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Men Like Gods

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  555 ratings  ·  40 reviews
1923. English novelist, journalist, sociologist, and historian, famous for his works of science fiction, Wells's best-known books are The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War Of The Worlds. Wells's utopian tale of a land of men and women where they are bright and happy, healthy and long-lived and their appearance is likened explicitly to Greek deities. See other tit ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1923)
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D.L. Morrese
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel, set in 1921 and published in 1923 is in a subgenre you don’t see much now -- utopian science fiction. Yes, I did say ‘utopian.’ You may be more familiar with this subgenre’s ugly brother, dystopian science fiction. The latter has more shock value so it gets more attention, but I prefer the older, wiser sibling.

The essential difference between utopian and dystopian fiction that I see is their different perceptions of humanity. Although both begin with the premise that the human race h
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Angie
For some reason, this book is particularly difficult to locate. But it's definitely worth the effort. It's a marvelous treatment of the Utopian world. Now, I love Wells, and if you're on this page, I imagine you do also. Advice: Get the book! It will make you happier! All of your dreams will come true! Well, at least the first two will happen.
Yasser
«إن اليوتوبيا لم تقض على نظام الأسرة، بل جعلت الأسرة هي العالم بأسره».

مجموعة من الأرضيين على كوكب جديد، كوكب يوتوبي وصل سكانه إلى ذروة التقدم.. لا توجد حروب، لا توجد أمراض. كل شيء في مكانه الصحيح.. التعليم مثالي، الصحة مثالية، النظام الاقتصادي (الاشتراكي) مثالي. الوضع الاجتماعي مثالي.
وبشكل تلقائي يضع الأرضيون مقارنات بين عالمهم الأرضي وعالم اليوتوبيا. ومن هنا يبدأ ويلز ما أراد أن يقوله حقًا.
في خلال أحداث الرواية يضع ويلز نصائحه التي يرى أن العالم سيكون أكثر مثالية لو طُبقت، نصائح للتعليم، والاقت
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John
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This 1923 H.G. Wells novel is as much a tract in defense of socialist ideals as it is a work of science fiction. This is not his only work in which socialism is posited as a path to utopia, but if Wells seems overly zealous, unabashed, and, from our perspective, naive, we should probably cut him some slack. Even ignoring Wells' humanistic motives, when this novel was written, the cautionary example of the Soviets was still inconclusive; the "good guys" had won The War; and the ascendency of a Hi ...more
Khitab Khan
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I have read something this enlightening. The book should be required reading for everyone on this planet.

I can understand how someone can be put off my the socialist rhetoric of the book but one must delve deeper into the mans thought process. Socialist movement did not work because there are finite resources. Once the conundrum of abundant clean renewable energy is resolved, resources will not be a problem and hence competition for the sake of resource hording/gatheri
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Ahmed Salem
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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قليلة هي الكتب التي تثير في نفسك التساؤلات

الرواية من حيث التفاصيل و الشخصيات بسيطة للغاية و ليس فيها شيء مميز

لكن كما أسلفت، ان روعتها هي في التساؤلات و التفكير الذي سوف يستغرقك في تخيل شكل مستقبل الانسانية

هل من حق الانسان القضاء على سلالات الذباب لمجرد انه ليس له اي فائدة تذكر (اللهم الا نقل الميكروبات و الأمراض) ؟ التطور العلمي يجب أن يكون مشتمل على فلسفة و أخلاقيات

ويلز سبق عصره في التلميح الى نظام اجتماعي جديد غير تحكم العملة و النقود. نظام يبشر بعدالة مطلقة من حيث توزيع الموارد بالتساوي على ا
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AbdEl-Rahman
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ويلز هو واحد من رواد أدب الخيال العلمي ومن أهم الكتاب اللي تخصصوا في نوع الأدب المستقبلي سواء كان في The War of the Worlds \Time Machine \ The Sleeper Awakes \......
في هذا العمل يحكي ويلز عن أحد الأشخاص (المطحونين) الذين فقط يعلمون الطاعة العمياء لرئيسهم في العمل من أجل بعض المال فقط لا غير ،ثم بعد ذلك يدحل في عالم آخر بطريقة ما مع عشر أشخاص آخرون الي "اليوتوبيا" أو المدينة الفاضلة والتي كانت متقدمه عن الأرض بعشرة الاف سنه ،ويحاول بعد ذلك الارضيون (كما سماهم ويلز) في احتلال ذلك العالم تحت شعار م
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Betawolf
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

In a sense, _Men Like Gods_ can be viewed almost as a sequel to _In the Days of the Comet_. While the narrative isn't a continuation, Wells returns to the themes laid out in the earlier novel, using the device of modern men being flung across dimensions to a more advanced utopian world as a way to reveal and rebut various challenges to the vision of society he aims for. While he still failed to convince me, this time he certainly managed to hold my interest.

In this new presentation, Wells shuns
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بسام عبد العزيز
هذه ليست في شهرة أول رجال علي سطح القمر و حرب العوالم .. و لكن عند قرائتها تكتشف انها واحد من أفضل ما كتب ويلز إن لم يكن من أفضل الروايات في تاريخ الأدب ككل..
مجموعة من البشر بسبب حادثة ما نجدهم ينتقلون إلي عالم آخر.. عالم يوتوبي فيه البشر قد وصلوا لقمة التقدم.. حيث لا مرض ولا فقر و لا حرب.. ببساطة هي رؤية ويلز لما يجب أن يكون عليه العالم
الرواية لا تعتمد علي الإسلوب السردي و الحبكة الدرامية للروايات التقليدية.. و لكنها تعتمد أكثر علي المونولوج الدائر في عقل بطل الرواية الأرضي الذي ينبهر بهذا العا
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fathi esam
بشر كالارباب للكاتب الانجليزى ه.ج.ويلز. ..

إذا كنت من محبى الفلسفة ولكن تعتقد أنها معقدة أكثر من قدراتك كقارئ فأنا ارشح لك هذة الرواية كمجرد تعريف عن مبادئ يوتوبيا أفلاطون ولكن هل يكفي خيال ه. ج. ويلز صاحب الخيال الواسع وكاتب رواية آلة الزمن و حرب العوالم أن يجمع فى عمل واحد بين الخيال والفلسفة. ...

للمرة الثانية فى الأعمال الأدبية الفلسفية بعد رائعة سارماجو (الكهف ) نحن أمام تجربة مشابهة هنا ولكن بخيال أعلى. ..بارنستابل رجل انجليزى تقليدى يقرر أن يأخذ إجازة من حياته المملة التقليدية فيقرر أن يبتع
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Ahmed Salem
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
قليلة هي الكتب التي تثير في نفسك التساؤلات

الرواية من حيث التفاصيل و الشخصيات بسيطة للغاية و ليس فيها شيء مميز

لكن كما أسلفت، ان روعتها هي في التساؤلات و التفكير الذي سوف يستغرقك في تخيل شكل مستقبل الانسانية

هل من حق الانسان القضاء على سلالات الذباب لمجرد انه ليس له اي فائدة تذكر (اللهم الا نقل الميكروبات و الأمراض) ؟ التطور العلمي يجب أن يكون مشتمل على فلسفة و أخلاقيات

ويلز سبق عصره في التلميح الى نظام اجتماعي جديد غير تحكم العملة و النقود. نظام يبشر بعدالة مطلقة من حيث توزيع الموارد بالتساوي على ا
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Alfred Baudisch
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I have read, watched and played (video games) dozens of Dystopian fictions. As far as I remember, this was my first Utopian fiction and I can say I am amazed and wishing more, for the world that I want to live is now Utopia.

PS: the Kindle version that I read is in a very archaic English, which made the reading and story even more delightful.

A glimpse of how Utopia was achieved:
"Every Utopian child is taught to the full measure of its possibilities and directed to the work that is indicated by it
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Sohail
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent ideas that are far ahead of the time of writing the book, but the style of writing is lacking. Now I understand what Henry James meant when he said that he would have liked to rewrite some of Wells's novels.
By proclaiming the ideas to be excellent, I do not mean that I agree with all of them. They are novel ideas, but I find some of them quite difficult to accept, and some others very repulsing (the author's attitude towards the natural environment was revolting, for example).
Andrii Kuzmin
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Це перша книга, яку я згадую, коли хтось просить порадити щось почитати. Дивно, що вона не так розпіарена та поширена серед читачів як "1984", хоча написана на високому рівні і є діаметральною протилежністю антиутопії створеної Орвелом. Ти віриш у реальність написаного та з головою поринаєш у цей світ. Дуже раджу!
Nadezhda Vadko
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For those who likes or want to read about Utopia, it is a very good choice. I like to read fiction but this book I was reading not because of fiction ideas. I would love to have it in school and be able to discuss it back that days. Can definitely recommend - this Utopia story.
Mike
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Visionary work!

This book, written in the 20s could have been written in and for the current political climate in most modern countries that make up western civilization. Beautifully written, however it does seem to fetishize socialism at times.
Awehla
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was interesting but ended rather abruptly.
Kyle
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a bad book, per se, I just have a hard time with Wells. The story is brilliant, but his writing style makes it hard to stay involved in.
Linda
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The problem with utopian litterature is that even though Wells do his best to write a stories it turns out as a series of lectures on how awsome everything is.
Konrad Urbański
Prawie sto lat temu Herbert Wells postanowił zabrać czytelników do „nowego wspaniałego świata” – do Utopii, czyli Ziemi A.D. 4921 (data raczej fantastyczna, można podstawić dowolną kombinację cyfr). Oto pan Barnstaple, prosty dziennikarz, podczas wakacyjnej podróży samochodem trafia, wraz z grupką kilku przypadkowych Ziemian, do alternatywnej rzeczywistości, w gruncie rzeczy niewiele oddalonej od naszego świata.

Nie ma komarów, pokrzyw, chorób, wojen, parlamentów, granic, wszyscy „obywatele” (bo
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Rupert Owen
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fine novel presenting a mirrored view of humanity through the reflection of an ideal world. In this book Wells pits his earthly characters as infectious agents in an advanced civilisation that has itself progressed beyond what they refer to as 'The Age of Confusion", this age of confusion is a reference to earthly politics, social moors, sex, religion, education, industrialisation, and capitalism, to name a few of the more discussed references in the novel. In my opinion this world presented b ...more
Scott
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book. Towards the end of his career, Wells write this book, in which he outlined his vision of Utopia. You follow an Englishman as he and 8 other Europeans are accidentally sucked into an alternate dimension in which the inhabitants are humans who are roughly 3,000 years ahead of our times. Wells uses the protagonist, Barnstaple, to project his dream of a future in which people have moved beyond what he considered the senseless preoccupations of our day: economic and military competi ...more
حاتم عاشور
دائماً ما يحلم الناس بالكمال والحياة الطوباية الخالية من الشوائب .. بمقارنة على شكل رواية بين العالم البشري والعالم اليوتوبي ينتقل بها مجموعة من البشر عن طريق الصدفة إلى عالم موازي من اليوتوبيا.

يحاول الكاتب أن يطرح جمال اليوتوبيا بخلوها من الغرائز البشرية التي تخرجه عنه طوره والتي تجعله في صراع مستمر وركض نحو لقمة الحياة وحاجاته.

في ذلك العالم الذي يبدو متقدماً جداً لخلوه من الأمراض والاتجاه نحو تحسين النسل وعيش الأفضل .. يبدو ضعيفاً جداً نحو المقاومة والسعي نحو العيش والحياة.

في لمسة وإشارة إلى
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Lauren
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was iffy about this at the beginning but I ended up really appreciating the story of a man thrust into a Utopian future. Ultimately, I think it was about the despair Wells felt at the end of WWI when whatever hopes he had for the future were disappointed. And yet, it is filled with his optimism and determination that education and science could create a perfect society. Goofy and profound, in its way.
Dave T
Feb 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm always a sucker for a utopian book, and I felt this one was a pretty good one but didn't really stand out from the crowd.

On the plus point the writing was very often humourus, the main character (Mr. Barnstaple) was incredibly likeable and the utopia was illustrated with such colour and detail, I felt too much focus on the politics of the 1920's (time it was wrote) kept me tuning out of a other wise wonderful storyline.

Steve TK
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
As early SF, it may be Wells's best contribution. Like many Utopias, though, it rather turns on whether you accept the socialist proposal that social ills can be cured by the judicious application of the findings of psychiatry, that a refusal to conform is a pathology to be cured. At one point, one of the Utopians explains that the mind doctor takes the place of the policeman. "I should prefer the policeman," responds one of the characters.

And so should I.
Rob Hemsley
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, unravelling the joys of a successfully socialist world. Combining an engaging plot with thought provoking questions about a Marxist utopia. Interesting to read after reading Brave New World. Indeed, Huxley's response is the more realist perspective on Wells' vision of utopian happiness. First H. G. Wells book read, and will sure read many more.
Roman Alifanov
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Men Like Gods is a great piece of literature, it reflects the brutal reality of human nature, and leaves hope for a brighter future of mankind, the story is told through an exciting science-fiction tale that will leave you astonished.

I really enjoyed the book and could relate myself to the protagonist, much recommended!
Lucie P
Oct 17, 2009 rated it liked it
A very utopic Utopia. This book is not particularly fast paced or action packed, but the descriptions of the state of society in Utopia and their contrast to the way things are on Earth were intriguing. Funny how over 80 years from the time the book was written, Earth is no closer to Utopia than it was in 1923...
Sherri
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wells was a true visionary. "The transmission is wireless" ! 1922? Yes, Mr. Wells, the transmission IS wireless! This novel resonates in so many ways today. Though Wells' idea of Utopia continues to be light-years away....perhaps happening elsewhere in another dimension of the Universe?
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H. G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government scho ...more
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