War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination

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Franklin, H. Bruce. War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination. New York: Oxford UP, 1988.

The weapon-obsession aspect of "America as Science Fiction." Seeunder Background Category, J. W. Gibson, The Perfect War. See under Literary Criticism, HBF on "The Vietnam War as American Science Fiction and Fantasy." Backmatter to War Stars includes a list of "Films Discussed." HBF puts into the context of the dream of the superweapon and associated real-world fantasies such SF films as A BOY AND HIS DOG, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, DESTINATION MOON, DR. STRANGELOVE, LOGAN'S RUN, ON THE BEACH, PLANET OF THE APES,[1] STAR WARS, SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE, THEM!, WARGAMES, and THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL.[2] Such contextualizing is very important for S. Kubrick's DR. STRANGELOVE.

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