W. Warren Wagar

W. Warren Wagar

Walter Warren Wagar (June 5, 1932, Baltimore, Maryland – November 16, 2004, Vestal, New York), better known as W. Warren Wagar, was a historian and futures studies scholar.

A specialist in alternative society futures and an expert in the work of pioneering science fiction writer H.G. Wells, Wagar served as history professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York, for 31 years. His courses on the history of the future and World War III earned him the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor at Binghamton.

Wagar published 18 books, including "A Short History of the Future", a narrative account of the imagined events of the next 200 years. In 1984, he began writing science fiction, publishing nine stories in various magazines and anthologies. He wrote four articles for The Futurist, contributed to a discussion on terrorism in the January-February 2002 issue, served on the editorial board for "Futures Research Quarterly", and spoke at several World Future Society conferences.

Wagar's work on H. G. Wells began with his doctoral dissertation, which was published as "H. G. Wells and the World State" (1961), a study of Wells's political philosophy. He subsequently collected a volume of Wells essays and extracts in "H. G. Wells: Journalism and Pophecy" (1963), edited a critical edition of Wells's "The Open Conspiracy" (2001) and finally published "H.G. Wells: Traversing Time", which traces Wells’s philosophies on utopia, war, romance, education, and modernism, focusing on his nonfiction and general fiction as well as his science fiction. For these, and many essays on Wells in such scholarly journals as "Science Fiction Studies" and "The Wellsian", Wagar was made a vice-president of the H. G. Wells Society.


"In light of the time factor, if nothing else, it behooves fastidious fence-sitting humanists to make a second look at the world-views already in being, and to ask if any of them has the energy, the breadth, and - why not? - the battalions to lead the way to an ethically acceptable world civilization without undergoing any fundamental reconception or requiring the appearance of new transcendental prophet-heroes."--"The World-View of the Coming World Civilization"," Page 53, The Next 25 Years: Crisis & Opportunity, World Future Society, Washington D.C, 1975

ee also

* The H. G. Wells Society


*cite news |first=Mel |last=Reisner |authorlink= |author= |coauthors= |title=College Professor's Doomsday Classes Are Filled |url= |format= |work= |publisher=Los Angeles Times |id= |pages= |page= |date=May 1, 1983 |accessdate= |language= |quote=
*cite book |last=Wagar |first=W. Warren |authorlink= |coauthors= |others= |title=The City of Man; Prophecies of a World Civilization in Twentieth-Century Thought |year=1963 |publisher=Houghton Mifflin |location=Boston |isbn= [http://worldcat.org/oclc/269393]
*cite book |last=Wagar |first=W. Warren |authorlink= |coauthors= |others= |title=A Short History of the Future, 3rd ed. |year=1999 |publisher=University Of Chicago Press |location= |isbn=0226869032
*cite book |last=Wagar |first=W. Warren |authorlink= |coauthors= |others= |title=H.G. Wells: Traversing Time |year=2004 |publisher=Wesleyan University Press |location=Middletown, Conn |isbn=0-8195-6725-6
*cite book |last=Wells |first=H. G. |authorlink=H. G. Wells |coauthors=W. Warren Wagar |others= |title=The Open Conspiracy: H.G. Wells on World Revolution: edited and with a critical introduction by W. Warren Wagar |year=2002 |publisher=Praeger |location=Westport, Conn. |isbn=0-275-97539-8

External links

* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/88605663@N00/sets/72157603756917938/ Photographs of Wagar and his family]
* [http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?W.%20Warren%20Wagar Wagar's entry at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database]

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