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H. G. Wells

Book Overview: 

Wells considered this book one of his most important, a natural follow-up to such works as his Man of the Year Million and The Time Machine. His goal was to get people to think and act in new ways. The book starts with a look at how humans get along socially and how they carry out their business ventures. It then discusses how these elements influence others, such as politics, the world of work, and education. H. G. tried to make clear how the current social order was disintegrating without preparing another to take its place. He then traced the roots of democracy, which in its present state he saw as unworkable. Instead, he proposed a new republic. He also critiqued modern warfare.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ith all the wires of the countryside converging to its offices. All that is[Pg 63] pleasant and fair of our present countryside may conceivably still be there among the other things. There is no reason why the essential charm of the country should disappear; the new roads will not supersede the present high roads, which will still be necessary for horses and subsidiary traffic; and the lanes and hedges, the field paths and wild flowers, will still have their ample justification. A certain lack of solitude there may be perhaps, and—

Will conspicuous advertisements play any part in the landscape?...

But I find my pen is running ahead, an imagination prone to realistic constructions is struggling to paint a picture altogether prematurely. There is very much to be weighed and decided before we can get from our present generalization to the style of architecture these houses will show, and to the power and nature of the public taste. We have laid down n. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I had a hard time sticking w/ this one, w/ its long dense paragraphs & ponderous arguments. Written in 1901, the book is a collection of prognostications for the 20th century by a great writer & teacher. Wells gets a lot of things right. He's expecting a single world-wide state, w/ one la...more

I really like reading these books about H.G. Wells' predictions of the future, and he seems to have written a lot of them (at least four that I've found so far). He hits a lot of things spot-on (the deliquescence of Christianity, unification of governments to make regional alliances) yet is compl...more

Far from the most stimulating of Wells' works! I nearly abandoned this about half way through, but decided I would abandon it in a tidy fashion, i.e when I reached the end of the chapter. At which point the book perked up quite remarkably and I found myself reasonably content to read the rest of...more

Even though Wells has other well known books, this book had good points, but not well written.
This book should not have been this long. The author was not successful with this book. In my opinion, this book is a waste of paper.

Here's why:
First, the text is extremely boring and repetitive and som...more

incredibly interesting book! quiet hard to read though (for someone from holland)

He got a lot of it wrong but shockingly what he did get right was very accurate.
A good read.