Cars and Space BicyclesContesting the Road in American Science Fiction$
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Jeremy Withers

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621754

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621754.001.0001

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Kids on Bikes in Twenty-First-Century Nostalgia Science Fiction

Kids on Bikes in Twenty-First-Century Nostalgia Science Fiction

(p.189) Chapter 6 Kids on Bikes in Twenty-First-Century Nostalgia Science Fiction
Futuristic Cars and Space Bicycles

Jeremy Withers


This final chapter focuses on one of the most recent and most popular trends happening right now in science fiction, the rise of a decidedly nostalgic form of science fiction. In particular, the trend examined in this chapter is one called ‘1980s-nostalgia science fiction’ and is made up of science fiction literary and screen texts from c. 2010-present that exhibit a profound fondness for or interest in the American 1980s. The three nostalgia texts that comprise the focus of this chapter are Super 8, Stranger Things, and Paper Girls. After first discussing what is one of the most influential texts for this 1980s-nostalgia science fiction – Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra Terrestrial – this chapter then analyzes how these nostalgia texts align themselves with Spielberg’s blockbuster film by demonizing motorized transport while simultaneously exalting the bicycle.

Keywords:   nostalgia, kids, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Super 8, Stranger Things, Paper Girls

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