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In the Year 2889
by Jules Verne
by Jules Verne
Mar 16, 11
Read in March, 2011
This was an interesting, and quick, read. We all know Jules Verne had a knack for coming up with futuristic concepts and items that ultimately became close to reality (atomic submarines and manned expeditions to the moon, to name a couple). In this novel (or novella, maybe?), he describes a day in the life of a newspaper editor in 2889. Some pretty cool concepts were put across, such as subscribing to news feeds, which are delivered directly to the recipient via telephonic devices and telephote, which delivers pictures as well as sound, sky advertising able to be read by entire continents (God forbid!), and a worldwide interconnection of travel that allows convenient visiting of anywhere on Earth, or teleconferencing a meal with a loved one. There was even an attempt at cryogenics (human hibernation), which did not work especially well. Pretty heady stuff for the time. Not Earth shattering or even truly amazing advances in this day of common computerized devices and technological hand holding, but to the time it must have sounded like the Jetsons or something do to us today. Overall, I would rate this book much less than 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (one of my faves), but quite interesting and worth a read.
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