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