The Republic of the Future, Or, Socialism a Reality

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Cassell, 1887 - FICTION - 86 pages
Regarded as one of the first science fiction novels written by a female author, €The Republic of the Future€is a dystopia written in response to "dramatic" utopian literature popular during the late 1800s.

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Page 23 - inhabitants have the look of people who have come to the end of things and who have failed to find it amusing. The entire population appear to be eternally in the streets, wandering up and down with their hands in their pockets on the lookout for something that never happens
Page 19 - each house is precisely like its neighbor; each house has so many rooms, so many windows, so many square feet of garden, which latter no one cultivates, as flowers and grass entail a certain amount of manual labor, which, it appears, is thought to be degrading by these socialists.
Page 54 - common property, socialistic production and distribution, the grossest materialism — for their god is their belly, free love, in all social arrangements, perfect individualism; or, in other words, anarchy. Negatively expressed — Away with private property! Away with all authority! Away with the state ! Away with the family ! Away with religion...
Page 23 - A man can't have his dream and dream it too. Realization has been found before now, to be exceedingly dull play.
Page 7 - I am fairly landed in the midst of this strange socialistic society. To say that I was landed, is to make use of so obsolete an expression that it must entirely fail to convey to you a true idea of the processes of the journey. Had I written — I was safely shot into the country — this would much more graphically describe to you the method of my arrival.
Page 66 - A superior class, a class composed of scholars, students, artists and authors, arose, whose views and whose political ideas threatened the very life and liberties of the community. The aristocracy of intellect, it was found was as dangerous to the State as an aristocracy founded on pride of descent or on the possession of ancestral acres. It became necessary, therefore, to make a law against learning and the sciences.
Page 40 - Husband and wife are in reality two men having equal rights, with the same range of occupation, the same duties as citizens to perform, the same haunts and the same dreary leisure.
Page 11 - Beyond all else, however, in point of interest, was the spectacle of the wholesale cannibalism going on among the finny tribes, a cannibalism which still exists, in spite of the persistent and unwearying exertions of the numerous Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty among Cetacea and Crustacea.
Page 40 - A man's house has in truth ceased to be his home. There are no children there to greet him, his wife, who is his comrade, a man, a citizen like himself, is as rarely at home as he. Their food can be eaten anywhere — there is no common board ; there is not even a servant to welcome the master with a smile.
Page 21 - The total lack of contrast which is the result of the plan on which this socialistic city has been built, comes, of course, from the principle which has decreed that no man can have any finer house or better interior, i or finer clothes than his neighbor.

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