know is that any perusal of popular publications from the

And even the more serious magazines like Life and Look, The Saturday Evening Post,
Time, and Newsweek found ample space for articles on interesting ways the world might
end. There was almost no limit to what might go wrong, according to various theories.
The Sun could blow up or abruptly wink out. We might be bathed in murderous radiation
as Earth passed through the twinkly glitter of a comet’s tail. We might have a new ice
age. Or Earth might somehow become detached from its faithful orbit and drift out of the
solar system, like a lost balloon, moving ever deeper into some cold, lightless corner

the universe. Much of the notion behind space travel was to get away from these
irremediable risks and start up new lives with more interestingly padded shoulders

some distant galactic dome.
Were people seriously worried about any of this? Who knows? Who knows what
anyone in the 1950s was thinking about anything, or even if they were thinking at all.

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I know is that any perusal of popular publications from the period produces a curious
blend of undiluted optimism and a kind of eager despair. More than 40 percent of people
in 1955 thought there would be a global disaster, probably in the form of world war,
within five years and half of those were certain it would be the end of humanity. Yet

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very people who claimed to expect death at any moment were at the same time busily
buying new homes, digging swimming pools, investing in stocks and bonds and pension
plans, and generally behaving like people who expect to live a long time. It was an
impossible age to figure.

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