EREWHON, by Samuel Butler
MOVING THE MOUNTAIN, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
HERLAND, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
EQUALITY, by Edward Bellamy
CAESAR’S COLUMN, by Ignatius Donnelly
THE REPUBLIC OF THE FUTURE, by Anna Bowman Dodd
A CRYSTAL AGE, by W. H. Hudson
A TRAVELER FROM ALTRURIA, by W. D. Howells
FREELAND: A SOCIAL ANTICIPATION, by Dr. Theodor Hertzka
MIZORA: A PROPHECY, by Mary E. Bradley Lane
SOLARIS FARM, by Milan C. Edson
LOOKING BACKWARD, by Edward Bellamy
SOME PICTURES OF A SOCIALIST FUTURE, by Eugene Richter
UTOPIA, by Thomas More
THE COMMONWEALTH OF OCEANA, by James Harrington
THE NEW ATLANTIS, by Sir Francis Bacon
THE BLAZING WORLD, by Margaret Cavendish
CHRISTIANOPOLIS, by Johannes Valentinus Andreae
THE CITY OF THE SUN, by Tommaso Campanella
If you enjoy this book, search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see the 150+ entries in the MEGAPACKTM ebook series, covering science fiction, fantasy, horror, mysteries, westerns, classics, adventure stories, and much, much more!
The greater part of the book consists of a description of Erewhon. The nature of this nation is intended to be ambiguous. At first glance, Erewhon appears to be a Utopia, yet it soon becomes clear that this is far from the case. Yet for all the failings of Erewhon, it is also clearly not a dystopia, such as that depicted in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. As a satirical utopia, Erewhon has sometimes been compared to Gulliver's Travels (1726), a classic novel by Jonathan Swift; the image of Utopia in this latter case also bears strong parallels with the self-view of the British Empire at the time. It can also be compared to William Morris' novel News from Nowhere.
Erewhon satirizes various aspects of Victorian society, including criminal punishment, religion and anthropocentrism. For example, according to Erewhonian law, offenders are treated as if they were ill whilst ill people are looked upon as criminals. Another feature of Erewhon is the absence of machines; this is due to the widely shared perception by the Erewhonians that they are potentially dangerous. This last aspect of Erewhon reveals the influence of Charles Darwin's evolution theory.