- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; Reprint edition (17 Feb. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575095199
- ISBN-13: 978-0575095199
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.5 x 20.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 495,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Shape Of Things To Come (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Hardcover – 17 Feb 2011
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A prescient look at mankind's future.
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
"The Shape of Things to Come" is profoundly anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, and anti-corporate feudalist. It effortlessly exposes and deconstructs the cynical manipulations which drive world politics; in the age of the oil wars and the artificial enemy, it's more relevant than ever.
I would put this book on any O-level or A-level curriculum. I'd challenge any thinking person with hope for the future of our society to read this book and disagree. You might not agree with Wells, but you can't deny that this is a topic we should all be talking about.
Whilst I hadn't read this book before I was wondering exactly what I was letting myself in for with this title from his later period of writing and whilst a number of events had an echo within our own history you can see the authors political views coming through quite strongly as well as his idealised version of society. It is well written, the characters engaging and the concepts discussed will generate quite a varied number of discussions amongst readers and whilst many feel that they can avoid reading this due to the films that have been released they don't do this title any real justice for the work that's within. Definitely a title that I'd suggest that you read once as it is not only the shape of things to come (at least genre wise) but a title that will have influenced a great many of today's writers who have taken Well's torch and carried it proudly.
The book itself is somewhat a book of two halves. It is a very well written book and contains a lot of great ideas. However the book is about 420 pages and for those wanting a straight up sci-fi novel, look elsewhere, for the first 100 odd pages, Wells recounts established History, and personally, having chosen to read the novel for utopian novel and as one who has studied early 20th Century International relations, I found it dragged a bit but once you get to about halfway through Book II, it's all pretty great there on in.
I found A Modern Utopia, his other discourse and proposition for a utopian society, unfocused but on reflection, enjoyed it a lot more than this one.
Overall it is enjoyable but I have enjoyed some of his other works much more and felt I it could have been a lot shorter, but this is all just my opinion...
I would point out though that I read the Kindle version and, whilst I am a lover of the Kindle, here is yet another example of the publishers failing to properly proof read their Kindle versions of books before releasing them. The formatting of 'years', of which there are many in this book,is appalling eg z000 instead of 2000, zoi6 instead of 2016 etc etc. One gets used to the failure and quickly compensate for it but I find it very annoying when paying for a book (including VAT in the case of Kindle versions)to find sloppy editing and poor proof reading. From reading reviews of other Kindle versions of books it would appear that this is becoming a common problem which is a great shame as it will undoubtedly put some readers off buying Kindle and Kindle books.
However, this is a good read and I would not wish to put anyone off reading it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a great fan of HG Wells but this is way too long and to be frank boring.Published 19 months ago by MR M J MASTERS
The book was fine but there was a big sticker on the back with the price on it (not the best since it was a gift) and you can't remove the sticker without leaving a big mark=... Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2014 by yasmin
I found it well written and enjoyable to an extent but I was dissapointed to find it wasn't the same as the film I had seen!Published on 20 Feb. 2013 by Mr. D. J. WESTON
I loved the Time Machine and looked forward to reading this "classic".
It only took a few pages for me to realise that this was an altogether different book to the Time... Read more