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Journey into Space

  • Andrew May
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Abstract

In which science fiction gives the world the idea of space travel—and the world continues to dismiss it as “science fiction” even after liquid-fuelled rockets make it a practical possibility. Coming of age at the very outset of the Cold War, such rockets were snapped up by both sides for use as military weapons—but only one side took the space angle seriously. With the launch of Sputnik 1, the Soviets won a race the Americans barely knew existed. Determined not to make the same mistake twice, they went on to win the next race—landing a man on the Moon. That’s as far as it went, though. From that point on, space action moved back to its place of origin—science fiction.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew May
    • 1
  1. 1.CrewkerneUK

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