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The Twentieth Century (Early Classics of Science Fiction) [Paperback]

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Item description for The Twentieth Century (Early Classics of Science Fiction) by Albert Robida, Philippe Willems & Arthur B. Evans...

The Twentieth Century--a unique blend of objets d'art and pulp fiction, science fiction and satire--was initially published in 1882 to great acclaim. Abundantly illustrated by the author, the story presents a panorama of society in the century to come. The story opens in the spring of 1952 as Helene Colobry, niece of mega-banker Raphael Ponto, has just graduated from a private provincial school and needs to find a career. This highly original futuristic fantasy is a cross between "The Jetsons" and the novels of Charles Dickens: it focuses on the daily life of a bourgeois family living in the technology-driven world of tomorrow--where trips to the market are made by aircar and where women argue politics with their husbands via videophone. The book opened new frontiers in speculative fiction with its superb graphics and its evocative text.

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Studio: Wesleyan
Pages   464
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 7" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   2.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2004
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819566802  
ISBN13  9780819566805  

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More About Albert Robida, Philippe Willems & Arthur B. Evans

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ALBERT ROBIDA (1848-1926) was a prolific and celebrated French artist and writer. His books include La Guerre au Vingtieme Siecle (1887, War in the Twentieth Century) and La Vie Electrique (1892, The Electric Life). PHILIPPE WILLEMS is currently Assistant Professor of French at Northern Illinois University-DeKalb. ARTHUR B. EVANS is Professor of French in the Modern Languages Department at DePauw University and editor of Science Fiction Studies.

Albert Robida was born in 1848 and died in 1926.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > General
3Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction

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Robida's social commentary is still relevant today  May 3, 2004
In his remarkable science fiction novel, The Twentieth Century, the late Albert Robida (1848-1926) attempted to predict what life would be like in decades composing the 20th Century. He envisioned women dueling over gossip columns, Italy transforming into a kind of "European Park"; and the continental United States dived into Chinese spheres in the west and Germanic spheres in the east. Part of the outstanding "Early Classics of Science Fiction" series from Wesleyan University Press, The Twentieth Century is translated into English by Philippe Willems and is enhanced with more than 300 original drawings by Robida. More than 120 years have passed since this remarkable novel's first appearance. What is perhaps most amazing of all is how much of Robida's social commentary is still relevant today. The Twentieth Century is highly recommended reading, especially for anyone who enjoys the kind of speculative and political science fiction commentaries that H.G. Wells and Jules Verne were so noted for.

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