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William Morris: News from Nowhere

By William Morris - Scanned from Pamela Todd, Pre-Raphaelites at Home, New York: Watson-Guptill, 2001, Public Domain, via WikipediaNews from Nowhere is an 1890 novel by William Morris. It is an early work of utopian science fiction, which presents Morris's socialist ideals through the narrator's journey into a future in which they have been realised.

It was partly intended as a riposte to a similar work published the previous year, Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy, which Morris characterised as 'State Communism, worked by the very extreme of national centralization.' In his review of Bellamy's book, Morris argued that 'variety of life is as much an aim of true communism as equality of condition, and that nothing but an union of these two will bring about real freedom.' It is this more pastoral vision which is reflected in News from Nowhere.

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University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): News from Nowhere. EPUB, MOBI and HTML formats.
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Lucian: True History

 Dreams, for "Lucian's True History", by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley.The True History (Greek: Ἀληθῆ διηγήματα, Alēthē diēgēmata; Latin: Vera Historia) by Lucian (c.115-c80 CE) is a parody of traveller's tales which features journeys to the moon, and to the Isles of the Blest. It influenced a later genre of fantasic voyages to which works by authors such as Rabelais and Swift could be ascribed, and has been called the first work of science fiction.

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The Classics pages: Lucian - Greek science fiction. HTML format.

Gutenberg: Lucian's True History, translated by Francis Hickes. Multiple formats.

Internet Archive: Lucian's True History, translated by Francis Hickes (1902). Multiple formats. See also 1894 edition.

Loebulus: L014 - Lucian -- Lucian I: Phalaris. Hippias or The Bath. Dionysus. Heracles. Amber or The Swans. The Fly. Nigrinus. Demonax. The Hall. My Native Land. Octogenarians. A True Story. Slander. The Consonants at Law. The Carousal (Symposium) or The Lapiths. Public domain Loeb edition, Greek-English parallel text. PDF format.

The Lucian of Samosata Project: The True History, translated H.W. Fowler and F.G. Fowler. HTML format.

Perseus: Greek text. HTML and XML formats.

Sacred Texts: A True Story, translated by A.M. Harmon (1913). Parallel Greek/English HTML text.

University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): The True History, translated by H.W. Fowler and F.G. Fowler. Multiple formats.

Wikisource: Greek text and English translation (currently via

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