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Three Hundred Years Hence

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Three Hundred Years Hence

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Author: Mary Griffith
Publisher: Gregg Press, 1975
Original English publication, 1836
Series: Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 13

3. Station X
4. We
5. The Shape of Things to Come
6. Tales and Stories
7. The Science Fiction of Jack London
9. War with the Newts
10. The Stars My Destination
12. The Moon Hoax
13. Three Hundred Years Hence
14. The Horror on the Asteroid and Other Tales of Planetary Horror
16. The Crystal Button or, Adventures of Paul Prognosis in the Forty-Ninth Century
17. The Doomsman
18. The Land of the Changing Sun
19. To The End Of Time
20. A Voyage to the Moon
21. The Dragon Masters
22. Venus Plus X
23. The Big Time
25. Babel-17
26. Dark Universe
27. Rite of Passage
29. The Battle of the Monsters and Other Stories
30. The Science Fiction of Frank R. Stockton
31. Isle of the Dead
32. Hothouse / The Long Afternoon of Earth
33. Ten Thousand Light-Years From Home
34. Solar Lottery
35. Man Abroad
36. The Steel Crocodile
37. The Inheritors
38. Star
39. The Jewels of Aptor
40. 334
41. Pharoah's Broker
42. The Body Snatchers
44. Iter Lunaire
45. Modern Science Fiction
47. Armageddon
48. The Dream Master
49. Conjure Wife
50. Dhalgren
51. The Cosmic Rape and To Marry Medusa
52. Dr. Bloodmoney
53. Driftglass
54. The Devil Is Dead
55. Empire Star
56. The Female Man
57. Nova
58. The Iron Dream
59. The Genocides
60. Galaxies Like Grains of Sand
61. Counter-Clock World
62. The Game-Players of Titan
63. Ubik
65. The Shrinking Man
67. Eye in the Sky
68. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
89. The Butterfly Kid
90. Synthajoy
91. To Open the Sky
92. The Ballad of Beta-2
93. The Fall of the Towers
94. Triton
95. The Rocket to the Moon
125. Secret of the Lost Race
126. Starswarm
129. We Who Are About To…
131. The Green Odyssey
133. Sunburst
135. The Byworlder
136. The Horn of Time
140. Double Star
141. I Will Fear No Evil
143. Today We Choose Faces
144. The Dreaming Jewels
148. The Man Who Fell to Earth
173. Who?
175. The Worlds of Fritz Leiber
177. Make Room! Make Room!
178. The Sword of Rhiannon
180. The Man in the High Castle
181. The World Jones Made
182. Time Out of Joint
183. Vulcan's Hammer
185. Glory Road
186. The Door Into Summer
187. The Puppet Masters
188. Waldo and Magic, Inc.
189. Bridge of Ashes
190. Damnation Alley
191. Lord of Light
192. The Year of the Quiet Sun
208. Daybreak - 2250 A.D.
210. The Worlds of Frank Herbert
211. Gather, Darkness!
212. Night's Black Agents
213. The Book of Fritz Leiber
214. The Second Book of Fritz Leiber
215. The Green Millennium
216. The Sinful Ones
217. The Wanderer
219. The Mile-Long Spaceship
220. Dare
223. The Saliva Tree and Other Strange Growths
224. The Green Brain
225. The Diploids and Other Flights of Fancy
226. Riverworld and Other Stories
227. Beyond This Horizon
247. Nathaniel
248. Macroscope

Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Utopia
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Synopsis

Three Hundred Years Hence is a utopian science fiction novel by author Mary Griffith. It is the first known utopian novel written by an American woman.

In Three Hundred Years Hence envisiones a feminist future in the year 2135.

The book is set in Philadelphia.

The main character, Edgar Hastings, leaves on a business trip but is frozen in a snow storm.

Thee hundred years later, he is discovered, thawed out and wakes up. He finds the improvements taken place since his accident amazing. The improved conditions are due entirely to the changes that took place when all females were given an education.


Excerpt

It is seldom that men begin to muse and sit alone in the twilight until they arrive at the age of fifty, for until that period the cares of the world and the education of their young children engross all their thoughts. Edgar Hastings, our hero, at thirty years of age was still unmarried, but he had gone through a vast deal of excitement, and the age of musing had been anticipated by twenty years. He was left an orphan at fourteen, with a large income, and the gentleman who had the management of his estates proved faithful, so that when a person of talents and character was wanted to travel with the young man, a liberal recompense was at hand to secure his services. From the age of fourteen to twenty-one he was therefore travelling over Europe; but his education, instead of receiving a check, went on much more advantageously than if he had remained at home, and he became master of all the modern languages in the very countries where they were spoken. The last twelve months of his seven years' tour was spent in England, being stationary in London only during the sitting of Parliament.

His talents thus cultivated, and his mind enlarged by liberal travel, he returned to America well worthy the friendship and attention of those who admire and appreciate a character of his stamp. He had not therefore been back more than a year, before his society was courted by some of the best men in the country; but previous to his settling himself into a home, he thought it but proper to travel through his own country also. His old friend, still at his elbow, accompanied him; but at the close of the excursion, which lasted nearly two years, he was taken ill of a fever caught from an exposure near the Lakes, and died after a few days' illness.

Edgar Hastings was now entirely alone in the world, and he would have fallen into a deep melancholy, had he not engaged in politics. This occupied him incessantly; and, as his purse was ample and his heart liberally disposed, he found the demands on his time gradually increasing. He had occupations heaped upon him - for rich, disengaged, and willing, every body demanded his aid; and such were the enthusiasm and generosity of his nature, that no one applied in vain.

His first intention, on returning from his tour through his own country, was to improve an estate he had purchased in Pennsylvania, promising himself an amiable and beautiful wife to share his happiness; but politics interfered, and left him no time even for the luxury of musing in the evening. But a man can get weary of politics as well as of any other hard up-hill work; so, at the end of seven years, seeing that the young trees which he had planted were giving shade, and that the house that they were to overshadow was not yet begun, he fell to musing. He wanted something, likewise, to love and protect - so he fell to musing about that. He wished to convert a brisk stream, that fell down the side of a hill opposite to the south end of his grounds, into a waterfall - so he fell to musing about that. He wanted to make an opening through a noble piece of woods that bounded the north side, that he might catch a view of the village steeple - so he fell to musing about that. A beautiful winding river lay in front of his estate, the bank of which sloped down to the water's edge; this tranquillizing scene likewise operated on his feelings, so that politics faded away, and his mind became calm and serene. Thus it was, that at thirty years of age he had these fits of abstraction, and he became a muser.

Copyright © 1836 by Mary Griffith


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