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In the Year 2889


In the Year 2889 (La Journée d’un journaliste américain en 2889 in French) is an 1889 short story published under the name of Jules Verne, but now believed to be mainly the work of his son Michel Verne, based on his father's ideas. The first publication was in English in February 1889, in the American magazine The Forum. The story follows the publisher of a very influent media empire in the year 2889. Among the predictions announced: Pneumatic tubes carrying passengers across the oceans at 1500 km/h. Video conferences. A life expectancy of 68 years. Home delivery of aseptic meals. Advertisements projected on clouds. "Phototelegrams" from Mars, Mercury and Venus. Resolution of equations of the 95th degree. A space of 24 dimensions. Telescopes of a diametre of 3 km. New planets. Chemical war, electric sparks of 20 leagues, bacteriological war. Natality control in China. Flying cars. Cryonics. The British Empire is reduced to Gibraltar.
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