A Modern Utopia

A Modern Utopia

A Modern Utopia (1905) is Wells' hybrid between fiction and philosophical discussion, reviewed as: "a conscious attempt to describe a utopia that is not utopian." Wells was unsatisfied with his earlier writings on the subject, proclaiming this as his last novel of its type, intended to "settle accounts with a number of issues." Don't let "Utopia" in the title fool you: "I have written into it as well as I can the heretical metaphysical scepticism upon which all my thinking rests."
[Painting by Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Suikoden series, 1830]

Many of Wells' works are featured in our collection of Dystopian Stories.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader

The Owner of the Voice

Chapter the First - Topographical

Chapter the Second - Concerning Freedoms

Chapter the Third - Utopian Economics

Chapter the Fourth - The Voice of Nature

Chapter the Fifth - Failure in a Modern Utopia

Chapter the Sixth - Women in a Modern Utopia

Chapter the Seventh - A Few Utopian Impressions

Chapter the Eighth - My Utopian Self

Chapter the Ninth - The Samurai

Chapter the Tenth - Race in Utopia

Chapter the Eleventh - The Bubble Bursts

Appendix - Scepticism of the Instrument

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