The Shape of Things to Come (Penguin Classics)

The Shape of Things to Come (Penguin Classics)

H. G. Wells

Language: English

Pages: 496

ISBN: 1473333520

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


When Dr Philip Raven, an intellectual working for the League of Nations, dies in 1930 he leaves behind a powerful legacy - an unpublished 'dream book'. Inspired by visions he has experienced for many years, it appears to be a book written far into the future: a history of humanity from the date of his death up to 2105. The Shape of Things to Come provides this 'history of the future', an account that was in some ways remarkably prescient - predicting climatic disaster and sweeping cultural changes, including a Second World War, the rise of chemical warfare, and political instabilities in the Middle East.

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Modern State Fellowship, would turn up presently as a national government expert. And the governments were now setting up their own national technical schools and attempting to bring the schools and laboratories of the Control into the ‘national’ educational organization. Not only was there a disposition to set up a competing system side by side with the Controls system, but there was a growing tendency to annex the organizations, roads, plant, mines, factories, aerodromes, schools, colleges,

their last moments. They were stabbed, shot, waylaid and beaten to death. ‘For a terror,’ wrote Kramer, ‘death must be terrible.’ ‘For murder,’ said Antoine Ayala, ‘death must be inevitable.’ In the end the penal code did seem to achieve its end. There were 5703 political murders in 2005, and 1114 in 2007. The last recorded occurred in 2034. The total is over 120,000. But during these twenty-nine years there were 47,066 political executions! Rihani estimates that more than seven per cent of

will never understand the historical process without it. The Old Education existed to preserve traditions and institutions. Progressive forces arose as a dissent from it and operated outside its machinery. In the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth century education was always a generation or so behind living contemporary ideas and the schoolmaster was a drag on mankind. But the New Education, based on a swiftly expanding science of relationship, was no longer the preservation of a

more and more plain does it become to us that it is not our little selves, but Man the Undying who achieves these things through us. As the slower processes of heredity seize upon and confirm these social adaptations, as the confluence of wills supersedes individual motives and loses its present factors of artificiality, the history of life will pass into a new phase, a phase with a common consciousness and a common will. We in our time are still rising towards the crest of that transition. And

a journalist enquired. ‘Yes,’ he replied. ‘Tell the people to cry peace and fight preparedness.’ ‘What if this expedition fails?’ ventured another. ‘If this expedition fails I’ll start another,’ he flashed without a moment’s hesitation. ‘People say you are not sincere,’ commented a third…. ‘We’ve got peace-talk going now, and I’ll pound it to the end.’ And afterwards came those second thoughts. When, in 1917, the United States entered the war, the Peace Ship was a stale old joke and the

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