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War and Peace in British Science Fiction Fandom, 1936–1945 (2019)


Fans of science fiction offer an unusual opportunity to study that rare bird—a “public” view of science in history. Of course science fiction fans are by no means representative of a “general” public, but they are a coherent, interesting, and significant group in their own right. In this article, we follow British fans from their phase of self-organization just before World War II and through their wartime experiences. We examine how they defined science and science fiction, and how they connected their interest in them with their personal ambitions and social concerns. Moreover, we show how the war clarified and altered these connections. Rather than being distracted from science fiction, fans redoubled their focus upon it during the years of conflict. The number of new fanzines published in the midcentury actually peaked during the war. In this article, we examine what science fiction fandom, developed over the previous few years, offered them in this time of national trial.

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Article Amanda Rees; Iwan Rhys Morus (2019) Presenting Futures Past: Science Fiction and the History of Science. Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 1-15). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Petkova, Kristina
Boyadjieva, Pepka
Bauer, Martin W.
Gornev, Galin
Miller, Kristen
Hüppauf, Bernd
British Journal for the History of Science
Science as Culture
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Social Studies of Science
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Public Understanding of Science
Harvard University Press
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Pittsburgh Press
Public understanding of science
Science and society
Science and culture
Science fiction
Science and literature
Bonestell, Chesley
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
17th century
18th century
Great Britain
United States
London (England)
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

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