A Modern Utopia

A Modern Utopia

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by H. G. Wells
     
 

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'A Modern Utopia' was first published in 1905, and tells the tale of H G Wells and a botanist friend holidaying in the Swiss Alps. By chance they enter a portal that transports them to a planet beyond Sirius that is geographically identical to earth and inhabited by humans. But here the resemblance stops. Instead of a multiplicity of cultures and nations, this…  See more details below

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'A Modern Utopia' was first published in 1905, and tells the tale of H G Wells and a botanist friend holidaying in the Swiss Alps. By chance they enter a portal that transports them to a planet beyond Sirius that is geographically identical to earth and inhabited by humans. But here the resemblance stops. Instead of a multiplicity of cultures and nations, this parallel planet is strictly controlled by a world government of 'Samurai', a moral and spiritual ruling class. Technology is in the ascendant, with high-speed trains, a Channel Tunnel, and clean, electric cities. Science has provided security, health and freedom from toil.
H G Wells believed the 'static' Utopias of Plato, More and Bacon were doomed to failure. Instead, he proposed a 'kinetic' Utopia, where continuing scientific advances prevent the ossification of a uniform society. This is a book with striking relevance for our own time, where Globalisation is proffered as a universal panacea for a troubled world.

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Library Journal
This trio are from Wells's utopian writings, which generally chronicle a future society of potential greatness that has failed its mission and gone to seed. Not as posh as the "Deluxe Classics Editions," these nonetheless feature many nice extras, including scholarly introductions. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781909735279
Publisher:
Aziloth Books
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

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A pioneer of science fiction, H. G. Wells (1866–1946) wrote thrilling adventures about time travel, space exploration, alien invasion, and scientific experiments gone awry. His tales of obsession, revelation, and discovery remain compellingly readable and relevant.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 21, 1866
Date of Death:
August 13, 1946
Place of Birth:
Bromley, Kent, England
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
Normal School of Science, London, England

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