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The Man Who Saw the Future

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The Man Who Saw the Future

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Author: Edmond Hamilton
Publisher: Amazing Stories, 1930
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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction
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WHEN we stop to think of it, it is not so very surprising that people of even a few centuries back should have looked askance upon prophecies and even have burned the "prophet" at the stake as witch or sorcerer. We cannot conceive of anything beyond the experiences of generations preceding and including our own. Since the experiences of past generations were vastly limited in com parison to those of our present decades, it is perfectly natural that those things which were hazily foretold (and which have since been realized) should have been looked on in former days as supernatural and as visions conjured up by the devil.

Today, when we see so many machines which former ages would have looked on as impossible, we still look somewhat. contemptuously at anyone who dares intimate the possibility of something that is outside our immediate knowledge. There is nothing impossible in Hamilton's story, which, we might add, is of exceeding scientific interest, to say nothing of its value as entertainment.

This story first appeared October 1930 edition of Amazing Stories, it is available free from Project Gutenberg.

This short story is included in the collections:

Amazing Science Fiction Anthology: The Wonder Years 1926-1935 (1987), edited by Martin H. Greenberg

The Collected Edmond Hamilton: Volume Three: The Universe Wreckers, Haffner Prress(2011) by Edmond Hamilton.


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