Collection Finding Our Place when you look at the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond

Collection Finding Our Place when you look at the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond

Within the 1940s and 50s reports of “flying saucers” became an American cultural phenomena. Sightings of strange objects into the sky became the raw materials for Hollywood to provide visions of potential threats. Posters for films, like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers from 1956 illustrate these fears. Attached to ongoing ideas about life on the Moon, the canals on Mars, and ideas about Martian Civilizations, flying saucers have started to represent the hopes and fears of the modern world.

Are these alleged visitors off their worlds peaceful and benevolent or would they attack and destroy humanity? The destructive power for the Atomic bomb called into question the progressive potential of technology. Fear of the options for destruction within the Cold War-era proved fertile ground for terrestrial anxieties to manifest visions of flying saucers and visitors from other worlds who could be hidden in our midst in plain sight.

Aliens Among us and Fears associated with Other

If UFOs were visiting our society, where were these extraterrestrials? Could they be hidden among us? Comic books and television illustrates how the chance of extraterrestrial visitors reflected anxieties of this era.

The 1962 comic There are Martians in our midst, from Amazing Fantasy #15, illustrates the way fear of extraterrestrials could reflect Cold War anxieties. Into the comic, a search party gathers around a landed alien craft, nonetheless it will get no sign of alien beings. Radio announcers warn those nearby to keep indoors. The action shifts to a husband and wife as he prepares to leave their house despite a television announcer’s warning to remain indoors. Læs resten