Acclaimed writer Edward Bellamy is best remembered for his utopian novel set in the year 2000, Looking Backward. His short story "The Blindman's World" spins an intriguing tale of an astronomer whose life changes forever when his powers of observation begin to fade.
This early novel from the author of the socialist utopian tale Looking Backwards is another classic of the nineteenth-century science fiction and fantasy genre. The 'process' in the book's title refers to a procedure that removes painful or unwanted memories and allows lovers who have been through difficult romantic entanglements to forget selected portions of the past and move forward. However, as is often the case with scientific breakthroughs,...
What if you were wrongfully accused of a crime, and your growing anxiety about the mix-up served only to make your accusers more certain of your guilt? That's the fate that befalls the unlucky protagonist of Edward Bellamy's Kafkaesque short story Two Days' Solitary Imprisonment, whose recurring dreams of being unjustly persecuted finally come to pass in real life.
In this charming tale from American author Edward Bellamy, a group of young friends strikes upon a novel idea for a get-together: they decide to pretend it is 50 years in the future and adopt clothing, behaviors, opinions and mannerisms reflecting what they predict their older selves will be like.
Though the Civil War short story An Echo of Antietam marks a notable departure from the utopian fantasy that helped author Edward Bellamy rise to literary acclaim, it highlights similar themes of community and solidarity. In the tale, a young man signs up to fight for the Union forces. Though he is initially ambivalent about this decision, he ultimately comes to appreciate the virtue of sacrificing oneself to a just cause.
In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, America remained very volatile. One outgrowth of this was Shays' Rebellion, an armed uprising in Massachusetts that pitted a group of dissatisfied residents against the nascent state authorities. It may seem like an unlikely backdrop for budding romance, but Edward Bellamy pulls it off with aplomb, balancing rich historical detail with tender emotions.
On a cross-country train trip, a pair of romantics find something in common in their shared appreciation of the vast desert landscape. During a brief pit stop, they set off on a quick jaunt to explore their surroundings—and find themselves left behind.
From the first time that John Lansing and Mary Hollister laid eyes on one another, they shared a special connection that seemed to transcend space and time. After their marriage, Lansing suddenly finds himself the subject of an intense manhunt and flees town. Will their strange link be able to survive his exile?
College student George Hunt is pretty sure that his girlfriend, Annie Gifford, is dead-set on marriage. Not yet ready to be tied down, George initiates a campaign to convince Annie that he is a wholly unsuitable match. Will his underhanded scheme drive her away?
One of the best-selling books of its era, Looking Backwards presents a science-fiction-influenced twist on standard political philosophy. In the novel, protagonist Julian West finds himself transported to twenty-first century America, which has become a socialist utopia. With all the talk in the media about socialism these days, Looking Backwards offers a fascinating glimpse into the origins of the socialist school of thought.
As the nineteenth century drew to a close and the twentieth century loomed ahead, many shifts were occurring in social modes and mores. American author Edward Bellamy perfectly encapsulates the tensions of that turbulent time in A Love Story Reversed, a charming tale in which a newly emboldened young woman elects to take the upper hand when it comes to cultivating a slowly blossoming romance.