A Short History of the Future

TitleA Short History of the Future
Year for Search1989
AuthorsWagar, W[alter] Warren(1932-2004)
Tertiary AuthorsWagar, W. Warren
Paginationxiv + 323 pp.
Date Published1989
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
Place PublishedChicago, IL
ISBN Number0226869016 0226869024 0226869032
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

A future history divided into three parts. In the first, current major trends are followed to one logical conclusion. In the second, a eutopian socialist, world state is developed. In the third, a small, decentralized utopia is envisioned. See also the author’s 1971 Building the City of Man Future and 1991 The Next Three Futures.

Additional Publishers

2nd ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1992, with a “Foreword to the Second Edition” (ix-x) indicating that substantial parts of three chapters had been rewritten, an “Afterword” by Immanuel Wallerstein (295-96), a genealogy of two families (298), and a chronology (299-305). xvi + 324 pp. 3rd ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1999 has illustrations, the “Afterword” by Immanuel Wallerstein, the genealogy of two families, and the chronology. xviii + 324 pp.

Author Note

The author (1932-2004) was Professor of History at Binghamton University. He was a specialist on H. G. Wells and also published science fiction stories, some of which were utopian; see his 1986 “The Day of No-Judgement”; 1987 “The Night of No Joy”; 1988 “The Time of No Troubles”; and 1993 “Goodfood.”

Full Text

1989 Wagar, W[alter] Warren (1932-2004). A Short History of the Future. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, with an “Afterword” by Immanuel Wallerstein (295-96), a genealogy of two families (297), and a chronology (299-305). xiv + 323 pp. 2nd ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1992, with a “Foreword to the Second Edition” (ix-x) indicating that substantial parts of three chapters had been rewritten, an “Afterword” by Immanuel Wallerstein (295-96), a genealogy of two families (298), and a chronology (299-305). xvi + 324 pp. 3rd ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1999 has illustrations, the “Afterword” by Immanuel Wallerstein, the genealogy of two families, and the chronology. xviii + 324 pp.

A future history divided into three parts. In the first, current major trends are followed to one logical conclusion. In the second, a eutopian socialist, world state is developed. In the third, a small, decentralized utopia is envisioned. See also the author’s 1971 Building the City of Man Future and 1991 The Next Three Futures. The author was Professor of History at Binghamton University. He was a specialist on H. G. Wells and also published science fiction stories, some of which were utopian; see his 1986 “The Day of No-Judgement”; 1987 “The Night of No Joy”; 1988 “The Time of No Troubles”; and 1993 “Goodfood.”