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In The Year , Which Was First Published In , Portrays A Futuristic Day In The Life Of A Th Century Newspaper Editor Much Of The Story Sounds Like An Episode Of The Jetsons For Example, A Man Is Clothed By A Mechanical Dresser Before Being Whisked Off To Work The Story, Which Is Set In New York City Now Called Centropolis , Delves Into What The Future World Might Look Like, Including Technological Advancements, International Relations, And Social S First Published N Under The Name Of Jules Verne, In The Year May Be Chiefly The Work Of Jules Verne S Son, Michel Verne Michel, Who Was In Charge Of Publishing His Father S Work Late In Jules Verne S Life, May Have Had Financial Motivation To Utilize His Jules Verne S Well Known Pen Name Regardless Of Actual Authorship, Many Of The Topics Covered In In The Year Echo The Ideas Of Jules Verne, And The Tenor Of The Book Is Generally In Keeping With Jules Verne S Optimistic View Of Future Possibilities Jules Verne Was A French Author Who Helped Pioneer The Science Fiction Genre He Is Best Known For His Novels A Journey To The Centre Of The Earth , From The Earth To The Moon , Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea , Around The World In Eighty Days And The Mysterious Island Verne Wrote About Space, Air, And Underwater Travel Before Navigable Aircraft And Practical Submarines Were Invented, And Before Any Means Of Space Travel Had Been Devised Consequently He Is Often Referred To As The Father Of Science Fiction, Along With H G Wells Verne Is The Second Most Translated Author Of All Time, Only Behind Agatha Christie, With Translations, According To Index Translationum Some Of His Works Have Been Made Into Films The most interesting aspect of this story wasn t the scientific or technological predictions for 2889, but the socio political state of the world that Verne imagines Frankly, I think he would be shocked by the technological achievements made in the 125 years since the book was written This didn t feel like a Jules Verne story to me, so I think almost certainly his son Michael wrote this. I can now say that the internet must have been a hundred years in the making, if it was so easily predicted in Jules Verne s time or that of his son, as this is believed to have been mostly written by him As with any futurologist, parts of it are off, but a truly stunning amount of this is true of our times and you can but wonder at how the minds of the time could foresee or imagine it.Kind of sad that they predicted space travel, the internet, the advent of news agencies that rule the world and much , but Not a woman that is nothing than the owner of her extensive collection of hats Or a world where collonialism doesn t reign supreme Sigh I guess you just can t see past certain limitations of the age Must ve been too wild to imagine.Book Blog Bookstagram Bookish Twitter 1889 1860 EM 1870 1880 1890 1900 42 11 18 1910 optical fibers 1837 1963 1622 1833 1871 videoconference 1835 1884 1922 1926 5 . Little though they seem to think of it, the people of this twenty ninth century live continually in fairyland I first heard about Jules Verne and his amazing imagination when I was eight years old Since then, I ve always wanted to read his works and see for myself, the things he had imagined of the future Although it seems like this book had been written by Jules Verne s son, Michel, it still lived up to my expectations In the Year 2889 , quoting from the book, isthe history of one day in the life of the editor of the Earth Chronicle.And as one days go, this one happened to be a particularly special one A day, in which a great science experience takes place, that may change a great deal of things for humanity view spoiler it doesn t hide spoiler Rating 3.0 5.0A short novella that should be appreciated for its future predictions This was published in 1889 and talks about the world in 2889, means it was predicting what will happen 1000 years from that time Some of those predictions we have them today under different names like the internet or social networks One of the predictions is the space invasion which is interesting and also the shape of politics in future.This could have been a much interesting read if it was elaborated and a full novel instead of a very short story. You just have to admire Jules Verne for his earily good predictions of the future In this novella, amongst other things, he predicts the existance of videophone and global news coverage by a form of on demand and live television It s quite mindblowing how right he s got it, except for the timeline, all these things developed quite a bit earlier than when he predicts I read this story today It must be the first sci fi story that I found particularly unimpressive To be certain, the story isn t set out to be anything like a fully fledged work of fiction, or an ambitious or too elaborate picture of the world in 2889 it is just a hasty sketch, a quick snapshot of a particular view of the future that the author entertained, as if during a short break from doing something else Having said this it must be clear why I haven t given the story a lower rating it is because for the kind of work it is, it just doesn t make sense to compare it to a fully fledged work of fiction, it must be evaluated by other standards.Now the interesting point The way that in 1889 Verne imagined the world of 2889 would be like seems to us today not particularly advanced In fact, we have already invented better versions of most of the things mentioned in the story There is in the story a relatively very small number of inventions to which we don t yet have an analogue advertisements projected on clouds in the sky being a particularly undesirable example Yet the point is that humanity is doing better than Verne thought it would do.But again, one might say clearly Verne wasn t thinking of his hasty sketch, which doesn t even have a proper plot, to be anything like a prediction of the actual year in which the inventions he talks about would have already been invented That s fair enough, but truth remains that the shift in people s mindsets that has taken place for the past 100 or so years since Verne wrote, is pretty remarkable Because for a person today a thousand years seems long enough period to say the invention of pretty much anything thinkable and important would have already taken place by then IOW, if someone it is to be hoped writes a short sketch today, describing the daily life of the editor of the future equivalent of a newspaper, they would definitely not say it will happen in a whole Thousand 1000 years in the future Perhaps they would assign to this picture a Much sooner date or, likely, they would think it pretty naive to talk about an editor of anything like a newspaper to be still existing in far future in the first place This is very perhaps even objectively different from what a person, even one as imaginative as Verne, would have done 100 years ago.Humanity has, or at least I hope so matured enough to realize that technologically projecting its current condition to even centuries in the future is akin to naivet The what I d dub hardcore sci fi as seen in the works of late 19th early 20th century writers such as Verne or Belyaev doesn t corrections here will be very welcome seem to be any Maybe humanity has become at least dimly conscious of the fact that it is as it always has been able to surprise itself, progress often reaching beyond predictions Or am I wrong Maybe the contemporary version of Verne is not among people writing sci fi today maybe it is someone whose ideas seem so distant that even people today would think them unlikely to be actualized in the coming millennium So has there been objectively any change in the way we think about the future Dunno.I read this story today in the airport, waiting to board my plane Flying it seems like the most usual thing today and so it was awkward to read a story about such esoteric inventions as the air train And awkward it was to look through the descriptions of the capable of transmitting pictures phonograph , while someone next to me would possibly get slightly impatient at a slow internet connection on their humble smartphones.People we get used to changes quickly, and so even an unremarkable story as Verne s 2889 is in this sense an eye opener I am giving it a 3 star, instead of a 2 star rating, because in being an imaginative story attempting to envisage the future, I think it has an important function to play I would feel bad to even guilty if I ranked low one s enthusiastic thoughts on the possibilities our future will offer to us. This was an interesting read where through Jules Verne or Michel Verne s imagination we see how the 29th century will look like This whole post is a spoiler.In the year 2889, people consume food that is compounded and prepared according to scientific principles, and they breathe an atmosphere freed from the micro organisms that formerly used to swarm in it hence they live longer than their forefathers and know nothing of the innumerable diseases of olden times Rumours has it that nutritive air is yet to be discovered.They have mechanical dressers.They receive communications from Mercury, Venus and Mar via phototelegrams this book was written in the era of photographs and telegraphs No cell phones, no Skype, no IMS, no Facetime and etc Apparently, these planets are inhabited.Some new planets sre still being discovered, such as the Olympus It is said to be a great planet gravitates beyond Neptune at the mean distance of 11,400,799,642 miles from the sun, and to traverse its vast orbit takes 1311 years, 294 days, 12 hours, 43 minutes, 9 seconds In the event of a cloudless sky, the scientist could create artificial clouds Even rains when they felt it necessary.They seem to have solutions to housing problems and the problem of existence reduced to it simplest terms, eg, instead of the endless suites of apartments of the olden time, one room fitted with ingenious mechanical contrivances is enough Here a person sleeps, takes his meals, in short, lives They have done away with the domestic kitchens Here, a person could subscribe to a company named Grand Alimentation Company, which sends through a great network of tubes to subscribers residences all sorts of dishes, as a varied assortment is always in readiness A subscription costs money, to be sure, but the cuisine is of the best There are air coaches that wait for you by the window and transports you to whichever part of the world that you please.All seasons have been made same.But in all the progresses that the have made, they have not yet changed the woman She still doesn t keep time.
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