The Imagination of Disaster  

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"in the science fiction films, lurk the deepest anxieties about contemporary existence. I don't mean only the very real trauma of the Bomb."--"The Imagination of Disaster" (1965) by Susan Sontag

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The Imagination of Disaster” (1965) is an essay by Susan Sontag first published in Commentary and collected in Against Interpretation.

"Sontag sees the essence of sci-fi films as the vivid representation of catastrophe precipitated directly or indirectly by the misuse of science and technology. The perils of science are magnified by the spectre of the Bomb. Almost every aspect of “futuristic” calamity might be seen as a metaphor for the bomb or evil parties involved (alien invaders)." [1]

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