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By Glenn W. Shuck, John M. Stroup

Escape into the Future analyzes the ability of pessimism, exhibiting hyperlinks among present-day spiritual pessimism and the nihilism of pop culture. Stroup and Shuck rummage via an enticing and eclectic physique of dad culture―from Fight Club to X-Files to the Left Behind series―pointing out the presence of pessimistic issues all through. This quantity identifies and illuminates the spiritual language utilized in those works to articulate America's have to break out from its current cultural direction and, finally, offer desire that it may well achieve this.

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The world of modernity is crashing upon 14 Escape into the Future us with unprecedented speed, and like so many other figures discussed in our book, the protagonists simply want to “get off,” so to speak. Although one could write an entire book on cyberpunk and technology—as some have21—it will suffice here to mention one more egregious example. We could have chosen the fiction of Philip K. Dick, the ambivalent musings of William Gibson, the wickedly humorous yet meaningful tales of Neal Stephenson, or even the disturbing, disorienting, and brilliant works of Thomas Pynchon and Don Delillo, or the nightmarish and even more avant-garde House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski.

Here novelist Ballard at times gives us a heavy-handed version of the dynamics one finds in The Prisoner with Crash’s conclusion in extreme violence, but one no less intellectually satisfying or prescient. The world of modernity is crashing upon 14 Escape into the Future us with unprecedented speed, and like so many other figures discussed in our book, the protagonists simply want to “get off,” so to speak. Although one could write an entire book on cyberpunk and technology—as some have21—it will suffice here to mention one more egregious example.

29 Astronauts had been chosen for their homogeneous characteristics, all under five feet eleven, heterosexual, married, white, and of course, men. Women connected with these stories were memorialized by Life magazine in submissive, emotive roles, always waiting for their husband’s return. The astronauts were also subjected to a demeaning battery of tests, all to determine their fitness for the conquest of space. This continued through the Apollo program, buoyed by the remarkable salvation of the Apollo XIII mission, only to suffer a crippling loss in the shuttle program with the Challenger explosion.

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