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War and peace in British science fiction fandom, 1936-45

Sleigh, Charlotte (2019) War and peace in British science fiction fandom, 1936-45. Osiris, 34 (1). pp. 177-197. ISSN 0369-7827. (doi:10.1086/703986) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Fans of science fiction offer an unusual opportunity to study that rare bird, a “public” view of science in history. Of course science-fiction fans are by no means representative of a “general” public, but they are a coherent, interesting and significant group in their own right. In this paper we follow British fans from their phase of self-organisation just before WW2 and through their wartime experiences. We examine how they defined science and science fiction, and how they connected their interest in them with their personal ambitions and social concerns. Moreover, we show how WW2 clarified and altered these connections. Rather than being distracted from science fiction, fans redoubled their focus upon it during the years of conflict. The number of new fanzines published in the mid-century actually peaked during the War. In this article, we examine what science fiction fandom, developed over the previous half-dozen years, offered them in this time of national trial.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1086/703986
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Charlotte Sleigh
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 13:42 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2019 14:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69613 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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