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In the Year 2889 by Jules Verne
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Mar 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: march-2012-reads
Recommended for: Science Fiction, Futuristic, Dystopian
Read from March 24 to 25, 2012 , read count: 1

An enterprising view of the far future composed in 1889, this short essay is said to have been the product of Jules Verne, the famous author of futuristic fiction, but is more likely to have been written by his son Michel Verne. It is interesting now, 123 years after publication, to consider what the Vernes, pere et fils, viewed for 1000 years into the future.

One fine example is a newspaper, published for thirty generations, in America, which is transmitted daily to subscribers in spoken or recorded format. Too, the U. S. now has 100 states, and a new capital, Centropolis; but it still possesses billionaires, men of centralized power.

Rather surprising today when humans live into the 80’s and 90’s, and some even surpass 100, is the Verne’s supposition that in one thousand years, the lifespan will have increased only from an average of 37 to an average of 52! Less surprisingly is mankind’s colonization of several other planets in our solar system.

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