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Imagining Apocalypse: Studies in Cultural Crisis

Written By:David Seed - 1999

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This volume brings together essays on the cultural expression of apocalypse primarily in anglophone science fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries. Focusing on themes, writers and individual works, the contributors examine the relation between secular and spiritual apocalypse, connecting the fiction and films to their historical moment. Not surprisingly, war recurs throughout this material, as a critical turning point, fulfilment of prophecy, or prelude to a new age. Among the writers covered are H.G. Wells, Olaf Stapledon and such contemporary figures as Michael Moorcock, J.G. Ballard and Storm Constantine.