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y A New Earth and a New Heaven single work   novel   science fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 1936... 1936 A New Earth and a New Heaven
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'The author of this original novel presents an entirely fresh point of view, which takes the reader well off the beaten track. While the story, considered merely as a tale of travel, is attractive, those who look for something a little deeper than ordinary fiction will certainly meet with what they desire. The author has given his imagination free reign, and his picture of Dawn City - the city of the future - has a special fascination' (jacket cover)

The narrative largely explores the questioning and reasoning of its protagonist, Rupert Elsemore, as he discovers through Henry Thorough the utopian communities of Hopetown (a model town for workers) and Dawn City. Situated somewhere in the heart of Australia, Dawn City is a garden-like subtopian futuristic community which believes in eugenics, vegetarianism, standardised dress, regular (three-monthly) health checks for all citizens and which has rejected religion and money. The inhabitants are also in touch with Mars.


  • A New Earth and New Heaven includes a section in which the Jack the Ripper Murders are discussed at some length (see the chapter "Can This Be Truth?"). This passage is discussed by B.A. Rogers in his self-published book Reflections on the Ripper: Four Accounts of the Whitechapel Murders (1999).

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