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Nonfiction Outline of History by H. G. Wells who intends it to replace "narrow nationalist history by a general review of the human record." "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe," he says; The Storm of Steel (In Stahlgewittem) by German author Ernst Jünger, 25.
H.G. Wells was the first to publish a set of rules (at the turn of the 20th century) for role-playing wargames - forerunner of the modern RPG.
"Could Wells have been personally familiar with the effects
Clavicepts, or some other species of hallucinogenic mushroom?
Certain others of his stories seem to resonate with insights that may well have
been derived from such experience. In _The Platter Story_, for example,
the title character finds himself transported to an eerie, hallucinatory 'Other-world'
with a greensun,
where the left and right side of his body are transposed. The green illumination
is consistent with the previously cited experience of Graves's Mr. W., whose
'surroundings seemed to take on bright colors, in which a vivid green predominated'
when he ate what were reported to be Panaeolus papilionaceus mushrooms.
The transposition of Plattner's body reminds one of Alice's adventures _Through
The Looking Glass_ (by Lewis
Carroll), since mirrors cause a similar transposition; modern theories are
that hallucinogens shift emphasis from left to right brain thinking. Of
equal interest, this 'Other-world' coexists with ours and is accessible to us
when our perceptions
are enhanced. 'It seems quite possible,' wrote Wells, 'that people with
unusually keen eyesight may occasionally catch a glimpse of this strange Other-world
about us'. Another Wells story, _The New Accelerator_, tells of a man
who takes a drug that speeds his metabolism to such a degree that the world
around him appears to be standing still. The impression
of 'stopping the world' is another effect that occurs with hallucinogens...
the possibility that Wells experienced psychoactive substances is compelling."
-Terence McKenna - _Archaic Revival_
It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening.
– H. G. Wells
"Advertising is legalized lying." - H.G. Wells
- _Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band_ (1967) cover art depicts H.G. Wells,
second row, third from right.