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Tegs Nineteen Ninety-Four: An Anticipation of the Near Future Hardcover – June, 1972


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  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Swallow Pr; 2nd edition (June 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804005095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804005098
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,061,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Jacobson on September 21, 2004
Format: Loose Leaf
Robert Theobald, the late humanist and futurist, throughout his life dealt with the issues of transformation that are so popular and important today. His theme: global change is far outstripping the ability of existing paradigms to cope. On every front we face crises that, because of our old-fashioned ways of thinking, appear too difficult to solve. Theobald believed that we must fundamentally transform our beliefs, lives, and cultures in order to survive the challenges that mount higher everyday.

TEG'S 1994, written in 1967 and published in 1971, was 30 years ahead of its time. It is a portrait of the world in which we live today, accurate in many ways, some proud, some poignant. The world is segregated into the affluent post-industrial world, in which personal growth and social abundance is encouraged; and the fenced-off portions in which poverty, illness, and chaos hold sway. It's a portrait of a world echoed in the popular nonfiction bestseller, THE PENTAGON'S NEW MAP, by Thomas P.M. Barnett (Putnam, 2004), in which a networked Core of "civilized" societies is confronted by a disconnected Gap, societies in which there is too little of everything.

Teg, the hero of Theobald's novel, is a graduate student of regional development whose thesis travels involve collecting both points of view and actual experience traversing the boundaries between the two coexisting worlds. Her journal -- supposedly written in 1994 -- comprises her observations, research by other scientists, discussions with eminent individuals, and a travelogue of the Earth as it nears more than one tipping point. The outcome Theobald leaves to the reader's imagination.

This well-illustrated paperback is a tour de force of futurism at its high point. Will humanity save itself and the world on which it lives? Theobald's spirit urges, "Please do."
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