Rumors of War and Infernal Machines: Technomilitary Agenda-setting in American and British Speculative Fiction


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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish Date
August 04, 2005
6.02 X 0.69 X 8.98 inches | 0.99 pounds
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About the Author

Charles E. Gannon is associate professor of English at St. Bonaventure University.


[H]ighly convincing....[A]n interesting read, offering numerous insights into the cultural influence of science fiction....[T]his book is a timely study - especially since war is top of the agenda in current American politics - showing how America is open to both the progressive nature of speculative texts and the dangerous imagining of deadly new technologies. We have only to look at the war in Iraq to see how dangerous our technological imagination can be.--Journal of American Studies
The combination of textual analysis with historical as well as political facts offers readers a multidimensional approach, as it enables them to assess the primary texts examined from a literary as well as socio-cultural perspective. This makes the book a useful source of reference to anyone interested in transatlantic superpower politics in relation to science fiction, technothrillers and apocalypse narratives....Gannon's well-documented endnotes and epigraphs at the start of every chapter make this book a valuable resource for the general reader, scholar, undergraduate and postgraduate student who wishes to explore the point where technology, politics and future-war literature intersect.--Symbiosis
The book investigates an exchange between future-war fiction and political entities in Victorian and Edwardian Britain and in the USA through and beyond the Cold War....Gannon skilfully deploys a range of discursive materials to discuss and analyse fictional anticipations of a technologically enabled 'Great War....He then addresses America's rise to superpower status accompanied by literary imagining of nuclear destruction, death rays, cyborg soldiers, and starship troopers.--The Year's Work In English Studies
Gannon breaks new ground in a superior cultural study, investigating the influence military science fiction has exerted over military policy makers....The well-researched military backgrounds prove the author's thesis that science fiction has indeed influenced the conclusions of military think tanks. An essential acquisition for collections of science fiction and military history. Highly recommended.--CHOICE
Emerging from both military history and literary criticism, this volume traces a remarkable genealogy of speculative fiction's "truth effects" in Britain and the United States...Gannon sees a powerful relationship between speculative military fiction and the rise of "technocentric" ideologies of the modern war state.--American Literature
If you are of a mind to tive less credence to the humanities of war than to the sciences, set that aside long enough to read Rumors of War. I think you'll be glad you did.--Analog Science Fiction & Fact
In, Gannon offers a thorough study of what future-war writers anticipated.--Science Fiction Studies
A fascinating and disturbing subject....The theme, examined in rich detail, is...that fiction plays its part in shaping and colonizing the military imagination--perhaps even seeping into the process of procurement or research and development....Is star wars fiction conducive to star wars fact?--Journal Of Technology Studies