A Short History of the Future

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 30, 1992 - Social Science - 324 pages
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A dazzling and imaginative combination of fiction and scholarship, this speculative history of the future is a memoir of postmodern times. This second edition shows how the events of 1989 and their aftermath reinforce Wagar's predictions of the future. "A breathtaking future history in the manner of Wells and Stapledon, unnerving in its mixture of facts, fiction, and personal perspectives."—George Zebrowski, New York Review of Science Fiction
 

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This future world history is presented as the reminiscences of a 115-year old historian, supposedly transcribed from a "holofilm'' bequeathed to his granddaughter in the year 2200. Wagar is not a ... Read full review

Contents

The Last Age of Capital
9
Interlude
22
Ruling Circles
28
Interlude
44
Fouling the Nest
52
Interlude
69
The Molecular Society
80
Interlude
96
Vested Interests
204
Interlude
221
THE HOUSE OF EARTH
231
The Small Revolution
233
Interlude
245
The Autonomous Society
253
Interlude
267
Transhumanity
274

The Catastrophe of 2044
104
Interlude
121
RED EARTH
127
The Coming of the Commonwealth
129
Interlude
151
The Great Housecleaning
155
Interlude
170
We the People
180
Interlude
197
Envoi to Ingrid
291
A Last Note to the Reader
293
Afterword
295
Genealogy of the Jensens and Brandts
298
Chronology
299
Suggested Reading
307
Index of Persons
313
Index of Subjects
317
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About the author (1992)

W. Warren Wagar is Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at the State University of New York, Binghamton.

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