In the Year 2889

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Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1889
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,637 / 27 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.1
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 8,366
Added to site: 2006.09.24 14292

Although publisihed under the name of Jules Verne, it is now believed to be chiefly, if not entirely, the work of Jules' son, Michel Verne.

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nts reflected from the clouds, so large that they may be seen by the populations of whole cities or even of entire countries. This, too, is one of Mr. Fritz Napoleon Smith's ideas, and in the Earth Chronicle building a thousand projectors are constantly engaged in displaying upon the clouds these mammoth advertisements.

When Mr. Smith to-day entered the sky-advertising department, he found the operators sitting with folded arms at their motionless projectors, and inquired as to the cause of their inaction. In response, the man addressed simply pointed to the sky, which was of a pure blue. "Yes," muttered Mr. Smith, "a cloudless sky! That's too bad, but what's to be done? Shall we produce rain? That we might do, but is it of any use? What we need is clouds, not rain. Go," said he, addressing the head engineer, "go see Mr. Samuel Mark, of the meteorological division of the scientific department, and tell him for me to go to work in earnest on the question of artificial clouds. It will never do for us to


Average Rating of 2.7 from 6 reviews: ***
JoJo Biggins

Pointless. This story chronicles exactly one day in the life of a man who lives approximately 1000 years from now. It is mildly amusing to see how we have already surpassed some of the science predicted. Otherwise, there is no plot, the characters are typically (for this period of writing) over-the-top and unbelievable, and there is nothing to maintain the attention of the reader.

Lisa Carr

Not really a story (no plot or characters), just an accounting of the wonderful inventions a thousand years in the future. Rather dull.

Henry L. Ratliff

(1889) - Sci-fi / Short story
Plot bullets

  • A look at life 1000 years in the future (from the time of writing).

  • Follow the life of a master scientist and promotional giant .

There is some thought that this story was actually written
by Michel Verne, Jules's son.

Andrew Ives

In the Year 2889 takes place in a distant future rather badly predicted - far less accurately than in Verne's Paris In The 20th Century. Almost everything herein has either been invented already, mostly in the 1930s-50s or is briefly mentioned such as flying coaches or new national borders. The story is slight and, though short, I still found it less than exciting.


Also, ironically the storyline involves media (news etc.) in the future being delivered via audio.


Good short read.

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