Literature

Triffids, Daleks and the Fragility of Civilisation

Triffids, Daleks, and the Fall of Civilisation —Christopher Heathcote   Fort Apache is set in the aftermath of the US Civil War. The American west should be at peace, but it is treacherously unstable because the Indian nations are restless. John Ford’s 1948 film follows the friction between two men against this background. There is the skilled and well-liked Indian fighter, Captain Kirby York (John Wayne), who has been passed over for command. His rival, Lieutenant-Colonel Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda), is a prickly West Point poodle assigned an outpost he considers uncouth and beneath him. The film culminates in Fonda…

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