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US Narratives of Nuclear Terrorism Since 9/11

Worst-Case Scenarios

Authors: Seed, David

  • - Discusses novels that present scenarios based on threats to USA, which have then become institutionalised through their use by the CIA, Homeland Security, and other bodies
  • - Examines the overlap between material in fiction, and in security planning
  • - Uses 9/11 as a major reference point for fears of nuclear terrorism
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About this book

This study examines the US fiction and related films which makes a series of interventions in the cultural debate over the threat of nuclear terrorism. It traces the beginnings of this anxiety from the 1970s, which increased during the 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The traumatic events of 9/11 became a major reference point for this fiction, which expressed the fear that of a second and worse 9/11. The study examines narratives of conspiracies which are detected and forestalled, and of others which lead to the worst of all outcomes – nuclear detonations, sometimes delivered by suitcase nukes. In some of these narratives the very fate of the nation hangs in the balance in the face of nuclear apocalypse. The discussion considers cases of attacks by electromagnetic pulse (EMP), cyberterrorism and even bioterrorism. Some of the authors examined are present or former politicians, members of the CIA, and former president, Bill Clinton.

About the authors

David Seed is a professor in the English Department at Liverpool University, UK. In addition to single-author studies and critical collections, his publications include American Science Fiction and the Cold War (1999), Brainwashing: The Fictions of Mind Control (2004), Cinematic Fictions (2010), and Under the Shadow: The Atomic Bomb and Cold War Narratives (2013). He is co-editor of the Science Fiction Texts and Studies series for Liverpool University Press.


Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: June 6, 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54328-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $55.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: May 9, 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54327-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
US Narratives of Nuclear Terrorism Since 9/11
Book Subtitle
Worst-Case Scenarios
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54328-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54328-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54327-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 335
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