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The Shape of Things to Come (Penguin Classics) Paperback – April 25, 2006
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About the Author
John Clute is the co-editor of The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction with Peter Nicholls.
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In the first half, Wells begins by outlining the history of the immediate past and present (Book 1), and then-near future (Book 2) in the context of the development of a World State. This part of the book is very academic and can be quite heavy going at times. Certainly there is some interesting historical information here, presented in an unconventional context. But it is also very simplistic: the formation of a World State is portrayed as inevitable, the few people who advocated it are beatified as flawless visionaries, and everyone else dismissed as ignorant clods. It goes further than Victors' History; Wells is unrelentingly snarky and vindictive in savaging those who disagree with him.
Special mention must be made of Wells' predictions of the Second World War. While a number of his predictions were spot on (the date and location of its commencement), he gets it badly wrong in two ways.Read more ›
But unfortunately, the components of Modernism still haunt our lives and Wells can still provide us with a clear understanding of our contemporary world in his writing such as the following passage:
"The Profit-Capitalist System was absolutely incapable of controlling the unemployment it had evoked and the belligerence it stimulated. It stagnated on its hoards. It fought against inflation and it fought against taxation. It died frothing economies at the mouth. It killed the schools on which public acquiescence rested. Impartially it restricted employment and the relief of the unemployed. Even on this plain issue of its police protection it economized. Impossible it said, to plan a new police when we cannot even pay for the police we have.Read more ›
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Not really a novel, it is a meander through future history—what Wells would have liked the world to turn out at. Still working on it; but it's a rewarding slog.Published 9 months ago by Thomas C. Tucker
Like other reviewers, I did not know this book existed in print until I found it. The fact that I prolific writer has a book that gathers cobwebs in bookstores should have been a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by JMack
This seems to be the ramblings of a man that is just writing the first thing that comes into his mind. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by John Howard
The book binding was attractive. The subject of the book was interesting to Me. From what I could see in the book, it made Me curious about what was on the next page.Published on December 2, 2013 by Timothy Allen Love
This is for my 11 year old son and he loves it. I liked design and how all of his 5 or six books designed in the same style. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Timothy