Question Mark, The
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: British Library Publishing
Published: 18th Jul '19
In 1926 Muriel Jaeger set out to explore `The Question Mark’ of what a future society might look like if human nature were properly represented. The result is a pioneering science fiction novel and forerunner of the now-familiar genre of dystopia, in which the utopian society of the future is not the paradise it appears at first glance.
In 1926 Muriel Jaeger, dissatisfied with the Utopian visions of H G Wells and Edward Bellamy, set out to explore `The Question Mark’ of what a future society might look like if human nature were properly represented. So, disgruntled London office worker Guy Martin is pitched 200 years into the future, where he encounters a seemingly ideal society in which each citizen has the luxury of every kind of freedom. But as Guy adjusts to the new world, the fractures of this supposed Utopia begin to show through, and it seems as if the inhabitants of this society might be just as susceptible to the promises of false messiahs as those of the twentieth century. Preceding the publication of Huxley’s Brave New World by 5 years, The Question Mark is a significant cornerstone in the foundation of the Dystopia genre, and an impressive and unjustly neglected work of literary science fiction. This edition brings the novel back into print for the first time since its original publication.
|Dimensions||130 × 190 mm|