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The Air Trust   By: (1877-1936)

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In George Allan England's "The Air Trust," readers are taken on a thrilling journey into a dystopian future, where corporations hold absolute power and control over all the air supply. Set in a time when air pollution has become a critical issue, England masterfully weaves together elements of science fiction and social critique to create a thought-provoking narrative that stays with you long after you've finished reading.

The story unfolds in a world where the Air Trust, a conglomerate of powerful businesses, monopolizes the production and distribution of healthy air, resulting in a stark division between the wealthy elites who can access clean air and the impoverished masses who have to breathe in toxic pollutants. England expertly depicts this stark contrast through vivid descriptions of the deteriorating urban environments and the struggles faced by those trapped in the polluted areas.

Amidst this bleak scenario, we follow the protagonist, Alan Lawton, an idealistic young doctor who becomes disillusioned with the Air Trust's oppressive regime. As Alan begins to question the injustice of the situation, he embarks on a mission to expose the corrupt practices of the Air Trust and fight for a more equitable distribution of clean air.

England's character development is exceptional, as he fully immerses readers in Alan's emotional journey. From his initial encounters with the harrowing consequences of air pollution to his gradual transformation into a passionate revolutionary, Alan's growth is both believable and inspiring. The author skillfully portrays the internal conflicts that arise within him as he wrestles with ethical dilemmas, torn between personal safety and the greater good.

One of the book's strengths lies in its thought-provoking themes and social commentary. England skillfully addresses issues of corporate greed, environmental degradation, and societal inequality, shining a light on the potential consequences of unchecked capitalism and the dangers of commodifying essential resources such as clean air. His message stands out as a powerful warning against the consequences of prioritizing profit over the well-being of humanity.

Additionally, the pacing and suspense in "The Air Trust" are top-notch, keeping readers engaged from start to finish. The author expertly balances action-packed sequences with introspective moments, providing ample room for reflection on the broader societal implications of the story's events.

If there's one aspect that could have been further explored, it would be the secondary characters. Although the supporting cast has their moments, their development feels somewhat limited, and their impact on the overall narrative could have been more pronounced. However, this minor flaw does not detract from the powerful and compelling nature of the story as a whole.

In conclusion, George Allan England's "The Air Trust" is a captivating novel that seamlessly blends dystopian fiction with social commentary. With its well-drawn characters, engaging plot, and relevant themes, this book serves as a cautionary tale about the potential consequences of unchecked corporate power and environmental degradation. "The Air Trust" is a must-read for fans of thought-provoking science fiction, offering an unforgettable exploration of a future that feels eerily close to reality.

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[Illustration: "Visions!" She said softly, "Do you behold them too?"]


By George Allan England

Author of "Darkness and Dawn," "Beyond the Great Oblivion," "The Afterglow," etc., etc.

Illustrations by John Sloan



"Comrade 'Gene,"

Lover of All Mankind and Apostle of the World's Emancipation,

I dedicate THIS BOOK


This book is the result of an attempt to carry the monopolistic principle to its logical conclusion. For many years I have entertained the idea that if a monopoly be right in oil, coal, beef, steel or what not, it would also be right in larger ways involving, for example, the use of the ocean and the air itself. I believe that, had capitalists been able to bring the seas and the atmosphere under physical control, they would long ago have monopolized them. Capitalism has not refrained from laying its hand on these things through any sense of decency, but merely because the task has hitherto proved impossible.

Granting, then, the premise that some process might be discovered whereby the air supply of the world could be controlled, the Air Trust logically follows. I have endeavored to show how such a Trust would inevitably lead to the utter enslavement of the human race, unless overthrown by the only means then possible, i... Continue reading book >>

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