This Thursday from 7:00 – 7:30pm, Ken Hollings presents Welcome To Mars…. a live twelve-part series of unscripted reflections on the fantasy of science in the early years of the American Century. With electronic sound production by Simon James.
Welcome To Mars now exists as printed matter and is available this month from the always excellent and inimitable Strange Attractor Press:
Welcome to Mars: Fantasies of Science in the American Century, 1947-1959
by Ken Hollings
312pp, pb, £11.99, illustrated, index
‘Welcome to Mars is a map of the post-war Zone, a non-fiction Gravity’s Rainbow that follows the arc of Germany’s V2 rocket to the end of the rainbow – to America.’ Erik Davis
Welcome To Mars draws upon newspaper accounts, advertising campaigns, declassified government archives, old movies and newsreels from this unique period when the future first took on a tangible presence. Ken Hollings depicts an unsettled time in which the layout of Suburbia reflected atomic bombing strategies, bankers and movie stars experimented with hallucinogens, brainwashing was just another form of interior decoration and strange lights in the sky were taken very seriously indeed.
“Ken Hollings shows brilliantly how the extraordinary web of technologies that drove the Cold War have shaped not just our culture but the very way we think of ourselves as human beings. Welcome to Mars offers a rare and fascinating glimpse of the roots of the strange humanoid culture we live in today.” Adam Curtis
‘Ken Hollings has placed his critical focus at the precise point where the high technologies of information control and social manipulation intersect the passionate search for scientific ways to probe the human mind. Welcome to Mars is a searingly accurate and deeply disturbing exposé of the fantasies of American modernism that have inspired the many nightmares and the few hopeful visions of our new Millennium.’ Dr Jacques Vallée
The first 200 orders of the book will receive a free hour-long CD of classy analogue Outer Space exotica by Simon James.
A small run of postcards have also been produced using images from the book and these are being sent out with any orders from Strange Attractor Shoppe.
Available soon from Strange Attractor Shoppe and all good book shops.