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Written by H. G. Wells


Published in 1933 by William Heinemann


A novel


Cover Notes

The Shape of Things to Come is a work of science fiction by H. G. Wells, published in 1933, which speculates on future events from 1933 until the year 2106. The book is dominated by Wells' belief in a world state as the solution to mankind's problems.

As a frame story, Wells claims that the book is his edited version of notes written by an eminent diplomat, Dr. Philip Raven, who had been having dream visions of a history textbook published in 2106, and wrote down what he could remember of it. It is split into five separate sections or "books":

  1. Today And Tomorrow: The Age of Frustration Dawns - The history of the world up to 1933.
  2. The Days After Tomorrow: The Age of Frustration - 1933-1960.
  3. The World Renascence: The Birth of the Modern State - 1960-1978.
  4. The Modern State Militant - 1978-2059.
  5. The Modern State in Control of Life 2059-New Year's Day 2106.

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