History Literature / TheShapeOfThingsToCome

20th Nov '16 7:48:40 AM Scorpion451
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* AfterTheEnd: One of the earliest examples of the modern form of the trope

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* AfterTheEnd: One of the earliest examples of the modern "humanity bombs itself back to feudal times" form of the trope



* ExtyYearsFromNow: starts a little under 10 years after the time it was written.



* JustBeforeTheEnd: Where the story begins



* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: an impressive early portrayal of the trope, and what could happen if the standoff were to break

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* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: an impressive influential early portrayal of the trope, and what could happen if the standoff were to breakbreak
* NextSundayAD: Part one sets up the state of the world in 1933 (the year it was published) and projects from there.


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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: where book quickly moves on to from NextSundayAD
20th Nov '16 7:35:22 AM Scorpion451
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* AfterTheEnd

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* AfterTheEndAfterTheEnd: One of the earliest examples of the modern form of the trope
* ApocalypseAnarchy: downplayed, but present in some areas
* AtomicHate: popularized, and may have [[TropeNamer coined]], the term "Atomic Bomb", and predicted many of the forms the technology took, such as submarine-borne ballistic missiles.



** DividedStatesOfAmerica: For example Utah, where Mormonism was then declared the state religion.



* ExtyYearsFromNow

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* ExtyYearsFromNowDividedStatesOfAmerica: For example Utah, where Mormonism was then declared the state religion.
* ExtyYearsFromNow: starts a little under 10 years after the time it was written.



* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: an impressive early portrayal of the trope, and what could happen if the standoff were to break



* LensmanArmsRace: one of Well's favorite tropes to begin with, this time taken to its grim LogicalExtreme



* ThePlague

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* ThePlagueThePlague: humanity may have done a pretty good job of screwing itself over, but it was the epidemics in the aftermath that nearly finished the job.




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* WeaponOfMassDestruction: the story is in part the result of Wells reading up on the latest developments in atomic theory, and having a horrifying realization about what it made possible.
* WorldWarThree: As envisioned by someone who had not yet seen World War II.
4th Sep '15 6:10:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Subverted when the book (more or less accurately) prognosticates the start of World War II. Then double-subverted when the book's WWII goes on for over a decade and completely obliterates all of human society.
4th Sep '15 6:09:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* HistoryMarchesOn: Subverted when the book (more or less accurately) prognosticates the start of WorldWarII. Then double-subverted when the book's WWII goes on for over a decade and completely obliterates all of human society.
** TheGreatPoliticsMessUp
3rd Apr '15 6:21:29 PM QuantumReality
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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "Fighting Forties" (a decade of war), "Famished Fifties" (a decade of tortuously slow rebuilding amid privation and mass disease).
15th Mar '15 1:54:41 PM QuantumReality
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The original novel prognosticates WorldWarII (though in the book the war lasts for a decade or more), which ends inconclusively but decimates all of civilization -- not helped by [[ThePlague a horrific plague]] which nearly effaces the human populace.

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The original novel prognosticates WorldWarII (though in the book the war lasts for a decade or more), which ends inconclusively but decimates all of civilization -- not helped by [[ThePlague a horrific plague]] which nearly effaces the human populace.
populace (in the book the 'history writer' claims the world population was cut in half).
15th Mar '15 1:53:42 PM QuantumReality
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* MonumentalDamage: After WorldWarTwo all over the place of course.

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* MonumentalDamage: After WorldWarTwo all over the place of course. The inconclusive ten-year war ends with a fizzle, and the extensive gas and biological-chemical warfare predicted by Wells during the 1940s creates favorable conditions for mass epidemics throughout the 1950s, along with [[CrapsackWorld the loss of reliable electricity, food and clothing]].
6th Mar '15 5:55:36 AM john_e
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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: The world government suppresses organised religion with remarkable ease.
9th Apr '14 8:15:05 PM LobsterMagnusNovus
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* MonumentalDamage: After WordWarII, all over the place of course.

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* MonumentalDamage: After WordWarII, WorldWarTwo all over the place of course.
9th Apr '14 8:14:30 PM LobsterMagnusNovus
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* MonumentalDamage: After WordWarII, all over the place of course.
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