The World Set Free
Herbert George Wells is undisputedly considered a classic of science fiction as the author of The Time Machine, War of the Worlds and many more. Many of his books have in common new findings from science, which the author has consistently spun out in sovereignly narrated stories. Most of the time, when reading, you go through an adventure story with a main character. In The World Set Free, Wells has chosen a special form. Over several generations, the protagonists successively live through nuclear energy as a groundbreaking invention, flying electric cars, the collapse of the coal industry and a world economic crisis. World War II ensues, during which atomic bombs are used in Europe. At the end of the war, the monarchy abdicates and a world community emerges.
The complexity of this book is enormous. Wells had published the future scenarios in 1912, which I found very amazing. A little over a hundred years later, I wanted to juxtapose these fictions and visions with what had happened one way or another. For this purpose, I developed a picture essay in the form of a book, the size of which quickly exceeded the once envisaged format. The sequence of the picture pages is based on the chapters. The text is included in its entirety as a photographic reproduction of the Leipzig edition.
In the introductory words, Mark von Schlegell describes H.G. Wells not only as a classic but as the founder of the genre of science fiction.
576 pages, 1097 SW images
Spector Books, Leipzig