This week marks the twentieth-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Maybe you dimly recall these terrible events, but both of us remember them quite well. We also recall the stories and other images we used while trying to understand how people could do this. We will explore not just Sept. 11, and similar events today, but the greater question of how we use fantastic fiction to process real wars and rumors of wars.
- At this time we won’t debate war or particular wars (not even Afghanistan).
- Wars are political, but we’ll steer clear of the political battles then and now.
- This is not a place for conspiracy theories or attacks on particular religions.
- We respect Christians in police or military service who face many challenges.
- We must recall what a different world 2001 was, without even smartphones.
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Ideas we explore
- How we remember living through Sept. 11, 2001
- How we responded to Sept. 11 in nonfiction ways
- How we processed this war with fantastic stories
Resources we cite
- Sept. 11, 2001 Basic Facts, 2001-2009 Archive for the U.S. Department of State
- September 11 Anniversary Fast Facts, CNN.com, July 27, 2013
- My Afghanistan Odyssey Makes Me Pray for These Embattled People, Travis Perry at Lorehaven, Aug. 25, 2021
- How Iron Man and Superman Won and Lost in Afghanistan, E. Stephen Burnett at Lorehaven, Aug. 30, 2021
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