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The Last American [Illustrated] Kindle Edition
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_Briefly, it is the account of a Persian expedition of exploration in search of the fabled city of Nhu-Yok, as told by the leader of the expedition. They find an endless expanse of ruins- complete with Statue of Liberty (completed just three years before the book was written.) Indeed the entire continent is now a wilderness once again. It all stands as an object lesson of the fate of the "Mehrikans"- "their rapid growth, their vast numbers, their marvellous mechanical ingenuity and their sudden and almost unaccountable disappearance." There is something uncomfortably and eerily prophetic about this unique excercise in speculative fiction- given the recent events concerning New York and the Islamic world. Also, the fact that the author places blame of the depopulation to "Climatic changes, the like of which no other land ever experienced" is uncomfortably close to our current situation.
TO THOSE THOUGHTFUL PERSIANS
WHO CAN READ A WARNING IN THE SUDDEN RISE
AND SWIFT EXTINCTION OF A FOOLISH PEOPLE
THIS VOLUME IS DEDICATED
Even if you dismiss this as a thinly veiled commentary of social conditions during the Guilded Age it is still worth reading- for our current age has much in common with that period...
I found a copy of this while antiquing in Kentucky. It is a rare gem of a book, "written" in the year 2951 long after the destruction of the race known as "mehrikans" and ensuing dark ages which resulted in the loss of much of the technology enjoyed during the 19th Century. In this story a Persian crew accidentally finds the site of New York and begins exploring.
While the names of its characters are rather tongue-in-cheek and it sports a rather unbecoming attitude towards Catholicism the book has some humorous insights into what must have been very real concerns for Americans of the late 1800s. It is also funny to read of how these amateur archeologists misinterpreted their findings in America.
While such "backward-looking" science fiction stories became more and more common after 1900 this is the earliest example I am aware of. It is well done and worth finding.
Their journey takes them to New York and Washington and it is during those visits that reader hears social commentary from the Persian visitors on American society, culture, etc. Since the book was written over 100 years ago, the commentary no doubt is a criticism of American society at that point in time(ex. excessive focus on materialism, etc.), however, some of these criticisms are still valid today. Others, such as the one that America has no original ideas or creations of its own is just plain wrong (now or at the time when the book was written).
The book is also interesting in that the voyagers and critical commentators are from Persia, which today we know as Iran. Also, the explanation of America's sudden collapse due in part to dramatic climate change is an interesting (and also a bit uncomfortable) part of the story given today's problems we face with global warming.
As noted above, this reprint was taken from the 1902 edition, which included some wonderful full-color illustrations. However, the publisher has reprinted them in black and white which is understandable for an inexpensive paperback edition. The cover contains an enlarged version of one interior f/c illustration, so, that at least will give you a sense of what the others would look like if done in color.
In any case, its a good read and one that most can go through in couple of hours. And I recommend it.
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