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Death Rays and the Popular Media, 1876-1939 - A Study of Directed Energy Weapons in Fact, Fiction and Film (Paperback) Loot Price: R681
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Death Rays and the Popular Media, 1876-1939 - A Study of Directed Energy Weapons in Fact, Fiction and Film (Paperback): William...
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Death Rays and the Popular Media, 1876-1939 - A Study of Directed Energy Weapons in Fact, Fiction and Film (Paperback)

William J Fanning

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Death ray! Just an absurd idea peddled by con artists and amateur inventors and promoted by a sensationalist press? Not quite. Government leaders, military authorities and even mainstream scientists periodically endorsed the possibility of such a fantastic weapon in the years leading up to the Second World War. A concept born out of research with electricity and other energy sources, the death ray or "directed energy weapon" became a widely reported and controversial subject for nearly five decades. Claims for the invention of such a weapon appeared as early as 1876, and increased significantly thereafter, culminating in the ?death-ray craze" of the 1920s and 1930s. The idea of a directed energy weapon influenced fiction, making its way from newspapers and magazines into novels, short stories, films, theatrical productions and other media. This book takes a first-ever look at the historical death ray and its impact on fiction and popular culture.

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Imprint: McFarland & Company
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 2015
Authors: William J Fanning
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
ISBN-13: 978-0-7864-9922-9
Barcode: 9780786499229
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts > Films, cinema
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LSN: 0-7864-9922-2

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