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Monsters in the Machine: Science Fiction Film and the Militarization of America … by Steffen Hantke (2016)

Monsters in the Machine: Science Fiction Film and the Militarization of America … by Steffen Hantke (2016)

The 1950s and 1960s were the decades when science-fiction movies boomed and during that time not so much technology, but disgust, shock, fear, basically all aspects of horror and horror movies, were used instead to give science fiction movies a certain direction by presenting miniature or giant creatures, mutants and every kind or harrowing creature […]

Invasion USA: Anti-Communist Movies of the 1950s and 1960s by David J. Hogan (2017)

Invasion USA: Anti-Communist Movies of the 1950s and 1960s by David J. Hogan (2017)

With motion pictures as one of the most powerful instruments to display the enemies’ (i.e. the USSR’s) efforts to destroy the trust of the American people in their country in the mid-1950s, a number of movies by US studios were produced. The plots centered mostly around Soviet spies, communist agents or Americans, who had lost […]

Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films … by Tom Lisanti and‎ Louis Paul (2016)

Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films … by Tom Lisanti and‎ Louis Paul (2016)

Intelligence work for centuries has been an important part of a nation’s security. Over the years, the profession of “the spy” was developed and particularly during the Cold War those people – no matter from which side of the Iron Curtain – were interested in securing their respective country an advantage in information or technology. […]

Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture by David Kaiser and W. Patrick McCray (eds.) (2016...

Groovy Science: Knowledge, Innovation, and American Counterculture by David Kaiser and W. Patrick McCray (eds.) (2016)

Even if today many fans (and critics) of the 1960s/1970s and the “counterculture” hold the believe that this generation, and those involved in social change were mostly anti-scientific and anti-technology, this view of the era is largely wrong. We know for a fact that back then many alternative ways of coping with life, philosophy, the idea […]