The World as it Shall be
Early Classics of Science Fiction S.
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|Format:||Hardback, 288 pages|
|Other Information: ||87 illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 30 November 2004|
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It's the year 3000, and children are raised by steam machines, Switzerland has been converted into a theme park, and there are no fewer than 684 kinds of mental illness. With eccentric, dark humor, Emile Souvestre portrays a society dominated by mechanization and greed. However comically exaggerated, the unmistakable echoes of real problems and possibilities in Souvestre's satire make this book science fiction's earliest warning against the dangers of mechanization in a society ruled by consumerism. The World as It Shall Be was originally published in France in 1846 - the first fully illustrated story in the history of future fiction. The satiric novel, with 87 charming illustrations, unfolds through the eyes of Maurice and Marthe, a young couple who are brought to the year 3000 by the spirit of the age, M. John Progres. This first English translation includes all of the original art.
About the Author
French novelist Emile Souvestre (1806-1854) was a well-known writer of his day. Noted British science fiction historian, I.F. Clarke, and his wife Margaret Clarke have collaborated on various projects including The Last Man by Jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainville (Wesleyan, 2002). He was Foundation Professor of English Studies at Strathclyde University, and she was Lecturer in English.
"The World as It Shall Be is a kind of Missing Link in literary history...an engaging book whose text and illustrations are irresistibly funny. ... a jewel in the crown of science fiction." -- Paul Alkon, Leo S. Bing Professor of English, University of Southern California
|Publisher: ||Wesleyan University Press|
|Dimensions: ||22.0 x 15.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.59 kg)|