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What Was Man Created for? Paperback – Abridged, 10 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Honeyglen Publishing Ltd (10 July 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0907855091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907855095
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,819,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You rarely come across a writer so original and extraordinary, so radical, as Fedorov. A close friend of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Soloviev, he was the hidden inspiration behind the space programme and utopian dreams of soviet Russia. Far, far more inventive than his contemporise Wells and Verne, in the last decades of the 19th century Fedorov was writing visionary plans for humanity`s future which dwarf anything else from that time. And which remain almost beyond imagination.

Essentially he saw that in the first decade of the 20th century mankind would enter a profound crisis. His solution was to create a "common task" for our race, a shared goal amounting to nothing less than the conquests of death and of space. Science needed first to focus upon controlling the Earth`s climate. Then upon the search for the literal, physical resurrection of all preceding generations, using electromagnetism to reconfigure the molecules which had once formed their bodies (a task whose practical details he happily left to the scientists). Then the conquest of interplanetary, interstellar and intergalactic space and the creation of a vast fraternal, egalitarian human commonwealth spanning the universe. See what I mean about radical?

Fedorov, who died in 1903, was particularly concerned by the growing militarism that he saw across the world, and by the tensions in Russia between the city dwellers, whether capitalists or proletarians, and the peasantry. Unless these were resolved the world, and especially Russia were heading for disaster on an unprecedented scale.
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