UNDERGROUND MAN ... Translated by Cloudesley Brereton ... With a Preface by H. G. Wells. London: Duckworth & Co., 1905. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-iv] v [vi] vii [viii] 1-198 [note: first leaf is a blank], original maroon cloth, front panel stamped in gold and ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, publisher's device stamped in blind on rear panel. First edition in English. Translation of FRAGMENT D'HISTOIRE FUTURE (1904). Catastrophe novel set in the future. The sun is cooling and humanity moves underground to survive, creating a new world and a new society. The novel "depicts first a world society on the surface of the earth, then, with the exhaustion of the sun's energy, a sanitary underground utopia. The author seems to evince satirical doubts about the value of the latter as a model for human conduct." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1201. "Worth reading, especially for the fluent, well-imagined ideal society of the thirty-first century." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2156. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 1-90 and (2004) II-1120. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 746. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 31. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 187. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 211. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1087. Bleiler (1978), p. 191. Reginald 13988. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, spine panel a trifle faded, a very good copy. Scarce. (#147607).
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