Looking Backward, 2000–1887

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A masterwork of science fiction that imagines the world not just how it could be, but how it should be

In Boston in the year 1887, Julian West is hypnotized and falls into a deep sleep. He awakens at the dawn of a new millennium in an America where war, crime, and inequality no longer exist. In this brave new world, goods are delivered in the blink of an eye, public kitchens ensure that no one goes hungry, and the retirement age is forty-five. It sounds too good to be true, but Julian soon learns that this socialist utopia is not the stuff of dreams—it is a carefully planned, wondrously liberating reality.
 
One of the bestselling American novels of the nineteenth century, Looking Backward launched a vibrant political movement and sparked an enormous amount of debate. Today it stands as an enduring testament to the power of imagination and the best of human nature.
 
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Edward Bellamy (1850–1898) was an American author best known for Looking Backward: 2000­–1887, a landmark of utopian science fiction that inspired a political movement and rivaled Uncle Tom’s Cabin as the bestselling American novel of the nineteenth century. 
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Aug 26, 2014
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Pages
144
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ISBN
9781497659742
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Language
English
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Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Science Fiction / Time Travel
Fiction / Visionary & Metaphysical
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