Abstract

Written as science fiction for young teenage boys, Tom Swift appeared as four distinct series between 1910 and 1993. This article examines the core attitudes conveyed about the young rational hero, technology, nature, and science in the first, second, and fourth of the series. While the first two series tend to idolize the rational hero, glorify technology, treat nature as a resource, and increasingly place technology within a scientific framework, the final series instead emphasizes the dangers of technological and scientific hubris.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6563
Print ISSN
0147-2593
Pages
pp. 268-283
Launched on MUSE
2004-04-12
Open Access
No
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