The Pattern of Expectation 1644-2001
by I. F. Clarke
Book Club Associates, 1979, 344 pages, black and white plates, hardcover, dustjacket
Fine, Like New Condition, some minor chips to dust jacket
'Professor Clark traces the evolving pattern of prediction. He shows how the factors making for change in a society - political, social, technological, philosophical - decide the pattern of expectation from generation to generation. Professor Clarke discusses the many factors that have worked together to make the story of the future a dominant form of fiction - written for every kind of purpose, from the prophetic visions of H. G. Wells and the admonitory projections of Huxley and Orwell to the delightful entertainments of the science fiction writers. Stories of the future provided a way of imagining, describing and playing with the new-found potential of the applied sciences.'