Patrick Moore, Arthur C. Clarke and ‘British Outer Space’ in the mid 20th century

Dunnett, Oliver (2012) Patrick Moore, Arthur C. Clarke and ‘British Outer Space’ in the mid 20th century. Cultural Geographies, 19 (4). pp. 505-522. ISSN 1474-4740

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This article seeks to explore a notion of ‘British outer space’ in the mid 20th century with reference to the British Interplanetary Society and the works of Patrick Moore and Arthur C. Clarke. Geographies of outer space have been examined following early work by Denis Cosgrove on the Apollo space photographs. Cosgrove’s work has encouraged a growing body of work that seeks to examine both the ‘Earth from space’ perspective as well as its reciprocal, ‘space from Earth’. This article aligns itself with the latter viewpoint, in attempting to define a national culture of ‘British outer space’. This is found to have an important connection with the British Interplanetary Society, founded in 1933 near Liverpool, which went on to influence the works of Patrick Moore, who edited the magazine Spaceflight and presented the television programme The Sky at Night, and Arthur C. Clarke, who became known as a science fiction writer through his early novels in the 1950s. The themes of audience participation and human destiny in outer space are examined in a close reading of these two case studies, and further engagement with cultures of outer space in geography is encouraged.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 900 History & geography > 911 Historical geography
School/Department: School of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Oliver Dunnett
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 16:29
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2012 16:29


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