2894 (novel)

2894, or The Fossil Man (A Midwinter Night's Dream) is an 1894 utopian novel written by Walter Browne.[1] It is one entrant in the major wave of utopian and dystopian literature that characterized the final decades of the nineteenth century.[2][3]

2894, or The Fossil Man (A Midwinter Night's Dream) book cover.jpg
AuthorWalter Browne
CountryUnited States
GenreUtopian fiction Speculative fiction
PublisherG. W. Dillingham
Publication date
Media typePrint

The book deals with a reversal of the traditional gender roles, and describes a society of "dominant women and submissive men."[4] It is one of a group of speculative fiction works in its generation that took a position, pro or con, on feminism and gender roles.[5]

2894 is one of the rarest works in the English language.[6]


  1. ^ Published New York, G. W. Dillingham, 1894.
  2. ^ Kenneth Roemer, The Obsolete Necessity: America in Utopian Writings, 1888–1900, Kent, OH, Kent State University Press, 1976.
  3. ^ Allyn B. Forbes, "The Literary Quest for Utopia, 1880–1900," Social Forces, Vol. 6 No. 2 (December 1927), pp. 179-89.
  4. ^ Sargent, Lyman Tower (November 1976). "Themes in Utopian Fiction in English Before Wells". Science Fiction Studies. 3 (3): 275–82, see p. 276. Retrieved 1 January 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Sargent, pp. 278-9.
  6. ^ Sargent, p. 281 n. 15.

External linksEdit

2894 Full-Text online via St. Louis Mercantile Library