Shadows of the Future: H.G. Wells, Science Fiction, and Prophecy / Edition 1

Shadows of the Future: H.G. Wells, Science Fiction, and Prophecy / Edition 1

by Patrick Parrinder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815603320

ISBN-13: 9780815603320

Pub. Date: 03/15/1996

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

In Shadows of the Future Wells's assumption of the prophet's role is related to his championship of the modern scientific outlook, and to the theory and practice of science fiction and utopian literature. Professor Parrinder explores the connections between novelty and repetition, between imagining the future and imagining the past, and between prophecy and parody as…  See more details below

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In Shadows of the Future Wells's assumption of the prophet's role is related to his championship of the modern scientific outlook, and to the theory and practice of science fiction and utopian literature. Professor Parrinder explores the connections between novelty and repetition, between imagining the future and imagining the past, and between prophecy and parody as literary modes. Wells's science fiction is reexamined both as a projection of the cosmology implicit in the writings of Darwin and Huxley, and as a new variation on the Romantic and Enlightenment themes of such earlier authors as Blake, Gibbon, and Mary Shelley. Later chapters relate Wells's fiction to his nonfiction and look at the uneasy relationship of his utopianism to literary prophecy, and at the paradoxes inherent in the militant internationalism of the "prophet at large." Finally, Wells's influence is traced in a study of the antiutopian fictions of Zamyatin and Orwell, and in a broad account of the connections between science fiction and the scientific outlook down to our own time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815603320
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
03/15/1996
Series:
Utopianism and Communitarianism Series
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1Science Fiction and the 'Shape of Things to Come'3
2The Broken Tripod and the Impatient Imagination18
3Possibilities of Space and Time (The Time Machine)34
4A Sense of Dethronement (The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau)49
5The Fall of Empires65
6New Worlds for Old: The Prophet at Large80
7Utopia and Meta-Utopia96
8The Future as Anti-Utopia: Wells, Zamyatin and Orwell115
9From Prophecy to Parody: Science Fiction and the Scientific Enlightenment127
Select Bibliography152
Index163

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