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The Pattern of Expectation 1644-2001

I. F. Clarke

BCA, 1979
hb, dj, 344pp

light shelf wear, light foxing / page tanning

"Discussion of the future is a working tool for some and a plaything of the imagination for others. In this remarkable book - the result of twenty-five years of research - Professor Clark traces the evolving pattern of prediction. He shows how the factors making for change in a society - political, social, technological, philosophical - decide the pattern of expectation from generation to generation.
" Professor Clarke discusses the many factors that have worked together to make the story of the future a dominant form of fiction - written for every kind of purpose, from the prophetic visions of H. G. Wells and the admonitory projections of Huxley and Orwell to the delightful entertainments of the science fiction writers. Stories of the future provided a way of imagining, describing and plying with the new-found potential of the applied sciences.
"In this fascinating survey the reader will be able to trace the pattern of expectation over the past three centuries and gauge the course of prediction in the future."

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