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Projections of Passing: Postwar Anxieties and Hollywood Films, 1947-1960 by N. Megan Kelley (2021)

Projections of Passing: Postwar Anxieties and Hollywood Films, 1947-1960 by N. Megan Kelley (2021)

The debatable term of “passing,” initially used to describe a basically 19th and 20th century strategy of African-Americans to pass for white (and avoid Jim Crow laws, absurd segregationist rules and social exclusion), in the mid- 1950s took on other forms and meanings. Actually, then it depicted new ways of passing/acting out or incorporating somebody […]

Robots That Kill: Deadly Machines and Their Precursors in Myth, Folklore, Literature… by Judith A. Markowitz (2019)

Robots That Kill: Deadly Machines and Their Precursors in Myth, Folklore, Literature… by Judith A. Markowitz (2019)

In three parts, Judith Markowitz deals with the phenomenon of evil or rather, human-killing robots (and their creators) in the book at hand. In part 1, greed, revenge and furor are taken into consideration in cases why humans had to die by “the hands” of a robot, that was more or less only used as […]

Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties by Bill Warren (2016)

Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties by Bill Warren (2016)

The 1950s were a unique time when many aggressors, real and imaginative, seemingly threatened not only the people and the political system of the United States, but Earth itself. One product of these anxieties were science fiction movies that more often than not gave (not so pretty) faces and (not so nice) names to the […]