Herbert Wells’ “The Shape of Things to Come”: A Utopian Vision of the Future

6 pages | 1530 words

Herbert Wells' "The Shape of Things to Come" is a science fiction work that presents a vision of a future global political system, which he terms the "Modern State". This future state is basically a benevolent dictatorship, which is enabled by the scientific-technological revolution. In this work, Wells portrays the modern state as a utopia, where humanity is united and assimilated in all aspects of society. He also envisions the modern state as a pacifist entity, which strives for world peace.