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In the Year 2889   By: (1861-1925)

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In the Year 2889 by Michel Verne is a captivating science fiction novel set in a futuristic world where technology has advanced significantly. The story takes place in New York City and delves into the lives of various characters who navigate the complexities of this transformed society.

One of the most notable aspects of this novel is Verne's vivid imagination and his ability to create a world that feels both realistic and highly imaginative. The futuristic setting is exceptionally well-developed, with detailed descriptions of advanced technologies, transportation systems, and architectural marvels. Verne's vision of the future is believable and thought-provoking, making it easy for readers to immerse themselves in this futuristic world.

The narrative is fast-paced, filled with thrilling adventures and unexpected twists. Verne masterfully intertwines multiple storylines, seamlessly shifting between different perspectives, which keeps the reader engaged and eager to uncover what happens next. Each character has a unique voice and contributes to the overall narrative in an essential way, adding depth to the plot.

Furthermore, Verne's exploration of human nature and the societal implications of technological progress is thought-provoking and resonates with contemporary concerns. The novel presents a cautionary tale about the potential consequences of unchecked technology, highlighting the need for ethical considerations and responsible decision-making in the pursuit of scientific advancement.

While Verne's storytelling and world-building are commendable, the novel does have its flaws. Some readers may find the pacing to be uneven at times, with certain sections dragging on while others unravel too quickly. Additionally, certain plot elements feel predictable, reducing the impact of certain revelations.

In conclusion, In the Year 2889 is an engaging and imaginative science fiction novel that transports readers to a future world filled with technological wonders and moral quandaries. Michel Verne's ability to create a believable and detailed future setting, coupled with his exploration of human nature in the face of technological progress, make this novel a worthwhile read for fans of the genre. Despite a few shortcomings, Verne delivers an entertaining narrative that will leave readers contemplating our own path towards the future.

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[Redactor's note: In the Year 2889 was first published in the Forum , February, 1889; p. 262. It was published in France the next year. Although published under the name of Jules Verne, it is now believed to be chiefly if not entirely the work of Jules' son, Michel Verne. In any event, many of the topics in the article echo Verne's ideas.]


Little though they seem to think of it, the people of this twenty ninth century live continually in fairyland. Surfeited as they are with marvels, they are indifferent in presence of each new marvel. To them all seems natural. Could they but duly appreciate the refinements of civilization in our day; could they but compare the present with the past, and so better comprehend the advance we have made! How much fairer they would find our modern towns, with populations amounting sometimes to 10,000,000 souls; their streets 300 feet wide, their houses 1000 feet in height; with a temperature the same in all seasons; with their lines of aƫrial locomotion crossing the sky in every direction! If they would but picture to themselves the state of things that once existed, when through muddy streets rumbling boxes on wheels, drawn by horses yes, by horses! were the only means of conveyance. Think of the railroads of the olden time, and you will be able to appreciate the pneumatic tubes through which to day one travels at the rate of 1000 miles an hour... Continue reading book >>

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