MEDA: A TALE OF THE FUTURE. London: H. F. Mitchell, 1892. Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-325 [326: printer's monogram] [327-328: blank] [note: final leaf is a blank], original dark green bevel-edged cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, dark green coated endpapers. First trade edition. Preceded by a privately published edition printed by Aird & Coghill in Glasgow in 1891. Utopian novel, written in 1888, set in the far future. By AD 5575 man has evolved mentally and physically into a highly advanced race which is nourished by electrical currents in the air and controls electricity and magnetism by power of will. Antigravity machines are used for flight and criminals sentenced to death are imprisoned in vehicles which are set adrift in space. Although the events recounted turn out to have been a dream, Folingsby's story "remains of interest for the imaginative scope of the AD 5575 depicted, in which large-headed brainy 'Scotonians' are fed by ambient electricity, possess antigravity, and represent the end of a long (and detailed) world-history, including a comet holocaust." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 436. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 798. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 16. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 85. Locke, Voyages in Space 77. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 362. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 90. Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 44. Bleiler (1978), p. 75. Reginald 05500. Old lending library label affixed to front paste-down (the library was part of The Greater World Association, evidently some reformist or utopian organization), faint remnant of a sticker on spine panel, slight spine lean, a bright, very good copy, A scarce book. (#149620).
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