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The Mummy!: A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century

(The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century)

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  24 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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Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
At points, it was laugh-out-loud funny. Of course, the best part of any old sci-fi is the attempt at predicting scientific advances. Her world has some doozies. Perpetual motion machines run glass dust fountains to wear on your head. International balloon travel is available for the English. There is a tunnel under the ocean. Of course, it was beyond her power to see some of our advancements such as indoor plumbing, modern weapons, and our lack of mob caps.
You could really call this book polit
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
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A seventeen year old author publishes a book and it's a best seller? An unlikely story, but it happened in 1827 to Jane Webb. And what a fabulous piece of junk it is! Set in 21st century England, the story includes flight by rubber balloon, asbestos capes and women wearing trousers, hovercraft that go at the thrilling speed of 15mph (hold on to your hats, ladies), airmail sent by cannon and a galvanized mummy who crash lands in England and helps stop some villainous plots in high society. Like a ...more
Ellana Thornton-Wheybrew
This book is ridiculously brilliant.

Written by a woman when the last female monarch was three centuries before she was born, this book is both somehow a Gothic horror and a romantic comedy in one.

King Cheops, the mummy himself, is wise and articulate, and rather terrifying. All of the characters are fully fleshed out with their own plots... and if you want to attempt to convince me that Lords Noodle and Doodle were not dating, feel free, but I'm not sure you could come up with an argument strong
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More interesting in premise than in execution, this book would have greatly benefited from an editor.
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
Dunya Al-Mishqab
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
Dec 05, 2017 added it
Shelves: gave-up
Got through the Nancy Pearl minimum and found it quite typically 19th century long winded. I don't have the patience for that sort of writing at this time.
Ross Anderson
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know how in the year 2126, all Englishmen are universal linguists? Oh, you weren't aware that the ground under the streets of London are so thoroughly excavated and somehow buoyant to make way for sewers that people harmlessly bounce on them when falling from hot air balloons? And that's another cool feature--Montgolfier balloons are the express form of travel. Streets have pipes of hot air in them, so they are consistently warm. Asbestos outfits—what a high-tech, great idea! Little balls of ...more
Nancy Lewis
So. Edric and his physician friend fly in a balloon to Egypt in the year 2126 (300 years into the future for Jane Webb), to reanimate The Mummy!

But the story soon develops into a romance involving dukes and friars, secrets and society - and we forget all about that silly mummy - until the author needs a plot device. Then he's lurking around in the bushes.

Webb does occasionally try to include some sci-fi elements in her story, but it's as if she was furiously writing about who loved whom and wh
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was a lot different than i thought it was going to be - i thought it would be a traveller type story, but instead it feels like parts of frankenstein, jane austen and the historical romances of walter scott thrown together in a blender. most of the insane worldbuilding and ridiculous future tech is confined to the first volume, and while this isn't a "good" novel by any means, its certainly a lot of fun and very entertaining. it almost reads like fanfiction how a lot of the characters find ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rather wonderful piece of classic science fiction. Not at all what I would expect from something so early, if it was published today would be seen as a great steampunk political thriller, where the resurrected Cheops gets involved in the factions around the possible new queens of England in the 22nd Century.
Well worth checking out.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This ended up being quite a page turner. It lagged a bit in the middle when the Mummy first started talking so much but has a lot of great action and humor.
Ernest Hogan
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The origin of modern satirical science fiction.
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the radical Victorian proto-feminism I was expecting, nor did the plot make a lot of sense. Also, monarchies are dumb.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been meaning to read this for a long time and it didn’t disappoint.
Written in 1828 it is in some ways dated but it’s such a good story, beautifully written, and it reads rather like a play.
I truly lost myself in the pages and I will definitely read it again.
I heartily recommend it as an interesting read, and I only wish it didn’t seem to be so overlooked by today’s readers.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-for-me, reviews
I read to 3% and there was only discussion of history and politics. Nothing interesting, science fiction related or involving a mummy. The book was set way in the future, but nothing futuristic was mentioned.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Not sure why this edition was abridged.
Spencer Iascone
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Karen Macdonald
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What happens when an Egyptian pharaoh is "galvanized" back to life in the 22nd century, as imagined by a young girl writing in the 19th century? An obvious response to "Frankenstein," but also funny, political, and admirably creative when imagining the future in a post-democratic England; "The Mummy!" can stand on its own merit.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
As clever, interesting, and unusual as “The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century†was, it was a very slow read for me for the most part. True, there were sections where the action moved along quickly, but much of it had the feel of a camel trud
Andrew (M)
It may be historical important, but this is one crappy novel.
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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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