Intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic:
Science, Religion, and The War of the Worlds

by Douglas E. Cowan

Group Notes

1. Torry, Robert. (1991). “Apocalypse Then: Benefits of the Bomb in Fifties Science Fiction Films.” Cinema Journal 31 (2): 7-21.

2. Etherden, Matthew. (2005). “‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’: 1950’s Sci-Fi, Religion and the Alien Messiah.” The Journal of Religion and Film 9 (2); available online at www.unomaha.edu/jrf/Vol9No2/EtherdenEarthStill.htm; Ruppersberg, Hugh. (1990). “The Alien Messiah.” In Alien Zone: Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema, ed. Annette Kuhn, 32-38. London: Verso.

3. Etherden, Matthew. (2005). “‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’: 1950’s Sci-Fi, Religion and the Alien Messiah.” The Journal of Religion and Film 9 (2); available online at www.unomaha.edu/jrf/Vol9No2/EtherdenEarthStill.htm. xxiv

4. Cornils, Ingo. (2003). “The Martians Are Coming! War, Peace, Love, and Scientific Progress in H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds and Kurd Laßwitz’s Auf zwei Planeten.” Comparative Literature 55 (1): 36.

5. Ibid.

6. Cornils. 38

7. Ibid.

8. Aldiss, Brian. (2005). “Introduction.” The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells, ed. Patrick Parrinder (London and New York: Penguin Books). xviii.

9. Jancovich, Marc. (1996). Rational Fears: American Horror in the 1950s. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press. 55

10. (1983: 115)

11. Tudor, Andrew. (1989). Monsters and Mad Scientists: A Cultural History of the Horror Film. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. 54

12. Cantril, Hadley, with Hazel Gaudet and Herta Herzog. (1940). The Invasion from Mars: A Study in the Psychology of Panic, with the Complete Script of the Famous Orson Welles Broadcast. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

13. Wells, H. G. ([1898] 2005). The War of the Worlds, ed. Patrick Parrinder. London and New York: Penguin Books.156

14. Wells. 139

15. Ibid.

16. Wells. 149

17. Wells. 169

18. Wells. 69

19. Wells, 131

20. Wells. 132

21. Wells. 70

22. Ibid.

23. Wells. 71

24. Ibid.

25. Disch, Thomas M. (1998). The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Touchstone. 187.

26. Dante, Joe. (2005). “Commentary” on The War of the Worlds, dir. Byron Haskin, prod. George Pal (1953). Collector’s Edition DVD. Hollywood, CA: Paramount Pictures


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