H. G. Wells: Annihilation or a Future amid the Stars?

H. G’s early science fiction and futurist writings were gloom laden, even predicting atomic warfare (1913) and the end of the world, But he could also be super optimistic, writing 1in 1902:

“All that the human mind has accomplished is but the dream before the awakening. A day will come when beings now in our thoughts and hidden in our loins will stand upon the earth as one stands upon a footstool, and laugh, and reach out their hands amid the stars” [Anticipations].

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