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y Hortense : A Study of the Future. A Romance single work   novel   science fiction   romance  
Issue Details: First known date: 1906 1906
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The narrative begins sometime around the 1930s with the discovery by young journalist Howard Homfrey of survivors and descendants of a ship which ran aground in the Pacific in 1902. The first section of the novel then provides insight into the utopian society which has evolved, and which has also developed a number of technological marvels - including a form of television, electric roadways and 'private flyers' or aerials. Mail is also delivered by pneumatic tubes.

One of the Lava Islanders, Alan Edgecumbe, eventually accompanies Homfrey to Auckland, New Zealand, and later Sydney, where he later attracts the romantic attentions of Hortense Pelham, "a femme formidable and scientific genius' (Stone, p. 116), and who invents the most powerful explosive in existence.

During the course of the story a war between the Chinese and Americans breaks out, with Australia caught in the middle and attacked by Chinese forces which have access to formidable weapons (including laser-like heat rays). When Pelham finally realises that Edgecumbe is not interested in her she obliterates her mansion in an attempt to make people believe she is dead. While travelling through Arabia some time later Edgecumbe discovers that not only is she alive but has become the sorceress queen of a warlike tribe of Arabs. His presence and discovery eventually proves too much for Pelham and she "incinerates herself by a patent process of her own invention (p. 78)."

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In Times to Come Again Graham Stone , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Notes on Australian Science Fiction 2001; (p. 115-121)

— Review of Hortense : A Study of the Future. A Romance 'Lancelot Lance' 1906 single work novel ; The Day After To-Morrow. Cora Minnett 1911 single work novel ; The Electric Gun : A Tale of Love and Socialism Harold Crawford Johnston 1911 single work novel ; The Angel of the Earthquake Frank Morton 1909 selected work novella ; Paying the Price F. W. Montgomerie 1907 single work novel ; Storm Bradley, Australian : A Story of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Frederick Davison 1932 single work novel ; Sands o' the Desert Harlingham Quinn 1913 single work novel ; Futurity: A Play of Tomorrow in Two Acts Adrian Consett Stephen 1914 single work drama ; Fair Inez : A Romance of Australia Douglas Sladen 1918 single work novel ; Nicholas Simon : A Romance of Revolution D. P. Macdonald 1915 single work novel ; The Great Untouched Future Grace M. Aguilar 1938 single work novel ; The Woman on the Beast : Viewed from Three Angles Helen Simpson 1933 single work novel ; Boomerang Helen Simpson 1932 single work novel
Hortense: A Study of the Future 1907 single work review
— Appears in: Otago Witness , 20 February 1907; (p. 78)

— Review of Hortense : A Study of the Future. A Romance 'Lancelot Lance' 1906 single work novel
Hortense : A Study of the Future 1907 single work review
— Appears in: Border Watch , 16 February 1907; (p. 4)

— Review of Hortense : A Study of the Future. A Romance 'Lancelot Lance' 1906 single work novel
A Peep into the Future 1906 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Mail , 24 October 1906; (p. 11)

— Review of Hortense : A Study of the Future. A Romance 'Lancelot Lance' 1906 single work novel
In Times to Come Again Graham Stone , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Notes on Australian Science Fiction 2001; (p. 115-121)

— Review of Hortense : A Study of the Future. A Romance 'Lancelot Lance' 1906 single work novel ; The Day After To-Morrow. Cora Minnett 1911 single work novel ; The Electric Gun : A Tale of Love and Socialism Harold Crawford Johnston 1911 single work novel ; The Angel of the Earthquake Frank Morton 1909 selected work novella ; Paying the Price F. W. Montgomerie 1907 single work novel ; Storm Bradley, Australian : A Story of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Frederick Davison 1932 single work novel ; Sands o' the Desert Harlingham Quinn 1913 single work novel ; Futurity: A Play of Tomorrow in Two Acts Adrian Consett Stephen 1914 single work drama ; Fair Inez : A Romance of Australia Douglas Sladen 1918 single work novel ; Nicholas Simon : A Romance of Revolution D. P. Macdonald 1915 single work novel ; The Great Untouched Future Grace M. Aguilar 1938 single work novel ; The Woman on the Beast : Viewed from Three Angles Helen Simpson 1933 single work novel ; Boomerang Helen Simpson 1932 single work novel
Hortense: A Study of the Future 1907 single work review
— Appears in: Otago Witness , 20 February 1907; (p. 78)

— Review of Hortense : A Study of the Future. A Romance 'Lancelot Lance' 1906 single work novel
A Peep into the Future 1906 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Mail , 24 October 1906; (p. 11)

— Review of Hortense : A Study of the Future. A Romance 'Lancelot Lance' 1906 single work novel
Hortense : A Study of the Future 1907 single work review
— Appears in: Border Watch , 16 February 1907; (p. 4)

— Review of Hortense : A Study of the Future. A Romance 'Lancelot Lance' 1906 single work novel
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  • Pacific Region,
  • Auckland, Auckland (Region), North Island,
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    New Zealand,
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    Pacific Region,
  • Sydney, New South Wales,
  • Middle East, Asia,
  • ca. 1930s
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