Cory Gross

Cory Gross

Cory is a museums and heritage professional with a love for science, history, art, and their intersection in Victorian-Edwardian Scientific Romances, which he shares through his weblog Voyages Extraordinaires.

  • Cory Gross
    Published 3 years ago
    Scientific Romances in the Atomic Age

    Scientific Romances in the Atomic Age

    The resolution to the War in the Pacific in 1945 threw a wholly new anxiety onto the shoulders of the world: the heretofore impossible spectre of actual global annihilation. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki culminated a trend begun with The Great War. In that first conflict, the "Christian Century" of infinite moral progress was crushed beneath the violence of technological warfare predicted by the likes of H.G. Wells, George Tomkyns Chesney, and the other 19th century writers of doomsday invasion stories. Often they predicted an apocalyptic outcome to the oncoming war, but humanity's execution was blessedly stayed in 1919. Even with advances in tank, aeroplane and explosive technologies, truly obliterating humanity was beyond humanity's power.
  • Cory Gross
    Published 3 years ago
    The Mightiest Motion Picture of Them All

    The Mightiest Motion Picture of Them All

    After several years of production, design and location shooting, Walt Disney released his first Hollywood produced live-action motion picture in 1954. If the advertising was to be believed, it was in fact the mightiest motion picture of them all. Considering that the film was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this is a credible claim.