Cover

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Contents

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pp. vii-x

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Introduction: The Wonderful Dream

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pp. 1-30

This book is an investigation of the ideals and conflicts evident in America's dream of its future, as represented in the intellectual, aesthetic, scientific, and political tradition of astrofuturism. Devoted to breaking the limits placed on humanity by the surface....

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1. Knocking on Heaven's Door: David Lasser and the First Conquest of Space

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pp. 31-48

As a mature technocultural project, astrofuturism came of age in the years after the Second World War, not least because of that war's technological innovations. But by the time it gained respectability in those postwar years, astrofuturism was at least twenty years old. Its authors and engineers had been part of...

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2. An Empire in Space: Europe and America as Science Fact

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pp. 49-81

In the closing days of the Second World War, German rocket engineers and their technologies became one of the most coveted spoils of a defeated Third Reich. Led by Wernher von Braun and General Doctor Walter Dornberger, these were the rocket scientists and technicians who had designed and built the infamous ...

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3. Building a Space Frontier: Robert A. Heinlein and the American Tradition

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pp. 93-110

Astrofuturism is expressed in two contiguous fields, popular science and science fiction. As popular science, its pedagogical mission is explicit: through science journalism, polemical articles, and books, astrofuturists present their program as a pragmatic goal for real-world science and technology. They call upon the...

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4. Will There Always Be an England? Arthur C. Clarke's New Eden

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pp. 111-149

Of all the authors in this study, perhaps the best known and most influential is Arthur C. Clarke. His renown is due partly to his longevity: Clarke's career spans the entire length of the spaceflight movement from its beginnings in the early rocket societies to its current incarnation as integral to the popular culture of science....

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5. The Domestication of Space: Gerard K. O'Neill's Suburban Diaspora

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pp. 150-185

All second-generation astrofuturists, whatever their political persuasions, have found it necessary to respond to changes in American society by persuading the public of the democratic uses of the space future. Until the political upheavals of the 1960s, American science fictionists rarely imagined that the future...

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6. Ben Bova: Race, Nation, and Renewal on the High Frontier

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pp. 186-221

Ben Bova's significance to astrofuturism derives from his canny responsiveness to the fora and stratagems used by spaceflight advocates in pursuit of their dream. In the 1960s, he was deeply involved in the immense public and private institutional structure of the space program. In the 1970s, he found himself on the...

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7. On Mars and Other Heterotopias: A Conclusion

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pp. 222-238

If the interventions of interlopers such as George Takei, Homer Hickam, and Michelle Nichols recover the emancipatory and Utopian motivations of the space future, their presence in the actual and fictional places of space exploration holds astrofuturism accountable to its promise of a frontier that will free all of humankind....

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pp. 239-240

Notes

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pp. 241-284

Index

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pp. 285-292

Acknowledgments

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pp. 293-294