Future Quartet. Earth in the Year 2042: A Four-Part Invention

TitleFuture Quartet. Earth in the Year 2042: A Four-Part Invention
Year for Search1994
AuthorsBova, Ben[jamin William](b. 1932), Pohl, Frederik [George] [Jr.](1919-2013), Pournelle, Jerry [Eugene](1933-2017), and Sheffield, Charles [A.](1935-2002)
Date Published1994
PublisherWilliam Morrow
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author, US author
Annotation

Dystopia but with some hope of improvement. A future world deeply divided between the rich and the poor but with positive change taking place.

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Author Note

Bova (b. 1932); Pohl (1919-2013); Pournelle (1933-2017); Sheffield (1935-2002) was born in England and moved to the U. S. in 1971. The others are U. S. authors.

Full Text

1994 Bova, Ben[jamin William] (b. 1932); Frederik [George] Pohl, [Jr.] (1919-2013); Jerry [Eugene] Pournelle (1933-2017); and Charles [A.] Sheffield (1935-2002). Future Quartet. Earth in the Year 2042: A Four-Part Invention. New York: William Morrow. A shared-future collection of eight paired stories, the first of which describes the future followed by a story set in that future: “2042: A Cautiously Pessimistic View” (5-22) by Bova, and “Thy Kingdom Come” (23-72) by Bova, originally published in Science Fiction Age 1.3 - 4 (March - May 1993): 42-49; 38-45; “A Visit to Belinda [Belgium plus India]” (73-82) and “What Dreams Remain” (83-153) by Pohl; “Report on Planet Earth: A fifty-year retrospective for 2042 A.D ” (155-67) and “The Price of Civilization” (169-212) by Sheffield; “Democracy in America in the Year 2042” (213-26) by Pournelle; and “Higher Education” (227-94) by Pournelle and Sheffield, which is rpt. rev. in How To Save the World. Ed. Charles Sheffield (New York: Tor, 1995), 275-346 and included in 1996 Pournelle and Sheffield. PSt

Dystopia but with some hope of improvement. A future world deeply divided between the rich and the poor but with positive change taking place. Bova, Pohl, and Pournelle are U. S. authors. Sheffield was born in England and lived in the U. S. from 1971.