I’ve put together a literary anthology on a topic no-one’s yet tackled. It’s now available for free… London Reimagined: an anthology of visions of the future city (PDF link).

It’s a 55,000-word, 172-page anthology of literary visions of a future London. It’s no great scholarly work, and is simply intended as a basic ‘sampler’ for those unfamiliar with this variety of literature. Authors include Richard Jefferies, Prof. Blyde Muddersnook, H.G. Wells, G.K. Chesterton, Arthur Conan Doyle, Walter Wood, Charles Dickens, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Francis Carr, George Meredith, W. Harrison Ainsworth, Anna L. Barbauld, Frederick Thomas Jane, Lord Dunsany, M.P. Shiel, James Thomson, Bertrand Russell, E.E. Nesbit, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Robert Barr, Grant Allen, Edward Douglas Fawcett, and William Morris.

Read tales of: London gone wild and reverted to nature; London asphyxiated by a giant cloud of cyanide; London standing on the brink of an invading plague; of London explored by future archaeologists from New Zealand; of the slim hopes for the future that were placed in the new board-schools and bridges; of the sly infiltration of an invading army; of a hideously divided London in the year 802,701 A.D.; of a future London where democracy is dead; of a London ruled by the Jews; of lava eruptions that flood the Thames Valley with a steaming death; of a lethal and penetrating fog that creeps over the city; of a violent anarchist attack from the air in a giant new type of aircraft; of daring escape over the glittering roofs of the future city; and of an engulfing tidal wave that surges down the Thames. And, of course, the famous anarcho-communist utopia of William Morris, News from Nowhere.