The year 2161 AD, mind. And, for the record, the queen was named Claudia.
It’s a provocative opening for a book published in 1823, that is to say, just 13 years after the arrival of Pride and Prejudice, and nine after Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818). Not a lot of science fiction being done at the time, and in this case by a woman, well….
The book is familiar chiefly to academics and monomaniacs, as the vast majority of out-of-fashion novels tend to be, and of only moderate interest to casual readers. Ms Webb’s own life story, however, is quite interesting. Continue reading