You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
H.G. Wells and the Liberating Atom
Science Fiction Studies
Vol. 30, No. 1 (Mar., 2003), pp. 33-48
Published by: SF-TH Inc
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4241139
Page Count: 16
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Novels, Narratives, Atomic bombs, Nuclear warfare, Atoms, Science fiction, Nuclear power, War, Humanity, Radium
Were these topics helpful?See something inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
Although the discovery of radium was promoted by the physicist Frederick Soddy as a major advance in human development, the narratives that describe its application stress its negative and destructive potential. H.G. Wells's The World Set Free writes Soddy into the optimistic phase of the narrative and offers the first fictional account of nuclear war, setting a pattern for more sophisticated subsequent nuclear war novels in that the destructive force of the super-weapon is so massive that it undermines novelists' capacity to produce coherent narratives. This proposition is tested out on a series of postwar writers, including Leo Szilard (who knew Well's original novel), Walter M. Miller, Jr., and Russell Hoban.
Science Fiction Studies © 2003 SF-TH Inc