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Lord of the World is a dystopian sci-fi book by Robert Hugh Benson, which was first published in 1907. It centres on the Antichrist and the end of the world and presents a dystopic vision of a near future world in which religion has, by and large, been rejected. The Catholic Church has retreated to Italy and Ireland, while the majority of the rest of the world is either Humanistic or Pantheistic. There is a one world government, and euthanasia is widely available. The plot follows the tale of a priest, Percy Franklin, who becomes Pope Silvester III, and a mysterious man named Julian Felsenburgh, who is identical in looks to the priest and who becomes Lord of the World. Whilst the whole Antichrist matter is one for Christians, Benson, like Jules Verne, did accurately predict some technological advances, such as weapons of mass destruction, passenger air travel, and interstate highways.
This book has 100,736 words, 181 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1907.
Production notes: This ebook of Lord of the World was published by Global Grey in 2020, and updated on the 14th September 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Alegory of Satan (Lord of the World)' by Ludwik Stasiak.
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