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    Apocalypse Then: American and Japanese Atomic Cinema, 1951–1967

    Source: McFarland & Company, Inc. press release

    Classic sci-fi movie fans should pick up the film history Apocalypse Then: American and Japanese Atomic Cinema, 1951–1967 from author Mike Bogue and publishers McFarland & Company, Inc. The United States, the only country to have dropped the bomb, and Japan, the only one to have suffered its devastation, understandably portray the nuclear threat differently on film. American science fiction movies of the 1950s and 1960s generally proclaim that it is possible to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle. Japanese films of the same period assert that once freed the nuclear genie can never again be imprisoned. This book examines genre films from the two countries released between 1951 and 1967 -- including GODZILLA (1954), THE MYSTERIANS (1957), THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957), ON THE BEACH (1959), THE LAST WAR (1961) and DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) -- to show the view from both sides of the Pacific. Mike Bogue is a community college educator who regularly writes for G-FAN and Scary Monsters Magazine. He has also written for Mad Scientist, Castle of Frankenstein, Journal of Frankenstein, Wonder, and Monster Bash Magazine. He lives in Ozark, Arkansas. “Mike Bogue, after taking the reader through sixteen years of busy monster and mutant design at various studios and almost ninety movies, has amassed countless details, production histories and genuine fantasies related to those films. A treasure for any fan of the giant monster and atomic mutant films of that period.” -- PopCultureShelf “There have been so many genre movie guides out there and to be honest, I didn’t think anything could be done that was new and exciting. I was very glad to be proven wrong with this book... McFarland has had a long history of excellent movie guides, particularly those in the horror and science fiction genre, and this one promises to rate among the best! This guide stands out to me because it is specific in its subject matter, that of atomic films...[Bogue] has a love for these types of films and upon reading this book, made me want to revisit many of the films covered here... when I found out about this book, I knew it was something I had to have... This book did not disappoint. Bogue’s excitement and love of these films is reflected in each and every review.” -- Terror from Beyond the Daves, Rondo award winning blog. Apocalypse Then: American and Japanese Atomic Cinema, 1951–1967 is available now from McFarland and online retailers, including $39.95 softcover (7 x 10) 316 pages 94 photos, notes, bibliography, index ISBN 978-1-4766-6841-3 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4766-2900-1

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    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, was founded in the spring of 1979 by Robert McFarland Franklin. McFarland is located in Jefferson, North Carolina, a small Appalachian town in the northwestern corner of the state (close to both Tennessee and Virginia). From the beginning, McFarland has been a library-oriented publisher, producing comprehensive reference works and scholarly monographs on a variety of subjects. The books are manufactured to the highest specifications. They have the best design in the business, the best typography (with minutely reworked fonts for grace and easy reading), readability-oriented editing, and the finest available printing (acid-free, strong opacity paper with extra-sturdy cloth, board and paper bindings). McFarland is now one of the leading publishers of academic nonfiction in the United States, offering about 6000 titles in print. McFarland publishes nearly 400 new titles each year for a worldwide market; almost all new books are published simultaneously in a print edition and an ebook edition. In addition to libraries, McFarland books have found a home with enthusiasts and savvy individuals. For example, McFarland is recognized for its serious works in such popular fields as the pop culture (especially film), sports (especially baseball) and automotive history. Box 611, Jefferson, North Carolina 28640 336-246-4460 • Orders 800-253-2187 • FAX 336-246-4403

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