Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisorCarter, Paul A. (Professor of history)en_US
dc.contributor.advisorSpencer, George W. (George Woolley)en_US
dc.contributor.authorBerger, Albert I. (Albert Isaac), 1947-en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-12T14:10:02Z
dc.date.available2019-04-12T14:10:02Z
dc.date.issued1972
dc.identifier.urihttps://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/19372
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionPage numbering skips 154.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis essay is an attempt to understand the popular response to twentieth century technological change by studying the career of John Campbell, an influential writer and editor of science fiction. Educated as a scientist and specifically concerned with the problem of technological change, Campbell articulated his views through monthly editorials in Astounding Science Fiction (later Analog Science Fiction, Science Fact) from 1937 until his recent death. These editorials were the primary sources for the study, although a variety of stories printed by Campbell and certain statistical surveys of the readership were also examined and cited. My inquiry proves that contrary to widely-held beliefs, science fiction is not a completely optimistic literature, nor do science fiction writers welcome technological change as eagerly as was supposed. Rather, science fiction demonstrates the same ambivalence towards technology Leo Marx's Machine in the Garden discovered in a good deal of nineteenth century literature culture. However, Campbell recognized the fundamental conflict between a pastoral paradise he wished to preserve and the inevitable technological change he knew could destroy it. In his attempt to reconcile the contradictions in his thinking—and to defend a political order he saw as under attack, Campbell eulogized a godlike manipulator or social engineer." This engineer would control the dangerous forces at man's command. As a corollary to this, I conclude that Campbell's final political position, derived from his technological speculations was authoritarian; social control being necessary for social engineering to succeed.en_US
dc.format.extent151 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshCampbell, John Wood, 1910-1971en_US
dc.subject.lcshScience fiction--History and criticismen_US
dc.titleThe magic that works : John W. Campbell and the American response to technologyen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Historyen_US
dc.description.degreeM.A. (Master of Arts)en_US


Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record