Above all, my thanks to Liverpool University Press: LUP's guidance was invaluable in steering my research into a finished book, particularly the contributions of Anthony Cond and the reviewers who read my proposal and manuscript. The final version is richer for their constructive criticism and suggestions for extending this research into writers, texts and debates I had not considered.
I continue to be grateful for the encouragement (intellectual and otherwise) of scholars working in the area of science fiction and related studies. Mark Bould, Sherryl Vint and Patrick Berton Sharp have been some of the most generous and supportive.
It was necessary to consult several archives for the research that went into this book, and I would like to thank the staff at the British Library, the Science Fiction Collections at the University of Liverpool, and the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture at the University of Exeter. Some individuals went out of their way to provide assistance and expertise: Andy Sawyer at the Science Fiction Collections and Phil Wickham at the Bill Douglas Centre deserve special thanks. The visits to these archives and the funding for my PhD thesis came from the Department of English at the University of Exeter, and none of this research would have been possible without that financial support.
Friends and colleagues have constantly sustained this research, and their interest was one of the things that made the project worth pursuing. I am grateful to them all but I would like to single out the following: in its original stages, this work was shaped by the advice of my PhD supervisor Anthony Fothergill, as well as Steve Neale and Tim Armstrong; Jo Gill, Jane Poyner, Brian Edgar and Max Stites read parts of the manuscript and gave honest and accurate criticism; Dan North guided me in my search for difficult-to-source films; finally, this work has benefitted from the long discussions I have enjoyed with Paul Newland.
I will finish by thanking my parents. They have been a constant source of love and strength and to them this book is dedicated.
(p.ix) Sections of Race, Ethnicity and Nuclear War: Representations of Nuclear Weapons and Post-Apocalyptic Worlds were previously published as journal articles. Part of chapter 3 was first published as ‘Beyond Mad Max III: Race, Empire, and Heroism on Post-Apocalyptic Terrain’, in Science Fiction Studies 32.2 (July 2005), pp. 301–15. Part of chapter 5 was first published as ‘Physics Made Simple: The Image of Nuclear Weapons in the Writing of Langston Hughes’, in the Journal of Transatlantic Studies 6.2 (August 2008), pp. 131–41. The editors of those journals have kindly given permission for these articles to be incorporated within chapters of this book, and I would like to thank Arthur B. Evans at Science Fiction Studies and Alan P. Dobson at the Journal of Transatlantic Studies for that permission and for the advice given by their reviewers. (p.x)