EREWHON AND EREWHON REVISITED include both of Samuel Butler's satirical "lost world" novels, set in the New Zealand-inspired mythical land of Erewhon (from 'Nowhere'). In Erewhon, Butler finds the freedom to ridicule aspects of British Victorian society, including religion, criminal punishment, and industrial society. Butler was one of the first authors to consider the dangers of artificial intelligence, speculating that machines could eventually achieve consciousness through a process analogous to natural selection.
About the Author
Samuel Butler (1835-1902) was a British Victorian author, best known for his Utopian satire EREWHON and the posthumous novel THE WAY OF ALL FLESH. He is also known for examining Christian orthodoxy, substantive studies of evolutionary thought, studies of Italian art, and works of literary history and criticism. Butler also made prose translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey which remain in use.