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The Mummy!: A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-second Century #1)

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Long-awaited reprint of a rare nineteenth-century science fiction novel with a feminist perspective.
Paperback, 299 pages
Published February 15th 1995 by University of Michigan Press (first published 1827)
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Genia Lukin
A rather odd little book about a Mad Scientist (sort of) who revives, at the start of the 22nd century, an ancient Egyptian mummy.

This book was written as an obvious reaction to Frankenstein, but, frankly, is quite a bit its inferior, though it chooses to portray the revived object in a benign - even heroic - light.

Despite the fact that many essayists point to Loudon as different from the run of the mill sci-fi and speculative authors of her day, because she chose to portray sweeping changes in
"The ancient Egyptians you know, believed the souls of their mummies were chained to them in a torpid state till the final day of judgment, and supposing this hypotheses to be correct, there is every reason to imagine that by employing so powerful an agent as galvanism, re-animation may be produced."

The Mummy - A Tale Of The Twentieth Century, published in 1827, and written by a twenty year old woman, Jane Webb Louden. It was the first mummy book. The curse of the mummy premise is a purely Victo
Dunya Al-Mishqab
The introductory was plain and very offensive to Egyptians. Picturing the people of Egypt as ignorant, Goth-like race of shepherds was undermining and insulting. They weren't the ones who imagined structuring the pyramids but they were those God-playing Greek immigrants, true. But they are pure Egyptians' bare hands that built them and whom happens to be those Arabs' ancestors.
Though, I very much liked the idea of a certain advanced knowledge being buried for thousands of years inside the pyrami
My expectations for this book were high. I had hoped for a marvel of Victorian imagination like Verne's 'Paris in the 20th Century,' but aside from a few small asides, the "sci-fi" in this book was as thin as wallpaper pasted on a very different story. The circumstances surrounding this book and Jane Loudon are interesting for the enthusiast of Victorian architecture history, but the book itself starts out promisingly and rapidly dwindles into a second-rate drama. It takes a fantastic premise an ...more
Spencer Iascone

A very interesting tale. It is intriguing how much this story has changed over the years; though, I must say it does provide a wonderful scaffolding to build upon: the weasely town official; the arrogant and uninformed scholar/intelectual; the cautious and questioning pupil; the superstitious local; and the creature that can be sympathized with.
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Jane C. Webb Loudon (August 19, 1807-July 13, 1858) was an English author and early pioneer of science fiction. She wrote before the term was invented, and was discussed for a century as if she wrote Gothic fiction or fantasy or horror. She also created the first popular gardening manuals, as opposed to specialist horticultural works, and contributed to the work of her husband, John Claudius Loudo ...more
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