Books: Chatty Casandra

Chatty Cassandra

THE SHAPE or THINGS TO COME-H. G. Wells-Macmillan ($2.50).

Herbert George Wells has always been fascinated by shapes—especially by the shapes of such amorphous figures as Science, History, Tendencies, Cultures. Often in quasi-serious fantastic tales, in mostly serious pamphlets of prophecy, he has tried to describe what particularly tantalizes him: the Future's shape. His listeners are less attentive than they were.

A Cassandra, but an increasingly chatty one, Prophet Wells fills 431 pages with his latest, most garrulous forecast.

Still a perfectionist but not so optimistic as he has been, Author Wells...

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