If this seems like a pretty half-assed placeholder, well, yeah. And I can’t even (entirely) blame the World Series. I wanted to post on 1984, but I’m still only 2/3 through and it’s going to be a long post. I’ll try to get one up for next Thursday, once we have a better idea about what kind of dystopia we’ll be living in.
It may ruin my “Chicagoans will always have 2005 jokes,” but I can’t complain about Cubs finally winning another World Series. Their last? 1908. Rather than go for the obvious Back to the Future reference, or talk about Twain and Tolstoy still being alive, I will point out a few books published that year.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. I haven’t read this since I was a kid. I will definitely have to revisit it at some point. And maybe an animated version as well?
Red Star by Alexander Bogdanov. About a communist society on Mars and written shortly after the Russian Revolution of 1905 (a decade before the Bolshevik Revolution).
A Modern Utopia and The War in the Air by H.G. Wells. Two of Wells’ less well known works. I really need to do a series on Utopian fiction at some point. It is probably to our credit that it has lost favor. The War in the Air is notable for predicting pretty well how aircraft was used in WWI.