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Forgotten Futures is Marcus Rowland's table-top role playing game based on scientific romances, the predecessors of science fiction that were published in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Forgotten Futures was formerly distributed as shareware e-texts, mostly HTML. Currently eleven Forgotten Futures collections are available from this site for download. Registered users also received additional material on the Forgotten Futures CD-ROM:; this can now be downloaded without charge.
Access all eleven Forgotten Futures collections in HTML format.
The Forgotten Futures CD-ROM contains all the collections on this site and more than four hundred megabytes of additional Victorian and Edwardian source material.
Heliograph Inc. published the printed version of Forgotten Futures
The author, and other Forgotten Futures related info.
Download my PDFs from E23 or get them from Drivethru RPG - some are free, others ludicrously cheap(ish).
Marcus Rowland is also the author of DIANA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, its supplement ELVIS: THE LEGENDARY TOURS, and THE ORIGINAL FLATLAND ROLE PLAYING GAME
Old Articles Etc.
A few examples of the material on the Forgotten Futures CD-ROM or due to be added in later editions - to save web site space and minimise downloading time some illustrations have been reduced in size:
- NEW! The Police Code and General Manual of the Criminal Law by Sir Howard Vincent
Scotland Yard's guide for the police, in its fifteenth (1912) edition. HTML and PDF versions.
- NEW! Orrin Lindsay's Plan Of Aerial Navigation By J. L. Riddell, M.D.
A "serious scientific paper" from 1847 involving space travel using a material remarkably like Wells' Cavorite.
- NEW! Within an Ace of the End of the World By Robert Barr
Another exciting story of the end of the world, this time a man-made disaster.
- NEW! The Violet Flame By Fred T. Jane
An apocalyptic scientific romance written and illustrated by the founder of Jane's Fighting Ships.
- NEW! On The Martian Way By Capt. H. G. Bishop.
An interesting 1907 story, featuring routine interplanetary travel, friendly aliens, interplanetary radio messages, computing machines and anti-gravity spaceships.
- Futures Dictates of Fashion by W. Cade Gall.
An article on the history of fashion from the late 19th century to the 1970s... published in 1893 and not perhaps terribly serious.
- An Episode of Flatland by Charles Hinton.
A different sort of two-dimensional world, the first time a complete uncut version has been put on line.
- D'Ordel's Pantechnicon is a wonderful satire on the Victorian and Edwardian magazines used as a source for Forgotten Futures - it includes rules for creating your own, a sample magazine, and more, and explains a LOT about illustrated magazines of the period.
- Thorne Smith's Fantasy Novels (all of them!)
American readers should NOT follow this link since the stories are still in copyright in the USA. This will not be included on the FF CD-ROM.
- Pharos the Egyptian by Guy Boothby
- The River of Death by Fred M. White - Now complete! (818k)
- The Vickers Airship Catalogue - A catalogue produced circa 1923 with plans and illustrations (1.3 mb)
- Saved From Hydrophobia by E. H. Julian - An account of the disease and Pasteur's treatment. (343k)
- Perpetual Motion Seekers (anon) - describing several strange inventions. (1 mb)
- Snake Charming by Mark Lane - A visit to a snake-charming show. (526k)
- Zig-Zags At The Zoo by By Arthur Morrison and J.A. Shepherd - A humorous article on snakes at the London Zoo. (722k)
- Victorian Colour 3D Photography! (356k)
- Victorian Fax Machines! (506k)
- Nikola Tesla! (965k)
- Baron Munchausen! (2 mb including illustrations)
- A Transatlantic Tunnel (hurrah!) and Jules Verne (sort of)... (155k)
- New Kings on Old Thrones, an article on "true kings" of the Jacobite "monarchy" and other claimants to royalty. (152k)
- My Strange Pets and Other Memories of Country Life, a detailed account of a Victorian Scots farmer and menagerie-owner's life in the 19th and early 20th century. (550k)
- What The World May Come To, a serious article proving that the earth will eventually be pyramid-shaped! (121k)
- My School Days by Edith Nesbit; a memoir originally serialised in 1896-7, I'm not sure if it ever appeared elsewhere, which sheds some interesting light on her fiction. (279k)
Books in Microsoft Reader e-book format
For a while I experimented with this format, and there are several books and stories on the FF CD-ROM. Here are a couple of samples:
- The Poison Belt by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (149k).
Note: This is my first attempt at converting Forgotten Futures source material to this format; see Forgotten Futures III for an HTML version.
- Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung (219k).
A neglected novel featuring Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman. Note that this book contains racial stereotyping which modern readers may find offensive. An HTML version is on the FF CD-ROM
- The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer, Lord Lytton (198k).
The classic nineteenth century hidden civilisation novel, in which an underground explorer discovers a buried Utopia. An HTML version is on the FF CD-ROM