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ISBN-10: 1355580382

ISBN-13: 9781355580386

ISBN-10: 1521433836

ISBN-13: 9781521433836

A speculative novelette predicting a few adjustments on this planet two hundred years into the longer term from the yr 1871, written via a famous Dutch scientist, initially released within the Dutch language, the writer hiding himself at the back of the pen identify of "Dr. Dioscorides".

The tale starts because the narrator settles into his cozy chair and ponders the predictions made by means of Roger Bacon, the 13th-century student, that truly got here real by way of the nineteenth century: telescopes, self-propelled cars, bridges throughout spans with out intermediate helps, units to navigate with no navigators, ships that may be managed through a unmarried guy at nice speeds. As he dozes, he unexpectedly turns into alert and sees that he's within the 12 months 2071 through the date on a clock tower. A noble outdated guy appears to be like ahead of him, whom he acknowledges as Roger Bacon, with a tender woman named leave out Phantasia. He learns from them that he's within the urban of Londinia, a megalopolis previously London, England. they offer him a travel of Londinia after which they take him on a flight over Europe and onward to New Holland (Australia) by way of airship, explaining the hot applied sciences and alterations within the world.

Some of the predictions: domed air-conditioned towns, megalopolis towns, finish of conflict as a result of expense, electro-magnetic gadget to manage course of airship commute, common time for digital transactions worldwide, electrical cars powered via batteries, submergence of North Holland lower than the ocean, decline of colonization, the age of aluminum, and more.

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