History of the Future: Images of the 21st Century

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Since the 19th century, artists and writers have used their talents to envision what life might be like in the year 2000. This oversized, illustrated history celebrates their creative imaginations. The overarching idea conveyed by most visionaries was that science and technology would help bring about Utopia on Earth--something that is no longer expected to happen as predicted, if ever. The authors explore seven subtopics: the development of the field of future history; the way 19th-century writers like Jules Verne viewed the advent of the 21st century; depictions of an ordinary day in the year 2000; technology as humankind's salvation; the urbanization of all humanity; dystopia as an alternative future; and how humanity might come to populate the universe. Notes, works cited, and a list of illustrations complete the volume. The lack of an index is unfortunate but should not deter potential buyers. The illustrations alone will entice sf fans from high school level on up. Recommended.-- Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782080135445
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Publication date: 7/3/2001
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 9.57 (w) x 12.43 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introduction: The future as history 8
The Hidden Years 9
The Travellers 10
The Age of Revolution 10
The Scientific Novel 12
Thinking of the Future 12
A Popular Current 13
Amazing Stories 14
Prediction in the Hands of Humorists 14
The Closed World of the Utopias 15
Kaleidoscope 16
The Game of Conjecture 18
A Panorama of the Future 19
Fictional Chronologies 19
Historical Reference Points 20
A Science Fiction Emporium 20
Temporary Filters 21
One Mile High 22
Evening Comes 23
Ch. 0 In the rear-view mirror 24
Diorama of War 26
To the Slaughterhouse 27
Operation Danger 29
Universal Energy 30
Leisure a Go-Go 31
Death to Books 32
An Ideal Society 33
The March of the Suffragettes 33
No Pedestrian Right of Way 36
Shivers 36
Ch. 1 An ordinary day in the year 2000 38
A Life of Ease 43
Extrapolation: Bold Deductions 45
Catalogue of the Future 47
Operating Instructions for the Future 52
Futurist Cliches 54
Ch. 2 A world of gears and cogs 56
Slaves of Steel 58
The Original Function 60
Amazing Things 62
Cross-sections and Descriptions 64
Ex Machina 65
Portable Pipe Dreams 67
A Hellish Logic 67
Reproduction Code 68
The Machine-World 71
Robots and Co. 72
The Laws 74
Exegesis 74
Ch. 3 The geometry of the future 76
Buzzing Aerocabs 79
An Enormous Garden 83
Cement, Steel and Clouds 85
Cubic Zoning 86
Space 90
Under the Dome 92
Structures Built of Greenish Borazon 94
Ch. 4 Fear 98
Theatre of Horror 100
Evil 103
Mad Scientists 104
Creatures from Elsewhere 105
A Litany of Disasters 106
They Are Among Us 107
A Taylorisation of Time 108
Guinea Pigs in Test Tubes 110
Psychological Surgery 112
Underground Deviants 117
Ch. 5 Stellar epilogue 120
Colonisers of Space 122
Time out of Joint 126
Contact 128
Life Under the Domes 131
Intergalactic University 132
Endgame Scenarios 133
Silence Reigns 134
The Extinction of the Sun 137
The Day After the End of the World 139
The Last Man 140
Fuel for the Stars 142
Very Far Away 144
Wake me in a thousand years from now 150
Notes 154
Bibliography 156
List of illustrations 158
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