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Specter of the Monolith: Nihilism, the Sublime, and Human Destiny in Space-From Apollo and Hubble to 2001, Star Trek, and Interstellar Paperback – July 11, 2017
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Like David Bowie's Major Tom, "floating in a most peculiar way," Barry Vacker seems to contemplate Planet Earth through the porthole of a spacecraft. Via critiques of films like 2001 and Interstellar, Barry offers us a unique opportunity to step back and think of the contradictions of space exploration and our contemporary society. Barry shows we live in a "post-Apollo" culture torn between a frenetic race towards ever more scientific-technological progress and a just as powerful fall-back into the cultural ideologies of dark tribal ages of the past. For those who yearn for a shared destiny in a sane planetary civilization, Specter of the Monolith is a wonderful and inspiring work.
Carine and Elisabeth Krecke (renowned installation artists and literary authors)
From the Back Cover
"It's no wonder we don't have the sleek space hotel from 2001 -- we have yet to escape from the Planet of the Apes."
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