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Space And The American Imagination

Author : Howard E. McCurdy
ISBN : 9780801898686
Genre : History
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People dreamed of cosmic exploration—winged spaceships and lunar voyages; space stations and robot astronauts—long before it actually happened. Space and the American Imagination traces the emergence of space travel in the popular mind, its expression in science fiction, and its influence on national space programs. Space exploration dramatically illustrates the power of imagination. Howard E. McCurdy shows how that power inspired people to attempt what they once deemed impossible. In a mere half-century since the launch of the first Earth-orbiting satellite in 1957, humans achieved much of what they had once only read about in the fiction of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells and the nonfiction of Willy Ley. Reaching these goals, however, required broad-based support, and McCurdy examines how advocates employed familiar metaphors to excite interest (promising, for example, that space exploration would recreate the American frontier experience) and prepare the public for daring missions into space. When unexpected realities and harsh obstacles threatened their progress, the space community intensified efforts to make their wildest dreams come true. This lively and important work remains relevant given contemporary questions about future plans at NASA. Fully revised and updated since its original publication in 1997, Space and the American Imagination includes a reworked introduction and conclusion and new chapters on robotics and space commerce.

Space And The American Imagination Nasa Cr 196131 31 May 1994

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Space And The American Imagination

Author : National Aeronautics and Space Adm Nasa
ISBN : 173086824X
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The introduction will set out the principal theme of the book: that the rise of the U.S. space program was due to a concerted effort by science writers, engineers, industrialists, and civic and political leaders to create a popular culture of space exploration based on important elements of American social life (such as frontier mythology, fears about the cold war, and the rise of the consumer culture). Much of the disillusionment with the NASA space program which set in during the third decade of space flight can be traced to a widening gap between popular expectations and the reality of space exploration. Mccurdy, Howard E. Unspecified Center

Space Amern Imagination

Author : Howard E. McCurdy
ISBN : UOM:39015041625594
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Examining the popular images that have spurred Americans' enthusiasm in the space program, the author shows how the conquest of space appealed to the nation's deepest cultural ideals and became part of the Cold War effort. UP.

Seascape And The American Imagination

Author : Roger B. Stein
ISBN : UCAL:B4259984
Genre : Marine painting, American
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Travels In An American Imagination

Author : Lee Foster
ISBN : 9780976084310
Genre : Travel
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Is our era both the most wondrous and the most horrific time ever to be alive in the history of the human race? Award-winning travel journalist Lee Foster thinks so. This book, Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time, consists of 25 essays, each with a photo illustration, in which Foster evokes a place in his worldwide travels and then raises a question about the spiritual geography of our era. This book is Foster’s answer to the question, “How can a typical modern person balance both the wondrous and the horrific and lead a constructive life?" Foster's work has won eight Lowell Thomas Awards, the highest awards in travel journalism, including him being named Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year (Silver Winner). More than 200 of his worldwide coverages can be seen at .

Heaven In The American Imagination

Author : Gary Scott Smith
ISBN : 0199830703
Genre : Religion
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Does heaven exist? If so, what is it like? And how does one get in? Throughout history, painters, poets, philosophers, pastors, and many ordinary people have pondered these questions. Perhaps no other topic captures the popular imagination quite like heaven. Gary Scott Smith examines how Americans from the Puritans to the present have imagined heaven. He argues that whether Americans have perceived heaven as reality or fantasy, as God's home or a human invention, as a source of inspiration and comfort or an opiate that distracts from earthly life, or as a place of worship or a perpetual playground has varied largely according to the spirit of the age. In the colonial era, conceptions of heaven focused primarily on the glory of God. For the Victorians, heaven was a warm, comfortable home where people would live forever with their family and friends. Today, heaven is often less distinctively Christian and more of a celestial entertainment center or a paradise where everyone can reach his full potential. Drawing on an astounding array of sources, including works of art, music, sociology, psychology, folklore, liturgy, sermons, poetry, fiction, jokes, and devotional books, Smith paints a sweeping, provocative portrait of what Americans-from Jonathan Edwards to Mitch Albom-have thought about heaven.

Animation And The American Imagination A Brief History

Author : Gordon B. Arnold
ISBN : 9781440833601
Genre : Art
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Providing a detailed historical overview of animated film and television in the United States over more than a century, this book examines animation within the U.S. film and television industry as well as in the broader sociocultural context. • Documents the evolution of U.S. animation, from its origins in newspaper cartooning at the beginning of the 20th century to the digital creations of the late 20th century and beyond • Reveals social influence on animation across history, including issues of race and gender • Identifies a new preoccupation of the American public with animation and reconsiders popular animated films and TV shows in this light • Discusses major figures, themes, and studios involved in the production of American animated film and television • Identifies major achievements and controversies in the history of animation in the United States

War Stars

Author : Howard Bruce Franklin
ISBN : 1558496513
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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In this revised and expanded edition, H. Bruce Franklin brings the epic story of the superweapon and the American imagination into the ominous 21st century, demonstrating its continuing importance both to comprehending our current predicament and to finding ways to escape from it.

A Chesley Bonestell Space Art Chronology

Author : Melvin H. Schuetz
ISBN : 1581128290
Genre : Art
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Chesley Bonestell has been called the "Father of Space Art." His photorealistic paintings of the Moon and planets, and other worlds beyond, have awed us since they were first published, over half a century ago. Moreover, he showed, long before Gagarin or Glenn, what it would be like for humans to explore the vastness of space. As author Howard E. McCurdy has written in his book, Space and the American Imagination: "No artist had more impact on the emerging popular culture of space in America than Chesley Bonestell. . . . Through his visual images, he stimulated the interest of a generation of Americans and showed how space travel would be accomplished." Considering his great influence on both the public interest in space flight and the actual development of a national space program, it is therefore both surprising and unfortunate that, heretofore, there has not been available a bibliography documenting those places where Bonestell's art appeared in print. This book fills that void. Written in cooperation with the artist's widow and his estate managers, A Chesley Bonestell Space Art Chronology contains well over 700 entries and is the definitive reference guide to publications containing Bonestell's space art. In praise of it, the illustrator Vincent Di Fate says: "This entertaining and scholarly work is an invaluable and indispensable treasure for the vast legions of Bonestell's fans. [T]houghtful, engrossing and utterly thorough . . . [it] provides the cosmic ride of a lifetime."

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