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ERIC Number: EJ1039998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Ray Guns and Radium: Radiation in the Public Imagination as Reflected in Early American Science Fiction
Slaughter, Aimee
Science & Education, v23 n3 p527-539 Mar 2014
The 1920s and 1930s were a period which saw great popular interest in radiation and radioactivity in America, and the establishment of a new genre of pulp literature, science fiction. Radiation was prevalent in American popular culture at the time, and sf stories were dependent upon radiation for much of their color and excitement. In this case study of stories in "Amazing Stories" and "Astounding Stories," two of the leading sf pulps, the connections between actual scientific ideas and discoveries and sf plots and imagery are analyzed, demonstrating the general optimistic belief in the possibilities of scientifically-controlled radiation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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