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In the Year 2889

Jules Verne and Michel Verne

Book Overview: 

A short story that tells us how the future looks like by selecting a random date in the year 2889, and follows the details of the day of one Fritz Napolean Smith

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .By supplying motive power for aërial navigation, they have given to commerce a mighty impetus. To them we are indebted for the continuous production of electricity without batteries or dynamos, of light without combustion or incandescence, and for an unfailing supply of mechanical energy for all the needs of industry.

Yes, all these wonders have been wrought by the accumulator and the transformer. And can we not to them also trace, indirectly, this latest wonder of all, the great "Earth Chronicle" building in 253d Avenue, which was dedicated the other day? If George Washington Smith, the founder of the Manhattan "Chronicle", should come back to life to-day, what would he think were he to be told that this palace of marble and gold belongs to his remote descendant, Fritz Napoleon Smith, who, after thirty generations have come and gone, is owner of the same newspaper which his ancestor established!

For George Washington Smith's newspaper has lived gen. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read this story today. It must be the first sci-fi story that I found particularly unimpressive. To be certain, the story isn't set out to be anything like a fully fledged work of fiction, or an ambitious or too elaborate picture of the world in 2889 - it is just a hasty sketch, a quick snapsho...more

قصة قصيرة عن تخيل الكاتب ليوم في اواخر القرن التاسع والعشرين
مع ان القصة كتبت عام 1899 ولكن كان الكاتب موفق في خياله في لعدة اختراعات حدثت بالفعل
ولكن طبعا توقعه ان يكون رجل لديه ثروة ضخمة جدا تقدر بعشر مليارات دولار غير موفق بالمرة
اذا كان زوجة صاحب امازون دلوقتي في القرن الواحد والعشرين نهبت بس س...more

القصة لا تحتوى هدفا محددا أو مغزى جميل . الترجمة واضحة و إن كانت تخلو من أى أسلوب أدبى ولكنى شاكر جدا لتوافر نسخة باللغة العربية .
تم نشر هذه القصة القصيرة فى فبراير 1889 وتظهر فيها عبقرية وخيال جولز فيرن واطلاعه على العلوم الحديثة وبذلك استحق مكانته بين رواد أدب الخيال العلمى. وهذه بعض ما تنبأ...more

این داستان همچنین با پیشرفتهای اخیر داستان های علمی تخیلی وی که بنیانش را گذاشت فرق زیادی دارد.یک نویسنده معاصر مطمئنا توضیحاتی درمورد تغییرات بزرگ و ناگهانی در زمین که ورن از آن سخن میگوید ،می داد و احتمالا آن را به نتایج نامعلوم انفجار اتمی نسبت می داد.همچنین تکامل بیولوژیکی ای که ورن به آن اشا...more

I can now say that the internet must have been a hundred years in the making, if it was so easily predicted in Jules Verne's time (or that of his son, as this is believed to have been mostly written by him). As with any futurologist, parts of it are off, but a truly stunning amount of this is tru...more

★★★★★★★☆☆☆[7/10]

Every one is familiar with Fritz Napoleon Smith's system—a system made possible by the enormous development of telephony during the last hundred years. Instead of being printed, the Earth Chronicle is every morning spoken to subscribers, who, in interesting conversations with rep...more

You just have to admire Jules Verne for his earily good predictions of the future... In this novella, amongst other things, he predicts the existance of videophone and global news coverage by a form of on-demand and live television.
It's quite mindblowing how right he's got it, except for the tim...more

Rating: 3.0/5.0

A short novella that should be appreciated for its future predictions! This was published in 1889 and talks about the world in 2889, means it was predicting what will happen 1000 years from that time. Some of those predictions we have them today under different names like the inter...more

Little though they seem to think of it, the people of this twenty-ninth century live continually in fairyland.
I first heard about Jules Verne and his amazing imagination when I was eight years old. Since then, I've always wanted to read his works and see for myself, the things he had imagined...more

The most interesting aspect of this story wasn't the scientific or technological predictions for 2889, but the socio/political state of the world that Verne imagines. Frankly, I think he would be shocked by the technological achievements made in the 125 years since the book was written. This didn...more

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