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Section on copyright and its relationship to a sequel
This is interesting. According to this story from the BBC, a sequel is to be published in 2017 "when the copyright on the original expires". Because the copyright on the original, which was published in book form in 1898, lasts until 31 December 2016. It seems that even though this book was published at the end of the 19th century, under the 1995 copyright law all copyrights of books that were still in copyright in 1925 were retroactively given the life of the author (HG Wells died in 1946) plus 70 years!
Seems a very long time in my view! (BTW ironically in archive 1 (2008) someone dismissively states that this book is now out of copyright....Ooops!) 220.127.116.11 (talk) 17:07, 5 December 2015 (UTC)
It's been a long time since I read Gulliver's Travels but I do not recall the Laputans being considered anything but human--they are a satirical representation of the scientists of the Royal Society. In fact, the name Laputa is suggested by Swift as being partly derived from the idea that their wives get bored with them and engage in affairs with the people below on the ground. Second, while the chracters in Micromegas are indeed from other worlds, they are likewise quite human, one of them having been raised by "the Jesuits" on his world. Both are definitely satire, both can be considerd science fiction, just, but it's clutching a very find straw indeed to make either of these into antecedents for this novel. ZarhanFastfire (talk) 05:19, 13 June 2016 (UTC) I have made some adjustments. Considering Swift is not the source for the statement about the Laputans, I wonder if it was the secondary source cited, speculating on this point. I'd like to see the text supporting Laputans as other-than-human from Swift's novel before that is restored. ZarhanFastfire (talk) 05:28, 13 June 2016 (UTC)