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Multcolib My Librarian Rachael: Cold War science fiction

Lilith's Brood
Lilith's Brood By Butler, Octavia E. (Book - 2000 ) SF BUTLER 2000 Available in some locations

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.

Solaris
Solaris By Lem, Stanisław (Book - 1987 ) SF LEM Available in some locations

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.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers By Finney, Jack (Book - 1989 ) SF FINNEY Available in some locations

Annotation:The face you once trusted is now your enemy.

The Midwich Cuckoos
The Midwich Cuckoos By Wyndham, John (Book - 2008 ) SF WYNDHAM 2008 Available in some locations

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.

War With the Newts
War With the Newts By Čapek, Karel (Book - 1990 ) FICTION CAPEK

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.

Her Smoke Rose up Forever
Her Smoke Rose up Forever By Tiptree, James (Book ) SF TIPTREE Available in some locations

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.

Babel-17
Babel-17 Empire Star By Delany, Samuel R. (Book - 2001 ) SF DELANY All copies in use Availability details

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.

The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness By Le Guin, Ursula K. (Book - 2010 ) SF LEGUIN 2013 All copies in use Availability details

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.

We
We By Zami︠a︡tin, Evgeniĭ Ivanovich (Book - 1993 ) FICTION ZAMIATIN All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 3 copies

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.

The Time Traders
The Time Traders By Norton, Andre (Book - 2008? ) SF NORTON 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Aliens are in the past, and the Americans are racing the Soviets to benefit from the advanced technology they hold.

Alas, Babylon
Alas, Babylon By Frank, Pat (Book - 2005 ) FICTION FRANK 2005 Available in some locations

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.

The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Man Who Fell to Earth By Tevis, Walter S. (Book - 1999 ) SF TEVIS

Annotation:The alien Newton travels to Earth in a lifeboat. His own planet is down to a population of 300 after being ravaged by nuclear war and drought.

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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.


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