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