Americans and
science fiction
in the early
cold war

Secondary Sources

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Legendary science fiction editor John W. Campbell spoke on the UMass campus in May 1966.
Photograph courtesy of UMSFS.
  • Ashley, Mike. The Time Machines: The Story of the Science Fiction Pulp Magazines from the beginning to 1950. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2000.
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  • Heinlein, Robert A. The Puppet Masters. New York: Baen Publishing Enterprises, 2009 (original publishing date 1951).
  • May, Elaine Tyler. Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era. Basic Books, 1999.
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    "TANSTAAFL" ("There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch"), a favorite slogan of science fiction fandom, is taken from Robert A. Heinlein's paean to libertarianism The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
    Photograph courtesy of UMSFS.
  • Owens, Larry. "Sci-Fi and the Mobilization of Youth in the Cold War." Quest: The Spaceflight Quarterly 14, No. 3 (2007): 52-57.
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  • Seed, David. American Science Fiction and the Cold War: Literature and Film. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.
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  • Westfahl, Gary, ed., George Slusser and Eric S. Rabkin. Science Fiction and Market Realities. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1996.
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Suggested Reading

  • Halberstam, David. The Fifties. New York: Villard Books, 1993.
  • McCurdy, Howard E. Space and the American Imagination. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.
  • Parrinder, Patrick, ed. Science Fiction: A Critical Guide. New York: Longman, 1979.
  • Roberts, Adam. The History of Science Fiction. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006.
  • Rosheim, David L. Galaxy Magazine: The Dark and Light Years. Chicago: Advent Publishers, 1986.
  • Tulloch, John and Henry Jenkins. Science Fiction Audiences: Watching Doctor Who and Star Trek. New York: Routledge, 1995.
  • Warner, Harry Jr. All Our Yesterdays: An Informal History of Science Fiction Fandom in the Forties. Chicago: Advent Publishers, 1969.
  • Westfahl, Gary. The Mechanics of Wonder: The Creation of the Idea in Science Fiction. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1998.
  • Westfahl, Gary. Cosmic Engineers: A Study of Hard Science Fiction. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1996.