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date: 11 August 2020

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This chapter explores how the space race emerged in the aftermath of the atomic bomb and gradually entered the cultural mainstream. Science fiction played a crucial role in this process as a forum for expressing the hopes and fears arising from this superpower competition. One of the central issues arising in this extended debate was the race to the Moon and the militarization more generally of near space.

Keywords: science fiction, space race, atomic bomb, militarization, superpower, Moon, militarization of space

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