Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Irish Science Fiction$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jack Fennell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381199

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381199.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 13 December 2017

The 1960s: Lemass, Modernisation and the Cold War

The 1960s: Lemass, Modernisation and the Cold War

Chapter:
(p.133) 5. The 1960s: Lemass, Modernisation and the Cold War
Source:
Irish Science Fiction
Author(s):

Jack Fennell

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381199.003.0005

Following the War, Irish culture began to shed its distrust of the modern world. The catalyst Taoiseach Seán Lemass’ Fianna Fáil government, under which Irish society was modernized and fundamentalist Catholicism waned. This chapter examines period’s science fiction texts, beginning with Cathal Ó Sándair’s Captaen Spéirling - a Gaelic pulp hero who travelled the solar system, establishing new trade routes and bringing down corrupt alien regimes. These space opera adventures aimed to show an Irish-speaker doing the things that American and British heroes were, demonstrating there was no reason why the Irish shouldn’t have similar aspirations. However, there were glimpses of disaster: Ó Sándair seems to predict the Cold War Cuban Missile Crisis, and describes a planet-engulfing firestorm elsewhere with obvious overtones of nuclear war. This chapter also considers authors like Flann O’Brien and Brian Moore, who regard the Catholic social teaching’s decline with trepidation and predict less literal apocalypses.

Keywords:   Sean Lemass, Fianna Fail, Cathal O Sandair’s, Captaen Speirling, pulp, Cold War, nuclear war, space opera, Flann Obrien, Brian Moore

University Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .