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    • Publication date:08 Jun 2017
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The Shape Of Things To Come

By H.G. Wells

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A prescient look at mankind's future from the greatest science fiction writer of them all.

When a diplomat dies in the 1930s, he leaves behind a book of 'dream visions' he has been experiencing, detailing events that will occur on Earth for the next two hundred years.

This fictional 'account of the future' (similar to LAST AND FIRST MEN by Olaf Stapledon) proved prescient in many ways, as Wells predicts events such as the Second World War, the rise of chemical warfare and climate change.

Biographical Notes

H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil-teacher, he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in 1884, studying under T. H. Huxley. It was with THE TIME MACHINE (1895) that he had his real breakthrough. Today he is regarded as one of the all-time greatest authors of science fiction.

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  • ISBN: 9781473221659
  • Publication date: 08 Jun 2017
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Gollancz
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