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The World as it Shall Be

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The World as it Shall Be

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Author: Emile Souvestre
I. F. Clarke
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press, 2004
Original French publication, 1846
Series: Early Classics of Science Fiction: Book 18
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Dystopia
Light/Humorous SF
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It's the year 3000, and children are raised by steam machines, Switzerland has been converted into a theme park, and there are no fewer than 684 kinds of mental illness. With eccentric, dark humor, Émile Souvestre portrays a society dominated by mechanization and greed. However comically exaggerated, the unmistakable echoes of real problems and possibilities in Souvestre's satire make this book science fiction's earliest warning against the dangers of mechanization in a society ruled by consumerism.

The World as It Shall Be was originally published in France in 1846--the first fully illustrated story in the history of future fiction. The satiric novel, with 87 charming illustrations, unfolds through the eyes of Maurice and Marthe, a young couple who are brought to the year 3000 by the spirit of the age, M. John Progrès. This first English translation includes all of the original art.


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