While the first film is Hollywood at its very best—largely studio-bound, it is clean, clear, and highly entertaining—the contemporary feature works its generic magic by way of gorgeously composed imagery shot in the "western" wilderness of New Zealand , a quirky tonal sensibility, and ambiguous characterizations, keeping the Western fresh for a more critically discerning art house audience. In the end, despite all efforts, cinema is an instrument of domination.
Created by white, bourgeois men, quickly became a tool to seize the view from all over the world. It is a way to shape reality and give form to imagery. Films can be filled with poetry and represent the frailty of life, still they have to deal with cruelty and power. There is a one film by Peckinpah which I consider underrated and even more prophetic than others much more quoted.
It is his last one, The Osterman Weekend. Almost the whole story is set in a house which becomes a kind of prison, in the sense that residents cannot avoid big brother's eye looking upon them. It is a cold man hunting, where the hunter becomes the prey. I would like to pair it with the new film by Athina Rachel Tsangari, Chevalier. The film is about a group of friends sharing a holiday—taking place probably during a weekend. The film is set on a luxury boat, where seven men start a peculiar game in order to establish who will the most perfect one.
Chevalier is a film about the obsession for control—and the boat little by little becomes a place of no-escape. Like Peckinpah, Athina works with a real locations, taking advantage from restriction of movements. Now I see it much more as a Peckinpah film: Displaying a good dose of cruelty, Chevalier shows that the big brother attitude is now unavoidable, it has become part of every one of us, since all characters share a sadistic pleasure in controlling and finding weakness in the others.
If I say to you that words are never enough. If I say to you that a jar of pickles is only there to be taken down. If I say to you that images are never enough. If I say to you that this is how you should remember this trip. If I say to you that the grass is breathing.
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Good grief you know what I mean. If I say to you that I do. If I say to you that this year has been good. If I say to you that this is the sound of pleasure. If I say to you that this is the color. If I say to you that this is only here because something else cannot be. If I say that you that this is only here because something else cannot be anymore. If I say to you that no really it has been. If I say to you that I realize what kind of idiot it takes to need help with that. If I say to you that I know at least one idiot. Good grief I know what you mean.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew Pier Paolo Pasolini, Rope Alfred Hitchcock, Johnny Guitar Nicholas Ray, Track of the Cat William A. Eliciting similarly disorienting results via very different means, Hollywood journeyman William A. Or, to give discredit where discredit is due, these are not well-written films. They are corny and cloying, full of sentimental exhortations to make your mark and follow your dreams, and their plot machinations are often eye-rollingly inane.
For all their flaws, these films were pure pleasure. And I have no doubt that I will never see either of them in such perfect circumstances ever again. Both movies put a woman in the center of a distorted situation, crammed with mixed signals. For most people, these movies represent opposite poles. Dolemite , on the other hand, is a piece of campy hackwork: Nevertheless, my tastes these days lean more towards the latter film. Its politics are troubling. Its imperfections empower—or perhaps imperil—the viewer. Arabian Nights by Gomes is at the same time an homage to Pasolini's style and also a new milestone in liberated narrative; a kind of storytelling abundant with bawdy tales and absurdity that abandons all the rules while preserving them, where stories are like free radicals and each has its own form and agenda.
Gomes introduces himself as the narrator in the first installment only to run away from the scene and then it is Scheherazade who takes his place and tells us about contemporary Portugal in a mythical way. In the third installment, Scheherazade appears on the screen for the first time to see the world for the last time. In this way Arabian Nights becomes the most daring experimental film of the year, a movie that mixes myth and reality, past and now, sadness and joy to create a liberated form free from any rules but its own. Who Am I This Time?: Staying Alive Sylvester Stallone, The Shanghai Gesture Josef von Sternberg, Pamana [Episode of The Invasion: Les animaux pendant la guerre ; Robert Baudouin?
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Vita e teatro di Franco Scaldati Franco Maresco. Marie Antoinette Sofia Coppola, Young fashion-forward women rebelling and breaking free from the roles they were practically forced to do. Neither wants to be boxed in, but both want something in their boxes. Thru the Mirror David Hand, Mickey and Mike both venture down the rabbit hole and thru the mirror. Both spin their ladies around and upside down in front of a group of people. Hail Mary catch Green Bay Packers vs.
Way Down East D. Glorious last minute save that restored faith back in both Gish and Rodgers. They were almost goners. This year I felt undone by two overtly literary movies about female intellectuals and budding artists in frantic pursuit of their respective muses, both of which result in a kind of failed or unconsummated project.
This effect—most easily defined as hearing one thing, while looking at another—creates a sense of a tactile, parallel reality to the one depicted in the images, much like the sensation of reading a book and imagining something very specific in your head which may very well be your own. Adapted from an Italian novel but shot without a script, Amalric follows Balibar around Trieste as she interviews various acquaintances of a renowned editor to understand why he never published his own work.
They also explore the illusion that in order to make art, you have to travel. Both are films heavily defined by their look, though their looks are almost diametrically opposed. Yet surely there is a kinship between Hou's assassin who doesn't want to assassinate and Ray's gunslinger who doesn't want to gun-sling.
These are two films in dialogue and rebellion against their own nominal genres. Their desire to disengage couldn't be more urgent. The haunting of two young women, separated by a half-century of social norms, and two straw-into-gold examples of American independent horror. The deliciously simple surrealism of stunt casting: Electrifying macho genre films as subversive feminist allegories, and a good deal tougher than their peers.
Two boldly incongruous attempts to smash lightness and darkness together into a coherent cinematic vision. How well each works is a matter of taste. But thank god someone tries. For the accumulation of sin within the church and the accumulation of sin outside it amassing within the walls of the church and through the hallways of the outside world these films are a slap in the face of both the new Catholicism and the old. In Nazarin , a priest must keep his faith during his pilgrimage through a corrupt world and in The Club a defrocked priesthood must keep their faith in the eyes of a corrupt church.
The priest in The Club and those within the so-called Club live in a half way house for priests, a place meant to cover up their crimes from the outside world. The church can then remain unharmed and continue its existence. Little Man, What Now? My first thought after seeing Paul Harrill's wonderful, rather under-seen Something, Anything is that this is a guy who knows something about the American '30s.
Getting more particular, I thought Harrill had a lot in common with the great romantic director Frank Borzage, whose films I had a chance to see this year on the big screen. The subjects of the two films are not readily comparable: Something, Anything is something of a spiritual journey that morphs and fuses into a very odd romance; Little Man, What Now? But I think it's easy to sense a connection between the two films in the realm of sensibility.
Both films evince a real faith, a real conviction that happiness is possible. Neither films let this faith blind them to the myriad obstacles that prevent a smooth arrival at that destination. Two lives cut short yet not in youth. Akerman, making a final film for her mother and herself No Home Movie , exhibiting and re-staging her old work again the NOW exhibition in London , and then taking her own life in a decisive gesture I've yet to understand.
Owens, an unimaginably talented avant-garde filmmaker in his youth—brought to New York in the 60s under the luminary eyes of Gregory Markopoulos—stopped making films at 22 due to addiction and bi-polar disorder. These above short films of his—two of the three screened by Light Industry in in the year's most eye-opening cinematic experience for me—are also about Owens' mother: And meanwhile, Chantal records her own mother in the filmmaker's middle-age, the age, roughly, at which Owens died—and we see a gulf of time and possibility crossed between this Belgian Jewish woman and this African American man, gaps gaping and bridges crossed.
Sayon's Bell Hiroshi Shimizu, Shimizu's wartime film was projected with at least one reel missing, a testament to so much left unsaid in a pastoral joyfully devoted to indigenous Taiwanese peasants who are, at this time, being occupied and ruled by the Japanese who have come to make a film about them. A bonus addition might be made of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's oddball countryside ghost story, Journey to the Shore. Apache Drums Hugo Fregonese, Actua 1 Philippe Garrel, Taza, Son of Cochise Douglas Sirk, Soft Fiction Chick Strand, Collatos is a great photographer of the city, especially of the subway, too, and in black and white: The second movie I want to talk about is D.
Most notably included is Mary Vonnie, beautiful eye-Egyptian star, sparkling as she sings. What is Mary Vonnie up to these days? Three pairs talking idiom riddim behind the bars in neon suits before identical stainless-steel sinks and the shitholes in their cells, trying to figure out what next once out of Mass county jail, etc. They exist because someone has undertaken a difficult trip, filmed it, and now a contemporary filmmaker can put the fragments of the past together and reconstruct not only the journey but also a lost cinema. One traveler is Swiss, the other, a Russian. The Swiss Ella Maillart drove her Ford car accompanied by Annemarie Schwarzenbach all the way from Geneva to Iran and Afghanistan, documenting on film and photograph various stages of the trip.
The Russian war cinematographer Vladislav Mikosha , filmed the atrocities during the war most of which were deemed too distressful to be used in propaganda newsreels , and as a part of The American-Russian Cultural Association made a trip to Hollywood where he dance with Hedy Lamarr. Both films are about using cinema as means of leaving the troubled world behind and escaping to a new safe zone. Yet, both stories are reminiscing of post-digital filmmaking, where film footage, text and travel to film festivals?
Breaches of the law are to be punished with death. It is hoped that the ruthless execution of all violent individuals will result in the breeding of a new, peaceful race of humanity. The only dissenter to these proposals is a priest who later turns out to be the murderer of two of their number. He is trying to keep secret the fact that he once raped a child. Most of the narrative focuses on the sexual tensions and jealousies of the survivors, who quickly revert to monogamy the captain first of all, oddly enough. Earth has been transformed: The planet now resembles the land of Oz in that almost everything they encounter is good to eat.
The most dangerous animal they find is a huge, unfeathered duck. This summary may give the impression that the work is a simple anti-utopian satire, but the impression one gets from reading it is more ambiguous.
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One of the more implausible and poorly written of these books. City of the First Time. Three thousand survivors of a March Armageddon are threatened in their deep underground shelter by the progressive failure of seals in layers above them. They explore a connecting network of caves, stumbling upon a subterranean city of telepathic survivors of an ancient atomic war predating humanity. Both races were planted on Earth by spacefaring aliens. Fighting breaks out and all seems lost, but the hope is asserted that in the distant future—even though yet another race will probably fight yet another apocalyptic atomic war—the path to peaceful coexistence will be discovered.
Sequel to Through Darkest America. More brutal adventures in postholocaust America, principal emphasis is on systematic cannibalism in the wake of the death of most animals. New American Library In England under Russian occupation, the resistance hatches a plot to assassinate the Communist leaders with a smuggled atom bomb.
In Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts. Bound with City Life. Also in James Sallis, ed. Also in Dick Allen, ed. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Two men trapped for days in a missile fire control center go slowly mad. The latter is about to agree as the story ends. Conflicts in Central America and the Mideast lead to a nuclear war and the collapse of civilization. A veteran of the Marine Air Corps struggles his way though the skeleton-littered ruins in search of his ex-wife and children, killing feral cats and dogs and savage humans.
In New Orleans he battles the black supremacist leader of a cannibalistic cult which blames whites for the war. Consists mainly of brutal combat scenes featuring bizarre opponents: Having defeated a black racist cult, the hero now battles a white racist dictatorship led by his former father-in-law. He organizes a Nightmen army to destroy the dictatorship. At the end of the novel he is joined by an Apache woman who promises to become an interesting companion. Basile, Gloria Vitanza pseud. Eye of the Eagle: This absurd thriller details an enormous conspiracy which culminates in the obliteration of the Middle East through nuclear bombing.
Practically no attention is paid to the consequences of the bombing, and those consequences mentioned are absurd: The narrative is unusual in that the holocaust is presented first, in a prologue, followed by the intrigue which leads up to it.
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Reads like a parody of the typical macho thriller, peppered with violence, obscenities, and ersatz French and German. This is the first in a series of thrillers by Basile with the overall title Global This concluding volume of the trilogy begins during World War E Jones is mentioned in passing but never dealt with. The last part of the novel is set shortly after the limited nuclear war of Eye of the Eagle, and deals with the crushing of a world-spanning conspiracy.
Very little more is said about nuclear war. A cult called the retreatists arises which reveres Ralph Nader and opposes high technology. On the eve of the Death, an international expedition is sent to explore a mysterious asteroid, which turns out to come from the future, bearing a warning of the holocaust about to occur. Efforts to avert the impending catastrophe fail because of international distrust in particular the stubborn dogmatism of the Russians.
However, the asteroid also turns out to be a gateway linking the solar system to a vast intergalactic network, and also providing access to alternate worlds. Although the destruction of our Earth cannot be prevented, various characters are able to escape to alternate worlds at the end of the novel. A spectacular high-tech space adventure reminiscent of Rendezvous with Rama, but with more memorable characters, including its intelligent and capable female protagonist.
Science Fiction Book Club, The holocaust is almost skipped over; and in the end powerful aliens undo it, so that all is as if it had never occurred. The Forge of God. Nuclear weapons used by humans against the invaders have little effect. This second volume of a Christian apocalyptic fantasy trilogy begins by repeating the account of the Indian-Pakistani one-day nuclear war depicted at the end of the first volume. At the end of the first volume of this Christian apocalyptic fantasy series, an attempt by Russia to launch an all-out strike against Israel and most of the rest of the Middle East is miraculously foiled—the missiles detonate over Russia instead.
The explosions are vividly described. Over million die. In Judith Merril, ed. A sketch in the form of three biographical entries. During the Second Great Alert of , the rest of the population refused to go below, but the Irreconcilables did so and led a life of luxury underground while the world above was devastated. Gone to Be Snakes Now. In a degraded postholocaust community, a rebellious young boy flees the tyranny of his elders and the cruelty of a mutant monster to seek out the mysterious Technologists who drop supplies from time to time.
He encounters the mad Dr. Strontium and his half-snake assistant and learns a good deal about nuclear war and the effects of fallout. He fails in his quest for the Technologists, finding only a pitiful handful of elderly refugees instead. Cancer is depicted as commonplace and dealt with at length.
Last Human Pair on Earth: The Whirling of Ideas. The author, a specialist in rejuvenation through gland therapy, expresses his ideas on all manner of subjects. Nazis are depicted as literal demons, allied with Communists. Fission is a love affair between particles. The author is against abortion and for the right of doctors to advertise and practice unconventional medicine in hospitals. He spends one long chapter railing against the medical establishment. The book ends with a sketch of Earth history which diagnoses war as caused by hereditary insanity. After the atomic bomb is used in World War II, the human race fails to abandon the idea of national sovereignty—which might have saved it.
Dictatorships launch an attack using, among other weapons, syphilis. Scientists, having split the atom, go on to split atomic particles, producing a superbomb which blasts the Earth into fragments. On one of these fragments survives the last human pair: They hope to found a new, peaceful civilization. Across the Sea of Suns. When alien sea monsters appear on Earth, an expedition travels to nearby stars to discover their source. The explorers discover that world after world has been destroyed in a similar fashion: The narrative suggests that most races end their lives through nuclear war.
A pessimistic view of intelligent life as inevitably suicidal. One of the best hard science fiction novels of recent years. Sequel to Great Sky River. No direct references to nuclear war. The story is told in the voices of various survivors, including members of a group which shelters in an idle nuclear reactor when the nuclear war is begun by the deranged leader of a small nation, causing each superpower to believe it has been struck first by the other, using missiles smuggled near the shore in fishing boats.
The Russians avoided exceeding the limit which would trigger a full-scale nuclear winter by making extensive use of biological weapons. The space colonies survive to rule the Earth and ban further wars. The Long Way Back. Sidgwick and Jackson, Heavily ironic but thoughtful tale in which a reindustrialized Africa which has forgotten the nuclear wars which ended the previous civilization has reinvented the bomb.
An expedition is sent to barbarian Britain to prepare the way for colonization and exploitation of its coal mines. After dangerous encounters with wild dogs, various mutated monsters, and savage whites, the expedition becomes involved in a quest for a fabled city of gold which turns out to have been destroyed in the ancient war. The date on the last roofed building is Contains the love story of the courageous hero with the domineering female expedition leader. He shows her her need to be protected. For more than a century the world is wrapped in nuclear winter. The bulk of the novel is a series of brief comic sketches, loosely held together by the story of an expedition to another planet which it is hoped might replace the frozen Earth.
At one point the Japanese use a plutonium mini-bomb designed to produce precisely as many casualties as the Hiroshima bomb. When the warning comes of a Russian sneak attack, several fashionable couples, their servants, and four poor children take refuge in an elaborate supershelter designed as a Roman villa six hundred feet underground. The characters deliberately avoid discussing the plight of the world over their heads. Most of the novel, in the form of a journal kept by one of the women, details the various love affairs in which they engage. Most of the book resembles a subterranean soap opera, with scant attention to the effects of the war above.
In the end, after more than a year underground, they seem doomed to perish there, and the narrator doubts whether there is a future for the human race. The Sun Grows Cold. A well-written thriller in which a rebellious man suffering from amnesia is restored to sanity, only to discover that a nuclear war has destroyed most of humanity and driven insane much of the remainder. Small, uncontaminated Pioneer Zones are being settled by the benevolent scientific dictatorship which rules from underground shelters, linked by safe corridors along which bandit Ghouls prey on wandering Gypsies.
Accompanied by his faithful lover who, unbeknownst to him, was his wife in his previous existence , he has various adventures, discovering at last that the amnesia with which he and so many others are afflicted was art ficially induced and that he was a leader of the nation. Unable to face this horror, he requests a second treatment and is restored to being a mindless, contented conformist.
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Part originally in The Agni Review. A young jazz musician and a black engineer cross America after a nuclear war kills off almost everyone else, living at first on roaches and roasted rats. They encounter a dictatorial slave society set up by remnants of the U. Interwoven in the text is a good deal of information about various time capsules. In Frederik Pohl, ed. The Eighth Galaxy Reader. They resolve the dispute by bombing their own; the U. The Third War to End All World Wars provides the backdrop for this typical tale of struggle against an Orwellian dictatorship in The high proportion of defective offspring after the war leads to the imposition of a strict, class-based form of birth control.
A psychiatrist assigned to track down deviants seeks instead to preserve creativity and individualism, rebels and joins the underground just as a devastating nuclear war breaks out between the Eastern and Western Federations, which control the world between them. The underground creates a superior strain of the human race free from warlike instincts using technology developed to provide android pet substitutes for childless couples this aspect of the book is strikingly similar to the theme of Philip K.
The rebels go literally underground in their base on the Isle of Man, to wait out the holocaust. They emerge to inherit the Earth with their peaceloving children when the old human race has destroyed itself. There are some striking images of the war damage, such as a moving sidewalk carrying its freight of newly dead passengers ever onward.
The battle features atomic cannon and shells. The protagonist and his wife do not kill his supervisor, as Tuck states; he dies accidentally, but under circumstances which lead them to be accused of murder. Star Science Fiction Stories No. Also in Alfred Bester. Also in The Light Fantastic. Whiting and Wheaton, Also in Tom Boardman, Jr. Also in Roger Mansfield, ed.
Greenberg and Patricia S. Also in Barry N. The End of Summer. A humorous tale in which time travel into imaginary pasts develops as a form of battle fatigue during The War for the American Dream, which involves, among other actions, the plastering of both the U. Most of the story takes place in an underground military hospital. Also in Anthony Boucher, ed. A Treasury of Great Science Fiction. This classic science fiction novel of the quest of Gully Foyle for revenge against the spaceship which ignored his call for distress is punctuated by a nuclear attack on Earth and Mars by the outer satellites.
The only witnesses are a young woman, blind to all save the infrared, who loves the spectacle, and Foyle, who loves her. A similar attack on Mars results in its satellite Phobos being turned into a small sun. The novel also features PyrE, the ultimate weapon and source of the Big Bang which began the universe. One character is a healthy but intensely radioactive man who kills plants by merely touching them and must kiss a woman through three inches of lead plate glass. In The Dark Side of Earth. Also in Avram Davidson, ed. An attempt at a humorous treatment of the last man and woman theme.
Both characters seem to be slightly insane. For some mysterious reason, the man is not at all interested in the attractive young woman who keeps throwing herself at him, but instead wants to continue on his quest for someone who can operate a broadcast studio so that he can watch television.
In the end, the fear that the Earth has been invaded by giant mantises probably the result of a hallucination, although this is far from clear stimulates their passions and they make love. Much stress on casual nudity throughout. If this is a satire, its point is unclear. Four Japanese Plays of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. An absurdist drama featuring a hibakusha who makes a career out of exhibiting his scars, caused by the Hiroshima bomb. His nephew, trying to prevent him from making a further exhibition of himself, kills him. Bidwell, Shelford, et al. The Untold Story published the same year , but much more pessimistic.
The United States reduces its arms, and West Germany, feeling isolated and weak, begins a project to build its own neutron bomb, but is forced to stop by international pressures. The Russians seek to thwart the German move by invading. The reluctant French and British fail to intervene. When NATO is overwhelmed by the Soviet army, America intervenes; however, the British are the first to use a tactical nuclear weapon on the third day of the war. Devastating conventional bombing yields to nuclear missiles.
Gueritz and Richard Humble. An initial phase of conventional sea warfare featuring aircraft carriers is quickly superseded as nuclear weapons come into play. Only the submarines are still relevant. The narrative switches to the nonfictional mode, assessing the probabilities of various sorts of nuclear war in Europe. Stresses that limiting a nuclear war is very difficult, but strikingly downplays the effects of nuclear weapons. More Adventures of the Hydronauts A series of juvenile novels with a common cast of characters and setting. Centuries after a war has melted the polar caps and drowned much of the continents, a rigid but not monstrous dictatorship exploits the sea for the resources needed to maintain the population living on the tiny inhabitable areas of the land, mostly rendered sterile by the war.
He also tells them of a savage war of consumers against conservationists which caused such devastation to civilization that humanity was forced to adopt ecologically sound measures involuntarily. He helps them rediscover Alaska, which provides plenty of uncontaminated land and resources for the land population. The American Book of the Dead. A bizarre kaleidoscopic adventure story centered on the theme of a ordinary man seeking wisdom and safety as World War II breaks out.
The novel is too complex to summarize, but is filled with interesting ideas: The novel is not frivolous, however, and contains many thoughtful bits of commentary on the arms race and nuclear war. Through it all runs a strongly zen buddhist theme, which culminates as the protagonist elects to stay behind to care for others on the dying Earth, becoming a Bodhisattva, then achieving at last the oneness wi th the all which he has sought throughout his tumultuous life.
Adam and Eve A. Clarke, Tale of the Future. A third of America has been fused into a desert of glass by chain reactions which resulted from a nuclear war of unknown origins. The villains plot to destroy humanity by dosing the drinking waters with uranium salts and planting neutron beam emitters in radios. This would render the victims living cyclotrons, but the plot is thwarted by a good mutron. The latter two volumes are halves of a single narrative depicting a nuclear war and are dealt with separately below.
The Day After Judgment. The mysterious Consolidated Warfare Service corporation hires magician Theron Ware to loose simultaneously all of the major demons of hell. Faced with this proposition, Ware asks his employer why the Russian-Chinese nuclear war the corporation has been promoting would not be an adequate evil; and indeed, the demons, once loosed, can think of nothing more devastating than to launch such a war on their own. China attacks Taiwan with a nuclear bomb which leads to a worldwide exchange and an atomic Armageddon quite unlike that predicted in the Bible.
The Devil wins and proclaims that God is dead. The novel offers a promising if obvious metaphor for the apocalyptic aspects of nuclear war. But, for all of its grand imagery, the work is clearly more concerned with magic than with war. Sequel to Black Easter. A detailed account of the devastation wrought by the demons loosed in Black Easter, including the familiar burned-in shadows. The northwestern part of the U. There is talk of a doomsday machine called Old Mombi after the witch who enchanted the Princess Ozma in L.
The creation of the Antichrist occurs when a demon is elected pope. A furious assault with both conventional and exotic weapons results in a complete defeat for the army. Dis is then transformed into a mechanized anti-utopia populated by identical, perfect men and women. Finally, the American leaders confront Satan himself, looking very much as Dante described him, but wearing a halo since he has replaced God.
The novel ends with a Miltonesque speech in verse by Satan, proclaiming that once the demons were loosed on Earth they discovered that the human race was far worse than they, and the demons have thus been forced to replace God. He concludes by pleading for humanity to become God instead. The symbolism is striking: However, most of the novel does not adequately support this concluding note of hope. The tone varies inconsistently from farcical fantasy to awful warning. See Stableford, as in preceding listing. In So Close to Home.
An interesting criticism of the fallout shelter fad and the notion of a postbomb barbarian culture. Not actually a nuclear war story. Also in The Best of James Blish. Also in Lee Harding, ed. Explores several moral issues connected with the survival of nuclear war. Before the war, cynical corporations offered businesses bombproof storage for their records. An emissary from The Vaults tries to recruit a poet turned doctor who, never having taken the Hippocratic Oath hence the title , practices selective medicine to weed out what he considers to be defective traits from the small population of humans left alive.
In the end he surrenders and joins the government. The Vaults continue to use atomic energy and practice atomic medicine. The story reflects concerns about strontium 90 poisoning milk—a major issue in protests against bomb tests at the time it was written. An intelligence agency uses a man with ESP-style intuition to detect a smuggled atom bomb. So Close to Home. Most of this collection of short stories deals directly or indirectly with nuclear war. See individual story titles. Science-Fiction Adventures in Mutation. Mutant races evolved in radioactive Nagasaki menace Homo sapiens in this thoroughly frivolous suspense tale with a snapper ending.
Bound with The Seedling Stars. They are going mad with the need to escape to the surface, which is relatively free of radiation but still seriously contaminated with biological weapons. A technique has been developed to read the minds of newly killed victims of enemy plane crashes. During a Russian attack by one-way kamikaze manned rockets, the thoughts broadcast from the wrecked interior of the craft at first suggest an alien mind; it turns out to belong to an eight-year-old girl the USSR has used to pilot the rocket fighter.
Blish, James and Robert W. After the arctic icecap is bombed in , much of the world is flooded and a world government is inaugurated. Rebels on Venus are at war with Earth, but a barrier surrounding that planet supposedly prevents nuclear weapons from being used by either side. Earth forces plot to use a machine which duplicates human beings in a complex plan to destroy the government of Venus. The whole thing turns out to have been an elaborate pacifist hoax: In B lood Runs Cold. Also in Lester del Rey, ed. The Rest of Robert Bloch. A news broadcaster emerges from his shelter after the war and makes his way through appalling devastation, including scenes of wild looting and an artist smeared across his own canvas.
He makes his way to a surviving federal building and sees a map indicating that most major American cities have been destroyed. The Ides of Tomorrow: Original Science Fiction Tales of Horror. Also in Bloch, ed. A brute named Jon living in a savage cannibalistic underground world long after the holocaust becomes acquainted with the severed head of a man from the past, artificially maintained to pass on human civilization.
It preaches ethical and religious truths without much effect, then tries the Twenty-third Psalm. And turned him off. In Lester del Rey, ed. The Best of Robert Bloch. However, the rising of his vessel from the water turns out to be the trigger that starts the war. Russians battle Americans in Antarctica in the wake of a cataclysmic nuclear war. The survivors expect to weather the coming nuclear winter at the atomic-powered U. South Pole station and to repopulate the Earth. Polar winds will keep the area free of radioactivity.
Basically an adventure story involving a huge blimp and Antarctic scientists. The war was begun by the malfunctioning of an American military satellite which fired fortyeight missiles at the USSR, prompting automated retaliation. Brief narrative printed as a hand-written diary written by a young woman who enters a super-fallout shelter at the urging of her husband and is stranded there when he dies. Jenny suggests the key problem authors face in creating characters who survive in comfort while the rest of the world is being destroyed, that those who have bought the privilege of survival with their wealth can seem distinctly unsympathetic.
The story hints at ecocide, although the ending, as the heroine emerges from the shelter, is ambiguous and not entirely hopeless. Depicts women as resisting technology, men as domineering and destructive. Odd emphasis on sexuality. He insists he is unrepentent, that his work saved lives; but he is obsessed with collecting and viewing film footage of the victims, and confesses at the end of the novel that he was responsible for putting the woman on the list of victims to be treated.
Atlantic Monthly Press, An excellent novel about a soldier captured in Hong Kong by the Japanese during World War II, who endured horrors in a prison camp near Hiroshima, witnessed the dropping of the atomic bomb, and suffered exposure to the fallout. He leads a degerate existence in Hong Kong after the war, dying at last of a long-delayed case of radiation disease. A satire in which a group of eccentric but ruthless intellectuals take over the U.
They make use of nuclear weapons and germ warfare. The Communist Chinese military bombs both Taipei and Seoul and is obliterated in its turn by American atomic bombs. The Russians are kept from retaliating by simple bribery Disarmament is finally imposed on the world by a strengthened United Nations. In Scotland a new type of device which strikingly anticipates the H-bomb accidentally ignites the upper layer of the atmosphere and dooms the Earth. In response the world suffers an explosion of insane wars, including a nuclear attack on Canada by the U.
The ensuing panic prompts mass suicides, death cults, sadism, torture, and plagues caused by mutated bacteria. An international scientific commission narrowly defeats a proposal to commit global suicide with more bombs. Much of the book deals with the absurd anti-Communist paranoia of the U. Leningrad and San Francisco are bombed into oblivion and the Russians use irradiated bacteria. This bellicose hysteria is abruptly reversed when a pacifist movement, begun by children, sweeps the world, and creates a new age of sharing, mutual understanding, and peace—a true millenium.
When scientists discover a way to prevent the threatened end of life on Earth, people begin to backslide; but children once more save the world when they invade the U. Security Council and demand peace. The hard-won utopia will be preserved. Despite its wildly improbable plot, this novel contains many sophisticated, acute observations about world politics and religions and displays an unusually thorough grasp of the nature of nuclear war.
Borodin describes the changed attitude toward war that such weapons must bring: Everyone accepted, as a matter of course, that immediate use would be made of atomic bombs; and no country in the world was more calculated to be devastated by those than Great Britain.
A dozen bombs, it might be, could lay the whole country waste. It was an appalling thought. In the face of it even the conviction, based on centuries of repeated experience, that somehow or other the country would pull through, grew faint until it disappeared. Atomic power is seen as the fuel of utopia, and other fantastic atomic technologies hold great promise for the future. Mutated giant fleas arise, but for once we also see an animal shrunk: The scientist who solves the problem posed by the nuclear catastrophe was one of those who worked on the original bomb.
Also in Boucher, ed. Also in Edmund Crispin, ed. Also in Hans S. Also in Mayo Mohs, ed. Other Worlds, Other Gods: Adventures in Religious Science Fiction. A war story set on Mars follows the plot line of the biblical tale of Balaam and his ass. Atomic cannons shoot nuclear warheads. New Tales of Space and Time. Also in Fantasy and Science Fiction , January Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Also in Edward L. The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction: A Thirty Year Retrospective. Also in Kingsley Amis, ed.
The Golden Age of Science Fiction. In this tale of the search for a fabled saint who turns out to be a robot, the setting resembles that of William M. In Far Frontiers 2 Spring The Russians lauch a strike at a level deliberately calculated to be just below that required to precipitate a nuclear witer, confident that the West will not dare to retaliate. Portions published as When the Sky Burned. When a gigantic solar flare incinerates the Eastern Hemisphere, the Russians assume they have been attacked and launch their missiles at the U.
Relatively little is said about the effects of the bombing. Rioting, looting, and rape are widespread. Most of the novel concerns the efforts of a handful of survivors on the moon to acquire radioactive fuel from the ruined Earth to maintain their energy supply. A detective story involving the search for a scientist who created clones of himself which are now being murdered, set after a nuclear war. A particularly severe winter ensued. In America the conflict was followed by anti-learning riots called the Frenzy. In an interesting touch, the novel features an old bookdealer who collects nuclear war fiction chapter 9.
The following novels are specifically mentioned: It is suggested that the authors of such works may be comparing their fictional projections with the actuality. In a flashback we learn how the protagonist first met his lover, a young woman who had been hiding out in a lavishly appointed but abandoned fallout shelter The family who built the thing was probably camping next to a Minuteman silo when the bombs fell. Three rebellious teenagers who reject the antiscientific, anti-urban attitudes of their postholocaust village go in quest of the fabled Bartorstown underground research center.
Made into a film by Francois Truffaut, In The Illustrated Man. Also in The Vintage Bradbury. Also in The Stories of Ray Bradbury. The Best Science-Fiction Stories: Future scientists fleeing their role in atomic and biological warfare in are relentlessly pursued through time to contemporary Mexico. In The Golden Apples of the Sun.
Also in Twice Twenty-two: A garbage collector, told he must be prepared to haul away corpses after a nuclear war, muses in horror on the scenes he expects to encounter. Also in Willis E. McNelly and Leon E. Above the Human Landscape: A Social Science Fiction Anthology. A Mexican peasant witnesses the flight past his fields of Americans heading home as nuclear war strikes their country. He shrugs off the news—the world they say is ending is not his. This is similar in theme to the flight of the settlers back to Earth in The Martian Chronicles.
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