When the Sleeper Wakes: A Critical Text of the 1899 New York and London First Edition, with an Introduction and Appendices (Annotated H.G. Wells #5) (Paperback)

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This is book number 5 in the Annotated H.G. Wells series.

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Critics view When the Sleeper Wakes as a prototype of the anti-utopian novel, a genre developed by Zamyatin, Huxley, and Orwell into nightmare futures associated with the totalitarian age and the moral horrors of fascism and communism. Annotated by the world's leading Wellsian scholar, in Sleeper is found a greater measure of artistry and characterization than is usually accorded it. As a complex work combining technological with social speculation, Sleeper is unmatched for canniness in the history of futuristic literature. Indeed, its aeronautical details influenced the Wright Brothers in the design of their flyer, and the novel predicts the promotion of airplanes as a weapon, a prophecy dramatically fulfilled in the twentieth century. This exhaustive critical edition features a lengthy introduction, appendices, bibliography and index, and a frontispiece taken from the original 1899 edition.

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The late Leon Stover, professor emeritus at the Illinois Institute of Technology, was the first to bring science fiction to the college curriculum and was the author of numerous landmarks of intellectual history. He lived in Chicago.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780786468737
ISBN-10: 0786468734
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Publication Date: April 18th, 2012
Pages: 477
Language: English
Series: Annotated H.G. Wells