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Overview

W. Warren Wagar's A Short History of the Future is a memoir of postmodern times, cast as a history. This powerful and visionary book is narrated by a far-future historian, Peter Jensen, who leaves this account of the world from the 1990s through the opening of the twenty-third century as a gift to his granddaughter. A combination of fiction and scholarship, this third edition of Wagar's speculative history of the future alternates between descriptions of world events and intimate glimpses of his fictive historian's family into the first centuries of the new millennium.
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Wagar (history, State U. of New York-Binghamton) takes on the persona of a far-future historian to recount events of the world from the 1990s through the opening of the 23rd century. The earlier editions were published in 1989 and 1992. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226869032
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Warren Wagar is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton. In addition to writing numerous science fiction short stories, Wagar is the author of seven scholarly books, including Terminal Visions, Good Tidings, The City of Man, and H. G. Wells and the World State.
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition
Foreword
A Note to the Reader 3
Preface and Dedication 5
Book the First: Earth, Inc.
1 The Last Age of Capital 9
2 Ruling Circles 28
3 Fouling the Nest 52
4 The Molecular Society 80
5 The Catastrophe of 2044 104
Book the Second: Red Earth
6 The Coming of the Commonwealth 129
7 The Great Housecleaning 155
8 We, the People 180
9 Vested Interests 204
Book the Third: The House of Earth
10 The Small Revolution 233
11 The Autonomous Society 253
12 Transhumanity 274
Envoi to Ingrid 291
A Last Note to the Reader 293
Afterword 295
Genealogy of the Jensens and Brandts 298
Chronology 299
Studies of the Future: Suggested Reading 307
Index of Persons 313
Index of Subjects 317
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