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WORLD WAR II

December 7, 2016 will be the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. In the coming months, we are likely to see many articles, books and television shows that deal with the participation of the United States in World War II. It is reasonable to expect that some of these will deal with the Home Front – How people coped with the war news, thinking of their loved ones in peril in combat at various locations around the globe, and dealing with the restrictions on everyday life that were imposed by the war.
 
For one particular aspect of the Home Front, consider the following quote from my book An ASTOUNDING War: Science Fiction and World War II:
 
Try to imagine that you are back in the days of World War II. Despite the intrusion of the war into all aspects of daily life, it was still possible to find ways to relax and have a good time. You could travel, if you wanted to contend with the crowds on all forms of public transportation. Unfortunately, you could not just drive to some distant vacation spot because of gasoline rationing. If we eliminate travel, there were still other ways to relax. Whatever method you chose, you clearly did not wish to be reminded of the war. If you listened to the radio, it would be hard to escape the war news. You could go to the movies, as most people did during the war. The problem was that even if you went to see a musical or a comedy, you might be shown a newsreel that contained the war news or some short feature telling you what you could do to help support the war effort. A safe bet would be to buy a book, perhaps a mystery or a historical novel. Instead of a book, how about a magazine? Why not just wander down to the corner newsstand to buy one? But what kind of magazine? Western? Romance? Mystery? How about Science Fiction?
 
You might expect that a science fiction magazine would be the ideal means of escape as it would not contain anything to do with the war. If you looked at a wartime issue of Astounding Science-Fiction, however, you might be surprised at the number of stories that were connected with the war. Some of these were war stories in the proper time frame on Earth, but with the addition of a science fiction element such as aliens or the development of a super weapon. Other stories took the war and transposed it through time, into space or onto another planet.
 
Looking  at the types of stories that appeared is only one way in which I investigated the various connections between science fiction and World War II. If you wish to find out about one aspect of World War II that will most likely be ignored by all of the other presentations, I would suggest that you purchase An ASTOUNDING War: Science Fiction and World War II.
 

This book is available from AMAZON, both in print form and for the Kindle. 

The price of the print version of An ASTOUNDING War was recently reduced from $24.95 to $21.95.
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