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(1839-1909) German-born author in America for many years, whose Looking Further Forward: An Answer to Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (1890; vt A Sequel to Looking Backward; Or, Looking Further Forward 1891) is a Sequel by Other Hands to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888) that mocks the socialist society presented in the original as a Dystopian nightmare on the verge of collapse; thought control is rife, and a revolution soon topples Bellamy's dream state. Michaelis was himself ridiculed in a further text, Looking Beyond: A Sequel to "Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy, and an Answer to "Looking Further Forward" by Richard Michaelis (1891) by Ludwig A Geissler, in which the revolution that ends the previous book itself turns out to have been a nightmare; Michaelis's interlocutors have been completely mistaken, Utopia is triumphant and Communications are instituted with Mars. [JC]
Richard C Michaelis
born Genthin, Saxony, Prussia [now Germany]: 1 September 1839
died Chicago, Illinois: 13 April 1909
- Looking Further Forward: An Answer to Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (Chicago, Illinois: Rand McNally, 1890) [hb/]
- A Sequel to Looking Backward; Or, Looking Further Forward (London: William Reeves, 1891) [vt of the above: hb/]
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