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The Third Millennium: The History of the World, 2000-3000 A.D. [Paperback]

Brian Stableford , David Langford


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd; New edition edition (Sept. 25 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283993960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283993961

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These English scientists and science fiction writers use a past-tense narrative to confront the reader with computerized infantrymen, Jack Spratt grass chops, artificial pets, moon settlements, the volcanic destruction of Japan, and many more future "happenings." The periods of crisis, recovery, transformation, and creation of a new world perplex stimulate and provoke the reader into accepting a new concept of science fiction. The holographic nautilus shell on the cover and the creative photography accompanying the text create a different meaning of deja vu as the writers extend their trained imaginations back into the future. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Constance L. Foster, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my impressions of this book. June 22 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The authors of this book, while not getting every little nuance of the future correct (I am writing this 12 years after the book was published and have read it several times, the first time 4 years ago) have presented a very plausable and believeable future that people can look forward to. This story of the future is not glorious like star trek, or bleak like the road warrior. It is the story of humans learning and fumbling there way through life, as they have always done. It is the most believeable picture of the future I have read even though it is so old. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in what challenges lie ahead for us, and how we will respond.
I have often wondered if the authors will update the book, including new findings and ensights, but have not heard anything yet. enjoy!!
I can be reached an proc@pacbell.net.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing future history! But progresses much too slow... May 13 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Unlike many books in this genre, "The Third Millennium" succeeds in conveying the illusion of a real historical account. In fact, this is the only book I've ever seen which truly deserves the name "a fictional future HISTORY".
The steady progress from the turmoiled 21st century to the utopia-like 30th, is portrayed with incredibe realism and vividness. If I'd want to give this book a rating solely as a work of fiction, I would have given it 6 stars...
But "The Third Millennium" is not a mere work of fiction. As the authors point out on the back cover, it is a serious attempt to portray a realistic future of the real World. And in this respect, the book suffers from one fatal flaw: In terms of absolute dates, the progress of events is agonizingly slow.
A few events and their dates would make this complaint clear. In this book, fusion energy is harnessed only in 2054 AD, and becomes dominant near 2180 AD. Genetic engineering in humans begin after 2227 AD. Unmanned probes to nearby stars, powered by nuclear fusion, are launched only in the 26th century...
Very slow indeed.
A more understandable glitch is the failure to predict the fall of the USSR. In this book, the cold war continues well into the 22nd century.
Since no one in their right minds thought in 1985 that the USSR is going down in the near future, I do not hold this particular mistake against the authors. But the agonizingly slow progress of technology in their scenario is something I will not forgive that easily.
It is this sluggish pace of progress is what turns this book from "a perfect masterpiece" to "a great idea ruined by one bad call".
And what a masterpiece it would have been! After all, there aren't many works that get a rating of 4 stars after being ruined, are there?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A thousand years of history... Sept. 4 2002
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
...that should have happened within only a few hundred years. Scientific development, political trends, changing social issues and even developing philosophies happen so slowly in this book, that you wonder why the cockroachs haven't taken over by the end of the book!
Lets skip the fact that the English used in the book should be totally different by the end of the 30th century.
But the book is FULL of interesting ideas and details about the future and, if not taken too seriously, should be enjoyable.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for the 1980s Feb. 26 2014
By Nicholas Gauthier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read this book during my early teens and I was transfixed by all the advances they were predicting. Naturally, some things would be wrong, as other reviewers have pointed out. And, looking back, I can see that progress may have been a bit slow compared to what advances we seem to be expecting in just the next few decades. However, it was a wonderful read for its time and really expanded my fourteen-year-old mind when I read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting view of the future June 18 2012
By PB Oakes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A different kind of science fiction book. What will the next 1000 years of the future look like? Written in the mid 1980's, it ventures a fairly optimistic view of the future after some rough spots. Some neat concepts and ideas.

Here we are 12 years into the next millennium and some predictions weren't so accurate. Others are still evolving. Interestingly, I think the Internet/Web was totally missed. Right now it is the center of innovation, imagination and information sharing for the modern world. I wonder what the center of attention will be in the next 20-50 years or later?

The concepts and ideas presented by the authors tend to be slightly green oriented. But, if we are to have a future, maybe that is the way we must go to make it. Fun reading. Neat drawings and Photoshopped images.

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