The Mummy!: A Tale of the Twenty-second Century, Volume 2

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H. Colburn, 1828
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The mummy!: a tale of the twenty-second century

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Published in 1827, Loudon's novel is one of the earliest pieces of women's science fiction. Set in 22nd century England, the story features a society that, although technologically quite advanced, is ... Read full review

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finished The Mummy! - Mrs Jane Loudon (1828). The year is 2126; the mummy Cheops, rescuscitated by a misguided experiment in galvanism, steals through an England of hot air balloon transit, overeducated menials, clockwork lawyers, and steam-powered lawnmowers, insinuating himself with all parties (for good or ill?) as the throne of England repeatedly changes hands.
Had I not read this myself (all three volumes) I would sincerely doubt that this was a real book. Mrs Loudon's other literary output consists entirely of books on gardening, entertaining, and raising chickens. I don't know that I'd say it was good, exactly, but the sheer outlandishness of the tale has a certain charm.

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