Past Futures: One Hundred Years of Looking Forward
Americans have long envisioned their future, but those future visions were (and are) oftentimes influenced by the times in which they appeared. Drawing on a wide array of material since the turn of the twentieth century, including: books such as Homer Lea’s Last Days of the Republic, Nevil Shute’s On the Beach, and Richard Condon’s The Manchurian Candidate; movies such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Day After, and I Robot; TV shows like The Jetsons, Star Trek, and The Six Million Dollar Man; and scenes from the Army-McCarthy hearings, this class will demonstrate that when looking to tomorrow and beyond, Americans could not escape their present.
Voices Prophesying War: Future Wars, 1763-3749, by I.F. Clarke
Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future, by Joseph J. Corn and Brian Horrigan
War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination, by H. Bruce Franklin
Gendering Science Fiction Films: Invaders from the Suburbs, by Susan A. George
Hollywood Science: Movies, Science and the End of the World, by Sidney Perkowitz