Multcolib My Librarian Rachael: Cold War science fiction
Annotation:When Lilith wakes again and again in a featureless room after a world-destroying war, she speculates it is the Soviets who are experimenting with her. However, her captors are the true other: aliens.
Annotation:The ocean on the planet Solaris may be a massive brain that creates memories, though its purpose in doing so is unknown, forcing scientists wonder if they can truly understand the universe without first understanding what lies within their hearts.
Annotation:The children of Midwich are all blond, golden-eyed, grow up too fast, and were all conceived on a night when a silver object appeared and the Midwich inhabitants fell unconscious. Like Finney's The Body Snatchers, speaks to the fear of the other in our midst.
Annotation:A satire of capitalism, facism, and more by the man who coined the word 'robot.' Man discovers a species of giant, intelligent newts and learns to exploit them so successfully that the newts gain skills and arms enough to challenge man's place at the top of the animal kingdom.
Annotation:Tiptree was the pen name of Alice B. Sheldon. Her fiction reflects the darkly complex world its author inhabited: exploring the alien among us; the unreliability of perception; love, sex, and death; and humanity's place in a vast, cold universe.
Annotation:A poet is bent on deciphering a secret language that is the key to the enemy's deadly force, a task that requires she travel with a splendidly improbable crew to the site of the next attack.
Annotation:Individual stories in this loosely organized series explore the inherent communication difficulties in the mingling and clash of cultures that, over the centuries of separation, have developed widely disparate social and political structures as well as a range of biological differences.
Annotation:Written by a Polish man who had experienced both the Russian Revolution and the British shipyards of World War I, this early 1920s novel pre-dates the Cold War. However, the story of Protagonist D-503, a mathematician for the One State, examines many of the concerns of the era.
Annotation:When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning.
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The Cold War was a time when individuals seriously examined their own culture, and that of their neighbor, but open questioning was dangerous. Science fiction was a place where these doubts, and the projected end results of the cold conflict, could be examined.