The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come

The Ultimate Revolution

Book - 2005
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When Dr Philip Raven, an intellectual working for the League of Nations, dies in 1930 he leaves behind a powerful legacy an unpublished 'dream book'. Inspired by visions he has experienced for many years, it appears to be a book written far into the future- a history of humanity from the date of his death up to 2105. The Shape of Things to Come provides this 'history of the future', an account that was in some ways remarkably prescient - predicting climatic disaster and sweeping cultural changes, including a Second World War, the rise of chemical warfare, and political instabilities in the Middle East. Foretelling an era of war, plague and political chaos, this remains on of the greatest of all works of social prophecy. Part of a brand-new Penguin series of H. G. Wells's works, this edition includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a further reading list and detailed notes. The introduction, by John Clute, explores the political message of the novel and considers the later Wells's growing sense of disillusionment.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9780141441047
Branch Call Number: WEL
Characteristics: 530 pages ;,18 cm.


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May 09, 2017

Wells' writing is convoluted and turgid. Worse is his advocacy of replacing democracy with "self-appointed, self-educated" (and may I add "self-important") experts as depicted in Plato's Republic. Wells' notion that the only thing wrong with Communism is Stalin, and that the only thing wrong with Fascism is Hitler and Mussolini, is poorly argued and frankly left an ill taste in my mouth. And "Benevolent Dictators"? Tito is often given as an example. He slaughtered 100,000 humans to secure his hold on power after WW2, imprisoned thousands more, assassinated exiles - and left a state that fell apart in vicious civil war. He was popular, but not benevolent.

Aug 02, 2012

very interesting. seems to be as fresh today as it was when it was written all those years ago.

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