"Looking Forward"

Title"Looking Forward"
Year for Search1892
AuthorsAndrew, J. O.
Secondary TitleBelford's Monthly and Democratic Review
Volume / Edition8.47
Pagination181-90
Date PublishedApril 1892
Annotation

Dystopian satire. An inventor creates an instrument for looking into the future on fifty years in the future Birmingham, Alabama is the national capital and Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) is President for life. Women have gained power and taken the vote away from men. Men stay at home and care for the children, but, over time, there are fewer children. The race problem has been eliminated through the ability to change skin color and straighten hair, thus eliminating all non-whites. Education is through technology, with knowledge passed electronically from the brain of the teacher to the brains of the pupils. Crime has been almost eliminated by having magistrates read everyone’s brain regularly, and the few crimes of passion are treated in hospitals. Almost all domestic chores like cooking and dish washing have been fully automated with food delivery by aircraft. The women mess up, the country is run down, and men take back power and women return to the home. But the men mess up as badly.

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1892 Andrew, J. O. “Looking Forward.” Belford’s Monthly and Democratic Review 8.47 (April 1892): 181-90.

Dystopian satire. An inventor creates an instrument for looking into the future on fifty years in the future Birmingham, Alabama is the national capital and Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) is President for life. Women have gained power and taken the vote away from men. Men stay at home and care for the children, but, over time, there are fewer children. The race problem has been eliminated through the ability to change skin color and straighten hair, thus eliminating all non-whites. Education is through technology, with knowledge passed electronically from the brain of the teacher to the brains of the pupils. Crime has been almost eliminated by having magistrates read everyone’s brain regularly, and the few crimes of passion are treated in hospitals. Almost all domestic chores like cooking and dish washing have been fully automated with food delivery by aircraft. The women mess up, the country is run down, and men take back power and women return to the home. But the men mess up as badly.