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The self-styled sci-fi supermen of the 1940s

4 mins | Nov 21, 2020

A utopian strain in sci-fi fandom brought readers uncomfortably close to an alignment with fascism. "Science fiction is often a vehicle for social and political ideas, from celebrations of high-tech space colonialism to warnings about the misuse of technology." Livia Gershon explores in JSTOR Daily the self-styled ‘supermen’ of the 1940s, who imagined themselves as the heroes of a sci-fi story about a genetically advanced human race.

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From JSTOR Daily