One of the true bummers about the fabric of reality and the nature of spacetime is that time travel isn’t possible. But humanity’s urge to experience the past and foresee the future is a strong one, and since when have we ever let something like scientific impossibility or astronomical odds stop us? Necessity is, after all, the mother of invention. In lieu of a literal time machine, humans, clever creatures that we are, invent, recreate and reimagine history while also crafting and projecting the future through storytelling.
In this blog series, we’ll travel through time in the fictional dimension. Each post will recommend works of fiction set in a specific historical (or future) time and/or place. Explore different perspectives of the past and forecasts of the future in Stacks to the Future.
Today’s Destination: The Cold War
The Cold War, officially spanning from the 1947 establishment of the Truman Doctrine to 1991 when the Soviet Union dissolved, was a period of geopolitical and military tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. Stories written during and about the Cold War often deal in tales of espionage, the ever-present threat of nuclear warfare and the pitting of American capitalism versus Soviet communism. But the truth of the era probably resides somewhere in between the lines of these stories, perhaps just out of sight.
You can find these titles either in person in our library stacks or in our digital collection. Title descriptions are provided by the publisher.