We’re encouraged to dream big. We idolise the likes of Elon Musk launching their red Teslas into space with Bowie playing on the radio. But sometimes we must look back and take caution from the tales of those who dreamt big and then failed. J.N. Campbell, writing in The Hedgehog Review, reviews ‘A History of the Future: Prophets of Progress from H.G. Wells to Isaac Asimov', by Peter Bowler.