[UPDATE] "War and American Science Fiction," ALA Symposium: War and American Lit, Oct 10-12, New Orleans (Abstracts July 15)

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Brooks E. Hefner, James Madison University
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Deadline Extended: Abstracts due July 15

From the interplanetary wars of early science fiction through the more recent meditations on of power and capital, science fiction has often positioned itself against contemporary developments in the technologies and ideologies of modern warfare. This panel considers how war and the rhetoric of war appear across the history of American science fiction. Possible topics may include:

WWI/WWII/Vietnam/Iraq/Afghanistan and American SF
SF responses to the Cold War
Utopian and dystopian war
Veterans in American SF
Technologies and/of war
Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic warfare
Post-war futures
War and affect in SF
Environmental warfare in SF
Warring bodies (human or otherwise)
War and consciousness in SF
War, gender, and SF

Because of papers already accepted, I am particularly interested in papers dealing with SF of the 1950s-1980s (including, but not limited to Robert Heinlein, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and Marge Piercy). Please note that this is a proposed (not guaranteed) panel to be submitted for the ALA Symposium. Please submit a 300-word abstract and a current CV to Brooks Hefner (hefnerbe@jmu.edu) by July 15.