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.
one particular aspect of the Home Front, consider the following quote from my
book An ASTOUNDING War: Science Fiction and World War II:
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?
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.
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.