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Post Posted:: February 18th, 2017, 1:24 pm 

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The Social War of 1900, or The Conspirators and Lovers! by Simon Landis ( - 1902).


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Described by io9.com contributor Jess Nevins as “the worst science fiction novel of the 19th century,” The Social War of 1900, or The Conspirators and Lovers! has become infamous for its overwrought prose, flimsy characterizations, ludicrous plotting, and repugnant ideas. For these same reasons, the book has gained infamy as a cultural oddity, a guilty pleasure, and a somewhat over-imaginative work of outsider art.

The Social War of 1900 follows the adventures of Dr. Victor Juno, a Naturalist who heals sickness through animal magnetism, and his sweetheart Lucinda. Juno, the leader of a secret paramilitary society, wages a revolutionary war against an American society steeped in sin and avarice—and, in particular, against a villainous triumvirate known as “The Bloody Conspirators.” But will his revolution succeed? And if so, what form will his idealized utopia finally take? (ChuckW)



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Post Posted:: February 18th, 2017, 1:29 pm 

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Fun Fact: I had briefly considered launching this as a solo, but thought the idea of recording all 400+ pages of this book by my lonesome would send me into some sort of Lovecraftian state of madness. So I decided to launch this as a group project instead. :-)

For those curious, here's the io9 article I mention in my summary: http://io9.gizmodo.com/5890703/the-worst-science-fiction-novel-of-the-19th-century

I also don't mind being my own DPL. I've done it before... and suspect the extreme length of this book might put some people off. I would, however, be happy to share DPL duties with someone (perhaps I could take odds and someone else could take evens?). Either way, I'm just fine and dandy.

I'm also being somewhat disingenuous. The full title of this book is An Entirely New Feature of a Thrilling Novel! Entitled, The Social War of the year 1900; or, The Conspirators and Lovers! Um... do we need to give that full title in the recording?

I'll be gone for a little while, but should be back sometime tonight. I'll try to keep tabs on this thread while I'm out, but it might take a while to respond.

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Post Posted:: February 18th, 2017, 1:51 pm 
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Sounds crazy! I'll MC.

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I'm also being somewhat disingenuous. The full title of this book is An Entirely New Feature of a Thrilling Novel! Entitled, The Social War of the year 1900; or, The Conspirators and Lovers! Um... do we need to give that full title in the recording?

I'm thinking we could put that full title in the database entry, so someone searching for it would find it. But I think the audio can just have what you put in the post.

For now I've left you out as DPL, in case someone wants to PL the whole thing. :)

100 chapters, 400 pages = about 4 pages per chapter, correct? I wonder if it would be better to combine chapters, maybe do 2 per section. I did that on my solo of Omoo, which had 82 short chapters. I think listeners would appreciate 15-20 minute sections rather than 8-10 minute ones. :hmm:

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Post Posted:: February 18th, 2017, 4:35 pm 

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TriciaG wrote:
Sounds crazy! I'll MC.

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I'm also being somewhat disingenuous. The full title of this book is An Entirely New Feature of a Thrilling Novel! Entitled, The Social War of the year 1900; or, The Conspirators and Lovers! Um... do we need to give that full title in the recording?

I'm thinking we could put that full title in the database entry, so someone searching for it would find it. But I think the audio can just have what you put in the post.

For now I've left you out as DPL, in case someone wants to PL the whole thing. :)

100 chapters, 400 pages = about 4 pages per chapter, correct? I wonder if it would be better to combine chapters, maybe do 2 per section. I did that on my solo of Omoo, which had 82 short chapters. I think listeners would appreciate 15-20 minute sections rather than 8-10 minute ones. :hmm:


Wow! That was much faster than I thought! Thanks Tricia! I promise, the craziness of this book will not disappoint. The ending is quite literally jaw dropping (no... really... my jaw dropped).

As for combining the chapters... what do you think? Just surveying the first few chapters, most of the chapters range anywhere between 1500-1850, with one clocking in at 2000. Landis manages to squeeze quite a lot of text into those skinny pages!

(It doesn't help that I've already put together all the chapters and page numbers in my notebook... but I will try to combine them, if you think this is best.)

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Post Posted:: February 18th, 2017, 4:43 pm 
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I can't resist. Would enjoy being dpl. I will listen to it all but will willingly split the chapters with you. Could it be as bad as "Plan 9 from Outer Space?"


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Hmm. Okay, if they're 1500-1800 words, that's probably fine for separate sections. :) Carry on!

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Post Posted:: February 18th, 2017, 5:03 pm 

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TriciaG wrote:
Hmm. Okay, if they're 1500-1800 words, that's probably fine for separate sections. :) Carry on!


Thanks Tricia. I was actually a little shocked when I did the initial word count for each chapter. The font is so, so, so tiny. I guess Landis had a lot to say. :roll:

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I can't resist. Would enjoy being dpl. I will listen to it all but will willingly split the chapters with you. Could it be as bad as "Plan 9 from Outer Space?"


Haha! Well, perhaps... although Plan 9 at least ended with a message of peace and tolerance, however misguided it might have been. This book... um... kinda goes off the rails near the end.

And I would love for you to join this project. Glad to be working with you again. :-) Thank you so much!

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Post Posted:: February 18th, 2017, 6:24 pm 

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Alright, the MW's set up. Sorry it took so long. There are obviously many, many chapters... and I had to stop to read my kid bedtime stories.

Tricia -- would you mind giving me one more section? I forgot that Landis ends this book by literally explaining its moral to the reader.

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Post Posted:: February 18th, 2017, 6:26 pm 
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Done! For the record, you as BC or soloist can add sections by clicking the "add new section" button. But you can't delete any, for safety's sake. I did it for ya this time. :)

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Post Posted:: February 18th, 2017, 6:27 pm 

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TriciaG wrote:
Done! For the record, you as BC or soloist can add sections by clicking the "add new section" button. But you can't delete any, for safety's sake. I did it for ya this time. :)


Aha! I think I vaguely remember doing that once upon a time, but I wasn't sure. Anyway... thanks! We're ready to get things started. :-)

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Post Posted:: February 19th, 2017, 8:31 am 
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Oh my I have got to listen to this when it's completed. Good luck with this project and I'll follow this thread to satisfy my sci fi curiosity. :D

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Post Posted:: February 19th, 2017, 8:43 am 

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libraryanne wrote:
Oh my I have got to listen to this when it's completed. Good luck with this project and I'll follow this thread to satisfy my sci fi curiosity. :D

Betty


Haha! It's, um... kind of a hoot, to be honest. The overblown purple prose only makes the whole thing more ludicrous and unbelievable. :-)

By the way, I just made some minor, cosmetic changes to the summary. Nothing major... just some typos and clarification stuff.

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Post Posted:: February 19th, 2017, 8:56 am 

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I will take the moral of the story. And i will look through it also and see what else would be fun to read.

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Post Posted:: February 19th, 2017, 9:13 am 

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jasonb wrote:
I will take the moral of the story. And i will look through it also and see what else would be fun to read.


Starting backwards? That seems so appropriate for this book. :-)

Thank you so much. I look forward to hearing you channel the author of this masterpiece.

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