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eBook: The Next Three Futures




by W. Warren Wagar

The late historian and futurist W. Warren Wagar (1932-2004) draws together all aspects of futures studies in this unique volume–comprising a vital introduction to, and defense of, an impressive array of futurist thinking. The book examines World Futures and acknowledges the competing influence of capitalism and its alternative visions on this field. These values-systems of technoliberal, radical and countercultural are examined on a wide range of futures topics, including the environment, politics, economics, global security, and lifestyle issues.

The Next Three Futures is a seminal book on the future of the world, perfect for individual or classroom use. Its breadth, combined with its brevity, make it indispensable for every one interested in global issues.

WagarAbout the author: W. Warren Wagar (1932-2004), historian and futurist, was a specialist in alternative world futures and an expert in the work of science fiction writer H. G. Wells. Wagar served as history professor for 31 years at Binghamton University, State University of New York. His courses on the “History of the Future” and “World War III” earned him the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor at Binghamton.
Wagar was the author of 18 books, including, H. G. Wells and the World State (1961); The City of Man: Prophecies of a World Civilization in Twentieth-Century Thought (1967), Building the City of Man: Outlines of a World Civilization (1971); A Short History of the Future (1989, rev. 1992 and 1999), a narrative account of imagined events of the next 200 years, and Memoirs of the Future (2001), his autobiography. In 1984 Wagar began writing science fiction, publishing nine stories in various magazines and anthologies. In addition, throughout his career, he contributed various articles to The Futurist, served on the editorial board for Futures Research Quarterly, and spoke at various World Future Society conferences.
Wagar’s last book, H.G. Wells: Traversing Time (2004), traces Wells’s philosophies on utopia, war, romance, education, and modernism, focusing on his nonfiction as well as his science fiction.

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Foreword by Edward Cornish
Prologue: Teaching the Future

Part I: Futures Inquiry
1. The State of the Art
2. Past Futures
3. Paradigms

Part II: Alternative Futures
4. The Future of the Earth
5. The Future of Wealth and Power
6. The Future of War and Peace
7. The Future of Living

Epilogue: The Next Three Futures
Suggested Reading

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