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Shadows of the Future: H.G. Wells, Science Fiction, and Prophecy
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Syracuse Univ Pr
Publication date October 1, 1995
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780815626916
ISBN-10 0815626916
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $39.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In Shadows of the Future Wells's assumption of the prophet's role is related to his championship of the modern scientific outlook, and to the theory and practice of science fiction and utopian literature. Professor Parrinder explores the connections between novelty and repetition, between imagining the future and imagining the past, and between prophecy and parody as literary modes. Wells's science fiction is reexamined both as a projection of the cosmology implicit in the writings of Darwin and Huxley, and as a new variation on the Romantic and Enlightenment themes of such earlier authors as Blake, Gibbon, and Mary Shelley. Later chapters relate Wells's fiction to his nonfiction and look at the uneasy relationship of his utopianism to literary prophecy, and at the paradoxes inherent in the militant internationalism of the "prophet at large." Finally, Wells's influence is traced in a study of the antiutopian fictions of Zamyatin and Orwell, and in a broad account of the connections between science fiction and the scientific outlook down to our own time.

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Hardcover
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from Syracuse Univ Pr (October 1, 1995)
9780815626916 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $39.95
About: In Shadows of the Future Wells's assumption of the prophet's role is related to his championship of the modern scientific outlook, and to the theory and practice of science fiction and utopian literature.
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from Syracuse Univ Pr (June 1, 1995)
9780815603320 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $19.95
About: In Shadows of the Future Wells's assumption of the prophet's role is related to his championship of the modern scientific outlook, and to the theory and practice of science fiction and utopian literature.

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